Originally Posted by 383SBC
Hey guys, my dads 2002 Ford Ranger 2.3L 4 cylinder has a leaking slave cylinder that needs replacing. Simple enough, however, the slave cylinder is internal meaning it rides on the input shaft (another brilliant idea of Ford). So to replace this I will be removing the entire transmission, and while I'm in there why not replace the clutch since it has 90,000km on it. Questions and concerns I have. What special tools are needed, I have read that a special Ford tool must be used to remove the hydraulic line from the old slave cylinder since they use a special "quick connect" coupling, is this true? Also if there is any other special precautions I need to know before tearing into it please enlighten me. I plan on doing this friday so I have a couple days to read up and gather the parts and supplies necessary to replace the slave cylinder and clutch assembly.
there is a "special" tool for removing the hydraulic line from the slave but, a flat head screwdriver will work as well since thats what i used for a good couple years before buying the tool. a little tip on the line removal, push the line in towards the slave when pushing the plastic release tab in. it will help take the load off of the tangs inside that retain the line.
also when it comes to the internal slave, when done with the installation of the trans, and ready to bleed the slave, its easiest to either back bleed it or use a hand held vacuum pump to evacuate the air that gets trapped inside of the top of the slave as the bleeder is more or less located about 1/2 way up.
other than that, with it being a simple 4 cylinder, theres no need to remove the exhaust, and should be a fairly simple R&R.