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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 2008, 10:17 pm Thread Starter
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Burned smell while engine breaking downhill

while going down the alps had to use the engine breaking intensivelly. actually i was going downhill in 2nd with throttle at idle. after 1-2 min of going this way felt burned clutch smell, but since clutch is wet and in a closed enclosure i wonder where that smell comes from. any ideeas?


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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 2008, 12:28 am
 
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My guess would be the brakes of the cars in front of you.
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My guess would be the brakes of the cars in front of you.
Good call!
I smell truck clutches on the freeway out of the Port of Long Beach often and brakes coming down The Ridge Route too.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 2008, 3:49 am
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Doru,

I think you are smelling the exhaust. If you were going slow with a bit of a tail wind you would get some really strange smells from the exhaust. It sometimes smells like a burnt clutch and other times like a wet burned clutch. My family always comment on it, especially when coasting or stopping at traffic lights. It doesn't smell like any other vehicle's exhaust that I have had.

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I've gotten a lot of odd smells from damp roads. Usually road oil smoking off the cat.

On a dry clutch R model. You can really smell a burning clutch going up a steep hill from a stop. Sometimes it just hangs around under the fairing and your nose picks it up a bit later as it leaks out.

I don' worry about it now - unless I see an oil light come on.

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My guess would be the brakes of the cars in front of you.
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Hey Doru,
On my GSadv if I am using clutch a lot when accelerating (trying to do wheelies) you can smell-it badly.

On engine brake you shouldn't smell anything if clutch is ok.

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Burned "Smell"

It's the catalytic converter chewing up all the un-burned hydrocarbons when engine throttle is in idle position. The fuel pump is still sending gasoline to the cylinders and the catalytic has to burn them up since you're at idle position but moving so much faster than 1 mile per hour! No big deal, just enjoy it for what it is....mildly toxic waste products of partially-cumbusted sulfur based-hydrocarbons!! Cool!

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