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    Smoke coming from intercooler?

    I let my brother borrow my car (first mistake) and he calls me to tell me there is smoke coming out of the intercooler scoop and it smells like something is burning or maybe a burning rubber smell. Im going to look it soon so what should I be looking for?

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    I found some similar threads and it appears it can be all kinds of stuff. Ill have to drive it myself and see what happens and hopefully I can find the source.

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    Didn't do it for me and I checked the oil and it was less than quarter quart low but I think it may burn a little anyway. My friend was saying sarcastically that maybe it was clutch smoke since he hasn't driven a stick in years and his wife said he was revving it pretty high which makes me wonder if he was slipping the clutch. I'm not sure if it would come through the engine bay though.

    For some reason I feel like Im talking to myself

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    I'll put $$ on it that he doesn't know how to drive clutch...
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    He knows how but its been years since he has had a car with a 5 speed. I would think you would really have to be a crappy driver to make it smoke though.

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    AWD manuals are much more difficult... especially with a turbo that doesn't kick in until high rpms. It can feel like you're bogging it when you're not. So a lot of people use way to much gas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinister View Post
    AWD manuals are much more difficult... especially with a turbo that doesn't kick in until high rpms. It can feel like you're bogging it when you're not. So a lot of people use way to much gas.
    I concur, there are alot of times where I start smelling my clutch....especially since I got that same clutch and flywheel as you....I can't take off fast to save my life...good thing I can granny shift into first and still accelerate fast if I need to!
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    Ive caught myself over revving it in first many times. Its a touchy car and takes some time to get used to. Ive only had it a few months and have a Mustang as well so Ive been used to driving that for so long.

    I don't think Ive ever made a clutch smoke though. At least not while trying to drive normally.

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    Lesson of the day:

    Do not let other people drive your car, especially if it's been "years" since last operating a manual transmission. Sounds like he burnt the clutch, Hope your car's ok.

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    It seemed fine when I went and checked it out. I'm sure he just had to get used to it and is driving it just fine now. I would rather it be a little clutch smoking than an oil leak.

    It was either let him borrow the WRX (wagon) or stuff the wife and kids in the Mustang with the brand new clutch!

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