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#158 of 307 Clutch Slave Cylinder
Jan 21, 2009 (11:15 am)
I have a 2003 Explorer Sport, and I believe it has the same body as a Ford Ranger. It has 58,500 miles and is under a 100K, 7 year warrantly. I was told by my Ford repair shop that I need to have the Clutch Slave Cylinder replaced, and the price is $700 plus, as my warranty will not cover it. They it is not part of the transmission. From what I read in this blog, this appears to be a known design defect with this truck. Although I've been a Ford owner all my life, I think it's time to switch.
#159 of 307 Re: Clutch Slave Cylinder [Unhappy]
Jan 21, 2009 (11:28 am)
Yeah, that bites, don't it?! - but 'clutch' anything should be part of Ford's 'Drive Train Warranty'. I'd consult another Ford shop, or contact Ford Motor Company, Inc.
My Dad drove Ford trucks all his life, and I have, too - own 3 right now - would NEVER switch to Chevy or Dodge! (don't even mention a rice-burner).
#160 of 307 Re: No 4th Gear (Overdrive) [stevegintn]
Jan 21, 2009 (4:03 pm)
I don't have any technical advice but the shop is responsible since it was working before they did the engine overhaul.Are you sure they hooked the O.D. wire up?
#161 of 307 Re: No 4th Gear (Overdrive) [jre56]
Jan 21, 2009 (4:59 pm)
What's the 'overdrive wire'? (I'm not sure about anything they did)
#162 of 307 Re: Clutch Slave Cylinder [Unhappy]
Jan 29, 2009 (7:19 am)
Thanks for your reply. I talked to both Ford Motor Company and the Extended Warranty company. Ford has 4 Extended Warranty Programs: I have the next to the top, and only the most expensive program covers it as a separate item. They say it is not covered as part of the transmission.
So, apparently, this part can go out anytime, regardless of mileage, and each time, Ford gets to drop the transmission to replace it, and charge the consumer over 5 times the worth of the repair. I no longer trust Ford.
#163 of 307 Re: Clutch Slave Cylinder [Unhappy]
Jan 29, 2009 (7:33 am)
OK, well, sorry to hear that - most people (like us) don;t have a clue about the 'fine print' in those so-called warranties. I had a similar experience, years ago, with a then-new '92 F-150. The fuel pump went out, which was (brilliantly) under the bed - cost me several hundred dollar for them to basically, remove the truck bed, to get to a 50 dollar part. That was pretty tough, as I was still paying (Ford) for the truck.
#164 of 307 Re: No 4th Gear (Overdrive) [stevegintn]
Jan 31, 2009 (5:40 am)
Just to update on this, my transmission shop (that rebuilt it, 3 years ago) finished going through the transmission, and said THERE IS NO PROBLEM with it. They now think it's an ECM (electronic control module, aka 'brain') issue, as several fault codes came up, including codes for (guess what?), the overdrive and the cruise control (which also quit working). So that points back to the engine replacement job. Going to see an attorney about it, Monday.
#165 of 307 1999 Ford Ranger / Transmission
Feb 10, 2009 (10:10 am)
I have a 1999 Ford Ranger 4X4 with 3.0 engine. (I just bought it, so I do not know it's history).
The transmission seems to shift fine. Has a whine in first. Was told this is a normal noise for Ford Rangers. I took it to my local Ford dealer for a transmission analysis. Apparently their diagnosis disclosed no code problems or issues. They determined the noise is in first and reverse. They say it is a "planetary" issue. They want to "further explore" the problem. Stated may have debris in the pan / throughout the transmission. (Extra money to pull the pan of course.) The fluid does seem dirty. Not bright pink as should be. They claim changing the fluid will not correct the problem. It seems to me that changing the fluid and filter could improve the function of the unit. I always thought the filter prevented debris from getting into the unit. So what am I missing here?
#166 of 307 Re: 1999 Ford Ranger / Transmission [mgrif58]
Feb 10, 2009 (1:48 pm)
You're correct in your assumption regarding the filter & yes changing both the filter and fluid will allow the unit to function properly, but maybe only for a time. If Ford suspects a "planetary" issue then they suspect the gears. Planetary is a method of gearing much like the planets rotate around the sun the gears rotate around a sun gear and they all operate within a ring gear (someone correct or provide a better explanation?). If this is the case, perhaps what you are hearing is the gears rubbing (not quite grinding yet) and the shavings are soiling the fluid. In this case, changing the fluid will help clean it up but won't solve the problem, just prolong it.
I'd recommend taking your truck to some place other than Ford for a second or even third opinion.
Just my 6 cents.
Feb 13, 2009 (4:27 pm)
are the bellhousings different for the 2.3 4cyl. than the 3.0 V6 with the m50d-r1.