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#9965 of 11554 Sonya, about your clutch shudder...
Aug 06, 2003 (10:55 am)
Search NASIOC for "clutch shudder" and you should be able to find the thread describing the problem. I had the same problem with my clutch in my 2002 WRX. It was very grabby in damp or cold weather until the engine had warmed up. I had it fixed for free (including labor) by A&T Subaru who didn't question my request.
Below is the TSB for the clutch. Good luck!
APPLICABILITY: All 1999~2002MY and some
2003MY 2.5L Vehicles;
All 2002MY and some
2003MY 2.0L WRX Vehicles
SUBJECT: Cold Clutch Judder (revised bulletin)
In the event you encounter a customer concern of cold clutch judder that goes away after the first few applications, replacement of some clutch parts will be necessary to repair the vehicle. Prior to replacing these parts, you should confirm the engine and transmission mounting is not broken, loose, or misaligned.
Use Clutch Kit: 32098AA020. This kit contains the following parts (and they can also be purchased separately):
Bolts (8pc) 800610740
* If the OE flywheel and cover has more then 30,000 miles on it and is in good condition, it can be reused. After 30,000 miles of driving, the surface finish is equivalent to the replacement flywheel and cover.
Bolts (8pc) 800610740
** 2002 WRX vehicles with an engine number of #331738 and after can also reuse the OE flywheel and cover if it is in good condition and has more then 30,000 miles on it. Vehicles
produced prior to E/G #331738 will need to install all 4 parts.
These countermeasure parts were installed into production as listed below:
Vehicles after the listed countermeasure, or repairs to vehicles after the clutch set has been installed, can be repaired using individual parts as needed. Repair history should be checked
to determine what parts are currently in the vehicle. The parts system should be checked for any future information regarding these parts.
CLAIM REIMBURSEMENT/WARRANTY INFORMATION
For vehicles within the Basic New Car Limited Warranty coverage period, please refer to the Warranty Labor Time Guide for the applicable labor operation numbers and labor time. Please
use Fail Code JAB-48.
#9966 of 11554 RE: TSB
Aug 06, 2003 (1:17 pm)
When you search on NASIOC, you should also fine a scanned image of the actual TSB. I have this I could e-mail you if you can't find it. Many mentioned that their dealership had to keep their car over night to verify the problem (since it doesn't do it when the engine is warm), but my dealership just took my word for it and did the repair under warranty.
#9967 of 11554 Spanking an SRT4
Aug 06, 2003 (4:29 pm)
15 169 Andy Berkinshaw Dodge Neon SRT 41.066
T3 521 Michael Torricelli Subaru Impreza L 40.662
This was in my near-stock '96 Impreza L with 155K on the 2.2L engine and an automatic transmission. Results are from the NASA Auto-x this year http://TeamIAC.com
#9968 of 11554 Re: Spanking an SRT4
Aug 06, 2003 (6:51 pm)
As nice as that is, AutoX is 95% driver. That says nothing other than the SRT-4 driver is less experienced.
Aug 06, 2003 (10:14 pm)
Thanks for posting the clutch TSB above, 2centz.
I'm interested to know if this problem has been solved, or if anyone has had clutch problems with '04 WRXs.
For that matter, are there any other mechanical issues with '03 - '04 Rex's anyone has heard of?
Thanks in advance for any info.
Aug 06, 2003 (10:50 pm)
Ok, I'll dig up the pics of the SRT4 having more body roll than my dad's '97 legacy L with 90K miles on it.
By the way the SRT4 driver was of comparable skill level, or I wouldn't have chosen that example.
What then shall we use for an example? Do tell, cause most driving situations driver skill plays some role.
#9971 of 11554 Help! Clutch Judder
Aug 07, 2003 (6:39 am)
I've taken my '02 wagon in to the dealer twice already about clutch judder and the TSB. I was explicitly told that it was required by SOA that they replicate the judder before they could do the work, but of course haven't been able to do so.
Some of you have had this done already without any trouble from the dealer. Is there anything I can/should do? Maybe take it somewhere else? My teeth about rattled out of my head this morning - any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...
Aug 07, 2003 (6:43 am)
It's probably more pronounced on chilly mornings. Drop it off overnight in the early fall. Try to be there when they drive it as well.
Aug 07, 2003 (8:29 am)
I had the clutch judder repair job done on my car. Right after the TSB was released, I fabricated a bit of a tall tale about how my stumbling car barely got me through a busy intersection, narrowly avoiding a big accident (it could've happened ). That got their attention, and the work was done without further question. Now, also in my favor was that I had documented the problem with them previously, and they had also just done one other car the same week.