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Old 10-21-2005, 01:56 AM   #1
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Default Need help with 86 GL Wagon Clutch Info

Have a 1986 GL Wagon. Think it's a 1.6 Over 180K miles.
Clutch is about gone. Slips in every gear whenever the car is going up hill at any angle.
My regular mechanic says the clutch cannot be adjusted, and will have to be replaced. And more than that, that it's not an easy job, and will cost a great deal in labor.
True? What are my options? How much should I expect to pay for this work, including parts?
Many thanks!
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Old 10-21-2005, 09:56 AM   #2
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Your mechanic is mistaken. the clutch is adjustable. pretty easy to adjust. IIRC, the adjustment nut is 10mm (don't remember for sure, haven't adjusted mine in a while)

Not terribly difficult to replace either.. However, it does involve either dropping the tranny, or moving the motor out of the way.. (either sliding it forward or removing it)

Sounds to me like your mechanic doesn't know anything about subarus and is scared of them.
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Old 10-22-2005, 01:15 AM   #3
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What he said. If its slipping maybe try loosening the clutch cable... if that doesnt fix it then its probably too worn.
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Old 10-22-2005, 01:23 AM   #4
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or your mechanic knows plenty about subarus, and wants to make a buck or two off ya...

Unfortunately, dishonest mechanics are not as uncommon as they should be!

I changed the clutch on my '83 Gl Wagon in about 4 or 5 hours, and I had never done it before...

About two years later, I changed both halfshafts AND the clutch on my girlfriends '89 gl sedan, and that job took me about 5 hours total, including the time it took me to take the old halfshafts down to a machine shop to get the wheel axle assembally pushed off w/ a hydraulic press.

If it takes me that long w/ basic tools and little experience, then a competent mechanic should be able to shave an hour off at least wouldn't you think? With a shop, air tools, other mechanics, most likely a lift, and all the other benefits of being a professional mechanic, I would sure hope so.

Good luck!
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Old 10-31-2005, 07:53 AM   #5
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or your mechanic knows plenty about subarus, and wants to make a buck or two off ya...

Unfortunately, dishonest mechanics are not as uncommon as they should be!

I changed the clutch on my '83 Gl Wagon in about 4 or 5 hours, and I had never done it before...

About two years later, I changed both halfshafts AND the clutch on my girlfriends '89 gl sedan, and that job took me about 5 hours total, including the time it took me to take the old halfshafts down to a machine shop to get the wheel axle assembally pushed off w/ a hydraulic press.

If it takes me that long w/ basic tools and little experience, then a competent mechanic should be able to shave an hour off at least wouldn't you think? With a shop, air tools, other mechanics, most likely a lift, and all the other benefits of being a professional mechanic, I would sure hope so.

Good luck!
Too right mate!!
Get a wrx box in and out in 1hr 45 mins!! That includes changing the flywheel!! I think my record on a dual range outback is 13minutes for trans out! EJ25 (SOHC), BOTH headgaskets, engine out, back in, valves adjusted, running, washed hands, wrote warranty story-in....wait for it......
3hr 59 mins, (sounds better than 4 hours dont it?)

Not that I'M pullimg my own cord or anything!

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Old 11-04-2005, 08:06 PM   #6
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i honsetly think just about anyone can change a clutch is these cars. get a engine hoist, a friend and some metric wrenches and sockets, label everything you take apart and replace the clutch. there are poeple here that will guide you through this if you dont understand something.



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Old 11-07-2005, 11:03 PM   #7
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and since its a '86 GL, it should be a 1.8 liter, not a 1.6 liter...
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Old 11-11-2005, 12:49 AM   #8
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and if you want a stronger pressure plate and clutch, buy an XT-6 clutch kit and have your flywheel machined down to XT-6 specifacations. you have the EA-82 motor, SOHC, 8-valve motor.


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