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Old 05-13-2014, 11:06 PM   #151
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Any of these cars have stock clutches in them?
I had a stock clutch when it started
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:47 AM   #152
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Any of these cars have stock clutches in them?
Mine has stock clutch as well.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:27 AM   #153
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I have an 09 with 90k on it and the stock clutch and it sometimes squeaks
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:35 PM   #154
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Sorry to raise a dead thread, but add me to the list:

2009 WRX
Stage 2
Stock Clutch
108k

Started squeaking and clicking about 2 weeks back, then last week I was having trouble shifting... did the old search-a-roo and found out I was one of the unlucky ones.

1) Dealership (outsourcing to bodyshop) quote $2400
2) SoA contacted and ball is rolling there
3) Complaint filed with NHTSA
4) My insurance co. is also investigating to check if there's any claim, for extra caution (though it's a longshot)
4) Updates to come... keep your fingers crossed!
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:54 PM   #155
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Mine is doing it also, I am going to DIY it myself and post a howto
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:25 AM   #156
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Sorry to raise a dead thread, but add me to the list:

2009 WRX
Stage 2
Stock Clutch
108k

Started squeaking and clicking about 2 weeks back, then last week I was having trouble shifting... did the old search-a-roo and found out I was one of the unlucky ones.

1) Dealership (outsourcing to bodyshop) quote $2400
2) SoA contacted and ball is rolling there
3) Complaint filed with NHTSA
4) My insurance co. is also investigating to check if there's any claim, for extra caution (though it's a longshot)
4) Updates to come... keep your fingers crossed!

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SoA responded with this boilerplate nonsense:

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Hi Mr. Tirkish:
I have reviewed your case and we can offer $500 towards the repairs based on age and mileage.

So, I immediately responded with the following:


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Hi xxxxx,

I'm not sure I understand.

Does Subaru consider the firewall and clutch assembly "wear items" that require general maintenance in a 5 year old car?

My car is currently inoperable, the firewall has a breach due to a manufacturing defect and there is a potential of completely losing both clutch and brake functionality altogether.

I would imagine Subaru would step forward and resolve the issue for me, as it has done on many other 08-11 Imprezas with the exact same issue and with various ages and mileages all over the US. A manufacturer with such a high regard for vehicle safety selling a vehicle with this kind of defect is just shocking to me.

I'm trying to avoid the hassle and heartache of joining one of several class action lawsuits being filed by Subaru owners over this very issue. ( http://www.subarufirewallclassaction.com/ ). This is my second Subaru (my first I drove daily for 9 years), and my family's fourth (my brother bought the first Hybrid CrossTrek sold in Maine a few months ago). This has really put a tarnish on our brand loyalty.

That said, I also find the quote that my dealer's bodyshop submitted is astoundingly high. The repair requires the removal of the dash (1 hour of labor) and a small amount of welding. I've also already spent $200 on a rental car for this week while waiting to get this resolved.

I would like to find some kind of solidarity with SoA on this.
It worked.

I sat for 3 days, received a phone call from my SoA contact and was told that they decided to cover the whole enchilada... they negotiated with the dealer's body shop, and got the final bill down to $2100.

I paid nothing.

SoA also stepped up and paid for 5 days car rental, as the dealership did not have a loaner car.

Moral of the story: be cordial, but firm. SoA knows this is an issue and that they are responsible. Feel free to use my letter if it helps you.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:29 AM   #157
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Wanted to add my case. 2009 WRX with 60000 kilometers. As far as I know it's the stock clutch (second owner of the car). Started having the problem at about 45000 (that's probably when the first weld broke). It only got worse over time. Took off the windshield wiper cowling and seen the broken welds. Even with video of the broken weld spots the dealership was still skeptical. They wanted me to bring it back to them a week later when a subaru canada rep was going to be there. I didn't want to take any chances so I stripped the dash before I brought it back. I was able to show them the broken welds without any doubt. They agreed to fix in good faith but wouldn't put back on my dash lol. I was okay with that.

Got the car back after a week and a day later the clutch pedal feel is even worse. Brutal squeak and crunch feeling from it when coming off the pedal to let it re-engage. It was so bad that I even took off the windshield wiper cowling again because I thought I had rebroken the welds. That was not the case. The welding job was very good and it is absolutely rock solid near the top of the bracket. However, this has now exposed another problem. The firewall around the master clutch cylinder is terribly thin. Every time I depress the clutch pedal the clutch cylinder travels about a 1/2 inch, bending/warping the firewall. It gives a terrible feeling in the clutch pedal. Again much worse than before.

