A case was opened with Subaru of America and I have been in touch with them several times regarding the issue. The bearing was then getting caught in the groove, preventing it from releasing fully. I have been very happy with the vehicle, have maintained it per manufacturers instructions and have had no problems with it. I picked up the car and did not have the problem for a week, but I am now having the same hesitation problems with the car. After four trips to two different Subaru dealers and after supposedly having the entire clutch assembly replaced three times, the car is in worse shape than it ever has been.
I was offered a loaner vehicle, but I declined it. We feel that these clips need to be looked into further to find a stronger one to prevent this problem. We then not only have to replace the bearing and the clips but also the entire transmission housing because the snout is cast into the housing. So far the dealer has bled the clutch, adjusted the clutch, replaced the clutch, replaced knock sensor, replaced coolant temp sensor and replaced front oxygen sensor and problem still as bad as ever if not worse. This is what causes the bearing to go bad prematurely.
My gas mileage has decreased due to over-revving I have kept a mileage log since I purchased the car. A month ago, I took the car to the dealer for two recalls, and two other problems including this one. One of the clips on the clutch release bearing had broken, causing the bearing to sit crooked. My own investigation into the problem web research reveals that many other owners of Subaru's made in the late 90's to the present have had similar problems, with no help from their local dealerships. The car would lurch into intersections after a stop, and then hesitate. They then found other cars with the same problem and started working on a fix for the car. Two near accidents due to the condition as there is no indication that the car has stalled unless you keep your eyes on the dashboard lights and watch for them all to light up and the tachometer to zero.
They contacted their corporate headquarters who sent someone out to look at it and performed a bunch of test on it. The contact stated when braking to a complete stop and depressing the clutch, or while in neutral, the vehicle would stall without warning. After the work was completed, the car emitted a very strong smell. I have taken the car back to the dealer four times. The car was towed to the dealership, who drove the car the next two days for 7 miles, then 6 miles, and said that they found no problems.
Subaru has refused to repair the car, despite the fact that it's under an extended warranty that covers the entire transmission. Since that reprogramming the rpms are sluggish in returning to normal in between shifts and at idle. I finally decided to pull to the side of the road and call roadside assistance. It can take anywhere from 1. This then allowed the clutch release bearing to wear a groove on the snout that the bearing rides on.
This is dangerous when a sudden decrease in speed is essential for safety the brakes are fighting the engine revving even thought the accelerator has been released. Possible consequences could be a collision due to loss of power steering, power brakes, and distraction. It is apparent that a petroleum product is leaking onto the exhaust system and burning and the smell enters the ventilation system while the car is stationary. On one road trip last August, the rpms never dropped below 1000 and, in fact, fluctuated between 1,000 and 2,000 rpms at idle! I cannot drive this car for the rest of it's life in this condition; nor would I want to sell it to another person due to safety concerns. It occurs in 1st and 2nd gear, and is pronounced in cold starts only. .
The car would not move at all, then would lurch out of the intersection. One month later, they still had not called. Within six months, the car began to exhibit clutch and transmission problems. For three years they denied that there was anything wrong with the vehicle, always saying they were unable to duplicate the problems. The last time the dealer said the seals on the transmission were leaking and replaced. His first solution was to suggest that I trade the car in on a new one. The stalling occurs nearly daily within the first ten minutes of driving and leaves the driver with no power steering and very limited braking.
The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice but the failure could not be duplicated. The only way you know it has shut itself off is that you have no power and all the idiot lights come on. This problem didn't start until the car was about 3 months old then it started to do it within a mile to 2 miles of driving after it had been sitting overnight or all day while I worked. Have taken it to the Subaru dealer on several occasions, but they have not been able to fix the problem. It also happened when I shifted into 1st coming up to a stop sign.