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Old 04-21-2010, 07:16 PM   #1
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Default 2008 WRX Clutch Problems - Anyone else?

So we have two 2008 WRX's, now both have had clutch issues.

We can drive stick, here is a background:
1961 Corvette 4MT - no issues w/ clutch
1968 GTO 4MT - no issues w/ clutch
1971 Corvette 4MT - no issues w/ clutch
1986 Scirrocco 5MT - no issues w/ clutch
2002 RSX 5MT - 51,000 miles no issues w/ clutch
2005 WRX 5MT 276whp, 263lb-ft - 55,000 miles no issues w/ clutch
2005 OBXT 5MT - 50,000 miles no issues w/ clutch

Cars with issues:

2008 WRX Sedan 5MT - @ 11,000 miles (today 51,000)
The car had never had an issue, slip, or anything. While driving on the highway I go to shift to 5th gear and the clutch has problems disengaging. The clutch pedal slowwwwwwwwwwwwly comes up. We take it to the local dealership who says it needs a new clutch. SOA warranties a new clutch. We get the car back... now it doesn't shift into gear easily. SOA warranties a new transmission due to bent forks (weren't bent before we dropped it off). They put in the new transmission and now the clutch is squeaking. I take it to a different dealership who replaces under warranty the clutch Slave cylinder. (I believe slave cyl was the issue the whole time)

The car now has 51,xxx miles without any issues. Driving style has not changed. This is clearly a mechanical defect.

Solution: Subaru replaces clutch, transmission and slave cylinder.

2008 WRX Hatch 5MT - 37,000 miles
The car had never had an issue, slip, or anything. This weekend driving on the highway go to shift and now this cars clutch slowwwwwwwwwly disengages. Usually when clutches go, they go over time, or from some drag racing. These cars are stock, never launched.

We have just dropped it off to be looked at and are awaiting a report. My guess is that the slave cylinder has broken on this one too thus causing the clutch to not want to disengage easily.

Solution: Subaru replaced the clutch assembly. They gave us concessions of $500. We paid $900 out of pocket.



Has anyone else had these issues w/ their 2008+ WRX!?
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:09 PM   #2
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had a clutch issue of my first 08. had about 15,000 never had a problem till one day the car wouldnt shift into 1st and 2nd gear. dealership told me the clutch had blown and it was replaced under warrenty. they didnt give me to much detail of exactly what went wrong but i was happy they replaced it.
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Old 04-28-2010, 07:36 PM   #3
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The only issue I've had back in June of 2009 was a pressure spring or some sort come off from the clutch assembly. It was replaced under warranty and apparently, has popped out again. I still have yet to take it in to get replace but this spring causes the clutch to whistle under pressure for the first 10 minutes of start up and when temps are super cold: under 50 degrees.
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:25 AM   #4
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i have a 2008 wrx, bought used with 36990 in Dec 2009 has 40,000 on it now 4/29/2010. Its making the throw out bearing squeak. I dont beat the car at all, but i did notice that some days the clutch pedal is harder to push in and some days easier. I used to drive an audi TT brought it with 19,000 mile drove it till 90,000 and the clutch was just starting to go.

Sometimes its hard to get from 1st to 2nd, or into reverse, but i was thinking tranny mount.

Just hope I dont have to replace this one yet.

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Old 04-29-2010, 08:22 PM   #5
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Sometimes its hard to get from 1st to 2nd, or into reverse, but i was thinking tranny mount.
Pump the clutch to get into reverse. That's normal for Subaru.

If 2nd gear is knotchy... not sure, shouldnt really be. try test driving a brand new one to see.
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:46 PM   #6
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My 08 had issues too and it turned out to be the throw-out bearing sticking which caused the clutch to burn up.
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Old 04-29-2010, 10:08 PM   #7
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My 08 had issues too and it turned out to be the throw-out bearing sticking which caused the clutch to burn up.
Did they warranty the clutch repair? How many miles did you have?
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Old 04-29-2010, 10:10 PM   #8
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I have:

Clutch replaced at 25k under warranty, now my car makes some crazy noises. While depressing the clutch pedal it squeaks. It used to only be during cold and under start up but now it is all the time had it to the dealership three times for this and they didn't do anything for it. My car is now at 38800, and obviously out of warranty. I have heard of a problem with the 08 having a crack in the firewall which results in the squeak.

Also my clutch pedal has dead space at the top of it, and gets insanely firm, I am talking firmer than my friends twin plate carbon clutch in his sti 6spd swapped Forester. I had an xb with 70k on it and no problems with the clutch I can say that I was much harder on the xb than the rex, as far as shifting goes. obviously there is more to the story just tooooo much to type.

So what I am doing since mine is out of warranty will be new clutch, master cylinder and stress test the firewall to see if there is a crack in it. I hope to not have to weld it, just sick of the way it feels.
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:14 PM   #9
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After my clutch was replaced on the sedan i had a horrible squeak. I took it to a different (better but out of state) dealership and they figured out that the slave cylinder (works w/ the master) was faulty. They replaced it, and the squeak has never retrurned.

