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Old 02-03-2010, 10:48 PM   #1
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Has anyone gotten a diagnosis on this problem and had it fixed?

Occasionally, this is only the 2nd or 3rd time it happened, I feel a consistent vibration in the clutch pedal between shifts, it seems to vibrate to the motor rpms, along with a higher pitched squeaking that sounds rotational seemingly under the hood...like the way a bad pulley would sound. I was very worried when I heard it tonight. It is cold out but the car was completely warmed up. I do NOT get this vibration like a lot of others during cold starts. It happened right after I got off the highway...I had kind of a poor shift into gear after I got off the exit ramp but I didn't drive it abnormally in any way. I don't beat on it and I only have a short shifter for mods, nothing else.

This squeaking and vibration happened until I shut the car off. When I restarted, it was ok.

Anyone have a similar experience?

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Old 02-04-2010, 02:43 PM   #2
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No one in and 08 or 09 have this prob or just think this has already been covered?

I ran a search before I posted yesterday but no one had quite the same clutch problem.
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:30 PM   #3
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Found the noise on youtube under 09 wrx clutch squeal. Seems like it may be the throwout bearing issue everyone talks about.

I am still not sure about the clutch pedal vibration though.
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:31 PM   #4
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Found the noise on youtube under 09 wrx clutch squeal. Seems like it may be the throwout bearing issue everyone talks about.

I am still not sure about the clutch pedal vibration though.
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:10 PM   #5
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I have the same noise (as the video on youtube). I will be going in for my 2nd oil change (6k) in a week or so and will have them look at it. But I am already preparing for "oh that's normal" or something like that. We'll see.

Mine usually only happens in the morning when the car is cold. I park on a slight incline as well if that has anything to do with it. After work when the car has been parked all day on flat ground, I do not notice it.
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Old 02-06-2010, 05:50 PM   #6
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Today I was accelerating hard on the highway in 4th, but still nowhere near the redline and I started getting the clutch pedal vibration again as well as a rough clutch pedal feeling, felt like it would if the mechanics of the clutch pedal weren't lubed up enough. I am really starting to think there may be a more serious problem here. Within a couple of minutes the vibration in the pedal and the rough feeling went away and felt normal again. I am afraid something isn't doing it's job right.

I will closely monitor the feeling as it comes and goes and address it with Subaru if I feel it again.
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:10 PM   #7
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:37 PM   #8
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i thought it was a throwout bearing. but i had my clutch replaced under warrente and they replaced the throwoutbrearing along with everything else that has to do with the clutch. noise is still there on moist cold starts ......
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Problay throw out bearing
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:50 PM   #10
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I get the same vibration in the pedal intermittently after hard acceleration. Goes away after a depressing the clutch a few times. It's an annoying feeling to say the least. I checked to see if the clutch fork pivot against the slave cylinder push rod is properly lubricated and it was. I'm starting to think the throw out bearing or pressure plate is the source.
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:44 PM   #11
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having the same trouble 2010 about 2k miles. when its cold I get a squeak for a few min, that's louder when its more humid out. I also get vibration when its cold and usually after heavier acceleration, like getting onto the freeway. when I say vibration, I mean an unusual amount of vibration coming through the clutch pedal at the friction point when depressing the clutch pedal.

I'll be asking the dealer about this when I go in for my first oil change.
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:43 PM   #12
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We've been seeing this problem lately on LGT's and late model WRX (push style clutches). The noise is even worse on LGT's that install the WRX flywheel/pressure plate combo. The noise is coming from the clutch fork vibrating against the slave cylinder pin. It can easily be misdiagnosed as a bad throw out bearing. The trick is to drill a small hole on the clutch fork and install a spring to give the clutch fork a slight pressure against the slave cylinder pin (similar to pull style clutches).
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having the same trouble 2010 about 2k miles. when its cold I get a squeak for a few min, that's louder when its more humid out. I also get vibration when its cold and usually after heavier acceleration, like getting onto the freeway. when I say vibration, I mean an unusual amount of vibration coming through the clutch pedal at the friction point when depressing the clutch pedal.

I'll be asking the dealer about this when I go in for my first oil change.
Hi folks, yeah mine wasn't doing this for a while or I wasn't really driving the car too hard for a while because of all the crappy weather. Last night I took a curve fast and accelerated up a hill and I felt it again...I was upset. It still went away after a couple of minutes but I would also say it is an unusual amount of vibration. It can't be normal. Last time I brought it to Subie they could not replicate the problem...of course. I have the problem documented with Subie of America and I will make sure they know I have had another occurrence. I am going to have to start pushing them I think, this needs to be looked at. The lead mechanic at the dealership I go to told me he was willing to have me swing by some time and take him for a ride to show him what I mean but the problem is, I can't replicate the problem myself consistently. Maybe I will have to try to figure out how to make it happen at will so I can show him soon. I feel like the car is being harmed every time this happens...I am afraid something is eventually going to blow apart in there.
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We've been seeing this problem lately on LGT's and late model WRX (push style clutches). The noise is even worse on LGT's that install the WRX flywheel/pressure plate combo. The noise is coming from the clutch fork vibrating against the slave cylinder pin. It can easily be misdiagnosed as a bad throw out bearing. The trick is to drill a small hole on the clutch fork and install a spring to give the clutch fork a slight pressure against the slave cylinder pin (similar to pull style clutches).
Have you been seeing this on stock vehicles as well? I don't hear the noise very often though, mine is the heavy vibration in the clutch pedal, I heard the squeaking noise noise only that one time when the problem really ticked up a while back.
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I sent SoA an email telling them I would potentially pay to have a mechanic open up what they needed to to check out the clutch wear pattern, pressure plate, throwout bearing, and clutch fork. I asked them if this was something we could arrange that would then be covered if they find something that isn't right.

