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Old 07-06-2010, 10:48 AM   #1
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I Smell Clutch

There are a lot of people with smarts on this forum so I will see if anybody can help out. I am driving an '07 manual transmission at freeway speeds in 6th gear, i come to an exit so i just pull my foot off the throttle and let the lack of aerodynamics and engine slow me down. I leave it in sixth, I don't touch the brakes or the clutch and I start to smell clutch. I look around hoping to see some other vehicle to blame the smell on but this seems to happen once or twice a month, so i think it's me. Why would clutch start stinkin if I don't even touch the pedal, no downshifting, nothing. She's still a young jeep (20K) and I really picky about keeping the RPM's stable when shifting (no quick shifts, no riding the clutch, etc).

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Old 07-06-2010, 11:06 AM   #2
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Well, if your ebrake doesn't fully release it'll smell like burnt clutch since they are made from the same materials.

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Old 07-06-2010, 11:07 AM   #3
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Or for that matter, if you have a stuck caliper, same deal.
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:22 PM   #4
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...towed the boat to the marina this spring, about a 15 mile trip. boat is a boston whaler montauk 170 that weighs all of 2000 lbs. ( trailer, boat and motor ). i know i'm at the limit for sure with the 2-dr. was rolling fine down the highway so i slip 'er into 6th gear, within minutes i start to smell the burning scent. went back to 5th and limped 'er the rest of the way and the smell went away.

...so what was burning up? the clutch or the tranny?
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:47 PM   #5
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...towed the boat to the marina this spring, about a 15 mile trip. boat is a boston whaler montauk 170 that weighs all of 2000 lbs. ( trailer, boat and motor ). i know i'm at the limit for sure with the 2-dr. was rolling fine down the highway so i slip 'er into 6th gear, within minutes i start to smell the burning scent. went back to 5th and limped 'er the rest of the way and the smell went away.

...so what was burning up? the clutch or the tranny?
That is a good question. I would have had it back to the dealer to see if the clutch was mis-adjusted or malfunctioning and slipping. If out of warranty, either to the shop or looked at it myself.

I towed 2500 lbs from Massachusetts to Florida a couple weeks ago and am going to repeat in the opposite direction at the end of this week. I spent most of my time in 5th gear as 6th can't hold highway speed on steep to moderate grades. Not one whiff of clutch. I've towed this trailer all over creation. No problems with the clutch. Right now it is light maybe even 2000 lbs...don't know. When all of my camping gear is in in it it is more towards 3000 lbs and still no problems with clutch. That is why if I were smelling what seems like clutch, it would be looked at pretty quick. Mine being under warranty would mean that the dealer would look at it presently.
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:50 AM   #6
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It sounds like 6th gear is the common factor. Maybe I'll keep my speeds down and be happy with 5th gear. Although the wiff of clutch only seems to last moments (or brake pad material) so i don't think it is doing that much damage/wear and it doesn't happen in every situation. Thanks guys, if I get any conclusions, I'll post.
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...i think that just being at the limit of its towing capacity and then putting into an 'OD gear' is just too much strain for it.

...the stink went away when shifted into a more robust gear, 5th gear.

...still want to know whats cooking.

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