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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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I had a very light smell for about a month in a very specific situation. When going home some day I have to pass my house, go down a fairly steep grade, pull a u-turn at a cross st, drive back up the grade and park (no stopping). A number of times when doing this I got a very light smell which I assumed was either the brakes doing something during the U-turn or maybe the clutch if I slipped it too much going down to second (which I highly doubt). I never got any smell when going through my work parking garage (U-turns, slightly less grade). Anyhow, it completely resolved itself on its own so I figure it was some sort of bedding in issue.
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