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Old 12-01-2006, 07:08 AM   #1
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Default Uh oh... burning clutch smell... I got stuck in some deep snow....

while I was shimy-ing the car out, I spun the tires a bit, both in forward and reverse, before finally breaking the car free. But suddenly I started to smell this really pungent, strong, nasty burning smell inside the car. It was so strong the odor is still on my clothing.

Do I really need to worry about permanent damage or did I probably just cause some additional wear to the clutch?
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Old 12-01-2006, 07:37 AM   #2
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depends....see if it slips in any gear, easy to test in 4th or 5th....but I'd guess you are fine.
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Old 12-01-2006, 07:39 AM   #3
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2nd, you're probably fine
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Old 12-01-2006, 07:51 AM   #5
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Old 12-01-2006, 08:15 AM   #7
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Default I wouldn't worry about it too much....

with my last car, i was privilidged to see my old clutch after it was replaced (asked dealer to keep it so i could see what it looks like). WOW, the thing was sh*t to bed (cuz i beat the **** out of the car - 02 celica). The actual plate had "burnt smear marks." all i could think of is each time i "smelled" the clutch" it was burning one of those marks into the plate.

so i have had the audi for a few months now, and i have never smelled the clutch. kinda makes me think i am preserving the clutch. also, i dont beat the car up by any means.

bottom line = i wouldnt worry about it. sounds like it was a mistake. will have little effect on the long term condition of your car.
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that too.
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Old 12-01-2006, 09:14 AM   #10
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Default I got stuck in some snow last year

parking lot at work...parked in the corner spot. Plows didn't really get the snow in front of my car, so as they turn the corner, all the snow gets left behind. It was just up to the lip of the front bumper. Thought it was soft enough, got half way through it and stuck. Basically, car was sitting on top of snow =P

I had to rock myself out, going back and forth from first to reverse. No burning smell though...perhaps you could have slipped the clutch a bit and just glazed it pretty well. Don't slip the clutch, it catches but as all four wheels spin, it thinks your driving at whatever speeds it can get up to. As I was spinning the tires, the speedo would register 15-20MPH haha.

I bought a nice small shovel for this winter just in case something like that happens again.

I wouldn't worry too much about it, probably just glazed it.
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Old 12-01-2006, 10:30 AM   #11
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Default Thanks guys... seems to drive fine, but it really left a strong smell behind inside the car...

it's all in the air vents, the carpet, etc... It's gonna take a lot of airing out, and febreeze to get this smell out of my car now. It's really bad.

It was so bad at one point while I was spinning the wheels that my eyes almost started to burn.
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Wow, if that was the clutch I can't believe it survived. 4-5 seconds is all it sometimes takes.
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Perhaps it was the rubber from the tires burning tread? Did you hear tires squealing?
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Old 12-01-2006, 10:55 AM   #14
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Default no this wasn't a rubber smell, and besides the car was on snow. It's a burning/ clutch smell.

I don't notice any change in driveability, but then again, the roads are all f8cked up around here and full of snow/ice cuz we had a bad storm last night, so it's difficult to get up to speed right now.

Oh god I hope I didn't f*ck something up. This is ALL I need right now.
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Default If I torched the clutch, it would slip from 1st gear... right?

I've driven on worn clutches before and recall that when you start out in 1st, it takes awhile for the car to get up to speed. That's definately not happening here... it seems to grab fine.
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Default Just checking...even if you're on snow, the heat generated by the spinning

tires can melt thru the snow, so if you have one or more tires hitting pavement (even though you're still stuck), you're just burning the tread, hence rubber smell.
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Default Universal test is to shift to top gear and floor it at 1800-2000 rpm.

If it doesn't slip you're fine.
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Old 12-01-2006, 11:12 AM   #18
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Default Not sure. I've never killed one before. I've glazed before and it smelled, but not...

to the extent you describe. I do know that 5 seconds of high revs is enough to permanently damage a clutch.
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Old 12-01-2006, 04:15 PM   #19
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Default Okay I did as you suggested and no slippage. So I guess I just glazed it a little...

but didn't cause any major damage.

I also called the dealer and spoke to my service advisor (really cool guy who has always been really good to me), and he suggested that he has seen that happen many times before, and it's not that bad of a situation... even noting that he has had cars come in with that same smell. He suggested that it will eventually go away when it airs out.

I just bought a big bottle of fabreeze and some car freshener stuff that absorbs odors.

Ah well, next time I'll be a little more careful when getting into snow.

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