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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-04-2010, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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Clutch Life?

On average, how many kilometers will a clutch in a Ranger last?
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had an 89 bronco 2 clutch lasted till about 220,000klms i bought it with about 120,000 on it and drove the snot out of it (first vehical) offroaded it and had 31's on it



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Depends on your driving style. I bought my 2000 Ranger with 150,000 KMS and replaced the clutch at 183,000. The clutch wasn't in great shape when I bought the truck so I only used in first gear for almost a year. It sure is nice to have a new one!
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Ever try shifting without the clutch? I haven't replaced a clutch in any of my vehicles due to being worn out. I got used to doing this when I had my Nova SS back in the day. The clutch was so stiff in that car, you had to almost use both legs to hold the pedal down. So I tried shifting without the clutch and got so used to it that I rarely use the clutch in any of my vehicles, except to start out. Even better is down shifting without the clutch...that takes a little more skill as you need throttle at the same time.

For the average guy though, a clutch should last around 200K. The worst "offense" is when guys "ride" the clutch...that will wear them in no time. When I taught my kids to drive (and I made them learn with a stick), I basically told them that whenever you put your foot on the pedal, you are wearing out the clutch so don't take forever to shift and do it smoothly. Even at a traffic light I keep the thing in neutral until the light changes to green.


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It should outlast most engines as long as you don't let my mother drive it. She's a clutch rider. I've got 260,000 kms on mine and it's not showing any signs of failure anytime soon.

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Most of mine have outlasted the slave cylinders by far.. usually around 200k and the slave isn't releasing the clutch properly anymore. Got 325k out of my '90! They do last if you treat them well. LR

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I taught myself on the clutch in my 2007 that I bought brand new.

I replaced the clutch at 240K, not because it was worn out, but because I was freshening up a bunch of stuff all at once.

As Forever6.0 said, the key to long life is keeping the foot off the pedal unless you're actually shifting. Knock it into neutral at lights and you'll save the throwout bearing as well.
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