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Old 01-12-2016, 01:00 PM   #199
clsmooth
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Member#: 86394
Join Date: May 2005
Chapter/Region: VIC
Location: West Vancouver
Vehicle:
2000 RS Coupe
2005 Forester X SE

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I joined the broken-clutch-fork club last week. Well, technically bent in my case. This was something I couldn't do at home so I don't have any pics, but I was told it was completely bent at the pivot point and the prongs were twisted too. Must have been slowing bending for years.

What upsets me is that I entrusted a family members' advise in the past, whenever I brought up the issue of the fork during each of my numerous clutch changes in the past (lubing it, changing it out, etc); in that 'Don't worry about it' or 'Don't touch it'; including the creek I heard every time I pushed in the clutch pedal. The last time I saw the fork I even brought up the issue that the throw out bearing seems a little off and loose, as though the prongs of the forks weren't parallel with each other.

I've been advised now, that every time the transmission comes off for whatever reason to preferably change it, or if not take it off and grease it up. I was also advised however that the new fork that was brought in from a Subaru dealership appears to be more re-enforced then my original. I'm glad to know Subaru revised this part. Going forward, the shop that assisted me is going to insist to all future customer's with a manual Subaru to spend the extra $40 and replace the fork while they're in there.

Everything's new and lubed up now and for the first time my most recent clutch is hyper and springy, and not trying to push in a block of hard foam. It feels brand new and I'm actually learning to drive the car again...
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