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Old 11-12-2014, 09:36 AM   #1
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Default 2015 WRX Clutch whistling thread!

Hello my fellow 2015 WRX friends.
I know that there is a thread that discussed about "clutch making click sound" but no "clutch making whistling noise." (My car does make clicking sound also, but no big deal.) I never noticed this whistling noise from the clutch during this summer, however, now that my WRX is facing the cold winter for her first time, and I started to notice the clutch making "whistling" sound when it is pressed, at the slipping point. I always warm up my car in the morning for full 5 minutes (or more) til my RPM drops to under 1k. It goes away after about 5 minutes of driving when clutch gets fully warmed up. Today was REALLY humid + crazy foggy and my clutch was whistling more noticeably. For older models I know this is believed to be throwout bearing issue but my 2015 WRX is a brand new car. I believe this can be just "Subaru thing" of noise but it is always good to share the issue with you guys. Anyone having the same issue?
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:17 AM   #2
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It's the throw out bearing. Been happening with Suabru's for quite a bit. On startup whenever there is decent humidity or rain you will notice the whistling. People have gone to dealerships and had the bearings removed to have silence for maybe a couple of weeks where it then comes back. It's just one of those noises you learn to deal with. As long as it isn't affecting the clutches ability to do its job then I don't really see it as being a huge issue. Is it annoying? Maybe. However it goes away after a few good shifts. Pretty sure most owners here have experienced it at least at one time or another.
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:31 AM   #3
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So it is from the throwout bearing. Wow, that is pretty surprising for a brand new car. Does it annoy me? nope. not at all was just curious if it was really from the throwout bearing. Thank you for the input iChar!
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:38 AM   #4
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Normal on cold moist days.
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:14 AM   #5
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Any updates on this? i also have the click in the clutch pedal. i read some guy had his throwout bearing replaced 3 times they keep breaking down on him.

http://www.carcomplaints.com/Subaru/...g_noises.shtml

The whining sound is the tob when it's cold. i never pump the clutch or drive the car until it idles. about 3 minute idle time.

I also feel the pedal vibrates sometimes. especially above 1500rpms. did those of you who had the tob or clutch assembly replaced.... did it come back? hard to believe it wouldn't since it's the same parts installed again and everyone seems to have this issue.

when they replace the clutch assembly or throw out bearing do they have to pull the engine out via lift to get to it?

If the throwout bearings break down so quickly they can destroy the rest of your components like the clutch disc and flywheel. are these things meant to be replaced every oil change?!!
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Old 12-26-2014, 03:08 AM   #6
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Any updates on this? i also have the click in the clutch pedal. i read some guy had his throwout bearing replaced 3 times they keep breaking down on him.

http://www.carcomplaints.com/Subaru/...g_noises.shtml

The whining sound is the tob when it's cold. i never pump the clutch or drive the car until it idles. about 3 minute idle time.

I also feel the pedal vibrates sometimes. especially above 1500rpms. did those of you who had the tob or clutch assembly replaced.... did it come back? hard to believe it wouldn't since it's the same parts installed again and everyone seems to have this issue.

when they replace the clutch assembly or throw out bearing do they have to pull the engine out via lift to get to it?

If the throwout bearings break down so quickly they can destroy the rest of your components like the clutch disc and flywheel. are these things meant to be replaced every oil change?!!
The throwout bearing isn't going bad, its noisy. Two different things.
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Old 12-26-2014, 09:03 AM   #7
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if you read the car complaints guy he said his bearing disintegrated 2 or 3 times and destroyed his clutch.

ETA the link doesn't work, here it is again

http://www.carcomplaints.com/Subaru/WRX/

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first visit to the dealership, they couldn't hear the noise until I drove 45 minutes to get there, then turned the car on, turned the ac off of full blast, turned the radio down and service advisor heard it, documented it as normal operation noise (seriously?). Three weeks later, noise got quite a bit louder, transmission was really stiff, car would shutter at low speed, clutch engagement points worsened. Made another call to the dealership, this time the mechanic drove and diagnosed the car with a bad throughout bearing, took the car apart and realized the bearing shards were all over the clutch plate and pad.

-replaced throwout bearing -replaced clutch plate and pad -replaced downpipe gasket (to get to clutch, DP had to be removed)

on the third throwout bearing including the original that came with the vehicle......7k
on the ODO fitzgerald subaru in clearwater fl has done a great job repairing the vehicle.

about 75 miles on the third throwout bearing, running smoothly. last time the TOB was replaced it went bad within 500 miles, so we shall see.

