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Old 02-17-2010, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Trying To Replace Clutch on a 1992 Ranger 4 Cylinder

I have a 92 Ranger Im helping a friend put a clutch in and there is a line that goes from the slave cylinder to the throw out bearing. I cant disconnect the line from the throw out bearing. Do I need to disconnect it from the clutch pedal first? I have used the tool that comes with the clutch kit and I have used one that I rented and neither one is working. Is there a trick to this?

Any help would be greatly appeciated.
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I have a 92 Ranger Im helping a friend put a clutch in and there is a line that goes from the slave cylinder to the throw out bearing. I cant disconnect the line from the throw out bearing. Do I need to disconnect it from the clutch pedal first? I have used the tool that comes with the clutch kit and I have used one that I rented and neither one is working. Is there a trick to this?

Any help would be greatly appeciated.
I can't remember any tricks...other than patience. It's been a few years since I did my old '91 but I do remember messing with that stooopid hydraulic line from the MC to the slave for a good while. I eventually got it off but I plainly remember it being a pain. Of course mine was filthy-I used that truck for an ATV.
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Trying To Replace Clutch on a 1992 Ranger 4 Cylinder

As I recall a small tool comes with the clutch kit. This helps disconnect the quick release at the clutch.
This is my most embarrassing moment ever working on cars.
After completing the clutch change, cutting off rusted fasteners and etc. I could not get the clutch to bleed properly. The reservoir is full to the top. So decided the master unit on the peddle had failed. Purchased a new one, installed it (major pain in the a**) That is when I realized there was a rubber bladder cover in the reservoir. I was adding oil on top of the bladder!!
There was nothing wrong with the unit I had just spent hours and lost skin replacing!
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The tool you should be using ( i never got one in a kit) is a flat steel wrench that you slide in and push the nylon collar in which releases fingers and the line. In the rust belt about one in 5 I end up cutting off and replacing line. The best way I have found to bleed is after the new line is on push in on the center of the quick coupler and bleed some fluid out. Connect line to the slave cylinder. Then open bleeder on the slave and bleed like a normal brake system. Dont let it get low. It will get low real fast. After you get a petal then walk away for a while. That should do it.
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Trying To Replace Clutch on a 1992 Ranger 4 Cylinder

Well I spent a good hour trying to get it off and nothing I bent the tool that came with the clutch and was bending the the other tool that I rented. I am sliding the tool over the line just outside of the transmission and then pushing on the tool and pulling on the line and trying to wiggle it but it just aint workin!! I will play with it some more tomorrow.

How exactly do I bleed the line?
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Clean off the coupling really good with brake parts cleaner and compressed air.
Now, look at the coupler, see if it has a small white plastic insert.
Next put the tool against the white insert, and smack the side of the tool with a hammer lightly, pushing the tool against the coupler.
Now, push and pull and wiggle the metal part of the coupler while keeping pressure on the white piece.

If you have the type of line that snakes over the frame and down the outside then back up the firewall to the master cylinder, you'll have to remove the master cylinder and line from the truck to bleed it effectively if it's been emptied.

To bleed the system when it's been run dry, I have taken the master cylinder and line off the truck and stuck it in a vice to hold it still while I push on the master cylinder rod and hold the line end open.

Before you install the slave cylinder onto the trans, open the bleeder screw and push the bearing down all the way, bottoming the slave cylinder seal. Now, lightly close the bleed screw and bolt it onto the transmission.

Install the transmission, hook everything up and push on the clutch pedal a few times.
Now, open the bleed screw til you see a solid stream of fluid -no air bubbles.
You should have a full pedal if you did everything right.

Good luck with this job. Your friend should buy you a case of your favorite drink.
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Re: Trying To Replace Clutch on a 1992 Ranger 4 Cylinder

Thank you Mr. Mike! I took the white peiece and moved it up out of the way!! I didnt know it needed to stay in place. Im still a little confused on the bleeding part but I should figure it out.
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Re: Trying To Replace Clutch on a 1992 Ranger 4 Cylinder

Can anyone tell me how the shifter is supossed to come off? LOL I think this damn weather is playing a factor in my stupidity here! Or atleast I hope thats the propblem.
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Removal of the shifter is easy. Unscrew the screws on the base of the boot and slide it up the shifter a little bit.
There should be a nut and what looks like a bolt with threads on both ends on the bottom of the shifter, sitting sideways.
Remove the nut and install it on the other side, tightening it til the "bolt" slides out. Note how it comes out.
Lift the shifter up off the stubby shaft.
Install is the reverse.

What are you not clear about on the bleeding process?

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***Before you install the slave cylinder onto the trans, open the bleeder screw and push the bearing down all the way, bottoming the slave cylinder seal. Now, lightly close the bleed screw and bolt it onto the transmission.

Install the transmission, hook everything up and push on the clutch pedal a few times.
Now, open the bleed screw til you see a solid stream of fluid -no air bubbles.
You should have a full pedal if you did everything right.
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Re: Trying To Replace Clutch on a 1992 Ranger 4 Cylinder

my problem is the clutch feels fine but when i move the shifter i get nothing not enven a grinding noise when i dont press the clutch someone help please b4 this started the clutch didnt even slip
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