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Clutch smell

9565 Views 17 Replies 11 Participants Last post by  AlanBDahl
I have about 3500 miles on my ST, mostly freeway driving but here in Seattle that means much of it is bumper to bumper slow going. Twice in the last week I've gotten a stinky clutch smell, once when starting on a steep hill but just today it happened traveling slow in a parking lot. Is it possible my clutch could be failing after such a short time? My SES had 60k on it when I sold it and the clutch was just fine. Color me confused and a bit worried.
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Well, that can't be good. It sounds as if the brakes weren't being released all the way. To the dealer with you!
I think it's a software problem with the hill assist thinking it needs to hold the brakes while I'm slipping the clutch. I am not sure the dealer can do much if there's not a software update available.
If it was just a matter of software, then all the ST Fiestas would have the problem. I don't think yours has special software.

Like eRic says, the hill start assist is supposed to hold for only a couple seconds after the brakes are released, I think it says this in the owners manual. Slipping the clutch for a couple of seconds shouldn't make it overheat to the point of smelling. So you have a problem that needs a dealer's warranty attention. If you keep ignoring it, then the repair cost could fall to you.
If you smell anything at all, then it's excessive.
It may be the brakes, not the clutch giving off the odor.
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