About 6 months ago I purchased a wrx 09. This was my first ever manual car. I pretty much learned to drive stick on it.
However, I am unsure if I am driving it properly. Sometimes when I drive it, it almost smells a bit like I am burning the clutch. I don't drive it hard, I tend to shift around 2.5-3K rpms. The only thing I can think of is I stay on the clutch too long. I tend to ease it into gear (as I was taught to slowly come off the clutch). If I come off too quickly, the car jerks.
I only have about 6K miles on it so far, but driving it today it smelled like the clutch was burning. Am I just driving it wrong, or is it possible something is wrong with my clutch? It isn't a horrid smell (burned it once when learning on a hill), it is more of a faint smell. It almost smells like a walnut smell (maybe it isn't the clutch??).
I guess I am just looking for advice. Does it sound like I am just staying on the clutch too long or might there be something wrong with my car that I need to take it in to get it checked out? When shifting, I usually ease it to the catch point and once I fell it grip i take the foot off quicker.
I also noticed this:
09 wrx clutch problems!
Which makes me think maybe I have a faulty clutch?? I don't know.
Any advice would be useful.