I can drive it all day (well, I don't go on rides that long) and the
clutch has no indication of slipping or "smelling". If I drive for 20
-30 minutes at a relatively constant 60-65mph I can smell something like
hot brake/clutch lining. If I "pop the clutch" there is slippage. If
I slow down (around 50mph) for 10-15 minutes the smell goes away and the
clutch does not seem to slip. Great - no problem - just don't go fast ;-)
I do plan to replace all the parts in the clutch when I "have to" but
I'd rather delay that task.
I'm just curious - do these symptoms tend to point to any specific
Oh, yes. The release bearing is noisy when the pedal is depressed all
the way to the floor but it is not noisy if I allow the pedal to move an
inch or so upward. At the "quiet" position of the pedal shifting is
effortless/quiet so I don't usually depress the pedal fully. :-)
I've had the car since May - there was no record of the PO (7 years)
having any clutch problems/work.
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