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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 sure it is the clutch that you are smelling. I have only smelled clutch burning after some serious attempts at burn outs with a pickup and and some bald tires. I have smelled the catalytic converter after some spirited driving, but figured that was normal for a new car.
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