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Old 17th November 2002, 01:05   #1
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"Smelly" clutch - is this a warning?

Occasionally I get a burning smell from my clutch, especially in heavy traffic. I do not 'ride' the clutch as far I can tell. Is this a warning of something serious lurking in my future....
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This is a very bad sign. Make sure to get off the clutch faster.

It is tempting and easier to stay onthe clutch a little in stop and go traffic but it will kill your clutch.
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means you are slipping the clutch. and if it is happening in stop and go traffic there are two possibilities:

1. your clutch pressure plates are going south

or/ and

2. the nut between the steering wheel and the seat needs adjustment...

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2. the nut between the steering wheel and the seat needs adjustment...
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Oh very funny Alex! (Actually it is.)

It's only happened to me a couple of times, and that too when I've been in stop-go traffic for a long time. I wonder if SMG is any better in this regard.
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ashok - it has nothing to do with stop and go, unless you're over-slipping the clutch. In stop and go, since you can't do big hard drag launches, I assume you're using very little throttle, in which case it is very unlikely you're overslipping your clutch. Further, the more torque you apply, the more likely the clutch will slip. So if you're smelling it in stop and go, and NOT at other times, I am pretty sure it isn't your clutch. But let's check a few basics:

You're not leaving your foot on the pedal once hooked up, right?

You're not holding your car's position on a hill with the cluch, right?

Your RPM is no higher than 2000 RPM all the way through to hook-up, right? (and lower is good.)

As long as the answer to the above are the right ones - perhaps you're just smelling someone else's car?
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