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    This is a discussion on Clutch smell within the Dodge Dart Mechanical Problems forums, part of the Dodge Dart Forum - Pit Row category; Hey All, This is my first "Brand new" car with a Manual transmission. I've noticed that after I drive the car for a while, especially ...

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      Clutch smell

      Hey All,

      This is my first "Brand new" car with a Manual transmission. I've noticed that after I drive the car for a while, especially if I drive it hard I get a smell like war dirty feet... I've confirmed it's a clutch smell with some other people who have had it in new cars before... well I'm going on 4 months and 3600+ miles and I still get the smell after about 60 mins of normal driving, 40 mins of hard driving... I'm just wondering if this is normal or if anyone else has had clutch smell issues?

      Hey maybe I'm just going crazy and it's all in my head :-P
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      I don't think i experience that, but i find my vents blow some stink sometimes when i first turn them on.
      Maybe you're a little long holding the clutch. You should avoid holding the gas and clutch at the same time.
      Just spitballin here. But maybe it's worth a quick trip to the dealer if it's concerning.

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      If you're riding the clutch too much, it's gonna smell.. What type of hard driving are we talking about here?
      I hope your not resting your foot on the pedal as you drive....these pedals are very touchy and slight pressure on the clutch when not shifting will heat the clutch up pretty quick.
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      Or if your FFS it that could cause the smell. My mazdaspeed 3 was the only car where the stock clutch held and never smelled no matter how hard or how much I FFS. (Flat Foot Shifting)

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      I'm definitely not riding the clutch, my foot is typically on the dead pedal... Nor am I Flat Foot shifting... I'm shifting like normal. The hard driving I'm referring to is downshifting more often to accelerate quickly to *slightly above the speed limit to pass frustrating drivers/traffic. I could see the potential of me holding the clutch "too" long due to the fact that the RPMs are significantly higher than typical driving and I don't need to let the clutch out as gently... but other than that I can't see any reason that I'd be putting additional stress on the clutch (aside from shifting more often).

      I have noticed a significant down-tick in the smell of late I've not had it in about 2 weeks, but I've also been driving with the sunroof open and the windows down now that it's nice out here.
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      Well.... i'm assuming it COULD be the downshifting, depending how slowly you're letting off the clutch.

      Which reminds me of something funny. Was behind a guy in a convertible Porsche the other day at a traffic light, both of us waiting to turn left. Had my windows open, and as i saw a gap coming up that he was able to drive through, i heard his engine revving. I'm thinking to myself "My god, learn how to drive stick". And it wasn't a fairly low rev, either. and if i remember correctly, he was slowly letting off the clutch. And then on top of that, he was rather slow going through the light. Freakin guy didn't know how to drive his Porsche, unless he was already going pretty fast.
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      Quote Originally Posted by elementaldragon View Post
      Well.... i'm assuming it COULD be the downshifting, depending how slowly you're letting off the clutch.

      Which reminds me of something funny. Was behind a guy in a convertible Porsche the other day at a traffic light, both of us waiting to turn left. Had my windows open, and as i saw a gap coming up that he was able to drive through, i heard his engine revving. I'm thinking to myself "My god, learn how to drive stick". And it wasn't a fairly low rev, either. and if i remember correctly, he was slowly letting off the clutch. And then on top of that, he was rather slow going through the light. Freakin guy didn't know how to drive his Porsche, unless he was already going pretty fast.
      I was driving beside and older guy in his Camaro SS today. We weren't racing but by the sound of our cars we were having a little fun up to the speed limit. His shifts were so bad i could count the seconds between gears and hear his engine lose all its revs or gain plenty. Im sure he was going 15-20km/h before he even let the clutch all the way out going through 1st.

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      Hmm I'm going to have to pay more attention to my shifts...
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      Yea.... downshifting can be helpful in both keeping your speed down if you're going down a hill, as well as a quick boost of speed if you're trying to pass... but for the latter, I really don't feel like it's the healthiest thing to do for the clutch on a regular basis.

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      So I was watching my shifting as I was driving around today, and the only two things I can think of is that either whatever was causing the smell burned off OR it could be related to downshifting too much causing strain on the clutch, either way I'm going to keep an eye out (well nose) for the smell and see what I find; Thanks for the help!
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