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2007 Subaru Forester Question: Can non-Subaru clutch cause chatter?

 

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cintimarg, Bowling Green, KY, September 11, 2013, 14:22
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We had to suddenly replace my Forester's clutch and used a non-subaru clutch because we don't live near a Subaru dealer and needed to save money. Since it was installed, I look as if I have never driven a manual before. It jerks, sometimes I kill it; my husband refuses to drive it because of the less-than-smooth takeoff. Especially bad when stopped facing uphill. I wonder if it has anything to do with the anti-rollback feature. Any ideas?

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    September 11, 2013, 15:55
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    new clutches are generaly more grabby than worn out ones, you were used to the worn out clutch now you have to basicly relearn with the new clutch, the new clutch will start to bite well before the worn out one you were driving on before, you have to relearn the friction point of the new clutch..

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    JEM04, February 01, 2014, 11:14
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    I have driven maybe 40 manual cars on a regular basis. According to Subaru this is a known problem with aftermarket parts. I am having the same problem with a clutch that was put in by a shop five weeks ago. See this posting below.

    Visitor, 2004 Subaru Forester, 56,000 mi
    Problems started when local shop did 4 Wheel alignment after getting new tires. They locked up " Hill Hold " Mechanism backing off the Alignment machine. They did not have a clue. They spent three hours without finding out what was wrong. It locked up again before I could get out of the parking lot. After that it would randomly lockup. It locked up as I pulled out on a maim street about one half mile from my home. I tried to make it home by back streets but it locked up again completely two blocks from my house. I burned up the clutch trying to get out of an intersection. The car could not even be pushed to move it. ( I now know all you need to do is lift the back of the car to Level or higher to release the feature. ) Since then I have had a noise in the drive train. The driveshaft carrier bearing and clutch were replaced. Still had noise. A different local Shop replaced the Transmission. ( Bad center differential ??? ) And said first clutch was bad ??? ( Did not have problem with first new clutch. ) Still have noise - worse. Now it has clutch chatter. Shop says it is motor mounts. Replaced. Still have noise. Still have clutch chatter. Subaru says due to aftermarket clutch or bad parts. After five weeks still have noise and clutch still clatters. CAN YOU HELP!!!

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