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Subaru Impreza Clutch questions



  • mdm53mdm53 Posts: 3
    I believe that model has a spring for the clutch. Its very possible that the spring has broken, you can replace it with any standard spring you find at an automotive parts store as long as it feels right to you.
  • mdm53mdm53 Posts: 3
    Disregard the Mazda analogy. The impreza doesn't have a hydraulic system for its clutch. Its action is governed by a spring, and it probably broke. Its pretty common. You can replace it with any standard spring at an auto parts store as long as it feels right to you when you replace it and try pressing it down.
  • It is a hydraulic system with a spring return on the petal. the spring is not broken. I opened the bleed valve and only bubbles come out when i pump the petal. think its the master cylinder.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I'd tend to agree.

    My '98 Forester had a recall on the Brake Master Cylinder. Call 800-SUBARU3 to see if yours was covered. You might get a new one for free.
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Master and Slave Cylinders. This is very common on the 98-00 Impreza RS cars. We've replaced at least half a dozen when the person thought it was a clutch issue.

  • ok.... i just recently bought a straight drive (Stick shift) 1993 Subaru L and ever since i bought idols rough... i dont know what it is and neither does my friend or my dad... :confuse: :confuse:

    i kno the clutch is burnt up :cry: , could that have anything to do with the rough idol :confuse:

    it has also been sitting in my friends yard for about 2 years so, what should i check when i am looking under the hood????? :confuse:
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Not that I subscribe to idol worship, but, when setting out to select an idol, it is important to ask yourself what it is you want to get out of it. In other words, it is not what you can do for your idol, but what your idol can do for you. As a symbol of faith and strength, it is important for your moral philosophy to align with what the idol symbolizes. Remember that the idol cannot provide you with what you do not already possess. The purpose of it is merely to remind you of that attribute. If your idol is rough, what does that say about the ideals to which you ascribe?

    However, reading you post again, I am starting to think you are referring to the vehicle's idle.... ;)

    The first things to check are the spark and fuel: Plugs, wires, and coil pack are likely candidates for replacement.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I would do a general tune-up, given how long it's been sitting.

    I'm actually very impressed that it started after sitting for 2 years. Wow.

    I would change the oil and filter, spark plugs, spark plug wires, air filter, and fuel filter. Start with that. Then see how she runs.

    Next I would change the ignition coil (about $80), if it's still running rough.

    I would go ahead and change the transmission oil in the front (75w90 gear oil) and in the rear diff as well. I bet those are totally spent.
  • thanks Ateixeria, so the clutch being gone would have nothing to do with it idling rough... and yes i kno that i spelled idle wrong in the original message i was ina hurry ;)but neway, yea it started right up the first time i started to drive it... my friend didnt kno how to drive a stick shift and he ruined the clutch on i got to replace that... we are gonna check the oil, spark plugs and everything else

    also why would the speakers on the car make a crackling noise ONLY when u turn teh volume up or down???? :confuse:
    plz reply as soon as possible ;)
    thank u :)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I had a stereo that did that and it was the stereo itself.

    Could be that or a bad ground.

    I see these $99 specials at Best Buy for installed AM/FM/CD head units, I'd just get one of those and let them worry about it.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Yeah, it is interference and most likely is in the head unit. I hope I did not poke too much fun your way; I had the visual of a "rough idol" in my mind and it tickled me just the right way. :D
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    No problemo.

    When mine did that I tried a new fuse, then a higher amp fuse. Finally gave up and replaced the head unit and it was cured. The speakers and everything else was OK.
  • kent1kent1 Posts: 2
    Had my clutch replaced at 57,000 due to clutch chatter when cold and also clutch fade under load.
    Did not go to dealer, but garage who has done work for me before. Had a new factory clutch replaced, told me oem flywheel for that model and year was not available? resurfaced flywheel and clutch kit installed total $825. Price was right but now I have clutch chatter out of first and in reverse and down shifting worse then before. Was Told to drive car to break in clutch, took a few launches to help speed up break in. 10 days later not much difference. He told me to bring back but why do I still have this chatter? wondering if I should have gone to dealer?
  • kent1kent1 Posts: 2
    Brakes make a squeeling noise. Had pads checked and rotors. both ok. noise continues, goes away when brakes are applied. My guy put some material behind each pad to reduce possible cause for noise. Worked for a short time. Now it's back. really notice in parking garage. How to solve?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    What kind of pads are you using? If they are semi-metalics they'll be noisy no matter what. Ceramics and non-metallics are quieter.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Price was right but now I have clutch chatter out of first and in reverse and down shifting worse then before.

    Have you replaced the fluid?

  • a good shade tree mech is "looking for input" before jumping into a clutch swap.
    ? those that have done it ...will you do it again or pay someone else?
    ? is this difficult and require any special tools?
    ? how high would I have to lift the car from the floor?
    ? would i need a helper?
    -- original clutch got 105K miles - pretty happy with it, i enjoy driving hard but don't race (old age and wisdom)
    ? what's advantage in going to another clutch vs. the Subaru stock - taking into account the dealer price - ouch!
    ? recommendation on clutch kit manufacturer and distributor web address?
    ? replace or resurface the flywheel?
    ? if replace then from what manft'r and distributor?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Royal PITA to swap it, hard part is splitting it from the engine block. Especially at 105k miles. Should pay about $300-400 max in labor from a shop.

    I've done several, and have paid to get recent ones done.
    You'll need a clutch tool, and if you don't have air tools, you'll need them as well to break the bolts.
    I'd say you need the car at least 1'-2' off the ground, enough to get the trans out from under it, you'll also need a trans jack or 2nd jack.
    Several helpers would help
    I've used Exedy clutches as replacements, better than stock and cheaper
    I'd go for the Exedy Sport Organic Clutch kit (which includes the pilot and throwout bearing, and pressure plate)
    I replaced mine with the Exedy Lightened Flywheel, easy upgrade while you are in there.

    Hope this helps.

  • thanks much Mike!

    I've got air tools but i do know how difficult it is to change a clutch from a laying position vs. working under a lift. I think that i'll follow your lead and pay my local trusted mechanic ...with a lift.

    Many clutch options - is this the one that you were referring to?
    Exedy Clutch Kit 2002-2005 Subaru Impreza Pull Type Clutch FJC521; FJD024; BRG601. Availability: In Stock Usually Delivers in 2 to 3 days
    2002-2005 Subaru Impreza W0133-1653770 $273.95

    Flywheel is pricey at $471.95 - is this the one you were referring to?

    Thanks so much!
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    That is the standard clutch kit. I'd go for the W0133-1597403 for the WRX Sport Organic. Gives you a bit extra bite and combined with the lightened flywheel will add a little extra umph. The $ you are saving from getting it done at a dealer would offset the higher prices for the better parts.

    I assume your car is a WRX?

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