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    09 WRX clutch problems

    Hey guys Ive recently been trying to help my roommate out with his 09 WRX which has gone through 5 new OEM clutch flywheels in under 70k miles. I'm pretty handy with working on my own car but the subaru confuses me and I don't know much about it. Right now its making a horrible cracking sound when you press the clutch( with the car on or off) so I'm guessing its a cracked pressure plate. But even so why would his clutch be burning out so often? Is there something I should check on the master cylinder? I am also advising him to move away from OEM parts and start doing some mods on his car, I love driving it myself and I'm sure these things are beasts with some work in em. What would you all suggest as far as aftermarket flywheels? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking forward to working on something not German

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    The grass is always greener on the other side.

    If your roommate is using the clutch even remotely like one ought to be using it, there's no reason for so many failures in such little time. Find out what's wrong and why before doing anything else or in a little while you'll be under the car again pulling gearboxes etc.

    The stock clutch is high quality and I recommend using the authentic parts. For modifications and such see my signature.

    On the earlier cars at least light flywheels generated random misfire error codes and were less fun than one might think. I'd use OEM personally but that's just me.

    To pull the clutch, at least on my earlier car, one pulls the axles and the drive shaft, the shifter, the hydraulics, and then it's like any other car but there may be a retaining pin depending on the model (I've never done this without considerable beer in my so I can't say for sure). There are DIYs out there -- see Scoobymods or Nasioc if necessary.

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    Unless you friend has ZERO idea on how to drive stick, wouldn't this apply for a lemon law type thing?
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    No lemon laws only matter in the first year of ownership, plus if the dealership is able to fix the issue, it's not a lemon.

    I've seen a decent number of cases of WRX clutches burning out early, but there's absolutely no reason for 5 clutches in 70k miles. It sounds to me like somebody needs some lessons in how to drive a manual...
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    Quote Originally Posted by teflon_jones View Post
    It sounds to me like somebody needs some lessons in how to drive a manual...
    Exactly what I was thinking.
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    Thanks for the clarification Scott, I wasn't really sure how those worked. My intent is to never need to find out, especially first hand lol.
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