So I just picked up this 04 XT about two weeks ago and it was in need of a new clutch. It had only 55k on the odo so whoever owned it before me obviously didn't know how to drive this thing. The clutch was slipping pretty badly but other than that, the vehicle is in good condition.
I had a friend help me install the clutch (he's a subie tech) and in the process we replaced the fluids in the front and rear. The car drives so much differently now and I am really starting to like it. The clutch is pretty grabby and everything feels solid ...
BUT now I am noticing that when I gear the car down - say I am in 2nd gear and just let the car gear down as I approach a traffic stop - I can hear a somewhat faint groan or gear sound. It's not steady, it kinda fades in an out. When I accelerate there is no sound, when sitting at idle with the clutch engaged in neutral there is no sound, and everything else seems pretty normal to me. It's not loud enough that I hear it with the radio on and I don't feel anything in the floor/stick/etc/
We installed an Exedy OEM replacement, new OEM flywheel, hardware, bearings, etc. and the car is bone stock. Is this normal, am I just being hyper-sensitive? or should I just give the clutch more time to completely break in? I have done about 150 miles of mixed driving, mostly stop and go and have been making the conscious effort to not downshift, but if I am rolling to a light I will leave it in whatever gear and let it wind down till that gear is of no use anymore, then rely on the brakes.
Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Cheers