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Subaru Impreza Clutch questions

kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
At 100K the clutch finally gave way. Since this is my first stick shift, I can see this happening.

Question I have:
1. Does it make sense to replace it with a STi clutch, and what will this do for me? Car is stock otherwise.

2. Are the new clutches - both standard and STi lighter than the '02/'03 units? Is one heavier than the other?

Just a couple of questions. Thanks!

Car has been great otherwise (including other issues I have posted).


  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    It will probably be pretty hard to get an STi clutch in yout WRX in that the STi is a 6-speed v. 5-speed. I believe they are different clutches.

    Personally I recommend the Exedy Performance clutch, it's still organic but is a bit heavier pedal feel and better gripping force.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    No problemo. That's the clutch we use on the Legacy Race car, great stuff. You might also look into an exedy lightened flywheel at the same time as the trans will be apart anyway. They are also not too agressive for street use and allow a bit more HP to get to the wheels.

  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    Brought the car in. The Clutch plate is gone, and the flywheel needs to be replaced (missing a tooth on the flywheel). This is my first stick shift, so probably not too surprising (probably too much coasting on the clutch and grinding).

    Having an updated Subaru Clutch package put in (I am guessing the current one for the WRX, since it also is a 5 speed). It is cheaper than the old package - $650 for parts (flywheel, plate, throttle body, spring, etc.). Does $1350 seem reasonable for the dealer to replace all this? They are dropping the Tranny which I guess is needed for the Subis.

    Just curious. Regardless I am looking forward to the lighter clutch!!!!

    Does this look reasonable? :confuse:
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Well first off, if you have an NA trans in your car, the WRX package won't work IIRC. Turbos have push IIRC and NAs have pull style clutches.

    As for the flywheel being lighter from Subaru, I don't think Subaru has a lightened flywheel. If you want drop me an e-mail or post your model and I'll look up how much the exedy package is for the parts and we can see if that's a good price.

  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    It sounds like I misled you in two areas - I have an '02 WRX, not a RS/TS model, so the unit should work (I assume). Unforunately, on Edmunds, you can not specify a WRX, only an Impreza or an STi car.

    The other area is that I said the fly wheel. What I should have stated was the clutch spring.

    The dealer is already working on the car.

    I greatly appreciate your assistance and quick reply. It is people like you that make this board as great as it is!!!

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Gotcha, well that's a bit expensive for just a clutch.

    Figure about $400 for the Exedy Sport Clutch Kit(upgrade from OEM)
    Another $400 or so in labor to pull the trans and resurface the flywheel.

    Should be about $800 total.

    If you throw in a lightened flywheel from exedy you are looking at an additional $400

    So $1200 with Exedy Sport Clutch Kid and Lightened Flyhweel would be right. But you did say it was a dealer so things usually cost more there.

  • kevin111kevin111 Posts: 991
    They are replacing the Fly Wheel, the throttle body, the clutch spring, and about everything else associated with the clutch. The Flywheel was missing a tooth. :cry:

    If that is the case, then I can deal with the dealer charging an extra $100-$200 bucks.

    Thank you for giving me peace of mind!!!
  • I have a '93 Impreza 1.8 AWD with 5 speed. 200K miles. When I depress the clutch, even slightly, it makes noise. Kind of a mild "howling" for lack of a better term. It only makes the noise when I disengage or engage the clutch. Once it's in gear and going down the road the noise subsides to almost inaudible. Could it just be a throwout bearing type situation or will it need the whole "clutch kit"?

    I just want to get it running well enough to sell the car and would rather not put a lot of money into it.

    Thanks for any help you can offer
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Sounds like a throwout bearing, however you need to take the whole trans off to do it, so might as well do the whole clutch kit at that point.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    paisan knows a heck of a lot more than I do, but I will suggest one thing before you go through all that - bleed the hydraulic system. The fluid may be original.

    Imagine what 14 year old brake fluid looks like? Like nasty, melted milk chocolate. That's what the stuff looked like from my Miata. Not only was the fluid contaminated, but also the slave cylinder seals were shot.

    I got lucky - a slave cylinder rebuild kit and some new brake fluid did the trick. It's been OK for the past 2 years.

    First check the master cylinder. Is it holding any fluid? What does the fluid look like? Fresh brake fluid is nearly clear, with a yellowish tint. If it's brown, time to flush it out, at a minimum.

    My level was low, so I could tell I had a leak, and it turned out to be the slave cylinder.

    Check there, and if it's not that simple, follow paisan's advice.
  • mdm53mdm53 Posts: 3
    Hi, I'm a complete noob so forgive me if the answers are obvious. I recently purchased a 2001 Subaru Impreza L w/ 60k on it. Great little car.

    A week ago I noticed a noise that was only present only when I was in gear and moving. The noise would disapear if I pushed down a couple of inches on the clutch. The noise sounded like a "ratatatatatat" or some sort of clicking sound with was corresponded with how fast I was going, regardless of the gear I was in.

    2 days ago the noise started to show up when the car was idling in addition to the previous situation.

    This morning when I started the car it had all of the previous conditions, and the new one was a screeching/whining/"noise basketball shoes make a a court" when I started to press down on the clutch, but only when I press it down a little. Once the clutch is fully in that noise is gone, but the clicking is still there. I'm becoming afraid and I want to see this fixed. :sick:

    Whats wrong? how much does it cost? :confuse:
    Thanks in advance to any advice anyone can offer.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Sounds like it might be the throw-out bearing, but it seems to be worsening awfully fast for that.
  • I am having a problem with my car. I have a 07 wrx and whenever i push the gas down it revs up an extra 2000 rpms. If I don't give it gas then it revs normally. It is driving me crazy because I can't use the higher rpms of the car without that happening. I took it to the dealership but they are saying it is the clutch going out. :sick: I hope it isn't because I haven't had the car that long. I am looking at getting a new clutch kit but I am wondering about getting a new flywheel as well.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    How many miles on the car? Sounds like a classic case of bad clutch. It should be under warranty still.

  • I drive a 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX with a few small mods like uppipe, downpipe, ypipe, turbo catback exhaust, unichip, unfortunately I'm at about 80,000 miles and need a new clutch. I have a full warranty on everything except my clutch until 100,000 miles. I'm wondering if I should replace my clutch with a stock one,or if I should upgrade to Exedy,or ACT??? I'm looking for something that will keep my car very reliable but I would also like some added performance. Also should I upgrade to a lightweight flywheel??? PLEASE give me any information that you think would be helpful. Thanks in advance!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Exedy with Exedy lightened flywheel, that's what I run at the track on my track car, great setup and had it on my Daily Driver as well. :)

  • I have a 98' impreza RS. The clutch is sticking to the floor. It stays on the floor then comes up and slaps my foot. Also engages almost at the floor. It was low on fluid when i first felt this so i topped it off. It felt harder for about a day then went back to the sticking. As the car warms up it seems to do it less but since its been really cold, the clutch seems to slip if i really step on it.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Something close happened to my '93 Miata. The clutch pedal went soft and would drop, plus I'd lose fluid.

    There is a leak somewhere, the fluid has to be going somewhere.

    For me, it was a leaky clutch slave cylinder. Luckily an $11 slave cylinder rebuild kit solved the problem.

    Do not ignore this - you will eventually lose all clutch function, fix it!
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