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Clutch smell

9568 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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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.
it could possibly be that whatever senses that the car is pointed uphill is not working right...have mine on and it seems to work OK but think I'll switch it off
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