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Old 07-17-2011, 07:32 AM
ltbenji ltbenji is offline
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Default 88 Ranger Transmission/Clutch Questions

Hey Everyone

Got an 88 Ranger Ext cab with the 2.3 4cyl and a 5spd with OD.

As best as I can figure, it has the Mazda MD50.
Is this correct? Do I need to worry about which version as far as buying fluid for it?

From what I have read, it takes ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid?)
Is this correct?
Does it take mercon, dexron, or what?

Is replacing the clutch a doable job? I've heard it takes more time than it is hard? I know I would need the clutch kit, is there anything else that I should replace while I am under there?

I have read about some plugs leaking on the MD50.
Where are they located and what is the best way to stop the leaking?

Thanks for your time
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:07 AM
bjurke bjurke is offline
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Default Re: 88 Ranger Transmission/Clutch Questions

clutch release bearing. old one may look ok but because of work involved change it anyways. cluth alignment tool. this job takes a lot of hours. idealy you would pull the motor when you do this job because of accessibility issues. you will need a transmission jack otherwise. it weighs around 100 lbs. can be done on vehicle but not easy. if trans not good i would consider changeing it too. good luck
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