This is for everyone who has either experienced it, or anyone who may have bad firewall welds but has not heard it (yet). I watched this topic for about a year, but did not think I was affected….until today. I’ve definitely got the noise & it’s definitely due to broken spot welds between the clutch bracket and the firewall.
My advice to all of you is to FILE A COMPAINT NOW!
Do not attempt to fix it without filing a complaint & a warranty claim. If we all find backyard engineering solutions to this, we’re letting Subaru off the hook.
It’s obvious that quite a few people are affected, now we need to work together to get Subaru’s attention. The only way to get Subaru to take responsibility for their screw-up is for as many people as possible to make as much noise as possible about this serious safety defect. If enough people file grievances with the NHTSA, they’ll pressure Subaru into correcting it.
File Subaru Warranty Claim: https://www.subaru.com/shopping-tools/contact-us.html
File NHTSA Complaint: https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/Vehicl...nt/index.xhtml
Here’s a couple NHTSA complaints:
Confirmation Number (ODI Number) 10477991:
The clutch pedal on my 2009 WRX makes a loud creaking noise every time it's depressed. When I investigated the noise, I noticed that the entire clutch pedal bracket assembly (attached to the forward firewall) shifts approx 1/4 inch every time the clutch pedal is depressed. I found that the three spot welds securing the clutch pedal bracket to the forward firewall were broken. From the outside of the firewall, just under the windshield wipers, I saw the spot welds pulling away from the firewall every time the clutch pedal was depressed. This allows the entire clutch pedal bracket assembly to move, causing the creaking noise. If the bracket completely separates from the firewall, the clutch may become completely inoperative - especially dangerous while driving.