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BigTDogg (MA) 11-21-2012 07:54 AM

Clutch burning smell when stopped? WTF?
So my clutch smells like it's burning when the car is stopped. Doesn't matter if I'm in neutral or in gear with the clutch pedal depressed. No odd behavior while driving, nor is there any smell (even with the vents open) while driving. I don't race or drive hard, it's just a daily driver. I've launched it from a stop maybe 5-6 times total, but not recently, and never smoked it out.

It's a CCI 2200 clutch and flywheel, TSK3 kit, Stage 2 car. 27K miles on the clutch

Do I need to adjust the clutch? Is the clutch dying already?

Max Capacity 11-21-2012 12:09 PM

Are you sure there's nothing else leaking and hitting the exhaust manifold.

The clutch should not have any problems.

GTTuner 11-21-2012 12:44 PM

I bet the inner CV boot on the rt side is spraying grease on the DP.

Schubaru 11-21-2012 12:50 PM

^Thats what happened to mine.

BigTDogg (MA) 11-21-2012 08:26 PM

I'll check that out once i get my new jack, thanks

BigTDogg (MA) 11-25-2012 12:24 PM

GTTuner FTW, hit the nail on the head

BigTDogg (MA) 11-26-2012 01:14 PM

So should I do just the boot kit and replace the boot, or should I get an aftermarket axle and replace the whole assembly? The whole axle is about $15 cheaper including labor. Based on your experiences.

Max Capacity 11-26-2012 01:26 PM

What, your not going to buy a $80.00 axle from the auto parts store and replace it.

I replaced my left one over 2 years ago.

Here's the correct p/n Autopart International (206320)

MIne came from Advanec Auto PArts, But it had the API label on the box. API is about 1.5 miles from Advance in Enfield CT.

BigTDogg (MA) 11-26-2012 08:31 PM


Originally Posted by Max Capacity (Post 4173521)
What, your not going to buy a $80.00 axle from the auto parts store and replace it.

I'm short on time, and don't have a jack right now. I could def DIY given the time and space. Does it just slide right out of the diff and wheel bearing?

Thanks for the PN. I googled it and saw your post from 2 years ago :lol:

Max Capacity 11-28-2012 06:32 AM

The hardest part is breaking the torque on the axle nut.

It helps to use a impact gun on the lower ball joint nut, AFTER you remove ALL the cotter pin.

Pry on the axle not the tranny to pop it out of the tranny.

If you jack up that side high enough, you will not lose any gear oil.

You may have to remove the end link if you other then OEM ones.

Zero1 11-28-2012 06:47 AM

In my years of experience as a mechanic, CV boot kits are ALL junk. They are very temporary fixes at best and replacing the whole half-shaft with even a reman unit from a parts store is a drastically better solution.

Max has it pretty much covered but don't forget about the E-clips on the inner side of the half-shaft splines. You'll need some muscle to get the half-shaft in and out but make sure the new one is in all the way before tightening things up and the E-clip isn't bent or broken.

Glad you found the problem so quickly :)

GTTuner 11-28-2012 07:17 AM


Originally Posted by BigTDogg (MA) (Post 4172342)
GTTuner FTW, hit the nail on the head

:lol: Mine let go two weeks ago. I have not had a chance to fix it yet, the smell is God awful especially after being on the highway.

I went the boot route, I got a new boot kit from Subaru, 30.00 dollars with the grease and clamps.

BigTDogg (MA) 11-29-2012 07:40 AM

Yeah, I don't have the time and my garage really isn't set up yet. Only one spot available and my Z is parked there for the winter. I'm having Motive Auto do it. Hopefully this weekend I'll finish up cleaning out my garage and do my brakes. When I do that, I'll take some scouring pad to the DP and clean that bitch off.

Zero1 11-29-2012 08:00 AM

I wish I still had a garage lol.

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