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      XUV 500 W11 (O) burning smell and smoke

      Hi all,

      I purchased XUV 500 W11 (O) FWD MT in Aug 2018. In oct I went on a family vacation from kolkata to pelling (Sikkim) with my family in xuv. During this travel i mistakenly took a wrong turn and travelled over one of the worst mountain roads ... completely broken, full of landslides, slush ... I was quite lucky to reach ravangla by evening.

      During one particularly bad patch and broken upwardly slope, I smelled a burning smell coming inside the cabin. Thereafter after some more kms and at another broken upwardly slope, I saw smoke coming out of the left side of the bonnet.

      I stopped the vehicle immdtly, stayed there for 30 mins and then drove the vehicle to a nearby hotel. The burning smell continued to come even next day. So I didn't start the vehicle fearing clutch may have got burned.

      The next day the smell vanished completely. Since it was puja holidays, service centers were also closed and RSA was also difficult to get. So I decided to risk driving down to siliguri. I reached siliguri by evening and stayed the night in a hotel. Next day I drove another 600 kms to my home in Kolkata.

      Within 2 days I visited the mahindra ASS and described the entire issue. They kept the vehicle for the entire day but could not detect the source of either the burning smell or smoke.

      Thereafter I have driven the vehicle for another 500 kms and I have not faced any issue.

      Was sincerely appreciate if esteemed forum members can share their experience and suggestions on the above.

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      Hi,

      this is pure case of clutch burning due to the load and half clutch driving that would have gone through in that hilly region. The smell usually remains for -2 days depending on the amount of friction the clutch would have encountered.

      Usually for new vehicles and without much kms running if going on hilly or slush and skiddy roads, due to half clutch the smell would be intense.
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      Quote Originally Posted by SaurabhB View Post
      I saw smoke coming out of the left side of the bonnet.
      You were smoking your clutch. When it starts to smell, it is best to wait a few minutes before you drive. My clutch started to smell when trying to drive out of a ditch on a mountain road. As soon as I got the smell of the clutch, I stopped and got help from a tractor passing by.
      Drove another 100,000 km before I replaced the clutch.

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      As said by others...its definitely the clutch burning smell. Time will tell now...as its working normal again, cross your fingers and drive on, it will last with some life consumed prematurely. Also its life depends on your usage and driving style as well.

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      Quote Originally Posted by SaurabhB View Post
      kolkata to pelling (Sikkim)
      This is a treacherous road. You done with your first service? I wouldn't have suggested to do this patch unless the car had settled in with 2000km under its belt.

      Be light on your clutch - which car you had before? If you're coming from a petrol car to diesel, it'll take some getting used to the way diesel cluches work.

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      Quote Originally Posted by SaurabhB View Post
      Hi all,

      I saw smoke coming out of the left side of the bonnet.
      Hope everything is fine now. Did you try to open the bonnet afterwards?

      It reminds me the cremation cremoney of my Safari. My dad saw smoke coming out of bonnet and he stopped vehicle and open the bonnet and there was fire beneath. In no time, vehicle was tuned into ashesh.

      Be kind to the clutch of XUV. Mahindra is not very helful for warranty related to clutches.

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      Quote Originally Posted by s13 View Post
      Mahindra is not very helful for warranty related to clutches
      Absolutely true....my case was exception as the service engineer was well aware of my driving style, after seeing the plate....he simply asked the mechanic to change the complete set without even telling me....he told me later on. Otherwise one has to really push the way through them in such a case.

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      Angry Burning smell from clutch

      I had taken the delivery of New XUV 500 W5 MT (XUV plush) on 7th may 2019. On The same day we had to do the journey of 200km (i.e., to our native place). We purchased car from Hare krishan dealer in Mulund mumbai.On the same day of delivery we started our journey to our native place, after 50 km we came across 15-20 min bumper to bumper heavy traffic...


      when we reached Panvel some burning smell started in car cabin. We immediate realized that this is clutch plate burning smell but we thought it is from some other car around us.When we stopped to fill disel at pump in panvel we came to know that smell is from our car only, And I opened bonnet and saw that white smoke was coming from left side of the car bonnet.I got shocked and very much dis-pointed.I called my dealer and explained the problem, He arranged call back from workshop manager (Mr. Makrand sawant Hare krishan Mulund).Mr Makarand arranged towing with RSA.4 hrs went in discussion till towing van comes.Finally after 4 hrs my car got towed to nearest Mahindra workshop(i.e., G3 motors nerul).


      I had to book ola to complete my To & fro journey.I had my family with me along with one year baby. I suffered a lot and very much dis-pointed with Mahindra.


      Next day I got call from Mr Anish (G3 Motors Nerul) He said there is no single problem with my car and was continuously saying that smoke came due to your driving habit.according to him i drove car in half clutch and should be avoided, I verbally fought with him on this topic, I had driven xylo for 10 years lancer for 2 years esteem for 3 years but i didn't faced such a problem but still he was pretending there is no problem with car and said you drive car onward no problem will come.


      Next day I took car from G3 motors and reached to hare krishan workshop mulund (While driving i didn't faced any problem).
      Same thing has been explained by Mr Makarand at hare krishan workshop and told me to drive tension free as no problem will come now.
      Till now no problem came and now Thanks to Mr makarand for helping out in this matter.I am quite relaxed now but still certain questions are there in my mind as below.


      1.This problem should not come to new car Is this manufacturing defect?
      2.We have to drive half clutch in traffic so will problem reoccur in heavy traffic?




      Need your suggestion who has gone through same problem


      Very Much disappointment from Mahindra hope so it will not continue

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      Quote Originally Posted by Shridhark View Post
      1.This problem should not come to new car Is this manufacturing defect?
      Need not be a manufacturing defect. MOst of the times the new cars will suddenly undergo high heat due to B2B traffic and out half clutch drive at that time. SO it is bound to more friction and since it is a new component the rubbing has lead to smoke and smell


      Quote Originally Posted by Shridhark View Post
      2.We have to drive half clutch in traffic so will problem reoccur in heavy traffic?
      Nothing will happen. ONly at the initial phase of say 50-100kms in B2B you might see this. Post that no issues.
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      Respectfully may I suggest that the next vehicle you buy have an automatic transmission. Then you can drive in heavy traffic tension free.

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