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Old 05-16-2001, 01:07 AM   #1
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Post Just owned 2002 WRX, have some questions?

I just got my WRX two days ago. Some of this questions might sounds stupid, but I love the car, so....

When I pull up the hand break on the steep hill, it seems that I have to pull it all the way to make to car stop sliding down. I haven't have a manual car before, Is this normal?

I started driving manual on this car and I stalled the car quite a bit over the past two days, but I am ok now. Is this gonna hurt the car later on?

I want to know the FAQ about breaking in the engine for 2002 WRX. I sometimes goes over 5000 rpm when i practice. Does anyone have any idea how to break in the engine? I was reading some sites on teh web and it said there is no need to break in the new car engine.
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Old 05-16-2001, 02:15 AM   #2
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Having to pull the hand brake all the way up, is more that they are disc brakes instead of rear drums. Also on a steep hill, in a manual car, you should let the brake engage, but when you leave the car in reverse if your pointed down, 1st if pointed up, so if the brake does fail, at least the tranny might stop or at least slow it down.

I would recommend doing searches on the other two questions in the non-technical WRX forum, since I recall them being discussed before. But I will give my short answers.

In my opinion, stalling the car isn't going to kill it, but its also not the greatest for it. Keep an eye on the tach.

Your manual talks about recommended break-in.

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Old 05-16-2001, 02:48 AM   #3
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Stalling.... not a big deal. not a problem at all in my opinion. Just make sure you don't grind your gears and mess up your synchros. Learning on it.... hmmm well you'll probably just wear out your clutch prematurely. Just means that you'll get a Kevlar repacement before the rest of us. Be careful... the tranny is known as the "glass tranny" becuz of its history for breaking. I think a couple poeple on the board have already killed it. And as for the parking break... just pull it up a bit more, and leave the car in gear on the incline. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-16-2001, 04:37 AM   #4
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Your dealer can tighten up the parking brake, mine did and I like it.
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Old 05-16-2001, 07:28 AM   #5
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Yes, this is an adjustment they all seem to need. Mine was taking 9 or 10 clicks to hold the car, shop manual spec is 7-8 I think.

You can adjust it yourself by popping off the console cover and using two 10mm wrenches.

The setup is actually a drum brake --- drum brake style linings inside the "drum" (or hat) of the rear disc. The rear calipers are not involved.

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