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Old 03-13-2013, 05:14 PM   #1
Jamesdak
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Default 158,000 miles on original '02 clutch

Is this unusual or just an indication of all the highway miles on my car? It is a 2002 WRX sedan and I'm never been one to do high rev drop clutch lauches. It is pretty much stock save for the COBB access port I've been running pretty much from around 10 years or so. I still don't notice any slippage under accelleration but the engage point is getting pretty high. At the point of either selling the car or replacing the clutch and just curious to hear from others with lots of miles on their clutches...
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:40 PM   #2
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If it hasn't started to shudder or make noise, you probably have a little life left on it yet.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:14 AM   #3
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If it hasn't started to shudder or make noise, you probably have a little life left on it yet.
clutches don't shudder or make noise at the end of their life. They slip... Usually also get a nice burning garbage smell.

Clutch shudder is common on '02's from the day they came off the factory floor. It is often worse on NEW clutches. And if you have a clutch making noise, its not the clutch material, its usually the throwout bearing.


Anyway, 130k on my original yet. A couple launches and spirited driving, and probably a couple hundred boat launches/retrievals on a fairly steep ramp.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:58 PM   #4
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Dang, ya'll are killing my reason to sell it and look for a new toy, LOL! I'll agree with the other comments on the shudder. Really touchy when new but much better nowdays.

Gonna do the diffs and tranny fluid this weekend on it...

Guess I'm going to stop worry about it until I get slippage...

Lots of long commuting days of pretty much no stopping so I guess it makes sense that all's still good despite the miles.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:02 PM   #5
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I had a fair bit of highway miles on mine, some sporty driving, but not much in the way of launches... after about 130k miles, the throw out bearing started making noise, but the clutch wasn't slipping. I think it's pretty normal for a car that doesn't have major power or see a lot of hard driving.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:02 PM   #6
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I'm in the exact same position. I have an 02 wrx with 155k. Been stage 2 since 100k with 2 track days, a couple runs at the strip and about a dozen autocrosses. Hasn't started slipping yet! Hopefully I can sell it before it goes.
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Old 03-14-2013, 04:05 PM   #7
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My 01 Outback went 155k before I had to change it out.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:39 PM   #8
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I have 205k mi on my original clutch and still going.
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