Clutch Pedal/linkage Problems of Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger owners have reported 11 problems related to clutch pedal/linkage (under the power train category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Ranger based on all problems reported for the Ranger.

car image   Clutch Pedal/linkage problem of the 2001 Ford Ranger 1
Failure Date: 06/11/2010

I was driving my 2001 Ford Ranger down the road, I pushed in the clutch to change gears and something popped. My clutch pedal was now incapable of actuating the clutch to change gears or put it in gear after I put it in neutral. I had to jerk the gearshift out of gear into neutral and stop as traffic had stopped for a red light. We had to push the truck out of the way of traffic. After examining the engine compartment, I saw that the clutch hydraulic line that attaches to the clutch master cylinder had popped off. The roll pin that secures that particular connection had worked itself loose and allowed the line to pop off. The next day I removed the clutch master cylinder, reservoir, and hydraulic line. All the parts were still good, so I bench bled the assembly, installed, and bled the clutch slave cylinder. Upon further investigation, I read that Ford had issued a technical service bulletin regarding this exact problem and issued a free fix if a customer has this problem and the truck is under warranty. Well, my truck isn't under warranty and fixing it myself was a hassle. I don't need my clutch parts failing like this when I'm crossing an intersection nor does anyone else. It's a major distraction that can cause an accident. Even if this problem doesn't qualify as a recall issue, they could at least mail me a cotter pin with a letter telling me to look out for this problem. The TSB number is 01-24-1 dated 10/01/2001.

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car image   Clutch Pedal/linkage problem of the 2003 Ford Ranger 2
Failure Date: 03/03/2010

Faulty clutch design on 2003 Ford Ranger 4. 0l with Mazda m50-r1 5 speed transmission: please research this problem. Premature failure rate approaches 100% and recurs again within a short period of time. This problem is not unique to the 2003 model year. The hydraulic mechanism of the clutch is at fault. It cannot maintain adequate pressure to allow enough pedal travel to shift the transmission. Recommended fixes include replacing the entire clutch or the slave cylinder/throwout bearing, and master cylinder for clutch system. All of these short lived fixes are very expensive as the transmission must be removed except for the master cylinder. Just bleeding the system is expensive if the leek is internal, which is usually the case.

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car image   Clutch Pedal/linkage problem of the 1998 Ford Ranger 3
Failure Date: 12/19/2006

While backing my 98 Ford Ranger 4. 0 supercab with tow package (which has the beefier brakes) the aluminum bracket that holds the bar that the brake and clutch hinge on, broke away from the truck. This left me heading in reverse with no brake or clutch. I was in shock, imagine the steering wheel coming off in your hands while driving; that's how I felt. I didn't think to hit the emergency brake, but I was already halfway into the garage and had very little time to react properly before I crashed into the back wall (cinderblock) punching a hole in the wall which killed the engine. This happened at the fire station where I work! the police did a report. He saw and reported the brakes were broke although he didn't look very closely. Many of my superiors at the job saw that the brakes had broke away and were now dangling, useless. The vehicle had to be towed to a Ford dealership where the brake assembly was replaced. The dealership acknowledged on the bill the state of the brakes and clutch assembly. I requested the broken parts and they are now in my possession. I contacted Ford customer service, they stated the obvious, that the vehicle was no longer under warranty. They also stated their were no recalls on my vehicle which was not true; I knew about the cruise control and has had the firestones replaced. I guess they meant on the brakes. I said yes, but certain things should never happen on a vehicle. This is a safety issue on a vehicle only eight years old you would not accept that the steering wheel may fall off. Just like you would not accept that the brake pedal assembly may brake away under your feet. Today I received a letter from Ford saying they could not help me because the vehicle was not under warranty. I wonder if there has been other incidents like mine and they are in the form of "service bulletins" secret recalls that keep Ford and other companies from having to fix many of their problems. The consuner had to have 2 bad lug nuts replaced on the right front wheel. Updated 01/10/07.

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car image   Clutch Pedal/linkage problem of the 2001 Ford Ranger 4
Failure Date: 07/08/2004

While slowing down at a stop light I tried to engage my clutch pedal and gear became stif, and I could not shift out of 4th gear. The clutch pedal would travel down to almost the floor and not come back up. I got the gear shift into netural and sat for the light. The clutch pedal slowly returned to it's normal position, I depress it again and there was alot of free travel, but I did get it into gear and drove right into a earnhardt dealership that I was going by. I had taken my vehicle into have a similar clutch problem check out last month at the same dealership earnhardt and they could not fine any thing wrong through computer testing. They are saying now that it could be the clutch master or a clutch slave component. The vehicle a Ford Ranger 2001 has under 36,000 miles and just over 3 yrs old. I have an extended warranty with western national warranty scottdale, az 85255 they say they don't cover these components. I never recieved a copy of the policy. I am waiting on this information to be sent to me. I do not under stand how these component with less than 36,000 miles and mostly highway driving go out.

car image   Clutch Pedal/linkage problem of the 2001 Ford Ranger 5
Failure Date: 10/01/2002

Consumer states while driving clutch pedal fell to the floor, and would not come back up. Took to dealer and they stated the pin on master cylinder fell out. Please provide any further information. Ts.

car image   Clutch Pedal/linkage problem of the 2001 Ford Ranger 6
Failure Date: 07/06/2002

While trying to shift from second to third gear clutch pedal moved freely, consumer unable to use clutch to shift. Gear lever had to be forced into gear. Please add further information.

car image   Clutch Pedal/linkage problem of the 1998 Ford Ranger 7
Failure Date: 05/16/2000

Clutch pedal about 1 1/2" free play. Warranty work performed @ airport marina Ford on 05/16/00, 05/22/00,08/16/00, 08/24/00. Clutch pedal now feels spongy. According to paperwork, slave cylinder, master cylinder, bleed, slave cylinder replacement.

car image   Clutch Pedal/linkage problem of the 1998 Ford Ranger 8
Failure Date: 03/09/1999

Load 'squeal' heard when releasing clutch pedal between 1st-2nd, 2nd-3rd, 2wd & 4x4 high. Will be serviced for the 3rd time March 1999. First two inspections resulted in replacement of pressure plate(2) and flywheel (1). Rear drum brakes failed to release after emergency lever pulled. Owner had to apply unacceptable gas pedal pressure to move vehilce, resulting in a loud 'clunk' when drum brakes finally released.

car image   Clutch Pedal/linkage problem of the 1996 Ford Ranger 9

Owner states that his vehicle was able to start without the clutch being depressed, owner's vehicle went into reverse and out of driveway. Owner notes that there was faulty neutral start switch. Dealer corrected problem.

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car image   Clutch Pedal/linkage problem of the 1997 Ford Ranger 10

Cruise control is engaged,climbing a small rise. Also, needs to shift manually from 5th to 4th gear. When clutch pedal is depressed engine will race to a wide open throttle for second ,and then it will come back to idle. Dealer claimed cruise control was operating as designed. Cruise control will not deactivate by applying clutch pedal , only by applying brake pedal and button. This is in conflict with owner's and service manual.

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car image   Clutch Pedal/linkage problem of the 1996 Ford Ranger 11

When traveling the pivot bracket which is attached to the firewall has broken, causing unwanted acceleration, resulting in a near crash. Consumer has contacted the dealer, dealer has made repairs. Please provide any further details.

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