First post. Thanks in advance for looking.
I recently bought a '92 Legacy wagon awd 5MT. Prior to the sale, I brought the car to a mechanic I trusted for an inspection- I knew the car was leaking oil, but from where and how seriously I was uncertain. Mechanic told me the car was overall in good shape, and that the oil leak was likely a valve cover gasket, but maybe the rear main seal. Everything was cheap enough so that if it came to doing the rear main, I was okay with it.
Long story short, I buy the car, and have him do the valve cover gaskets right off the bat.
I get the car back and a day or so later, I start to get really bad judder when dropping the clutch in 1st gear. It seems to be getting worse every time I drive the car. the sweet spot between the amount of throttle which causes judder and too little so it stalls has gone from very small to non-existent.
I did some search of these 'board, and it seems like people who describe judder like this are advised to replace the clutch. This sucks, but I'm okay with it 'cause the car was so cheap. also, have a receipt for the clutch ( and rear main , fwiw) replacements on this car from 11 years ago. So it seems fairly reasonable that it might be time again.
My only concern is that I this transmission felt pretty solid when I drove it on the test drive before buying the car, and the mechanic didn't seem to think there was anything wrong with it. Is it possible that a sloppy valve cover gasket job could have leaked oil into the clutch and ruined it? It just seems weird that this problem happens right after I get the car back.