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Old 04-29-2010, 11:20 PM   #10
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hmmmmmmm I may have to look into the slave cylinder then. Did you have a weird play in your clutch that you also felt when your foot is on the brake and you let go of the clutch pedal??? It is so hard to explain on the forums. But if you had the feeling of the dead space then you would know what I mean. If you did have this then did the slave cylinder replacement solve this???
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:35 PM   #11
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Sorry I didn't have play.

My hatch clutch is now super light. Lighter than when the sedans was replaced. I think. Also the car doesn't turn over te same. Sounds muted compared to before.
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:10 PM   #12
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At 18,xxx miles on my '08 (wow you guys have lots of miles!), no issues. But I'll definately be paying attention to the clutch as i get nearer to 40k.
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:53 PM   #13
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I don't know if this helps but my 2009 2.5i had a clutch issue. It would squeak whenever i pushed it in. Took it to the dealer and it turns out they had to pull the whole tranny out to replace the clutch. I got a free tranny flush in the process.

Here's a little more background with this issue.

http://www.3gwrx.com/forum/index.php?topic=9261.0
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Old 05-01-2010, 06:59 PM   #14
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Hmmmm...

My '09 has started squeaking occassionally when pushing the clutch in. Must keep an eye on that. Only 22,000 KM
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Old 05-01-2010, 07:26 PM   #15
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Interesting thread. My car has a squeak when I push the clutch in as well. I took it to the dealership and they said they couldn't hear it.... I was just ignoring it until I read this. I am at 24k miles now and I took it in around 16k when I first noticed the noise so at least it is documented that the problem existed then.
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:44 AM   #16
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good luck to all there was one guy who had a crack in his firewall and the squeak. I have the squeak and have had it since 30k with a clutch being replaced around 25k. I am now at 39k and pretty pissed it didn't get warrantied. Owell, not sure what the solution will be maybe a six speed once it ****s the bed. Broke now so hopefully it doesn't break anytime soon.
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:08 PM   #17
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Just took my '08 WRX in today for the same sort of deal:

At operating temp,
-chirping noise (throw out bearing possibly?) that goes away when clutch pedal is pushed in
-squeaking noise that can be heard outside the car, when the clutch pedal is pushed in
-clutch pedal firmness increases with the above two

~26K miles here.

edit=replaced the throw out bearing under warranty, haven't picked up the car yet but hopefully that was 100% the issue.

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Old 05-04-2010, 05:47 PM   #18
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On my 2009 STI...

Issue: An audible clicking noise is heard when depressing or releasing the clutch pedal, near the top of the pedal travel. This clicking sensation can also be felt through the pedal itself. It seemed more apparent when I had the brake pedal depressed at the same time. Nothing major, but it felt like something was loose down there...

This issue started a couple thousand kilometers into the car's life.

At the dealer: At around 5000 kilometers, I took it to my dealer. They took a look at it and told me they tightened/lubed the pedal linkage/assembly. Problem went away for a while after that.

Another couple thousand kilometers later, the problem returns.

Now at 9000 kilometers, back to the dealer for a second look. They dig under the dash to give the firewall a good look - that area is okay apparently. They inform me they'll be ordering a whole new pedal assembly for me, to be replaced under warranty.

So that's where I am now. Just waiting for the new parts to arrive at the dealer.
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The only issue I've had back in June of 2009 was a pressure spring or some sort come off from the clutch assembly. It was replaced under warranty and apparently, has popped out again. I still have yet to take it in to get replace but this spring causes the clutch to whistle under pressure for the first 10 minutes of start up and when temps are super cold: under 50 degrees.
Sounds like the issue I had.
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...+clutch&page=2
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:49 PM   #20
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I still have the squeak at start when partially engaging the clutch and now when my clutch is about half way out the pedal has a click. It feels like something is not connected right(you can feel it with your foot it is not an audible click). Who knows, I am sure the dealer won't be able to recreate it.

Just bringing this thread back. Anyone have any new info?
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:05 PM   #21
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My clutch, even in my 05 WRX made a click noise. That is normal. A squeak is different and can either be cured w/ grease or WD-40. If it is a loud vrrrt then you might need your slave cylinder replaced.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:36 PM   #22
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As this is my 3rd wrx I know how the clutch is supposed to feel. And as I said it is not audible. It is more of a clank in the middle of the engagement. The dealer lubricated the cylinder to no avail. As you may have read on 3gwrx there are some issues with the 08 clutch mechanism. I guess I should be posting there rather than on nasioc but this place is an old habit.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:47 AM   #23
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08 Sedan with 46,000 miles. 330 WHP 323 lbs torque. No clutch problems.
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Old 06-02-2010, 11:24 PM   #24
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any of you guys getting this clutch problem fixed with a modded car?
well more so i should ask are you getting the squeak fixed with a modded car or having any problems with it?
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good luck to all there was one guy who had a crack in his firewall and the squeak. I have the squeak and have had it since 30k with a clutch being replaced around 25k. I am now at 39k and pretty pissed it didn't get warrantied. Owell, not sure what the solution will be maybe a six speed once it ****s the bed. Broke now so hopefully it doesn't break anytime soon.
You might be able to get it covered under warranty. Power train is 60k and this issue should be considered power train
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