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Old 12-30-2010, 03:18 PM   #26
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Not many. It wastes alot of gas. Modern cars don't need a "warmup" outside of 30 seconds. Anything past that is a waste. Driving the car gingerly while the oil gets to temp is all the "warmup" you need.
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:21 PM   #27
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Not many. It wastes alot of gas. Modern cars don't need a "warmup" outside of 30 seconds. Anything past that is a waste. Driving the car gingerly while the oil gets to temp is all the "warmup" you need.
Bingo. Next I'm going to be told to get a turbo timer...
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Old 12-30-2010, 06:03 PM   #28
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Not many. It wastes alot of gas. Modern cars don't need a "warmup" outside of 30 seconds. Anything past that is a waste. Driving the car gingerly while the oil gets to temp is all the "warmup" you need.
Lots of opinions floating around about it.. On an NA grocery getter I skip a warmup..

With the variety of materials used and given the incredible cylinder pressures our engines endure - I give it a little bit more of a warmup.. (Protip - theres more to a warmup than getting the oil hot - see expansion rates of various materials used in engine construction) And when I say little bit more - means longer than twist the key and go on a freezing cold morning.. Which - still being at 1500 rpms- is the case here..

Just making an observation..
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Old 01-02-2011, 07:34 PM   #29
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Lots of opinions floating around about it.. On an NA grocery getter I skip a warmup..

With the variety of materials used and given the incredible cylinder pressures our engines endure - I give it a little bit more of a warmup.. (Protip - theres more to a warmup than getting the oil hot - see expansion rates of various materials used in engine construction) And when I say little bit more - means longer than twist the key and go on a freezing cold morning.. Which - still being at 1500 rpms- is the case here..

Just making an observation..
You make a good suggestion. When it is really cold out I do let the car warm up for a bit. Regardless, this really has nothing to do with the burnt clutch smell, which should not be happening.
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:33 AM   #30
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My observation on my 2011 sti, warming up helps a lot to get rid of that burning smell and car is way smoother to drive too ... So for me spending those extra 5 mins is working... Getting remote start installed so I don't have to sit in the car to do it
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Old 01-12-2011, 02:10 PM   #31
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When my 2010 WRX was new it did that at first (slight clutch smell when backing out of driveway in the morning). Went away pretty quickly and everything is fine now.
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:36 PM   #32
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I back out of my driveway everyday. It's pretty long and uphill. I haven't noticed any funny smells whatsoever.
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:01 PM   #33
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Ive noticed my 2011 WRX hatch does this when backing out of my parking space in snow. Ive never had the smell any other time. Only when there is snow and i back out of the space, i have to give it a little more gas, then i smell the burning smell. its still new, only 2500miles on it so it might go away as others stated. I seem to recall my 04 Impreza doing this as well.
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:22 AM   #34
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2011 WRX hatch here. Same thing. When I need to give it a little gas to get through some snow, I can smell my clutch. The first time it happened I thought I was just a little rusty at driving manual and was getting used to the new car. A week in I think I'm pretty used to it by now and I was worried a bit. Glad I found this thread and hopefully mine will go away like other people's has.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:24 PM   #35
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I also drive a 2011 WRX and have this same problem when backing up out of my driveway. The revs dont climb past 2k, and I only smell this burning when backing out of the driveway.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:53 AM   #36
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Interesting. I did notice a slight clutch smell but it seems to have gone away for me. I have roughly 1600 miles on my car.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:33 AM   #37
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most people never really take their foot off the clutch pedal in reverse and slip the clutch more than they think they do...usually n000b drivers more so than not...hence the smell
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:16 PM   #38
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I have smelled this twice in my STi backing out of a parking space, I rev to 2k and dump the clutch completely out in one fluid motion, its only happened when the car is cold (I only let it warm up ~30 seconds before going). The smell didn't really smell like burning clutch though, it smelled more sulfuric
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Old 04-16-2011, 09:56 AM   #39
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It's exhaust...your backing into it...
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Old 04-16-2011, 12:44 PM   #40
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It's exhaust...your backing into it...
His probably was. Mine definitely is not exhaust.

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Old 09-02-2011, 02:36 PM   #41
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Iv owned and driven multiple ~200-300hp cars with MT and unless I mean to, I never smell clutch.
Iv got 2k miles on my '11 and I smell it enough during normal driving to make me wonder if I got a bum clutch. Usually only smell it when the car is cold and doing a medium-speed take off. Slow starts and fairly quick starts dont seem to bother it. Guess that means I need to drive faster
A dealer trip is in my near future though, so I can be told I cant drive stick...

Whoops sorry to revive an old thread. Flame away.

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Old 10-02-2012, 02:03 PM   #42
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Hey guys, I tried a search, but did not come up with much. I have a '11 WRX and almost every morning when I back out of my driveway I get a burning clutch smell. I also get it on the occasional reverse out of a parking spot when I am out and about. If memory serves me correctly, I could have sworn I read the '09/'10's were experiencing some of this. I did get it a tad on my '10, but not as bad. This is my 5th WRX and, besides the '10, I have never experienced such. I have never had the issue on any of the other manuals I have owned. I have not changed my driving style, so it cannot be due to improper usage. I do have to feather the clutch a bit due where I am backing out from, but even that should not cause such a bad smell. Has anyone experienced this? Suggestions?
Only time it happens for me in my 2011 STi is when I hold the clutch down too far, that goes for driving forward not just reverse as well.

And I very rarely have the clutch in too far.

My guess is you were giving a bit too much down on the clutch pedal- speaking from my own experience.
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