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Old 10-09-2012, 12:29 PM   #11
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If it smells like your clutch is burning, please make an appointment at your dealership ASAP. If you need additional assistance or have questions, please reach out to me via PM.

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Aaaand a third thread I'm answering with nearly the same information. I've had this problem, as well, and like my other issues the service manager has said "it's expected".

What, exactly, is not expected in this vehicle? Every single time I've taken the car in for something it's been denied and I've been told it's working as expected. Not one time has a service department done anything to my car.
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Not one time has a service department done anything to my car.
They did give me a free car wash?

But my clutch is still a slipping blender.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:39 PM   #13
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They did give me a free car wash?

But my clutch is still a slipping blender.
They didn't even wash my car.

But they did fill the windshield wiper fluid reservoir. How thoughtful of them.
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But they did fill the windshield wiper fluid reservoir.
...and you said they've done nothing for you.
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Well I already talked with Ford CSR regarding 'conviction bias'. It is a very interesting psychological paradigm which I believe can be easily applied in this case. There is no denying that DCT operates very differently then normal automatic and for probably 90% of customers it was an education that solved most of the 'issues'. But then when you 'convince' yourself that you can solve this issue by 'educating' you naturally become ignorant of anything else that does not fit your reasoning.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:40 PM   #16
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Interesting that I stumbled upon this thread today. Mine did this yesterday. Nothing out-of-the ordinary during my commute home, other than passing a couple of slow-asses in the left lane, but that's normal. STRONG smell of burning clutch as I put it in the garage. Lord I hope mine's not developing problems after 1700 miles of nearly perfect operation.

I'm not going to bother taking it in unless it persists. If I take it in smelling normally, they're not going to do anything anyway....and I don't want to go through a flash and re-learn if it's not necessary.
I've had lots of manuals and never burned a clutch. Does it smell like brake pad burning off? I've had that, but always just assumed it was someone in front of me.
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I've had lots of manuals and never burned a clutch. Does it smell like brake pad burning off? I've had that, but always just assumed it was someone in front of me.
You never did a burnout or anything in a stick shift car? LOL! Hot brake pads and burning clutches smell similar. I am pretty familiar with the smell of burning kevlar, which is what I am smelling when my Focus gets the beans by either passing someone at highway speeds or trying to climb a good size hill or high speeds. So I get the feeling that it isn't normal to have any clutch slippage under engine load.

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Well I already talked with Ford CSR regarding 'conviction bias'. It is a very interesting psychological paradigm which I believe can be easily applied in this case. There is no denying that DCT operates very differently then normal automatic and for probably 90% of customers it was an education that solved most of the 'issues'. But then when you 'convince' yourself that you can solve this issue by 'educating' you naturally become ignorant of anything else that does not fit your reasoning.
Maybe I suffer from this.
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Mine had that smell once, and I noticed it after pulling away from a light with no other cars around me. hasn't done it since though
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I smelled it on my test drive yesterday.
It was some sort of a burning smell when I was driving around. I didn't accelerate hard or brake hard or anything like that. It just randomly came into the cabin but went away after a few minutes and never happened again
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I've had lots of manuals and never burned a clutch. Does it smell like brake pad burning off? I've had that, but always just assumed it was someone in front of me.
lol, i guess i just got it into gear quickly. Maybe I just never had a big enough engine.
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