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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Clutch life

I've got a 2010 Ranger with the 2.3 5 speed. I try to go easy on it, with not much stop and go in traffic.

Under normal usage, has anyone first hand experience on how long I can expect the clutch to last?

I figure the life of the truck should be around 300K kms the way I look after it. Can I expect the clutch to go that distance?


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 04:21 PM
 
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Clutch life is totally dependent on the driver. My second car I owned was a stick, I learned how to drive on moms stick so had experience, I got it and it had approx 80,000kms on it, within a few weeks the clutch died, dealer replaced it with a fight. I have since owned 6 other vehicles with stick and have driven many other fleet trucks that were all stick and I have not ever had to replace a clutch in any one of them.
One of the sticks I owned was a 2005 Mazda b2300 when I sold it it had 130,000 on it and then next owner drove it for another 50k before he sold it as well and he never did a clutch in it.

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Back when I had my Nova, the clutch was so stiff, I taught myself to drive drive with out the clutch, except for basically starting out. And to this day I still don't use it when I'm driving a manual trans vehicle. My '80 Ford truck, that I owned for twenty years, had 400k on it when I replaced the clutch. It wasn't even really worn then, but I had the motor out so I figured why not. It's actually really easy to learn driving like that and it will make a clutch last longer.


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Depends on the driver and the clutch.

My buddy's '92 Eagle Talon, he put 2 clutches in it. One at about 160k. Roughly 20k after he bought it. (Didn't help he learned how to drive stick on it)
Then again at 220k.

He also beat the hell out of it.


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I replaced my clutch on my 97 Ranger with a 3.0L V6 with 180K on it. When ever you do replace it, make sure you grind the flywheel. Clutches are just like brakes, you should alway refinish the surface when replacing pad, otherwise you can glaze the clutch from the polished surface of an existing flywheel.

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Manford. Was your's mostly highway driving, or do you live in the city?

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Manford. Was your's mostly highway driving, or do you live in the city?

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Both but the city driving is the one that kills your clutch, not the highway. The truck was my daily commuter vehicle.

You should also always replace the pilot shaft bearing in the flywheel. Fill the bearling with grease and then pound the alignment shaft supplied with clutch into the bearing. The hydraulic pressure will force the the bearing out. At least that is the way we used to do it with an old steel scrap pilot shaft. Sometimes the alignment shafts supplied are plastic and I don't think they would survive the beating.

I also replaced my u-joints at the same time so I knew the truck was good from one end to the other. I believe I even drained the tranny fluid and replace because it was easy to fill when out of the truck

Replace it with a LUK clutch kit. They are the OEM parts for most of the Mustangs, not sure about the latest generation?

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Much like brakes, a lot depends on how you drive.

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Well, you can sure try to get 300K out of it. Why not, if you drive carefully?

Even if you can't achieve that, replacing the clutch on a RWD truck really isn't the most horrible or expensive thing compared to the cost of replacing one on a typical front-drive car.

I try to drive my truck to get the longest life out of the brakes and clutch, but if I ever do have to replace the clutch down the road, I won't be too worried about it.

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b4000. I figure I have a good shot at it. Hardly any stop and go. And I'm not in a huge hurry to get to a stop sign or a traffic light.

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