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Old 06-05-2004, 02:33 PM   #1
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Default Getting Clutch Shudder TSB - problems

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum...

I've had the clutch shudder problem for about 5 or 6 months now, and was recently able to get to Subaru to let them know about it and see what can/can't be done about it. I've read up on it, so I know all the ramifications of how they have to re-produce the problem and go through all the checks before they slap down $1000 worth of parts and labor under warrenty, but I was never told anything about VIN numbers.

I took my car down to Bill Kolb Jr. Subaru in Rockland County, since its closest and the guy (very nice btw) helped me out into looking into this problem. He brought up the TSB on the screen, but pointed out that my VIN range does not match up to the one listed? ***, I never read anything about that in all the Clutch Shudder reports I've seen here and on other forums. Has anyone ever heard of this? Maybe the bulliten was stating that, that range needed something to do with the flywheel and not the whole TSB?

I am going back tuesday so he can call directly to his higher ups and find out if he can test the car, and do the work there. Just wanted to get some info before I headed back next week. Thx!
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Old 06-06-2004, 03:09 PM   #2
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Old 06-07-2004, 03:00 AM   #3
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I brought my car in for clucth shudder and it didn't even really have it. I justknew that my warranty would be over soon and I wanted a new clucth just in case. I took it to the dealer and of course they could not duplictae the problem. I screamed and bitched and let them know that I knew about the TSB until they finally gave in.

I would do that and if it does not work go to every dealership that you can until it does. Get it fixed now before the warranty runs out..
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Old 06-07-2004, 04:07 AM   #4
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Mine has it really bad when I first start the car in the morning, then gets more and more subtle throughout the day. I am at 23,000 miles now, I hope I have enough time to get it done if this place rejects it. I am sure they will replicate the problem, its hard not to when its first started.
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Old 06-07-2004, 11:26 AM   #5
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I heard that some dealers ask you to leave the car over night
so that they can test it out in the morning. Park it over a puddle
and the moisture should creep up into the clutch plates real nice.
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Old 06-07-2004, 11:30 AM   #6
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The clutch judder TSB, http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/prepos/...01031-4238.pdf, only indicates that the improved parts were introduced into production from the start of the 2003 model year. So I would presume that the bulletin is applicable to all 2002 model year WRXes. Oh wait. It says that very thing at the top.
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