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Old 10-30-2016, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default Got car back after engine replacement, clutch will not disengage 140 miles later.

Looking for any and all advice.

My engine blew up at the beginning of this month, and the dealer/SOA had my car until the 27th of October. Since it is a brand new engine, I have begun to break in the engine, and in 3 days, have put 140 miles on the car.

This morning, I wake up, head to McDonalds and get myself 2 sausage biscuits with Cheese. I pull out of the McDonalds, and turn onto my street, try to shift at about 3500 rpms in 1st, and when I engage the clutch, I hear a click and the clutch sticks to the floor, wont disengage. At this point, im not able to accelerate, so I coast down my street and have to get pushed into my driveway.

Right now, car will start, car will not go into gear unless car is off and clutch disengaged. Tried to pop start the car, and it got stuck in first gear, luckily was able to weasel it back into neutral. So, I know clutch is dissembled when putting a new short block in, could this be a **** up on the dealers end? It really seems like a slave cylinder issue, but I am certainly no mechanic.

Car has to be towed to dealership tomorrow as its currently undriveable.
My expectations are that I should not have to pay for the tow, nor any parts/labor, considering I am at 42K/60K on the power-train, and that my car just got a new engine 140 miles ago. I have babied the car 100% since getting it back, and am pretty aggravated.

I arranged a tow for 8AM, Father will drive me along to dealer so I dont get charged extra.
Calling before tow truck shows up to make sure they have a loaner car
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Old 10-31-2016, 01:16 PM   #2
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Location: riverside, CA
2002 wrx sold
garage queen 2015 WRX


Originally Posted by bwsdude View Post
I pull out of the McDonalds
That's why I don't go to Mickey Ds.

Did you call the 24 hr tow # from the window sticker?
Also, when the clutch was stuck, did you try pulling it back with your feet? Happened to my bugeye but I replaced the clutch MC. Still drove it to the shop.
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Old 11-02-2016, 09:31 AM   #3
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2010 WRX (SSM)
Stg 2+ 310/370, 6sp R180


sounds like a broken/leaking master cylinder or slave cylinder.

the clutch sticking to the floor was my cue. happened to me both times that my clutch master cylinder failed.

look in the engine bay for signs of clutch fluid leaking at either the master or slave cylinders.
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