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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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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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Burning Rubber while driving and after

As far as chemicals in that area you have coolant, which does not typically smell even when burnt, but check the level anyway, and your brake fluid which can smell quite strong when burnt. So check ...
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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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Paint thinner/magic marker smell coming from AC

Two things come to mind. Refrigerant or A/C system lubricant oil. They leak out together, there could be a hissing sound while the leak is in progress. Intermittent leaks in the A/C condenser area not ...
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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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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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Burnt oil smell when revving engine

Have you noticed any oil leaks under the car? It could be that your oil level sensor seal is leaking and you will not see it because it is accessed under the car, probably higher up, past the oil ...
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Burning smell when getting out of the car

Try checking around every pipe, that you can visually see. Best route would be to get it up on a ramp and have a look underneath, have a look at the oil sump maybe there's a leak there. If you know ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Oil burning smell and slow oil leak

This oil leak is common to the Taurus/Sable, Fusion/Milan, Jaguar S, Lincoln LS, and Mazda 6 models with the 3.0 Duratec V6 along with the Escape/MPV. As a mechanic I can't see doing what is involved ...
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BMW e46 cabin air vent smells

Here is what solved the same problem for BMW E39: Cause: The smell is due to bacteria in the air-duct. Solution: To solve it you need something with antiseptic action to eradicate the bacteria. ...
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BMW e46 cabin air vent smells

Air Vent Odor This issue is bacteria in the ventilation system. This is not related to charging the air conditioning system as some have indicated. They are separate systems and you do not get ...
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BMW e46 cabin air vent smells

As far as I understand it, your pollen filter is filthy and should be cleaned or replaced.
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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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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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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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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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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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