I burned my clutch backing up a hill. It smoked and smelled bad. Do I have to replace it immediately?


Asked by Jun 14, 2015 at 09:46 PM about the 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS
I was traveling down a ramp into a parking garage, but the angle was too steep and I was
scraping the front end, so I backed up super slow and burned up my clutch. I wondering
how long it might last (not knowing how old this clutch is) before I need to replace it.

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If your lucky you just burned off some of the glazing that they get during normal usage. As long as your clutch operates as it did before you got it too hot you should be good to go, but if it starts to slip when you accelerate after the clutch is fully engaged then replacement is not far off.

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Bob Beaman

Listen to Tennisshoes he is correct. I severely burned the clutch in my Corvette drag racing from a stop light during a car show. The pedal clutch stuck in the partially down position. There have been no ill effects from this. It happened 3 years ago.

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