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macadder

WRX Clutch Very Low Bite

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So I just bought a new (to me) 2009 WRX Hatchback. Very happy with it apart from one niggling thing the clutch seems to go from engaged to disengaged within about 1 inch from the floor (and requires a hell of a lot of pressure to engage) with the rest of the travel having no pressure against my foot.

I mentioned it to the dealer and they insisted this was normal and I got them to write that in an email (along with the clutch being covered under their warranty). I've driven similar cars in the past and I know they often have heavy clutches but does this sound at all normal from a Subaru? and if not any ideas of what it could be?

 

 

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Sounds like you might have a stage 2 clutch

 

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Check the colour of the fluid in the clutch reseviour, as it tends to get forgotten at service intervals and is prone to degrading due to being located above the turbo hotside.

 

Sometimes a fluid drain ,flush and refresh is enough to sort clutch judder or engagement issues

 

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Brill many thanks for the replies I doubt it's got a modified clutch the car is stock all over. 

The colour of the fluid is dark yellow/brown. Your right I insisted on a major service before I bought it and they've missed off brake fluid all together from the invoice all though the level is fine. 

I've arrange for a local subaru specialist to pick it up on Thursday to do the cambelt, so hopefully they will have an idea. 

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On 2017-5-19 at 8:29 PM, macadder said:

Brill many thanks for the replies I doubt it's got a modified clutch the car is stock all over. 

The colour of the fluid is dark yellow/brown. Your right I insisted on a major service before I bought it and they've missed off brake fluid all together from the invoice all though the level is fine. 

I've arrange for a local subaru specialist to pick it up on Thursday to do the cambelt, so hopefully they will have an idea. 

I had a similarish issue with my hatch... it was extremely low bite requiring a lot of pressure to actually get it down to the floor. 

It also used to get stuck before returning fully so I had to get my toe under it and flick it up sometimes.

Anyway after taking it to ScoobyWorld in Loughborough they simply adjusted the position of the pedal which moved the bite point to mid way. This also got rid of the play at the top of the pedal meaning it no longer gets stuck! Bonus.

(It does still squeak however)

Did you get yours sorted and find the issue?

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The local Subaru Specialist actually was ScoobyWorld they didn't seem to concerned (the guy drove it from Leicester and back, so I imagine would of said something)  and I've got somewhat used to it now having done a few trips to the South West but good to know I can have something done if it become too much of a pita. 

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@macadder Ah thats a coincidence! Yeah if it ever starts sticking and not fully returning then you can get it adjusted... or if you've had enough of the low bite they did it fairly quick (and at no extra cost to the service work) and took it for a spin. 

Its made a huge difference for mine

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@Matt91uk arghh drove to the office yesterday (200mi round trip) and started noticing what might be sticking? under what circumstances did yours stick?

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@macadder Mine didn't do it all of the time, it was intermittent. Sometimes it would squeak really bad and not stick.. then other times it would stick on the last bit of travel before the clutch pedal had fully returned to the top (the clutch had fully disengaged bare in mind). 

I usually had to put my toe under the pedal and pull it that last 1/2 inch to the regular disengaged position. When I took it to ScoobyWorld they adjusted the clutch so that the 1/2 inch of travel was gone and is now more a few mm if that and it hasn't stuck since.

 

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