I don't have much knowledge of this trucks history or how it was cared for, only that it's very close to 200k miles and probably wasn't cared for terribly well.

Currently the clutch is causing me much dismay. I'm having to really strong arm it into first and second, third grinds (usually), fourth and fifth generally are easy, and reverse is sometimes a hard "nope".

There is a lot of play in the clutch and a really unsettling noise coming from ghs drivers side floorboard area. A rhythmic grinding maybe is the best description I can think of.

The reservoir appeared empty last night, so I added a small amount of dot 3 brake fluid. This did not improve the pressure in the clutch, and seems to have worsened the force needed to shift. The noise seems to have calmed, but is still apparent at low speeds or when decelerating.

Currently, the fluid appears at the same level as where it was when I filled it. There were no obvious leaks from my cursory visual inspection, I'm unsure as how to examine it more thoroughly.

It also seems to continue to creep forward slightly if it's in first gear with the clutch engaged without the brake.

I know there must be some air due to the empty reservoir, but my reading and my gut tells me something else is at play. Suggestions, preferably from the easiest and cheapest up? My accounts are currently running on fumes and this is maybe the worst timing ever. 🙁

  • Welcome to Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair! Have you even tried to bleed the clutch hydraulics yet? Seems like the best place to start. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Apr 7 '19 at 3:01

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