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Old 03-21-2008
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Burning Clutch Smell

I was demonstrating the 4X4 prowess of my Ranger to a buddy this week by climing a really steep snow bank. I started at the bottom, pretty much from a dead stop and slowly feathered the clutch to keep the revs up so I could get the front end to climb. I got to the top, but was then greeted by an increadible smell of burnt clutch - not a good thing.

I know, I know.... you are all saying "Lugan cant drive - get an auto" but I have been driving sticks exclusivley for over 20 years, and I have never experienced a clutch lining as soft as this.

Is this a common issue with the clutch in these things ?? I've only had it for a couple months, so not sure if it is designed as a way for Ford to get you back in a service bay, or if it is unique to my beast.

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I've done it before in mine too! That was a long time ago and it's still going good. I have'nt done it more then once or twice though.




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Where you in 4lo?
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I know I've done it at least once in heavy wet snow.
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"Were you in 4lo?"

Yes, but not sure if that should matter. With the lower ratio, it should make it even easier i.e. less feathering.
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I don't know what it could be. The only time my clutch ever gave off a smell was when I tried to power break it when it was slipping and I roasted the clutch for a while. Other wise i've never had that happen. But I ask if you were in 4lo because if you were in 4hi that would explain why you were burning the clutch up so much.
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It smelled because you feathered the clutch, and revved it at the same time. It's just a stinky one.
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if you were in 4lo you should have had to ride the clutch. in 4lo i can take off in 5th gear without giving it any gas.
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