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This is a discussion on Squeaking Clutch, Dealing with the Service Center within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I have a 2011 WRX with about 26,000 miles. I bought the car used about 3 months ago and I ...

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    Squeaking Clutch, Dealing with the Service Center

    I have a 2011 WRX with about 26,000 miles. I bought the car used about 3 months ago and I began to notice the clutch would squeak when i engaged it first thing in the morning. Some mornings are worse than others
    This video is exactly the issue is, but its not me. (I would never wear those shoes)
    So i called my local Subaru service center and told them about the issue. They told me to bring it in the next afternoon. When I arrived, before they even looked at the car, they told me there wasn't much they could do in the afternoon because they needed to actually hear the issue themselves. This was aggravating because they had told me to go ahead and bring it in the next afternoon over the phone even though i said the issue happened in the morning. Anyways, the plan is to drop the car off overnight and let them try it out for themselves next week. My question is how should i deal with these guys if they say we can't find anything wrong/we didn't hear the noise? They were not extremely helpful today and I don't get the sense that the service is going to get much better. This is the only dealer in the immediate area and I want to get this taken care of before the noise gets worse and my warranty expires. Also, has anyone else had this issues and were you able to resolve it on your own?
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    I would suspect throwout bearing, and if they come back and say there's nothing wrong I might suggest that they take a look at that.
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    I have the same issue. Posted a video in this thread of the same sound.
    Weird clutch noise at startup.

    Only happens in the morning when it's been humid out and goes away once warmed up and driving for a bit. Seems like other people have it too and doesn't seem to be a bad thing most of the time. I never got it taken in, but if it gets worse where it's starting to effect my driving or if it gets louder I will. Just another noise it makes lol.

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    Theres a TSB for this, Its the way the front bearing was put in the extension housing, the fix is a new shim and new bearing. Should be covered under warranty. Here is the reference number. 03-70-12r
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    Quote Originally Posted by anpato View Post
    Theres a TSB for this, Its the way the front bearing was put in the extension housing, the fix is a new shim and new bearing. Should be covered under warranty. Here is the reference number. 03-70-12r
    TSB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aj_cemprola View Post
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    So is it strange the service center didn't even consider this? Seems like unless the problem is staring them in the face they want nothing to do with it. This is the first car I've owned that still has a warranty so I'm not sure if this is normal treatment of an issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aj_cemprola View Post
    So is it strange the service center didn't even consider this? Seems like unless the problem is staring them in the face they want nothing to do with it. This is the first car I've owned that still has a warranty so I'm not sure if this is normal treatment of an issue.
    Were they unable to replicate the sound?

    If so, that's pretty common that they won't start messing around if they can't replicate the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calvinball View Post
    Were they unable to replicate the sound?

    If so, that's pretty common that they won't start messing around if they can't replicate the problem.
    Fair enough I guess.

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    If anything leave the car with them overnight, it only happens during cold starts. Mine does the same thing.
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    Mine just started making this noise the other day, and now I'm concerned. Time for a trip to the dealer I guess.

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    I had mine in twice for this. They blamed it on clutch material on the clutch fork and not enough grease so what they said I was hearing was metal on metal. Since they did a full cleaning the 2nd time it hasn't come back. I do get some weird noise on mornings after rain or when its humid but I've chalked that up as normal

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    The plan is for me to leave it with them monday night. Is this a fixed on one day kinda of issue? Also I was able to catch the sound on my phone this morning.

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    So dropped my car off last night and they checked it out this morning. According to the experts that is a normal sound that is caused by clutch/flywheel before its warmed up. What should be my next move?

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    reference the tsb number? youd figure that if it is a normal noise from the clutch and flywheel it would only do it on oem parts due to the friction material right? what about those of us who have aftermarket brands and still get it

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