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Re: Clutch lining smells after highway travel - 62 MGA

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Subject: Re: Clutch lining smells after highway travel - 62 MGA
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Mon, 04 Dec 2006 14:48:09 -0800
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Well, if you don't have to depress the pedal all the way in order to release
the clutch, that would be another indication that the clutch disc is worn
out. But regardless of the preliminary diagnosis, the required action is the
same: you are going to have to take it apart.


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the primer red one with chrome wires

on 12/4/06 2:27 PM, Pat Harris - "sammler" at wrote:

> 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
> fault/failure.
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Pat

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