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Old 12-15-2009, 09:31 PM   #1
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Stop/go traffic = smell = clutch?

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Lately, I've been doing a lot of stop/go driving. Dropping my son off at school involves getting into 5 mph stop/go line of cars for about 20 minutes

Add that to the holiday traffice stop/go traffic light, etc.

After pulling into the garage tonight, I noticed a smell. Clutch is the only thing I could think of that could be the cause.

Should I be worried? Or does this thing get hot and cool off, no problem?
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Re: Stop/go traffic = smell = clutch?

can you describe the smell, burning oil, burning transmission fluid, rear end fluid, clutch all smell differently.

When you are sitting still in traffic do you hold the clutch in all the time instead of letting it go into neutral and wait till you can move again (dont hold the clutch petal in)
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Re: Stop/go traffic = smell = clutch?

As with above, don't hold the clutch pedal in when at a stop for long periods, let the trans sit in neutral...

As for the burning smell, it could be anything - hot brakes (did you hit them hard before pulling in?) clutch, a leak somewhere, something caught on your exhaust..
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Re: Stop/go traffic = smell = clutch?

you can also try to let the cars in front of you get going a bit then ease off in first and just coast~ and barley depress the brake to slow down to manage speed~ that helps me when I am in bad traffic.
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Re: Stop/go traffic = smell = clutch?

Thanks all!
As for the smell, I really do not know for sure. At first I thought it was coming from the rear. Smelled like something burning.

I've changed my clutch shift habits the last couple of days and I haven't noticed any smell or experienced any chatter. I try to keep a distance from myself and the car in front of me and roll slowly in 1st or 2nd gear. I also shift to N when at a standstill. Regardless there are some situations where you have to ride the clutch.

I love this car, I smile everytime I drive it. But, I must admit that having to think so much to shift the think and care for the clutch is a big disappointment.

One other tidbit- It has 14K miles.
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Re: Stop/go traffic = smell = clutch?

There's no guarantee that you smelled your clutch.. Esp if it seemed to be coming from the rear of the car, could have heated the brakes up more than expected, some road debris could have hit your exhaust, etc..

And to be honest, a new clutch isn't hard to install - I'm of full belief that one should drive the car exactly as they'd like.. if/when it breaks or wears out, perfect time to upgrade
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Re: Stop/go traffic = smell = clutch?

im guessing it might be your brakes. around here, if you roll down your window during rush hour, the whole highway wreaks. at first i thought it was my car, but its probably the lingering smell of the stop and go of rush hour sitting in a valley - which im assuming is brakes since majority of the population drives automatics.

does it kinda smell like burnt rubber?
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im guessing it might be your brakes. around here, if you roll down your window during rush hour, the whole highway wreaks. at first i thought it was my car, but its probably the lingering smell of the stop and go of rush hour sitting in a valley - which im assuming is brakes since majority of the population drives automatics.

does it kinda smell like burnt rubber?
No it doesn't smell like burnt rubber. I wish I could describe it. It could be a simple as highway odor as I have the vent open more lately (heater on). Usually don't have it open.

Unfortunately, I drive mostly in town, red light to red light. Not much highway miles. Today, I experienced some chatter launching from 1st but no smell.
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Re: Stop/go traffic = smell = clutch?

How much "travel" do you have in the clutch pedal? (How far are you having to depress the pedal, before it engages?)
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