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    I need some help. I have had my 2002 WRX for about 2 years now. It has about 83k miles with no problems and original clutch. The deal is the clutch seems to be slipping when I am starting from a dead stop. Slipping is the best word I can use to describe this phenomenon. Essentially the car acts like it is going to stall out by shaking around despite amble throttle application with slow clutch engagement. It only seems to happen when the car is cold, and will generally fade once the car is at normal operating temp. What do you guys think? Is it time to replace the clutch? Is this common occurance with WRX models? Thanks for your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krick View Post
    Guys and Gals

    I need some help. I have had my 2002 WRX for about 2 years now. It has about 83k miles with no problems and original clutch. The deal is the clutch seems to be slipping when I am starting from a dead stop. Slipping is the best word I can use to describe this phenomenon. Essentially the car acts like it is going to stall out by shaking around despite amble throttle application with slow clutch engagement. It only seems to happen when the car is cold, and will generally fade once the car is at normal operating temp. What do you guys think? Is it time to replace the clutch? Is this common occurance with WRX models? Thanks for your time.
    once the clutch is warm it has a better tendancy to grab. to test it put ur car in third gear going up a steep hill, after letting the clutch out all the way flor it see if the rpms spike and you dont reallly gain speed, then more than likely it;s bad. thats a good amount of miles on a stock clutch.
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    if it chatters on take-off, most likely, it's worn, or the flywheel is warped. getting heat in it (after warm-up) will often make the chatter less evident, in some cases.

    I don't think it's slipping, as usually the clutch will slip in a high-load situation (4 or 5 gear, uphill or WOT) if it's in early stages of failure.

    If you ride with your foot 'resting' on the clutch pedal, it could very well be that too much heat has been applied to the flywheel, thus, warping it.

    I think a clutch-set and flywheel are in your near future..
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    Thanks for great responses!

    I was starting to think 83K miles is a lot for a stock clutch. Is there any way to decipher the difference between a clutch and flywheel issue?

    Now that you mention the possible chattering dissipation with a warm engine it makes more sense. I can sometimes sense an ever so slight chatter in the clutch even with a warm engine. So, does this mean a flywheel or clutch issue?

    The thing is the problem is so fickle. It just kind of comes and goes with the wind. So it is hard to go drop a bunch of money on problem that is not always there.

    Do you guys know of a broad price range I could expect to pay for a clutch and flywheel separate or together? I realize the price variables like aftermarket parts, dealerships and such. I just want to avoid being ripped off.

    PS No problem getting the foot off the clutch here.

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    I'd prolly just prep for replacing both..
    what color is the clutch fluid? is it nice and clear, or dark-to-black?
    If it's not nice 'n clear, I'd start off by flushing the clutch fliud and replace it with freshness

    then monitor the clutch issues..
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    '01 Dodge 2500 CTD 6-holed hand-shaker - 3850# dual disk - 900 lb/ft - SOLD
    '97 Dodge 3500 CTD DUALLY built Auto - 40psi boosties - 750 lb/ft

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    I like the simple and logical approach. Thanks for your time.

    I will keep you posted on how things go.

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