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Old 04-26-2013, 11:46 AM   #1
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Default Clutch weld to firewall broke!

There are threads with 08-11 wrx's with this issue, but I could not find anyone from socal on them that have had the same issue. I am just trying to figure out if anyone local has experienced this problem and if so, what dealership they took it to. Some people have had success with Subaru fixing the issue, but all at east coast dealerships. My car will not go into gear, so I will have to have it towed to a dealership today. Any help would be much appreciated. Even if it is just a good connection that someone has at one of the local dealerships.

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Old 04-26-2013, 12:14 PM   #2
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Curious, what Mods are you running?
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:03 PM   #3
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Stage 2. None of which has anything to do with the welds. Seems like i just have to cross my fingers and hope SOA will fix the issue or I am going to be ripping out my dash and welding as best i can. Would still help if anyone has a connection to a service guy at a dealership that can write a legit report instead of some tech that doesnt give two cents about me.
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:16 PM   #4
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I heard this is a popular problem, I don't foresee any issues with SOA, I think my buddy had that problem and he had it fixed no problem
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:23 PM   #5
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Ill be hoping for that. Thanks bobblehead

Anyone with a connect at Santa Monica Subaru?
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:45 PM   #6
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We've had a customer with this problem. Dealership welded the firewall for him. As long as it's under the 3 year 36,000 mile warranty you'll be fine. I don't know if they'll cover it with the powertrain warranty though. :/
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:35 PM   #7
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steve, let me know if the dealership treats you right. iirc you are out of both bumper to bumper and powertrain warranty right?
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:45 PM   #8
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anybody have pictures of this? I want to check mine.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:55 PM   #9
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How can you possibly say a stage 2 setup has nothing to do with the welds? More power, added stresses to a car that wasn't designed for it. Sure I could see mods indirectly adding to the possibility of a failure. But to stay on track and keep this post relevant, the master tech and the dealer I go to said he had to fix one. Pulled the dash, welded it back up, not a fun or quick job.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:08 PM   #10
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How can you possibly say a stage 2 setup has nothing to do with the welds? More power, added stresses to a car that wasn't designed for it. Sure I could see mods indirectly adding to the possibility of a failure. But to stay on track and keep this post relevant, the master tech and the dealer I go to said he had to fix one. Pulled the dash, welded it back up, not a fun or quick job.
this happened even on stock cars fyi. i dont see how a stage 2 would affect the clutch pedal welds. maybe a more aggressive clutch.
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Old 04-28-2013, 03:49 PM   #11
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this happened even on stock cars fyi. i dont see how a stage 2 would affect the clutch pedal welds. maybe a more aggressive clutch.
It's too bad this is even an issue. But at least I feel better knowing a local dealer has had to fix it so if I ever have the issue it is fixable. Seam weld the whole damn thing if it let's go lol
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:07 PM   #12
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I am out of warranty Chino. Luckily I have been pm'ed by 6 people with their info and correspondence with SOA where they fixed the welds even when out of warranty. Should help greatly imo. SOA should contact me tomorrow and I will post what happens. As long as everything runs smooth, we will have a connect at a west la dealership with knowledge of the issue that can help others in the future that run into the same problem.

Dont think the intake and exhaust would be the cause of the cheap welds breaking...

The people and information from these links were very helpful. Goleee there are pictures.


http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2457773

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...2184210&page=2
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:42 PM   #13
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please keep us posted. my pedal squeaks and clicks, so i might not far behind you.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:40 PM   #14
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:43 AM   #15
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I am out of warranty Chino. Luckily I have been pm'ed by 6 people with their info and correspondence with SOA where they fixed the welds even when out of warranty. Should help greatly imo. SOA should contact me tomorrow and I will post what happens. As long as everything runs smooth, we will have a connect at a west la dealership with knowledge of the issue that can help others in the future that run into the same problem.

Dont think the intake and exhaust would be the cause of the cheap welds breaking...

The people and information from these links were very helpful. Goleee there are pictures.


http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2457773

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...2184210&page=2
How did you contact SOA? By phone or email? Do you mind PMing me some info and correspondence as well? I need to do this soon. My clutch engagement point is changing and i think its due to this problem
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:48 PM   #16
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Soooooo not exactly what I was hoping for but I am definitely ok with the outcome. Total cost for repair was 860 and SOA is covering $500 of it. They also took care of the dash labor for the takeout/back in which they at first wanted me to pay $1100 for. I am out of warranty so I have no problem agreeing to these terms. If you are under warranty, they take care of it at no cost. So if you experience any of the clicky pedals or you see the brake pedal moving when you engage the clutch, TAKE IT IN!!! You do have to nag SOA, i repeat YOU HAVE TO NAG the ***t out of SOA, every day and stand up for some basic things you will not pay for.

