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Replaced master and slave assy
I just got done replacing the master and slave cylinder assembly. Got it new for $229 from the dealer, installed with no apparent problems, and the truck does exactly the same thing, cannot disengage clutch.
I checked the feel of the clutch release lever before installing the new slave cylinder in the clutch housing, and it feels fine, with very little play.
Also, I'm pretty sure that there was never a problem with the master or slave cylinders, because before removing the slave completely, I just backed it out a bit and verified that it was putting pressure on the clutch release lever by having my friend press down just a little on it. However, after taking the slave all the way out, the ram will no longer go back in at all, and from what a service tech at the dealership said, even if I could get it back in, it would still end up leaking.
It's really upsetting to me that the service manual didn't mention any considerations for keeping the slave cylinder compressed when removing it to avoid ruining it. I guess I have learned a lesson about trusting the manual.
So, it looks like I will have to just take it to a shop, which I really do not want to do, but I have no other options at this point. According to the diagnosis chart in the manual (FWIW), it looks like either the clutch disc is damaged, or the release fork is damaged. My guess would be the clutch itself.
I'll start shopping for clutch prices. Thanks for the assistance, guys.
2002 Ram 2500 2WD, 6-speed manual w/245hp engine