The twins have a clutch spring that greatly reduces the strength needed to push the clutch in. This is actually a really neat idea from Toyota/Subaru, and it is the first time I’ve seen it used and it does a great job. However, this also leaves the pedal without any feeling, making it much more difficult to drive smoothly. This spring can be removed with relative ease, and in under 15 minutes with a little know-how.
Needle Nose Pliers
First, let us familiarize ourselves with what is under the dash.
You’ll want to slide the seat all the way back and place the flashlight so that you can see what you’re working on. I also cleaned the spring at this time, it’s fairly caked on from the factory.
Looking at the assembly from the passenger side of the car, we see a clip (specifically called an “E” clip) that holds the stud in place. We will need to remove this.
Twist the E-clip so that the opening faces down. Using the needle-nose pliers, one tong on each side of the clip, gently push up or hit the handle with your hand. Be careful not to lose this clip.
With the E-clip removed, we are now able to remove the stud. The spring has considerable pressure, as I’m sure you’ll see, which makes removing this stud difficult. Depressing the clutch pedal (pedal on the ground
Re-assemble and push the E-clip on with the needle-nose or the flathead. Both methods should work well.
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Clutch Spring Removal in Under 15 Minutes