Hi folks, new here so this may be a little long winded but would appreciate any input. I preface this with the fact which will become obvious, I'm a bit of a worrier!
Basically clutch started clipping on my Opel Vec 2004 (1.6, which I know you guys dont see but how and ever) about 6 weeks ago. Didn't really do anything about it as I had no idea what was wrong, was losing power more progressively and revving high, then it started to smell. About a week or two after the really bad smell started, it finally gave up, AA diagnosed the clutch and it was replaced. Problem solved.
A week since the clutch change, there's still a manky smell comign from the car. Dunno if it's residual smell from the old clutch, the new clutch, or the brakes. Generally gets worse the longer the car is running.
The smell of the old clutch had been coming into the car through the windscreen blowers and heater for about 2 weeks before, and now again for the last week. It's annoying, toxic, and I'm starting to get seriously concerned that I'm breathing in copious amounts of asbestos. My mechanic says he's happy enough with the car, but insists the pads and clutch are asbestos but isn't 100% sure.
Is anyone sure for absolutely certain whether asbestos was used in a 2004 car? It's an Opel not a vx so I presume assembled in Germany but I really don't know.
If the smell that's ongoing is asbestos, will breathing that in through the car ventilation system be toxic, will there be remenant dust still there or in the filter, does it pose a hazard? Nearly afraid to drive the thing at the stage but with all this snow I'm in it 4 hours every day with the blowers on full blast...bad smell all the way at times Obviously its a very small space and theoretically toxic dust is being blow into my face (worst fear).
Apols for the long post guys, but once again any input much appreciated as to best course of action.