I thought about putting in a grimspeed master cylinder brace in but that's for the brake cylinder. The way the firewall bends when the clutch is depressed actually pulls the brake cylinder inwards, towards the driver, as it pushes the clutch cylinder outwards. The cylinder brace wouldn't do anything to help this unless you welded it to the master cylinder lol.

I saw that armyofcase on these forums has set up some sort of brace that connects his pedal assembly to the internal structure of his dash. The next chance I get for some time to work on the car I'm going to pull the dash again and see about fabricating something similar.

Really disheartening that I would have to go through this kind of trouble myself to fix an issue that is really a design flaw in the car.
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Old 07-09-2014, 09:09 PM   #158
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So, click started to come back, what a pain. I attempted to do what I'd done before... the first time I got lucky. Read below.

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Just wanted to let you know that I just welded all the spot welds from the outside of the vehicle. I wouldnt recommend it. I was doing one spot at a time, and on the last one to the far left, the jute on the inside of the vehicle started smoldering. Took me a while to get the pieces of jute that were smoldering out of the vehicle.

But the pedal is better. But this is NOT a fix. It doesnt feel like it will last a long time.
This happened to me... and it scared the **** out of me. It started with a little vapor, then got really smokey. I ran and got the water hose, sprayed the outside for about 30 seconds, then it got much worse. I ended up spraying a bit up under my dash before it went out. DO NOT WELD FROM THE OUTSIDE!

I pulled my dash out today, took about 3 hours to get out. Immediately, I saw the insulation had charred under the dash.

As far as the clutch, I sank 6 1/4" self-tapping screws, built a brace out of 2 pieces of 6" long 1/8" strips of sheet metal, ran a bead along the trouble area, then welded a 1/2" tube of DOM to the steel dash tube frame just above the fuse box. This took about 6 hours, it is strong, and the click is long gone, though, the clutch pedal started squeaking. I lubed all the pivot points with tri-flow, and now it is quiet and not so damn firm.

If I had it to do again, I would have went to my local Subaru and contacted SOA to have this fixed on their dime. However, I like tinkering, so it really wasn't horrible until I had the mental realization "I have to put this all back together now."

It took about and hour and a half to get the dash back together. The glovebox light wire went missing... However, I'm not pulling it all back apart to find that damn wire.

tl;dr - Don't weld from the outside, just be politely persistent with SOA and have them fix the blasted thing.
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Old 08-27-2014, 11:33 AM   #159
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I just read this whole thread and I'm concerned I have the same problem but I have a 2013 WRX. Can this firewall issue affect my model year? When I depress my clutch there is a creaking noise and then when I let up on the clutch there is a clicking noise. I've brought it in to the dealership twice and both times they said they could barely hear anything and what they did hear was normal. I can post a video later with the noises to see what you guys think.
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:58 PM   #160
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Default Firewall Weld Issue - affects all 08 to 14 WRX

I have a 2011 WRX (no engine or clutch mods) and have the same issue.

My clutch is slipping and needs replacement after only 47k and when I took it to Subaru dealership 2 weeks ago to look at all they said was that the clutch was slipping. I then took it to a Subaru tuning shop to replace my clutch (Precision Tuning, NJ) and they said it had the firewall issue. All they had to look at was the firewall flexing while looking under the hood.

I called SOA to open an incident and they said I had to take it to the dealership to get it reviewed and then they would contact the dealership.

I am betting they will attempt to either charge me to have them review it which I am not paying. So annoying.

I am not fixing this myself so I will complain to everyone and anyone until I get this resolved...

to be continued.

This issue affect all WRX from 08 - 14, plus I heard a few people with a 2015 that might have the same issue. If you are thinking of getting a 08-14, don't unless you get a STI because the transmission is different and does not cause the problem even though the welds are the same.
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Old 09-14-2014, 12:08 AM   #161
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After more searching about this problem I think this is the best way to fix it: PSA: The dreaded clutch clicks, squeaks and pops. Along with welding or bolting the broken welds underneath the wiper cowl.
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