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#3456 of 8657 2002 Legacy/Outback Clutch failure at 49K
Aug 19, 2004 (10:08 am)
Our '02 Legacy/Outback had the clutch wear out at 49K. We smelled something evertime we backed the car out of our uphill driveway. We have been driving manual shift cars for over 25yrs and never had one fail this early. Usually >110K. I know we should have taken it in to our Subaru dealer but we didn't for one reason or another. Since SOA doesn't cover clutches on their transmission warranty, we had it repaired by a third party transmission shop that has been in business for >25yrs. The repair cost us ~$1000 (included new flywheel). They told us that their parts supplier recently has seen a high demand for Subaru Outback clutches. Also if you look carefully at the 2005 Outback advertising, you seen that the clutch has been re-inforced or improved. So my basic question is do I have any recourse to SOA for my clutch failure and why are Subaru clutches failing prematurely? I live in Northern NJ.
#3457 of 8657 Re: 2002 Legacy/Outback Clutch failure at 49K [alchemy2]
Aug 19, 2004 (10:26 am)
There was a tech service bulletin (TSB) on this, and you could have had it repaired for free under warranty (assuming your problem was the one that the TSB covered, which is a good bet).
The clutch plate friction material was problematic, and it was worse in damp or humid weather, even worse in the cold. The problem was known as judder. Over time, the judder problem would eventually damage the flywheel as well (created hotspots).
I believe this affected several Japanese manufacturers who used the same clutch supplier.
Revised clutch parts were released along with the TSB in January 03, if I remember right. It seems to have fixed the problem.
My parents 2000 Outback had the same problem, and they were able to get it taken care of under the TSB without any hassles. The car has been fine since.
I am guessing that you are out of luck since you went through a 3rd party for the service, but you never know. Wouldn't hurt to call the Subaru 1-800 number and ask them about it. They are ususally very nice to deal with, and will bend over backwards to help you if it's at all possible. I do suspect you may be out of luck though.
Aug 19, 2004 (10:34 am)
Were you having issues with the judder/chatter? In other words, would the car shake a bit when you'd launch it?
Some Miatas had the same issue.
The number you want is 800-SUBARU3, but it would have been better to call before you changed it.
#3459 of 8657 Re: [ateixeira]
Aug 19, 2004 (3:55 pm)
Tough question. The EJ22 engine was used all the way up to 2001, in the Impreza line. The catch is the harness and the ECU may be different, so I'm not sure they would just plug-and-play like that.
Is mike around, paisan I mean? He has a 2.2l and knows much more about those than I do.
I'd get one of the same year and same transmission. I'm swapping my dad's 97 2.2L Legacy L engine with the same year motor etc. Makes life easier.
#3460 of 8657 Rear sunshade on Moonroof
Aug 20, 2004 (4:53 am)
Hi, has anyone been able to figure out how to manually open the rear sunshade w/o opening the moonroof? Alot of times i'd like to let the light in for my kids w/o opening the moonroof.
I can only get the sunshade to retrack when the moonroof is opened. Doesn't make sense to me.
Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!
#3461 of 8657 Re: Rear sunshade on Moonroof [terrapinct]
Aug 20, 2004 (6:20 am)
What year car? On my 02, it was possible to open the sunshade without opening the moonroof, both front and rear.
Aug 20, 2004 (7:13 am)
Is yours an aftermarket moonroof?
I ask because some do, some don't. I test drove a Saturn Vue Redline and the shade did not move independently from the glass.
These guys sell "recycled" Subaru parts:
#3463 of 8657 Oil Consumption Report
Aug 21, 2004 (6:56 am)
02-5spd Outback with 70K(Km). 55K it started burning Oil overnight. Never lost a drop in between services before that. Doing an Official Oil Consumption report with Dealer right now. Good Dealer happy with their service. I have been told that the entire length of the Dipstick to which they marked it (1" 7/8) is ~half a litre/quart. I read posts on this board on how to properly check oil and such. I am wondering if anyone can substantiate that claim. Prior to the dealer initiating the Oil Consump Test I had to put in 2 quarts within 5000 KM. When doing so, I thought that the length of the dipstick was much greater than half a quart.
Thanks in advance
Aug 21, 2004 (7:26 am)
I thought it was a quart between the empty and full marks?? It should say in teh owner's manual. That would pertain to a cold engine only, of course. Checking oil on a warm boxer engine is always error prone -- oil gets up in the dipstick tube while the engine is running and makes it hard to get an accurate reading.
#3465 of 8657 Re: [c_hunter]
Aug 21, 2004 (10:31 am)
Thanks for the input Craig.No mention in the owners manual other than overall oil capacity.