Join Date: Feb 2012
Car: 2006 Outback 2.5i Limited 5MT, 1984 Porsche 944
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My Clutch is Going Bad
2006 OB 2.5i Limited 5spd, 93,000 miles, bought used in January at 74,000 miles.
I first noticed a clutch slip this past weekend. I had my car loaded with 4 people while driving around Birmingham, AL. I was stopped at a fairly steep hill. When I started to drive, I thought I felt a little "hic-up" from the drive line. I didn't think much of it at the time as I thought it was a clutch handling error on my part.
A couple of days later I was driving by myself and was stopped on a VERY steep hill, aka required lots of gas. I did the usual steep-hill foot dance, but the clutch slipped even though my foot was completely off the pedal. The car stood still for a little bit (engine revs at around 5k), and then started to slowly move up the hill, at which point the engine of course revved down. I held the gas pedal at the same position. I feel like the car should have moved as normal, or stalled. Oh, and of course the smell of burnt clutch filled the car too.
I've only owned manual transmission cars, and I've never had a clutch go bad. The ones I have replaced were a "while I'm there" maintenance. I replaced my Saab 900's 2.0T original clutch at 205,000 miles, and my Porsche's at about 160,000 miles. Is ~90,000 normal for a Subaru? My car also has the "normal" Subaru clutch shudder every now and then. Maybe replacing the clutch will address that issue too.