There is definitely an issue, problem is, would that issue be visible if they did open it up...I would hope so but while I am positive there is an issue, I am not positive what it is or if it will be obvious.
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I've got the same problem as the OP. Mine happened last night. Driving to the movie theater, I started getting a horrible vibration in the clutch pedal as I was driving. Both engaging and disengaging the clutch. Came out of the movie, and it was gone. The car has been running normally all day. Did you ever get a response or any kind of resolution from SOA? I'm gonna be stopping by my dealer after work tomorrow.
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How's it going, still haven't gotten to the bottom of the issue. Been trying to duplicate the feeling for Subaru. I have another drive with the shop foreman sometime next week.

What was the temperature in your area when this happened?

I believe it has to be around 50 degrees out, a little chilly, and you have to push the car to about 6K rpm and shift quickly to the next gear.

I made it happen today which I was trying to do shifting from 3rd to 4th and it was 53 degrees out. Last time I drove with the foreman, it was like 70 out and I couldn't get it to happen a single time and I did about 5 or 6 seriously hard pulls to try with him in the car. I really believe the temp outside has a lot to do with it which goes along with the other throwout bearing issues people have had, they get the TOB noise when it is chilly out before the car warms up. I have only gotten the clutch pedal vibration on cooler days.

Please let me know if your dealership comes up with anything and I will be sure to have my guys call yours to get to a resolution. I was even thinking of trading the car in over this but the foreman said even if something blows after the 50K powertrain warranty ends, my claim is as good as gold since I have documented the problem multiple times with SoA and taken a ride with him and he has documented our discussion if nothing else since I wasn't able to get the problem to happen with him.
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It was pretty warm on Saturday when I was having the vibration problem. Probably around 70. Car was fully warmed up too. But I seem to get the throwout bearing squeal no matter what the temperature is


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Interesting, well keep me posted and I will do the same.
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I have been able to duplicate my clutch pedal vibration two days in a row. Yesterday was 53 degrees and today was 50, I can't seem to do it when it is warmer out. This time I was accelerating in 2nd gear to 3rd hitting 6K rpm on each gear and it happened when I let off 3rd.

I am dying to duplicate this for Subaru...
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Good luck, if they find anything keep me posted. I didn't get to the dealer yesterday so I'm hoping to drop off today and hear something tomorrow or Thursday.


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Anything ever come of your issue when you got it to Subaru?
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:26 PM   #23
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I took it in, and had a two techs, the service manager, general manager, and an SOA rep drive the car. They all said it felt fine, and there was nothing wrong. I took the car back, and within a day or two I got the same problem. It went on for a week where every so often the pedal would vibrate horribly after any acceleration over 3k in 2nd. Took it back, and drove with a tech. He said he felt "a little something" but it was around 530 pm so we went back to the dealership.

He said the service manager would call me and set something up since there were no loaners available. Its been two weeks since then. The problem had gone away, but tonight it happened again. I'll be taking the car in again soon to have it checked.

The clutch doesn't slip at all, I just get a horrible vibration in the pedal after hard acceleration.
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Sounds like the same problem I have for sure, I wish I could get a tech to feel it, I hope they figure it out for you at least.

I started thinking it was an engagement issue perhaps, maybe I wasn't pushing the clutch pedal down enough during quick shifting, but I don't rip around often enough to pinpoint anything. I have just been marking down in a notebook the times that it does happen, the temperature, date, shift, and rpms.

I feel a less severe vibration more often which feels like the severe on a smaller scale, but the severe ones are the worst. I hate that I can't duplicate it for a tech. I don't know what to do, I hope they give you some answers and I can follow up, I will make my techs call yours and discuss it if they actually establish and document an issue...I am tired of the run around.

Thanks a ton for the update, I am glad to know someone else at least is getting somewhere with the problem.

Did they tell you what they did last time?
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They just said they drove it normally, and didn't feel anything. It's definitely not an egagement problem though. I always granny shift and wait to really accelerate until I'm fully in gear. Then I floor it, and as soon as I depress the clutch, it vibrates like hell.

It had been working perfectly fine, even under heavy acceleration. Then it happened last night, and again on the way home from work.
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