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    Clutch does not engage until almost completely out

    After a visit to the dealer, and many other issues with that dealer, I noticed that my clutch did not engage until let out further than it had previously required. It has gotten worse and now does not engage until almost fully released. I'm guessing there are just some adjustments that I need to make to change the range of when it engages? I make similar adjustments on my motorcycle but haven't tinkered with this area of the car. Please advise on any articles, advice, manuals to aid in fixing this issue?

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    I would like to know this too, as I have noticed the same thing.
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    Clutch does not engage until almost completely out

    Surely someone must have the answer to this?

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    If the clutch is hydraulic (and I think it is), there are no clutch adjustments like you would have on normal clutch linkage because the fluid makes the clutch self-adjusting. Sounds like your clutch is going out to me, but I'm sure someone else would give you a more defininitive answer - how many miles?
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    about 50K. seems pretty low for new clutch but i'm not sure what's average for wrx?

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    All depends on how you drive it - a clutch can last 1000 miles or 80,000 miles.

    Now specifically to the question at hand - you will need a new clutch very shortly. I had exactly the same thing last year. It was at the top of the travel for about a couple of months, and then one day I'm heading up a hill and it just started to slip. Start saving now
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    about 50K. seems pretty low for new clutch but i'm not sure what's average for wrx?
    Mine lasted 45,000 miles, then started slipping every time I gave it gas to pass someone on the highway. Probably woulda gave out completely before too long. Not sure if that's average or not though, I bought the car used and that happened only a month after I got it, so dunno if the previous owner abused the clutch or not.
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    Mine lasted about 40,000 - but it was primarily a race car with hundreds of hard launches.
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    i've never had to replace the clutch this soon on any other cars. soooo, that sucks. all have been driven somewhat hard but not too crazy. there goes the plasma tv. kinda what i was afraid of.

    anybody have a cost estimate if you paid someone to do the repairs? the dealer says $1600 but you won't find me going there.

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    The reason the dealer is expensive is that SOA mandates that every dealer replace the flywheel as part of the job. If you can find a specialist Suby shop in your area, you should be able to get your existing flywheel resurfaced as long as it is in good condition.

    You want to budget around $1,000 though, unless you planning on doing the job yourself with a friend. Then you can do it for $500.

    I just did an STi clutch with a friend - 10 hours under the car!!!!! We got the flywheel resurfaced at a local shop for $40.

    Personally, I recommend a local shop. A clutch install is not something to be taken lightly.
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    yeah, i don't think i want to do it. i work on my bike, but i dunno if i have the motivation to work on the car. i figured 1k from somone else. note, dealer did say they'd replace the flywheel, so thank you for mentioning that.

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    i wonder how any of this relates to the know "clutch shudder" problems in which people have had the flywheel and various other items replaced for free, and or if it will be covered, and all my problems would go away for free? i read about this before buying the car so just looked it further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdub3
    i wonder how any of this relates to the know "clutch shudder" problems in which people have had the flywheel and various other items replaced for free, and or if it will be covered, and all my problems would go away for free? i read about this before buying the car so just looked it further.
    The clutch shudder was on the 02's. No idea what type of car you have, but I doubt they would replace it free at this point since you have already worn it out. No harm in asking though.
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