Problem: Noise and engine stalls when the clutch pedal is depressed.
Diagnosis: The technician inspected and verified the external clutch release components were functioning properly. Considering the vehicle's age and odometer reading, and the noise when the clutch pedal was depressed, the technician suspected a seized clutch throw-out bearing and damaged clutch pressure plate. The transmission would need to be removed to further inspect the clutch release bearing and clutch assembly. A vehicle inspection report was sent to the vehicle owner before continuing with the inspection and repair.
Repair: removed transmission and inspected clutch assembly. Found failed clutch throw-out bearing, damaged clutch pressure plate, worn clutch friction disc, and flywheel worn beyond minimum thickness requiring new flywheel. Clutch assembly replacement, flywheel replacement, clutch release bearing replacement. Test drive to confirm the successful repair.
The best Subaru clutch tip is to visit your Subaru repair specialist as soon as possible when your Subaru displays any of the following common clutch problems. Often a Subaru clutch replacement cost will be much less if done before a worn clutch damages related parts.
Signs That Your Clutch Needs To Be Repaired
There are several common symptoms of Subaru clutch problems. If you experience any of these it is time to visit your Subaru mechanic at Hoover Street Auto Repair in Ann Arbor, MI.
- Vibration when clutch pedal depressed (clutch release bearing problem).
- Spongy or sticking clutch pedal when depressed (clutch release problem).
- Rumbling or squeaking noises when clutch pedal depressed (clutch release bearing problem).
- Clutch pedal remains at the floor(worn clutch disc problem or clutch release mechanism problem).
- Difficulty shifting gears (worn clutch disc problem).
- Engine speed increases but vehicle does not accelerate (clutch slipping problem).
- When going uphill the vehicle slows down but engine speed stays the same or increases (clutch slip problem).
2015 Subaru Forester is known for clutch problems. Often if the clutch problem is repaired as soon as possible the clutch repair cost can be significantly decreased. This is a case where waiting will cost you more.
Failed Subaru clutch release bearing. The old bearing on the left has seized and grinding metal to metal onto the clutch pressure plate. Eventually the clutch will not fully release and will damage the transmission. New clutch release bearing on the right.
Subaru Forester transmission removed for clutch replacement. Clutch housing is cleaned and inspected before installing new clutch release bearing.
Rear of Subaru Forester engine ready for new flywheel replacement and clutch replacement.