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Ford Ranger clutch issues

Asked by David Atkinson

With reference to recent stories in your column about clutch issues with one-tonne utes I'd like to tell you about our 2011 Ford Ranger PK Crew Cab 4WD, which has only done 16,000 km and we have just had to replace the clutch with a heavy-duty one. It started when we were reversing our 2100 kg caravan onto a site and smelt a burning smell. The Ford dealer we took it to told us that the clutch seemed ok, but would have to be replaced in the near future. They gave us a quote for $3034 plus labour and said it would not be covered under warranty, as it was driver error. Ford's Customer Relations people told us that the Ford Ranger was not suitable for towing and reversing a load! We bought it because it is rated to tow 3- tonne. We than took it to an independent dealer who replaced the clutch with a heavy-duty one for $2500 including labour, and they informed us that the clutch issue was a common problem on all Ford Rangers. We have written to Ford, but have not heard from them. I have been a Ford man all my life. but they have lost me after this.

Answered by CarsGuide

23 Feb 2012 Graham Smith

The clutch issue is not confined to the Ranger, other brands suffer the same problems, which suggests that the clutches used are marginal for towing. Your experience is not unusual, and should be a warning to everyone else looking to buy a ute to tow with. The normal fix is to install a heavy-duty aftermarket clutch, as you have done. Unfortunately carmakers have an out, in that they state quite clearly that the clutch is not covered by the warranty, and it's difficult to say what kilometres you should expect to get from a clutch before it would need replacing.

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