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Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:02 PM
Does anyone have a suggestion for a more robust clutch assembly for the Outback? This is our 3rd Outback and 5th clutch replacement in the past 15 years. It's always the Throw Out Bearing that goes first, and so the entire clutch assbly gets replaced and always with genuine subaru parts. It seems to me that the T.O. bearing just can't take the heat, which leads to early failure. The rubber boot for the release fork tends to get cooked and fails prematurely as well.
My wife and I are lifetime clutch/stick shift drivers and I'm a mechanic, so poor driving habits (such as riding the clutch) are possible but unlikely.
I replaced one of the clutches in the past and all the components showed signs of heat stress. My theory, is that everything is just a tad underbuilt, and can't handle that high heat environment. Ideas or suggestions? Thanks.
Posted 18 January 2013 - 09:35 PM
Hydraulic clutch models should be similar. Lack of a return spring or incorrect hill holder adjustment can cause the TOB to drag.
Another thing that causes problems is resting your foot on the clutch pedal or keeping it depressed while sitting at stop lights.
Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:41 AM
Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:33 AM
Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:34 AM
I'm not a fan of LUK clutches personally. Exedy (OEM) only in my shop.
Edited by GeneralDisorder, 28 January 2013 - 11:36 AM.
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