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?
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.
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.