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    slippin' clutch - 2003 wrx

    I've got a 2003 wrx wagon, i bought it new, and now with 105K miles on it i'm looking at replacing the timing belt and the clutch.
    ? 1 - Is the Clutch something that a fairly competent mech can do in their workshop garage - or should attempt? Like you need special and expensive Subaru tools....?
    ? 1a - If it's feasible does anyone have shop photos or instructions?

    ? 2 - with no racing and 105K miles should I expect the clutch to start slipping in 3-4 gear? Or is there something that I may be missing? (No oil leaks at all)

    $ - Local shop, and a fairly good one wants $1800 total, timing & clutch, includes the water pump and Subaru parts, (not sure if Flywheel is included but don't think so).

    $$$ - Troncalli Subaru in Cumming, Georgia wants $595 for the timing belt + $140 for the water pump, +$1,600 for the clutch (this does include the flywheel a $257 deduct if not needed) for a grand total of ~$2,335.

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    Greetings and welcome to the club!

    At 105k miles many things can go wrong with any car. As far as a possible DIY ... have you installed clutches before? Timing belts - water pumps?

    We have regional forums that might more helpful in finding localized info: South Eastern States

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    the cltuch is not too bad to do... it took me and a friend like 3 hours to do and I'd only done a clutch in my s10 before

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    wrx clutch replacement

    Yes, I've replaced clutches before - never a Subaru / WRX.

    I'm a pretty competent shade-tree mech with enough experience to gather as much info before jumping into something that i've not done before -or have first hand access to someone that has.

    Special tools or challenges that would lead those that have done it to spend the $ to take it to someone with a lift...?

    I plan on staying with the standard clutch as this last one made it to 105K with no problems.
    thanks

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