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Clutch shudder, new clutch on Legacy Outback 97

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#1 dcolemanca


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Posted 06 July 2004 - 03:31 PM

Just had a new clutch installed in car just bought privately. The old one was slipping badly and gearchanges were difficult etc.

Way better with new clutch but still not perfect.

The biggest problem is with the clutch out. If I have lifted off in second or third mostly and then try to give some gas to accelerate again I am not getting smooth pickup. Instead the car lurches a bit for maybe 2 seconds and then I have smooth transmission. This is not just a problem when the car is cold and I can't really get it to be smooth no matter how gingerly I apply the power. It's definetely ruining the driving pleasure.

Also it's kind of hard to do smooth gear changes and the clutch pedal is still stiffer to depress than my old Nissan NX2000.

At first I thought this might be worn engine mounts (101,000 miles) but then I started reading about all the clutch woes on Subarus.

The clutch was not done at a dealer and the garage used an Exedy clutch I believe. They did machine the flywheel as part of this work.

What are the possible causes of this problem and can I resaonably get the garage to fix. I have a 6 month 6000 mile warranty.


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Posted 06 July 2004 - 04:53 PM

aftermarket clutches = shudder and chatter

only way around it would be to swap to an oe style clutch

the 97 outback was not known to have a clutch shudder issue.

only the newer impreza wrx's were complained about and remedied with a new replacement clutch

best to find out exactly what they put in there but know,
beefier the clutch, harder the pedal and the more shudder you will have


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Posted 06 July 2004 - 05:17 PM

bummer, any chance the clutch will get better with time?

I think I am going to have a hard time getting them to change the clutch. I will take it back for them to check but I know this is going to be hard work, I can just hear the weasle words now ...

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Posted 11 July 2004 - 04:21 PM

I am thinking this might be the engine / transmission mounts since the car has 101k miles.

I am doing smooth gearchanges for the most part - must be training myself to the car.

The problem I can do nothing about is when moving slowly, clutch out, and accelerating in first, second or third (depending on speed), the car often bucks for a few seconds until it settles. This is really spoiling my enjoyment of the car which is great apart from this.

Do these symptoms sound like worn mounts?

Any way to verify they are gone without removal?

Can they be changed by one man? Any links to guide on how to do it - I do have the Haynes manual but they are often lacking in the specifics to a particular car.

Which mounts should I change?

Where is a good place to buy them online?

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Posted 11 July 2004 - 07:28 PM

I work in San Carlos and live in San Mateo. You might just be throwing extra money away for nothing if you change the mounts with nothing wrong with them.

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