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Clutch smell

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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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Are you riding the clutch?

I've smelled some friction material smell but thought it was brakes, possibly due to torque vectoring.

In my opinion a stock clutch should last nearly 100,000 miles if you aren't doing clutch drops or slipping it too much.

I'm not too worried about mine because I seem to get about 90,000 miles out of my clutches on the street.

I'll start worrying once I pop one in a car still under warranty (without extenuating circumstances).
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