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How to Bleed the Clutch on a Ford Ranger Pickup

by Vanessa Padgalskas

Bleeding a clutch properly removes all the air from the clutch line. You want to remove the air through the master cylinder at the top of the clutch system rather than through the bottom by pumping the clutch pedal. Pumping the clutch will not remove all the air. Bleeding the clutch on a Ford Ranger will take about 20 minutes.

Step 1

Raise the Ford Ranger about 6 inches off the ground with a jack. You can drive the truck on ramps if you have them. Lifting the truck will make it easier to bleed the clutch.

Step 2

Use a turkey baster to suck the brake fluid out of the brake fluid reservoir located at the top of the master cylinder.

Step 3

Fill the pump style oil can with brake fluid and attach the flex line to the opening on the oil can. Use a new can. You do not want to pump dirt particles or another fluid into the clutch line.

Step 4

Pump the flex line with brake fluid to remove all the air. You do not want to add additional air to the clutch system.

Step 5

Open the bleeder valve located on the internal cylinder with a 7mm wrench and quickly attach the flex line to the valve.

Step 6

Pump the can to move brake fluid up the clutch line. Stop when you no longer see bubbles coming out of the brake fluid reservoir. It should take about 1 minute to remove all the air.

Use the wrench to close the bleeder valve and remove the flex line from the bleeder.

Items you will need

  • 7mm wrench
  • brake fluid
  • pump style oil can
  • 3mm flex line tube
  • turkey baster
  • car jack

About the Author

Vanessa Padgalskas was born and raised in Spokane, Wash., and currently resides in Portland, Ore. Padgalskas graduated from American University in 2007 with degrees in international studies and economics. She holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.

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