Dan in service at Santa Monica was patient with me and SOA during this past week. Hopefully they do a good job. Guess we will learn that over time.

I do believe that this is a Subaru manufacturing problem that we are not at fault for, but at the same time I def didnt want to take the time doing it myself and not really know for sure what i was doing. Let alone keep incurring the cost of the rental car.

Car should be done by tomorrow. So all in all it took 10 days of them having my car and calling SOA every day telling them how insane they were for not fixing this and all the charges they wanted me to incur. Hopefully more people will start taking their cars while still under warranty and forcing the dealer to fix the problem when they hear the click. Maybe they will actually fix the issue in the future. I will definitely be notifying any wrx owner i meet from now on to watch out for this.

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Old 05-02-2013, 06:23 PM   #17
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Soooooo not exactly what I was hoping for but I am definitely ok with the outcome. Total cost for repair was 860 and SOA is covering $500 of it. They also took care of the dash labor for the takeout/back in which they at first wanted me to pay $1100 for. I am out of warranty so I have no problem agreeing to these terms. If you are under warranty, they take care of it at no cost. So if you experience any of the clicky pedals or you see the brake pedal moving when you engage the clutch, TAKE IT IN!!! You do have to nag SOA, i repeat YOU HAVE TO NAG the ***t out of SOA, every day and stand up for some basic things you will not pay for.

Dan in service at Santa Monica was patient with me and SOA during this past week. Hopefully they do a good job. Guess we will learn that over time.

I do believe that this is a Subaru manufacturing problem that we are not at fault for, but at the same time I def didnt want to take the time doing it myself and not really know for sure what i was doing. Let alone keep incurring the cost of the rental car.

Car should be done by tomorrow. So all in all it took 10 days of them having my car and calling SOA every day telling them how insane they were for not fixing this and all the charges they wanted me to incur. Hopefully more people will start taking their cars while still under warranty and forcing the dealer to fix the problem when they hear the click. Maybe they will actually fix the issue in the future. I will definitely be notifying any wrx owner i meet from now on to watch out for this.

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Steve,

Glad to hear they will take care of part of the cost. Just a quick question, how long did your clutch click and squeak before it totally went out? Additionally, for us out of bumper to bumper but still under powertrain, are we in the same situation as you or does the powertrain cover this fix?

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Old 05-03-2013, 12:12 PM   #18
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It lasted for around 3 months from when I noticed it. Sounded like it was hitting on the plastic. The next meet we are both at, I can let you know if the sound is similar to what I was hearing.
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Will be taking mine in next Saturday, already contacted SOA regarding the issue. Any pointers or advice, I see u had to get on them for 10 days straight before they fixed your issue. Did you have to pay any money upfront? Also why did they not give you a rental on their behalf?
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:18 PM   #20
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Will be taking mine in next Saturday, already contacted SOA regarding the issue. Any pointers or advice, I see u had to get on them for 10 days straight before they fixed your issue. Did you have to pay any money upfront? Also why did they not give you a rental on their behalf?
subiezilla, is your pedal just clicking/squeaking or does your car not go in ear?
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:43 PM   #21
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It just depends on how long it takes them to get a regional rep out to look at the problem. Just so happened to take that long and 2 days for the fix. If you are under warranty you may get a rental?
I honestly don't have any advice besides what I stated above. Other then that I got nothing. They fixed my issue out of warranty. They could have easily just said no and pushed me under the rug. Even with my "mods" and having a stage 2 clutch they still did it. I am happy with the customer service and feel i had a very different experience from some other people's I have read about.
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subiezilla, is your pedal just clicking/squeaking or does your car not go in ear?
Pedal squeaks and clicks, brake pedal shifts a little when clutch is pressed. Also the clutch master cylinder moves when the clutch is pumped. I'm out of my 3 year bumper to bumper ...
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:34 AM   #23
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When you guys refer to the brake pedal moving when the clutch is pressed, how much movement indicates a problem? They're both attached to the same mechanism and a lot of the metal Subaru uses seems to be pretty thin -- is some movement going to be normal?
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When you guys refer to the brake pedal moving when the clutch is pressed, how much movement indicates a problem? They're both attached to the same mechanism and a lot of the metal Subaru uses seems to be pretty thin -- is some movement going to be normal?
Bump this question, I also never noticed if it moved before the squeaky and clicky pedal noise started.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:28 PM   #25
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When you guys refer to the brake pedal moving when the clutch is pressed, how much movement indicates a problem? They're both attached to the same mechanism and a lot of the metal Subaru uses seems to be pretty thin -- is some movement going to be normal?

mine doesnt quite move as much, but it does deflect back a little and it seems to the left too.
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