Intermittant Grinding Clutch
I just picked up a '94 Ranger with 157K miles. While holding the clutch in for any period of time (either stopped and idling or downshifting) , a loud grinding sound can be heard intermittantly. No rhyme nor reason as to when. Being hot or cold does not seem to have any effect. When it's there, I have to grind it into gear and when it's not, it shifts smoothly. The clutch pedal does not feel soft and seems to engage at about the right position. The clutch fluid level is full and clean . Could it be the throwout bearing?
I'm not real experienced with manual transmissions and clutches so any comments/recommendations would be very appreciated.
1994 Ranger XLT w/4.0 engine, 5-speed manual transmission, 2WD w/limited slip differential and no power locks or windows