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View Poll Results: What's up with the Tranny
Clutch 4 66.67%
Pressure Plate 0 0%
Just needs Tranny fluid swap 1 16.67%
Other. Please Describe your thought 1 16.67%
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:00 PM   #1
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I will apologize right from the start for this long post. I just want to be very decriptive for you Tranny MDs out there.

So I have recently been getting that burning clutch smell from my tranny. I originally thought i had a hose burning or fluid because of that chemical odor tingle in your nostrel telling your nervous system "oh s*%t, not good."

But the clutch is not slipping. I can hammer it in all gears.

I have had a couple episodes. First when getting the car back from my mechanic to replace a tie rod after smacking a curb. The other a couple days ago when I got my car back from our tire shop. In both cases, other people had to drive my car. The mechanic to make sure all was well. And a driver from my dealershipto drop off my car to mount and align the new wheels. I work Monday - Saturday and couldnt take it myself. I might be living to regret not taking it myself.

Here is the "symptom" during these cases. I would punch the gas while the clutch was engaged in tighter gears such as 4-6 and it would feel like the clutch slipped and then catched. Kind of like a rev and pause before moving. I just figured that the other people driving my car just glazed the clutch a litte bit because after getting the tranny up to temperature (been below 30 degrees) and driving casually without too much open throttle, the symptom dissappears and I can drive to my heart's desire. I know a sign the clutch is dead or dying is when you mash the gas in these tighter gears, the RPMs will sky rocket and you will not be accelerating with the throttle increase.

But recently upon getting it back from the tire shop, this odor has arrived. The clutch isn't slipping. Is the pressure plate messed up? I know others have had problems. What else would cause your tranny to smell like burnt clutch but your clutch is acting fine? I have 89,000 miles on my car. I am not the original owner, bought the car with 48,000 miles so I do not know if there has ever been a replaced clutch or TSB. I believe the Oasis Report b16sir was kind enough to send me does not report a Clutch TSB. I have had the JRSC and BBK on for the past 9,000 miles.

Is this the sign of a dying clutch? Or could it be multiple things such as pressure plates, flywheel, transaxles? I have this stomach wrenching feeling that I will be having a $1,200 dollar repair bill coming my way.

Once again, I apologies for the long description, I just want to be accurate and precise with whats been going on. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

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Old 02-26-2007, 09:37 AM   #2
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So I posted the problem in a couple days ago. But no responses thus far. I figure maybe adding a poll would at least get some quick responses.. In brief, I am getting that burnt clutch odor from the tranny, but the clutch isn't slipping. There is more to the story and any help would be immensely (this how you spell it?) appreciated!


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89,000 miles on the car.
2nd owner and have not replaced a clutch myself. Owned the car since 48,000 miles.
Oasis does not report Clutch TSB.
JRSC and BBK added 8,000 Miles ago.

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Hit a curb and bent a tie rod a couple months ago.

Clutch felt like it was slipping when I got it back from the mechanic and when I got it back a few days ago after new wheels installed. Car would be in higher gears such as 4-6 and i would punch the gas, rpms would increase and there would be a small 1 sec. delay before the car would move. RPMs did not sky rocket like they would with a dead clutch. These symptoms only lasted for one day and seemed like would go away when i brought the tranny up to tempertature ( it has been 30 degrees and below around here). The smell started NOT when i got the car back from the mechanics for the tie rod, but when i got it back from the tire shop. I sent the car to the tire shop with a dealership driver. He dropped it off for me and I got it back the next day.

I can drive the car like nothing is wrong. No clutch slip what so ever. I have been babying it since I have begun smelling the tranny odor. Hell you can smell it inside the car if you are sitting long enough at a red light.

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I get that on my SVT also. I figured it had something to do with the Traction control. I really have no clue but the only time I smell it is after driving in the snow to my house and the TC flashs more the normal.
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Your two threads are merged.
Please don't double post like that.
Thanks.

My TC has been working overtime since late October.
I've not experienced any odd odors (clutch or otherwise) from the tranny.

The only time I've smelled burning clutch, is on the AutoCross course.

Sounds to me, like your clutch is getting weak connolly92.
At least, it's giving you some warning signs versus going out all at once.
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my guess would be clutch is going out. it smells really bad. like a bad electric problem. my focus ( although i did have an spi) when i replaced the clutch i noticed before the new clutch that i would floor it and the rpms would go high but the car felt like it wouldnt match up speed with rpms....my clutch was 800 dollars with labor and a cheap shop...the dealer wanted 1300...:(
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Old 02-26-2007, 10:07 AM   #6
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Sorry about the double post. I am pretty worried about all this since I only have a grand in the old checking account and know a clutch and flywheel package is gonna go deep into that. Thats without labor or even the possibility of new pressure plate.

Whats weird though is the car does drive strong. Maybe those couple instances where while in gear and the rpm would go up 500-750 rpm for a second before moving are signs.
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Old 02-27-2007, 01:38 PM   #7
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my 95 escort slipped like that...
better to be warned than to be stranded somewhere
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clutch doesnt have to be slipping noticeably...YET to get an odor but usually if you smell that a lot it will be slipping soon.
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I get that burnt smell after my new clutch was installed.. This happens sometimes when I am going up steep hill and I am in the high RPM's. Otherwise it works fine. I still think ford should've replaced my tranny but, opted not to
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