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The clutch on my '99 Subaru Legacy doesn't fully engage.  It is difficult to shift into first or especially reverse from a standstill, and there is sometimes gear clash when shifting between gears with the clutch fully depressed.

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  • mjoswald Dec 15, 2008

    The first few inches as I press down the pedal seem to offer no result (which is different than normal.)  I don't notice the clutch disengaging until I'm already close to the floor, and when I get all the way to the floor, it's as if it needs another inch (through the floor) to fully disengage.  When I shift into reverse or first it's as if the clutch were only 4/5 on the way to the floor (but the pedal is fully depressed.) This results in some gear noise and clash as well.
    Could this be a linkage or fluid problem and not something more serious?

  • mjoswald Dec 15, 2008

    Oh, and the car has about 75k miles on it.  Thanks!

  • mjoswald Dec 17, 2008

    The answer: apparently the pivot bearing had worn through somewhere (the fork)?  I had been hearing a small cricket-like noise that would immediately stop with the slightest push on the clutch for quite a long time.  I had thought nothing of it.  Well, apparently over time that takes its toll.  This bearing needs to be lubricated or otherwise it will slowly wear, and in my case it wore completely through the fork (i think that's what he said.)
    I needed a new clutch anyways, so it wasnt too bad of a problem since the part that was worn through only costs $30.
    This bearing can easily be lubricated to prevent wearing.  Too late for that now.
    Morale of the story - don't ignore noises!

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    either the clutch has reached the end of it's life or the master cylinder is leaking or is low on fluid.

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Check the clutch fluid (brake fluid) should be a small resivoir on firewall to fill..I believe these are hydrolic clutch system,and not cableoperated...may be a small seep im master clutch cylinder,or slave cylinder(on trans)needs to be bled,somewhat like brake system...Lee

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