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Old 10-13-2009, 02:44 PM
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ok the hydraulic clutch fluid master cylinder is on the drivers side of your truck most likely on the firewall and it is small is that the one you checked?
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:25 PM
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What color is it and what does it look like and say on it? If it is the slightly yellow container, yes I did and it it almost full.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:36 PM
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on your '03 and my '01 and probably other years, clutch fluid reservior is attached to the passenger side of the engine bay fuse box on the driverside of the truck. Some are all black in color some are 'clear' in color. Small..smaller than a mcdonalds kids meal drink cup or a small frosty from wendy's.

There's a fluid container similar, but alot larger located towards the passenger side of the clutch reservior mounted in front of a big black round thing on the firewall. That would be the brake system reservour ontop of the brake master cyl. Big round black thing on firewall with hose going into it would be the power brake booster.
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Old 10-13-2009, 06:05 PM
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Ah, so should I check this? I think I will just completely drain my trans fluid and refill it this weekend. Gotta buy 7 more pints of trans fluid
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Old 05-11-2010, 01:55 PM
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I have the same problem with my 2002 XLT 2WD 3.0L.... first I would just like to say God damn this truck.. lol I've neglected to do any service to this truck. So now its just a big learning tool (runs great though; with 120k miles on it). Im going to be doing tran fluid exchange prob next week. I hear the M50D-R1 (which I have) is a horrible trans. I also hear an upgrade to a "Zf?" is better than overhauling the trans. Anyway, all my gears work great except for 1st gear, the Engine AND Tran have already been replaced by the dealership a few years back (long story). 1st gear works but intermittenly gives me a fucking hard time. I feel like I have to jam it in to the gear to get it to go. I hear double clutching is a good remedy for this. But shit, I cant remember to do that each time. Youtube provides a great demonstration of draining and refilling the tran but its on a 97 mustang. I can only pray that the steps will be close to the same. My question is, on the MD05-R1 do you fill thru the Shift lever (after taking it off)? I bought my ranger in 02 NEW from the dealership. I'm now just getting interested in the mechanics of it all. So excuse my mechanical ignorance.
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:27 AM
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you need to read this thread

http://www.fordrangerforum.com/drive...pert-help.html
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:44 AM
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OH!! Ok I see. Yes I have a manual. And yes, then my clutch fluid is very much filled a little past the fill line.

So in order to change the transmission fluid I would just need to unbolt the trans pan from underneath my truck, then bolt it back up and open the engine hood and fill it up with 5.6 pints of Mercon ATF? Where is the transmission fluid container (or tube that leads to it), like how can I identify it from looking inside the hood?

Thank you all so much for your help
NO! there is a drainplug. For quite a few years manual and auto transmissions use the same fluid. If you have a manual transmission..the filling plug/hole is on the DRIVERS side...almost straight above the drain plug. It is large and obvious....words like drain and fill are even cast into the tranny where both are. Besides other things...unfortunately maybe you need a new clutch. No offense..but if you know a good mechanic take it to him/her..could save you time, mess and even money if you do things wrongly yourself.
PS: there is no transmission 'pan' on the manual transmission. Also there is nothing under the hood in relation to it. It's not a dry sump manual transmission with a separate tank...no such thing...you put fluid in the fill hole on the LEFT side of the transmission..there is no dipstick...it is full when you have added enough that it just starts to run out of the fill hole. Same thing with the differential in the back of the truck. The tranny is aluminum...so it is possible for someone to overtighten a bolt/plug etc. if they don't know what they are doing and strip the threads..then you have a bad problem. For what it costs there are many lube shops that can change the fluid quickly and take care of properly doing away with the old fluid. Once changed it will be good for years. Keep a record of such for future reference to overall proper maintenance. Also as to fluid you may consider a synthetic which will be better. I put Royal Purple in my manual transmission and differential this year...motor too. Synthetics breakdown less over time and should provide better wear protection....and use of such lessens the proceeds going to certain countries which are not really our friends.
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:55 AM
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thanks for your help guys. I have a 2001 ford ranger 2.3L RWD, manual. and randonmly two days ago it ran fine and shifted smoothly. the next morning I turned it on and had trouble shifting it into reverse and every gear while driving. then when i turn the engine off shifts smoothly. I have about 120K miles on it and i have always been concerned beacause the clutch has always been real 'loose' i guess. and lately it was only real restive when i got close to the end of the pedal motion lol. I checked the small cylinder container on the driver side against the back wall of the engine compartment. real tiny container and i had to remove a dish like rubber seal and the conatainer was empty lol.So i think i might have a slow leak of clutch fluid somewhere? my buddy at work should be able to help me with draining it and refilling it he was a GM certified mechanic.
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:22 AM
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and use of such lessens the proceeds going to certain countries which are not really our friends.
Stupidest argument ever for use of synthetics.
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