Originally Posted by 10'ses
First, I apologize for reviving such an old thread, but upon my searches this seemed to be the most relevant to the situation I experienced today.
I bought my Focus used last weekend with 39k miles on the clock (avg. mpg readout stayed a solid 35.9 for days until I reset it, so I'm guessing all highway). Today I was running it hard in sport shift mode in some traffic, and when I excited the freeway a guy in a Volt pulled up next to me honking saying my tire was smoking. I pulled into the closest parking lot and started chuckling as I've smelled burnt clutch before learning to drive my old 10' Foci.
My question is if this guy actually saw a cloud of smoke coming from under the car, I should probably take it back to the dealer right? Or is this "normal" under heavy driving and/or normal to Ford? Thankfully I do have the remainder of the powertrain warranty plus a 3mo/3k mile dealership warranty. Thanks!
I only smelled the slightest burnt clutch smell in over 18,000 miles, maybe three times. And there are highway traffic jams in my area.
Car & Driver said they got a whiff of clutch in vigorous acceleration testst but I'd say that was to be expected.
I'd say the amount you are describing warrants a visit to the dealer.