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Old 10-24-2019, 11:30 AM   #1
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Default 2017 throwout bearing destroyed

So my 17 has 80000 miles on it. It's a 5 speed. Every now and again I'd hear a whirring noise or a squeaking noise when I depressed the clutch. But after a bit of driving it would go away. But a lot of the time I wouldn't hear anything. I docked it at a dealer 20,000 miles ago and they couldn't find anything. BTW I have never had clutch issues on a car so young. And would never expect this from a Subaru. Regardless 2 days ago something in the clutch bell housing disintegrated completely. When I run the engine it sounds as if theres parts banging around inside. It will not enter a gear. I took off the intake to see what I may be able to see and the slave cylinder shot its push arm out next to the fork because it couldn't push the fork. As the car is out of warranty I figured I was totally screwed. I called Subaru of America anyway and they seem he be trying to help. And they agreed that if the throwout bearing did explode that they may foot the bill. I'm not hard on this car, the clutch grabs so nicely, or well it did. Just wanted to post, this is the 3rd bearing I have had an issue with on this car. The first 2 were wheel bearings inside of 10,000 miles. Whoever they're using for bearings these days is no good. Anyways the car is being torn down as I type. I do hope it was just faulty parts.
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Old 10-25-2019, 06:43 AM   #2
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2000 2.5 RS Sedan
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to be fair, 80,000 is not really -that- young for a clutch & throwout bearing.

I've never had a throwout explode, but have had 3 different MT imprezas and they all needed new clutches at just about 80,000 miles - at which point all the throwout bearings were chirping like birds when idling in neutral.

Hopefully your fork isn't bent

-And wheel bearings; - yeah they have always sucked.
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Old 10-25-2019, 03:06 PM   #3
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Had TOB and fork replaced on my 13 during the valve spring recall as suggested by a couple others. ~65k miles on it. Spent several years commuting in stand still traffic on an uphill bridge.

It was starting to "whine" and since the engine was pulled for the recall they didn't charge anything extra.

I guess it really just depends on your usage.
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Old 10-29-2019, 01:22 AM   #4
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It happened to my 2012 at 111K and I'm not one to ride the clutch.

The noises get progressively worse and eventually you lose the ability to disengage.

If you find yourself in this situation on the road, you may have to shift into gear with the engine stopped and start, expecting the car to lurch forward.
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Old 11-16-2019, 09:33 AM   #5
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Luckily, I have not noticed this with my 19' WRX. I have a friend with a 17' and she had to have the TOB replaced under warranty at 58k.
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