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Old 02-16-2018, 06:02 PM   #4
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2003 L-Series 3.0L Sedan
Default Re: 3rd gear has me down

At 207k miles, this car is well used. Maybe replacing the xmission fluid (Dexron III) will help before considering a worn clutch or hydraulics. The clutch slave unit comes off when the xmission is separated from the engine. I don't know if Ion manuals wear out the same way as any other car but its usually recommended to replace clutch and hydraulics all at the same time with high mileage and not piece meal since replacing a slave means bleeding the system and repeating it again if the master is replaced at a later time. When considering replacing a clutch, once the xmission is separated, replacing hydraulics makes sense instead of revisiting this point later when hydraulics fail after replacing a clutch.

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