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Old 02-15-2020, 03:15 PM   #1
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Default 03 WRX stage 2 clutch issues

Hey all. The car had a stage 2 clutch installed around 100k miles, now has 121K. Not sure what brand. Bought it from a dealer. It used to be the owners kids car before he got an evo I didn't have any issues with the car for the first 1000 miles, but now the clutch seems to slip when doing pulls in 3rd and 4th gear around 3500 when the turbo really gets spooled. Never had a manual before, so I'm not totally sure its the clutch but gathering from all i've read I don't think it's anything else. It never slips in 1st gear, sometimes second. The rpm's will jump from 3000-3500 quickly to 5-6000, and float around there while accelerating. Doesn't feel like a solid link to the engine. I tried adjusting the clutch pedal since I thought it may not be fully enaging since it was near the top, and it worked at first but then seemed to go back to old habits a few days later. https://www.clubwrx.net/threads/adju...-pedal.103123/ The clutch is apparently rated for 400hp, and with only 21k i wasn't expecting to have to replace the clutch already >.< I was wondering if there is anything else it could be, whether that be bad tranny fluid or maybe differential issues? Thanks, first post here. Excited to contribute
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Old 02-15-2020, 06:52 PM   #2
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Sounds like the clutch is definitely slipping.That's exactly how a clutch slips. I highly doubt it's anything else. Allot of times unexperience driving wears the clutch really early. I know i went through clutches when i first started driving manual. You can smell the clutch when you're wearing it out too much on take off.

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Old 02-15-2020, 07:34 PM   #3
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that clutch plate is most likely worn down by the sound of it and its eventually going to start slipping all the time, to the point where it will become undriveable probably during the next 1000 miles by what you are describing, It will get worse in cold weather too. If you bought the car during the summer or fall it may not have been cold enough for you to notice it that much and now that the weather is colder its showing up. They probably beat the crap out of it after the new clutch was installed and wore it out prematurely.
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Old 02-16-2020, 12:54 PM   #4
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Clutches are NOT rated by horsepower, but by torque. Now that this is in the right forum, go search for and read the post titled Clutch & Flyweel FAQ. Get your flywheel resurfaced at clutch swap time. If you are the typical Stage 2 tune or less, just get a new OEM clutch and nothing more unless you find a superstar sale on say a stage 1 clutch from whatever maker. If you are above Stage 2, then you need to consider something better than OEM/Stage 1.
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Old 02-19-2020, 04:13 PM   #5
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hope you got it sorted definitely sounds like its slipping
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Old 02-19-2020, 11:06 PM   #6
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One, what clutch are you using? Two, what transmission is in your car? Why you ask. As a 5 speed may break. What clutch because clutch material and quality matters.
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