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    High pitch noise when clutch is pressed in at a stop

    Hello everyone,

    I recently purchased a 2011 premium WRX Sedan, and it is fantastic. I'm just about through my break in period (950 miles), and have been wondering something for quite awhile.

    When I come to a complete stop (at a red light for example), and for whatever reason still have the clutch pressed in, I can hear a faint high pitched electrical whine. As soon as I shift to neutral and release the clutch the whine stops. It's not terribly loud, but is immediately noticeable to myself, and my wife in the passengers seat. I'm just wondering if that noise is normal, or if I should have the dealership take a look at it?

    The noise does serve as a good reminder to shift to neutral when stopped for awhile, but it still concerns me a bit since I havent heard any other car do that before.

    thanks

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    I know nothing about your clutch problem, sorry, but I wanted to say hello to a fellow Salt Laker that owns a WRX. If you see a silver one with a USU Alumni plate, give me a honk!

    Also, don't worry too much about the whiney sound. If it is something that persists and you've been using your clutch like you should (not riding it, no crazy launches) and it ends up being something bad I'm sure Subaru will check it out for you on a car that new.
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    Could be a throw out bearing, will it make the noise in neutral with the clutch in? If it worries you, take it to the dealer.
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    Thank you for the replies. Yes, my first impression is that it is the throwout bearing as the noise remains even when in neutral (as long as the clutch is pressed in). The only other oddity is that the noise only appears when at a complete stop. If I am using the clutch while moving, or even in the process of stopping there is no noise at all.

    If no one chimes in that they have the same noise then I will definitely have the dealer check it out.

    And hello to you as well Geo-Aggie. I'm in a satin white pearl sedan that you will usually see around the Cottonwood Heights, I-215, and University of Utah areas.

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    ive had the EXACT same symptoms for a while now. only happens at a stop, but after the car has warmed up for a while, and went through the gears several times it seems to go away till the car cools down...
    let us know what the problem was
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