I will update if I hear any noises, or feel a difference within the shifting mechanism.
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Old 02-04-2015, 01:26 PM   #8
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I have the same noise.....
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Old 02-05-2015, 05:43 PM   #9
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Same here, dealer replaced the throwout bearing at 3700, noise came back within a week.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:05 PM   #10
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This is not new. My 11 wrx whistles real bad in cold damp weather. After it warms up, it'll go away. Super annoying but not much you can do.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:05 PM   #11
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Default So it's not bad at all

I just have to make 3 ligit post before posting a thread don't mind me lol
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:12 PM   #12
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Default Whistle sounds after 8000 miles

Hey guys, I just had this thing happen to me. To all who reported it before, how has it come through? Have you had any mayor problems? I'm a little sacred.

Here is the link to the video
2015 WRX clutch sound when start: https://youtu.be/Omm8WVQajRI

Regards
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Old 09-24-2015, 12:16 PM   #13
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my cars makes a whistling noise but only after i have drove it and it is warmed up around 195 degrees, it never makes it any other time could this be the same thing as the throw out bearing because after a 15min ride on the highway I let the car idle for about 2 minutes and its whistling.
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Old 10-14-2015, 01:25 PM   #14
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Had same issue here ... Brought to dealer (which I work for organization) and they replaced the whole clutch assembly and TOB .. I will let you know how it is. Said it wasnt the first they had to do this with ... All covered by warranty.
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Old 10-15-2015, 02:36 PM   #15
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My 15 has 2500ish miles. I hear the whistle in the mornings, but not every morning. Figured it was the temperature, didn't pay attention to rain or humidity. I will next time though.

Today was the coldest it's been since I got the car, I didn't notice if it was making a sound, but I also had my windows rolled up, every other time my wonders were rolled down
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Old 10-22-2015, 03:03 PM   #16
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Hello my fellow 2015 WRX friends.
I know that there is a thread that discussed about "clutch making click sound" but no "clutch making whistling noise." (My car does make clicking sound also, but no big deal.) I never noticed this whistling noise from the clutch during this summer, however, now that my WRX is facing the cold winter for her first time, and I started to notice the clutch making "whistling" sound when it is pressed, at the slipping point. I always warm up my car in the morning for full 5 minutes (or more) til my RPM drops to under 1k. It goes away after about 5 minutes of driving when clutch gets fully warmed up. Today was REALLY humid + crazy foggy and my clutch was whistling more noticeably. For older models I know this is believed to be throwout bearing issue but my 2015 WRX is a brand new car. I believe this can be just "Subaru thing" of noise but it is always good to share the issue with you guys. Anyone having the same issue?
It's a throw out and release bearing issue. Had mine confirmed by the dealership. Hooe this helps. Not the clutch.

Just incase you are not aware of what they actually do, they help the clutch decouple from the flywheel (pretty self explanatory) what happens is on a cold start the bearings, and fluid are not at running temperature, everyone knows metal expands and contracts.

This issue SHOULD not pose any drivability issues with the car it should drive normal. However, if you experience catching, or grinding going from gear to gear (second to third is most common) then they are bad take t to the dealership as soon as possible to get it covered under warranty. Noise started for me around 2k miles and bearings went bad around 29k.

I am speaking from my personal experience with my car, dealership findings and other threads. I hope this helps.
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Old 10-30-2015, 08:53 PM   #17
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I had the same issues, took my car in for an oil change and to have them look into this on monday (10/26)... I get a call back today (10/30) saying that my clutch had excessive wear on it and they replaced it, but didn't mention anything about the throw out bearing... BUT the tech said that the noise is still present just not as loud and if it gets louder to bring it back...
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Old 11-06-2015, 07:33 AM   #18
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2016 here with 340 miles. Heard slight whistling this morning depressing the clutch first few times. Damn might be a "Subaru thing" but it's annoying. At best it's a poor design imo. Very humid this morning... I'll see how it progresses. Bob
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:05 AM   #19
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My whistling noise occurs with high humidity /rain as noted by others. Been light rain drizzle for the last two days and it's occurred each morning cold.
My observations is it isn't the tob making the noise but rather the clutch disc as it only happens when the clutch is partially engaged/slipping. If it were the tob it would occur on initial contact and fully depressed too. Bob
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Old 06-22-2017, 08:30 AM   #20
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The part number for the new clutch release bearing is: 30502AA160
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Old 06-28-2017, 09:30 AM   #21
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The whistling started in my 2015 after ~35kmi.
It starts after it warms up, and I can make it stop by depressing the clutch pedal. I guess I'll wait and watch for any grinding and sticking.
Thank you all for the anecdotes and advice.
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Old 07-23-2017, 12:41 AM   #22
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I have a 2013 WRX that I bought used with 36k miles on it about 10 months ago. Made this sound when depressing the clutch, almost every morning when I would leave for work. It would quit about a half mile from home, so never looked into it. I'd compare the noise to the sound of a slipping belt, but much less audible.

Came across something talking about a throw out bearing causing this noise, so figured I'd check into it. Nice to see it's common and not really a concern. FYI, I live in SE Tennessee, so it's almost always extremely humid around here, so it's basically every day it does it for me.
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