Burnt clutch smell

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Burnt clutch smell

Postby Ewilon1988 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:49 pm

Hey guys, I have a 2017 Ford Focus RS with 2100 miles. Last night while coming home my brother was driving my car. I told him don't drive stupid when we left the place we were at. Well I guess he didn't hear me(sarcasm) because 25 minutes later he takes off like a jackass from a red light and gets up to about 3rd gear then slows down. after that I smelled burning clutch and instantly got pissed off. I yelled at him because I told him to not drive like an a**. Do you guys think my clutch is screwed or is it somewhat typical to smell it after someone launches it hard. He's been driving a stick for years so it's not like it's his first time. I haven't even raced the car and I've barely gotten on it so I know that's the first time the clutch has taken some real abuse. Sorry for the lengthy text. Btw I haven't driven it since it happened last night.

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Re: Burnt clutch smell

Postby Rope-Pusher » Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:53 pm

Two things:
1) excessive clutch slipping, particularly at medium to high engine rpm overheats the clutch friction material and creates the stink. If driven in this manner repeatedly, the clutch friction material will die a premature death.
2) your brother is either an idiot or an ashsole. There was really no performance gained through excessive clucth slipping. Either he didn't learn this during his years of experience or...he knew exactly what he was doing and it was his intent to inflict some damage. Either way, keep him out of the driver's seat and your clutch may yet live to a ripe old age.
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Re: Burnt clutch smell

Postby Ewilon1988 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:18 pm

Yeah, he's not driving it again. Will what he did affect my clutch tremendously? When I'm driving I don't slip the clutch unless taking off which is minimal.

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Re: Burnt clutch smell

Postby InlinePaul » Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:53 pm

If the clutch is still operating normally I would not be concerned. Just don't let the jerk drive it again--ever!

Years ago my wife insisted on learning to drive my 95 F150 manual because her car was in the shop and she never liked that I had a stick because that meant she had no car when hers is in the shop. I did not know how to teach stick in those days but to make a long story short, she smoked the clutch. I watched as it revved 3500 rpm (that 4.9 L maxes out at 3800) and we slowly moved out from a stop as if in a dream where everything happens in slow motion. Then there was this very strong metallic smell in the cab. But the clutch worked fine after that (I took over driving at that point) and gave me long service life.
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Re: Burnt clutch smell

Postby Ewilon1988 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:06 pm

Inline Paul I'm glad to hear that. Oh man I think I'd cry if I was in your shoes. It didn't smell like metal I tell you that much. I haven't driven it since then(kinda scared to)

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Re: Burnt clutch smell

Postby tankinbeans » Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:13 pm

Ewilon1988 wrote:Inline Paul I'm glad to hear that. Oh man I think I'd cry if I was in your shoes. It didn't smell like metal I tell you that much. I haven't driven it since then(kinda scared to)

One time I accidentally did that in a 94 Corolla that already had 180k on the original clutch. The clutch lasted for another 60k before finally the car gave up the ghost. I'd not worry except to say that your brother is a prick (I'm fairly well versed in that too).
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Re: Burnt clutch smell

Postby Ewilon1988 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:38 pm

Yes he is, and he kept passing it off like he did nothing wrong. He drives a 370z so he thinks he's the man when it comes to driving standard

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Re: Burnt clutch smell

Postby theholycow » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:54 pm

I wouldn't drive like that, but it doesn't sound like his driving was that far beyond what the engineers might expect from a lot of drivers (and what is seen often on the road).

Anyway, if he hurt anything then you wouldn't be asking us. You'd KNOW it and you'd be telling us what was broken.
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Re: Burnt clutch smell

Postby Ewilon1988 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:21 pm

Yeah cow I think you're right. I just drove it and everything seems fine. No smell or anything and it drives normal


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