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Old 04-21-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
Haohmaru
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Angry 2010 WRX Clutch Chirp & Squeak

Hi All,

My 2010 WRX with 71k has been making that chirping noise for a while now.

And it's textbook:
  • Cold starts (Sometimes warm too)
  • Cold weather (not doing it lately now that it's warmer)
  • Slight press of the clutch stops the chirp
  • When I depress the clutch, the clutch fork makes a little squeak. (Hot or Cold / On or Off)

Here's a video of the clutch fork squeak:

From my research, some point to the throw out bearing, others say that doesn't help at all. Some point to other issues like in these posts:

Besides the chirping and squeaking, the clutch works fine, no slipping or anything that effects my driving.

So I'm looking for something definitive here:
  • Can I just replace the throw out bearing?
  • Should I replace the clutch?
  • Does the mainshaft bearing need to be replaced?
  • It's not making noise anymore, can I just ignore it?
  • Is the clutch fork squeak related? What can be done about that?

Thanks.
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:21 PM   #2
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Chances are its just the throw out bearing..
It's up to you, when you want to replace. If you are looking to upgrade the clutch pack, then it can wait.
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Old 04-21-2012, 05:09 PM   #3
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I would of course rather wait until the clutch begins to slip and make it a full job worth the time and cost.

I'm concerned though, because some posts said a clutch and TOB replacement didn't stop the noise.

The chirping DRIVES ME NUTS.
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:07 PM   #4
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I had this problem with an 08 wrx that I used to own. We had the TOB replaced, but it continued to make the noise shortly after. Ended up replacing the whole clutch, the tech said that pressure plate fingers weren't concentric. Worked fine for the three months before I traded it.

Congrats on making it to 70k though, mine started at at 45k
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:08 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Haohmaru
I would of course rather wait until the clutch begins to slip and make it a full job worth the time and cost.

I'm concerned though, because some posts said a clutch and TOB replacement didn't stop the noise.

The chirping DRIVES ME NUTS.
Have video?
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:36 PM   #6
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Have video?
Of the chirping? No, it hasn't been doing it lately. I'll post one once I catch it in the act.
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:29 AM   #7
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The squeaking is happening here as well. Its been happening for about 7k miles. Usually cold starts first thing in the morning. Im guessing it has something to do with humidity since I live in Texas. Dealership said they would replace the clutch/throw-out bearing whenever I wanted. So I figured I'd wait until the end of the warranty.
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:09 AM   #8
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The thowout bearing may not be the cause. A lot of 08+ WRXs have this issue and it had to do with poor welding of the bracket that holds the pedal. One local had an 08 WRX that the dealership denied any issue when he brought it in at around 40k miles then a few thousand more miles the whole pedal assembly broke from the weak welds and they covered it then. I have an appointment soon to have mine looked at.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:42 PM   #9
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The thowout bearing may not be the cause. A lot of 08+ WRXs have this issue and it had to do with poor welding of the bracket that holds the pedal. One local had an 08 WRX that the dealership denied any issue when he brought it in at around 40k miles then a few thousand more miles the whole pedal assembly broke from the weak welds and they covered it then. I have an appointment soon to have mine looked at.
Whole pedal assembly broke? Sheesh, let us know what they find.
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