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Old 01-15-2007, 11:57 PM   #1
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Default Clutch Shudder--Worth Fixing?

Well, my WRX still has the infamous clutch shudder. I'm nearing the end of my warranty, so I figured I'd check with the folks here to see if you think it's worth having SOA fix?

I guess the decision is between:
1) Dealing with the clutch shudder....or
2) having dealership try to fix it...and dealing with all the stuff they will likely screw up in the process of fixing the clutch.

Of course, if the dealership fixes don't last long or if the clutch shudder can cause drivetrain damage, then those would be factors to consider...
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Old 01-16-2007, 12:01 AM   #2
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I had mine fixed no questions asked, and they replace the whole clutch/flywheel assembly with an upgraded unit...haven't had a problem since. Might as well get it taken care of while it's free
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Old 01-16-2007, 12:11 AM   #3
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If you can get it done for free, definitely do it. I'm guessing you'll have a tough time getting it covered though.
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Old 01-16-2007, 10:37 AM   #4
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if you can get it done under warranty do it,

if not I wouldn't worry too much about it.


clutch shuddering for the past 138,000 miles

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Old 01-16-2007, 11:16 AM   #5
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learn to drive around it. unless it is really bad, it should only be a combination of temperature, rpm, and load that cause it. changing any one of those (different rpm or speed of engagement to change load) should keep it from shuddering.
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Old 01-16-2007, 02:31 PM   #6
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learn to drive around it. unless it is really bad, it should only be a combination of temperature, rpm, and load that cause it. changing any one of those (different rpm or speed of engagement to change load) should keep it from shuddering.
this is what i do

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Old 01-16-2007, 02:35 PM   #7
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What warranty are you referring to? The shudder was only repaired for free under the 3/36 bumper-to-bumper which has long passed, it is not covered by the powertrain warranty.
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Old 01-16-2007, 03:00 PM   #8
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What warranty are you referring to? The shudder was only repaired for free under the 3/36 bumper-to-bumper which has long passed, it is not covered by the powertrain warranty.
Dammit, mine didn't really have the shudder problem until it was 4 years old. I figured clutch = drivetrain so it would still be covered...
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Old 01-16-2007, 03:21 PM   #9
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Nope, the shudder fix was a TSB and those are only done under the 3/36.
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Old 01-17-2007, 01:49 AM   #10
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What exactly is clutch shudder?
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Old 01-17-2007, 08:53 AM   #11
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What exactly is clutch shudder?
earlier wrx's had a lighter flywheel, and combined with the clutch, would shudder when you let off the clutch from a stop. (entire car would shake from the clutch more or less bouncing)

as i mentioned above, only at certain temps, rpms, and loads. The fix was a heavier flywheel IIRC.
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Old 01-17-2007, 09:21 AM   #12
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earlier wrx's had a lighter flywheel, and combined with the clutch, would shudder when you let off the clutch from a stop. (entire car would shake from the clutch more or less bouncing)

as i mentioned above, only at certain temps, rpms, and loads. The fix was a heavier flywheel IIRC.
When I had the clutch replaced I made sure I got the "non" fixed parts. I didn't want it dumbed down, but that was an option. Maybe once or twice a month I have to finese the clutch from a stop, to keep this little bit modified wrx from jumping all over the road.
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:10 AM   #13
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Nope, the shudder fix was a TSB and those are only done under the 3/36.

3/36 that was sooooo long ago!!
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