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How do I know when I need a new clutch

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Had my 996 for a week. Has 36K miles. 6 speed. Got the radio working finally (shout out to Loren for the code). When I get out of the car I smeel the burning clutch smell. Until my last new car 3 years ago I always had manual transmission and never noticed this smell unless I was teaching someone to drive.

So do I need a new clutch or do I just suck at driving a porsche?


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Most likely not the clutch burning.

Hot exhaust. See your B I G fat tires right there by the mufflers? Not to mention COSMOLINE still cooking off.

When do you need a clutch? We it can't hold the power when the gas is applied. As the RPMs climb, you can see or feel a blip up in the RPMs but no actual increase in speed. The clutch then is starting to slip.

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when you let out the clutch and the engine goes "WEE" and the car doesn't.

+1 on stuff, tire dust etc., burning off of the mufflers.

The air-cooled guys have "O du' oil" The water cooled guys have "O du'" tires

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The air-cooled guys have "O du' oil" The water cooled guys have "O du'" tires

I am both. :)

A 993 Turbo and a 987S.

NO "O du oil" smell here. I'm on top of all my maintenence. But I do smell, tires, cosmoline and Zaino Z10 on occasion.:) Mostly the latter.

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dg, as you might have guessed from everyone's response, all 911s smell like burning something-or-other when ever you come back from a spin. As you walk around the rear of the car you can feel the heat radiating, all that energy. Cosmoline, oil, rubber, dirt kicked up on the mufflers, it is all harmless. You will definately know when your clutch is toast. WEE!!

How's life in Akron? I did my residency there in the early 80's. Home of the Firestone Classic and the International Soap Box Derby. There was a bakery down on Market street that made the best cheese cake I ever had.

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