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Old 08-15-2014, 12:22 PM   #1
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Default 09 WRX - Removal of clutch pedal assembly ..

Hi everyone,

I'm wondering if any of you have reference to instructions on how to remove the entire interior clutch pedal assembly. I need to fix the sleeve in which is the clutch pedal pedal rod that drives and pushes the the master cylinder rod in.

After having dealt with and fixed the well known and deadly broken firewall welds issue...I started having that god dam squeaking noise again when pressing or depressing the clutch pedal. Long story short I got to look underneath the dash and pressed the clutch pedal for an hour the other night to pin point where it was coming from and noticed a crack in that "sleeve". (see pics)....there's also a few other areas that seem to squeak, which I hear but can't see so I'm stuck with taking things apart. :/

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I will start removing all the pedal assembly tonight and would really appreciate and tips and/or links from someone who may have done the same.

Thanks in advance....

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Old 08-15-2014, 01:46 PM   #2
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Been a while since I've been under a Subaru dash but that sleeve is metal right? Have you thought about having it welded? I've tig welded stuff in way more uncomfortable places then that. Little bit of cleaning that area and some welding might do. Could turn a several hour job into 30 minutes.
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:31 PM   #3
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Yes, the sleeve is metal and I do have somewhat access to it to weld it. What worries me is what I can't see. I'm just afraid that there is more broken welds and/or cracked brackets...

I suppose I could try and fix the sleeve and see what that does...
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Old 09-17-2014, 05:47 PM   #4
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I'm having this same issue. How did you go about fixing it, and how is it holding up?
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Old 09-17-2014, 06:40 PM   #5
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yours is really bad i guess it gets worse over time?
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:48 PM   #6
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I don't remember all the exact steps but it's not too bad. I also braced the firewall with a plate and added a gusset too brace the clutch pivot to the mount.
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Old 09-18-2014, 04:49 PM   #7
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I'm still dealing with this problem sigh. A few weeks ago I took out the entire clutch & brake pedal assembly to fix/weld this and put it all back together only to still have a faint squeaking sound and progressively got louder and louder.

At this point I'm 99% sure that the squeak is coming from the pedal assembly as I'm 100% sure I've properly fixed/re-welded the cracked firewall welds.

Very very frustrating problem. The only good news I have is that I've just found a used pedal assembly (coming off a totaled 2011 WRX with less then 10 miles on it) and will be picking it up tomorrow afternoon. I'll swap the assembly over the weekend and will let all you know how it turns out.

Cheers to crappy manufacturing from Subaru....sigh
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Old 03-12-2015, 01:59 PM   #8
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Sorry to bring up an older post, but I am having a similar issue. Had SoA pay to fix the firewall welds, and less than 3 days later the car starts making a fairly quiet squeak and the brake pedal moves to the left. I took it right back and the tech said it could be the bushings and I should replace the entire assembly. I can't fathom why I should do that though when I can buy the bushings themselves.
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Old 03-12-2015, 10:49 PM   #9
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I have the same crack and the same god awful noise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_cPzmDnVX4
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:30 PM   #10
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Anyone find a fix for this yet?
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Old 12-04-2015, 11:35 AM   #11
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yes, replace the pedal assembly.

totally do-able without removing the dash or steering column.
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:18 PM   #12
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Thought i could weld or find something cheap, then looked the assembly up and found one for $30 on ebay. Not bad at all
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:19 PM   #13
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I'd buy a new one personally. About 180 shipped from SGP.
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Old 12-04-2015, 12:22 PM   #14
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i'll give the used $30 option a gamble and go new if that fails.
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Old 12-04-2015, 02:48 PM   #15
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Interested in how it works out for you all. I have the same annoying squeak when depressing the clutch on my 09 WRX with 130K miles. Considering replacing the pedal assembly for $155 and calling it a day.
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:32 PM   #16
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Sorry to bring this old thread back... I figured I'd post about my own experience here, since this thread's title is one of few relevant ones.

