When you were first learning to drive you probably experienced a heavy burning smell that occurred as you to learned how to accelerate in first gear. Well, if the smell becomes apparent as you drive your vehicle long after first learning it could indicate that there is a bigger problem. Most likely the clutch plate has worn thin and will need to be replaced. However, if you regularly drive in heavy traffic you may experience the smell more often, and it doesn’t necessarily mean a replacement is needed right away.
If your car regularly slips out of gear or seems to fall into neutral without warning there’s a good chance that the clutch plate is worn down and will need to be replaced. However, there is also the possibility that this is being caused by an oil leak that is dripping onto the clutch plate which then results in excessive lubrication. This leak would also contribute to a clutch slipping.
The clutch utilizes hydraulic linkage and if it fails may result in a clutch pedal that sticks closer to the floor or may actually become more difficult to press. There’s a good chance that the linkage will only need to be adjusted in order to solve this issue, but if it has begun to leak hydraulic fluid there will be a complete loss of pressure and the linkage system will need to be replaced.