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Clutch smell after botched attempt at accelerating on a ramp

If it was just once, I wouldn't be overly worried... particularly as you say the car is driving fine. You took a bit of life off your clutch, and I'd keep an eye out for issues in the coming weeks ...
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Recreate new car smell

There are several products that claim to install a new car smell. Meguiar's G4216 New Car Scent Protectant is one of many that are available. Smell is a very subjective so reviews vary on these ...
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Clutch smell after botched attempt at accelerating on a ramp

It is technically harmful, but if it only happened one time, and you don't notice any difference now, you're fine. If it happens a lot you can damage your clutch (or other parts) but once in a while ...
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Driving fast on gear 4 and smelling burnt smell after

Most likely the smell came from the flat tire. If you still have the spare on the vehicle and the flat is still in the trunk, that's what you're smelling.
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Which knob setting best cooks the mold inside HVAC?

The reason for the odor is that water condenses inside the ducts when the AC cools the air. Though there are drains, there will still be enough moisture in the system to allow mold to grow. The ...
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Smell of Ammonia when driving. What can be the reason?

Have you changed the cabin filters lately? Black mold can smell like Urine-Ammonia, this mold can also grow on the ac evaporator coil. Pull the cabin filters and check for mold. Other than this it ...
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Clutch smell after botched attempt at accelerating on a ramp

This happens all the time at autocross events, in extreme cases the clutch will get "glazed" and slip a lot until the burnt material is worn off. Since you aren't having any trouble, you'll be fine.
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Hands still smell like gasoline after multiple washings, it is safe to handle food?

With as much as you've done, you are safe my friend. Odor residue isn't the same as actually having those chemicals still coating your epidermis to mix with food prep to a concerning degree. It's ...
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Best way to clean car carpet?

Remove the carpet from car and then power wash it. You can use soap and brush to scrub it if power washing is not enough and then let it dry by leaving it in sun. This is how most detailers I have ...
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2002 Subaru with strange smell, thin white steam

The most likely cause of these issues is a coolant leak. The strange smell could be coolant, which probably smells strange if you've never smelled it before. You could have a worn-out radiator cap, a ...
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White smoke and burning smell from engine area, can you spot the oil leak?

This seems to me like an intake manifold gasket or even a valve cover is leaking and when the engine gets hot the oil smokes away. The dangers of driving like this? From the picture the leak looks ...
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Exhaust smells coming from ventilation system

Stop the car, open the bonnet and check that you don't have an oil leak. You may find an area of the engine or underbonnet is covered with black oil. Also check under the car for any signs of oil ...
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Mazda 3, temporary acidic vinegar/mayonnaise smell

You have mold in the A/C system. To fix it, do the following; Remove the cabin air filters. Buy new ones - they're pretty cheap. Even if you don't want to buy new ones, however, still remove them. ...
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How to get the swamp smell out of my car?

When I need to really clean carpet (in the car or in the house), I fill up a pump sprayer with assorted cleaning products (including dish soap, oxyclean, simple green degreaser, odoban disinfectant, ...
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06 Solstice (Yay) Fuel smell after hard acceleration

Depending on the design of the turbo kit and installation, it could be due to the turbo blow off valve, if it is vented externally and not back into the intake upstream, you could smell gas briefly ...
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For cleaning HVAC with Lysol, should the AC be on or off?

You will have to turn the ac on have the fan on full speed, turn off the recirculation, spray the lysol. roll the windows down blah blah..... Watch this video this has the complete procedure and the ...
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What is causing burning smell and over reving sound?

In attempt to keep this focus on the mechanics issue and less on the driving techniques: You have an older car. A vehicle from 2006 has significant wear effects on every component, regardless of how ...
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Brake pad wears faster than other three

Since you have replaced all the calipers, the most likely issue is that the slider mechanism that the caliper rides on is seizing. Each brake caliper holds 2 pads, if it is the slider that is at ...
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Added too much oil and smoke coming from under hood

Most likely the smoke is coming from spilled oil over engine that gets burned once the engine gets hot. However depends how much oil you putted in your engine, if it is too much you might have a ...
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Vehicle tries to stall when at a stop

For something along this line would be a diagnostic service fee. When you take a vehicle in for regular maintenance and ask them to see if they notice anything they do not hook up any computers to ...
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Hands still smell like gasoline after multiple washings, it is safe to handle food?

While I do not dare to give you an direct answer on your question I want to give you two recommendations: The next time try a mixture of vegetable oil and sugar. The sugar works as an mild abrasive ...
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How much isopropyl alchcol to deodorize AC ducts?

I thought I'd post a warning here. According to Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isopropyl_alcohol Isopropyl alcohol has a 2-12% explosive limit, meaning if the concentration of it in the ...
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Honda Civic Hybrid: IMA Battery and egg-like smell

You can be pretty sure this is an issue with your battery. Remember (as you probably already know), there are two batteries on most hybrids: a 12vdc battery to start the vehicle and run the ...
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Burning smell and smoke from rear tire

If your tire was burning you'd know it, and it wouldn't stop when you stop the car. If you have a rear wheel drive car then it could be from the drivetrain, but I would bet it's the parking brake. ...
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Burning smell and smoke from rear tire

If the rubber burns, you wouldn't say 'possibly'. I'm sure you'd recognize a smell of a rubber, so I have to guess it is brake shoe/pad, most likely hand brake cable or shoe or slave cylinder issue, ...
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Weird "hair" comming out of my muffler

The material is the fiberglass baffling material from inside the muffler. It is an early indicator that the muffler is failing. The interior metal frame work is rusting away allowing the packing to ...
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Motorcycle: burning smell from engine area

Check for any oil leaks, especially oil leaking around the cylinder head or onto the exhaust system, as any oil in these areas will heat up and basically cook.. giving you the burning smell. Also make ...
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How to remove an odor left by mice leaving dry dog food in my vent system. 2008 Honda Civic

Until you get all of the dog food and rodent feces out of the duct work, you can do all you want to the car and you'll not be rid of the smell. You'll more than likely need to completely dismantle the ...
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How to remove decomposed food smell from car interior fibers?

If the fluids soaked through the fabric into the cushion underneath then the best option is to replace the complete seat. New from dealer will be expensive, but cheaper option, and probably most ...
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How to remove decomposed food smell from car interior fibers?

The easiest, cheapest way to remove food smell from a vehicle is to use an ozone generator. Not only will it remove food smells, it will remove all smells. It doesn't mask the smell, but rather ...
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