So I have an 08 wrx (bought new in late 2007). I can tell you that there are two types of sounds that can come from pressing the clutch. If your spot welds are broken, it is a creaking, gcrrr cgrr (I apologize for my ridiculous written example of this) noise. If your pedal assembly had a crack in it (mine was along the main rod arm on the assembly that leads to the push rod), the sound you will hear is an extremely loud SqueEEEE-EEEEEEK (just like that - as the clutch pedal goes down then back up). It is loud enough for people to hear it with your windows UP. There is a video somewhere on this forum who had a crack in their pedal assembly and i had the same sound.

I have Circuit Motorsport CMC brace (got it in the group buy last year i think was it? Along with their pitch stop mount), and was driving it for the past year with one one of the MC studs broken (so only one nut was holding the pedal assembly and brace on the engine-side of the firewall). At the time of that install, I also repaired the top two broken spot welds. Just to be thorough, out of the bottom 4 welds, only the left two were busted.

Today I replaced my clutch/brake pedal assembly, using the FSM and that picture from the 08-14spot-weld thread who attached a bunch of bungee cords to the rearview mirror so that you don't have to remove the steering column. You just unbolt the two nuts that lock the column and then move it a little to the right. I still used an universal impact to get to the bottom right bolt of the pedal assembly, and my sockets almost weren't deep enough to reach.

There are also 3 more bolts up top (next to the steering column) that you have to remove. For some reason, the two left ones (that are next to each other) were a torx T40, and I could not find anywhere on any forum another person's experience similar to mine that. Not a big deal, I just thought it was weird. Then theres one more normal 12mm bolt up top, slightly to the right of the steering column and closer to the firewall.

I was trying not to take my IC out (because lazy), but in the end I had to, to get the assembly studs to line up back into the CMCB.

I also have a Southbend stage 2 daily clutch. Before I had replaced my pedal assembly, the pedal was pretty stiff. Now it's really light, and I'm relearning this car again. Well, not as light as my girl's civic si, but I was driving with a damn heavy clutch for like 5 years since my spot welds/clutch assembly all cracked!

Also, I must've been really lucky for nothing catastrophic to happen. I dont even know what "floating" gears is!
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Sorry to bring this old thread back... I figured I'd post about my own experience here, since this thread's title is one of few relevant ones.

So I have an 08 wrx (bought new in late 2007). I can tell you that there are two types of sounds that can come from pressing the clutch. If your spot welds are broken, it is a creaking, gcrrr cgrr (I apologize for my ridiculous written example of this) noise. If your pedal assembly had a crack in it (mine was along the main rod arm on the assembly that leads to the push rod), the sound you will hear is an extremely loud SqueEEEE-EEEEEEK (just like that - as the clutch pedal goes down then back up). It is loud enough for people to hear it with your windows UP. There is a video somewhere on this forum who had a crack in their pedal assembly and i had the same sound.

I have Circuit Motorsport CMC brace (got it in the group buy last year i think was it? Along with their pitch stop mount), and was driving it for the past year with one one of the MC studs broken (so only one nut was holding the pedal assembly and brace on the engine-side of the firewall). At the time of that install, I also repaired the top two broken spot welds. Just to be thorough, out of the bottom 4 welds, only the left two were busted.

Today I replaced my clutch/brake pedal assembly, using the FSM and that picture from the 08-14spot-weld thread who attached a bunch of bungee cords to the rearview mirror so that you don't have to remove the steering column. You just unbolt the two nuts that lock the column and then move it a little to the right. I still used an universal impact to get to the bottom right bolt of the pedal assembly, and my sockets almost weren't deep enough to reach.

There are also 3 more bolts up top (next to the steering column) that you have to remove. For some reason, the two left ones (that are next to each other) were a torx T40, and I could not find anywhere on any forum another person's experience similar to mine that. Not a big deal, I just thought it was weird. Then theres one more normal 12mm bolt up top, slightly to the right of the steering column and closer to the firewall.

I was trying not to take my IC out (because lazy), but in the end I had to, to get the assembly studs to line up back into the CMCB.

I also have a Southbend stage 2 daily clutch. Before I had replaced my pedal assembly, the pedal was pretty stiff. Now it's really light, and I'm relearning this car again. Well, not as light as my girl's civic si, but I was driving with a damn heavy clutch for like 5 years since my spot welds/clutch assembly all cracked!

Also, I must've been really lucky for nothing catastrophic to happen. I dont even know what "floating" gears is!
So you didn't remove any of the dash?
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