CLUTCH WONT RELEASE


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gregbeers
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CLUTCH WONT RELEASE

Post by gregbeers » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:52 am



Anybody have any ideas why my clutch wont release after sitting for extended periods



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Re: CLUTCH WONT RELEASE

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:09 am

The clutch disks end up getting stuck together if it sits for too long. It's about as simple as that.

Put the bike up on the center stand so that the rear wheel is in the air, pull the clutch lever in, shift to first gear, and start the bike. The bike will think it is declutched (because the clutch lever is pulled in), but will spin the wheel as it starts (because it is not actually declutched).

Very carefully, making sure the rear wheel doesn't touch the ground (important!), while holding the clutch lever in, rev the engine up to near redline. Apply rear brake, and as doing so, open the throttle, to keep the engine making lots of power. The idea is to create massive shearing forces on the stuck clutch. It may take several attempts, stalling the engine on unsuccessful attempts.

Once it's broken free and working fine, I'd do a Seafoam treatment on your engine oil, to try to remove any deposits on your clutch discs. Or...just ride your bike more often! :)

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Re: CLUTCH WONT RELEASE

Post by tkbelleau » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:15 am

I am sorry that this response come 4 to 5 years after the post. I have a 1980 GL 1100 I. It has sat for about two months. I just complete a front seal replacement. Added the fork oil and was good to go. Started the bike to go for a ride. Pulled the clutch in and the bike stalled. The clutch would not work. I checked the cable even though I had not touch the cable in any way. I then checked the adjustment on the back of the clutch. Still no change no matter how tight I tried to set it. I moved it back to where it should be set and closed it back up. I then came on the Goldwing Docs to do some research. This is the thread that best describes my issue. Bike sat for a while and then the clutch did not work.
I will try the trick listed. If that does not work, is there something else that I am missing?
Thanks

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Re: CLUTCH WONT RELEASE

Post by tkbelleau » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:24 am

Worked great. Thanks for the help.

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Re: CLUTCH WONT RELEASE

Post by cheeprider » Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:07 pm

I always park mine in neutral. Even if it just over night. If I leave it in gear it jumps when I try to start. I have had two 1100 and they both did the same thing.

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Re: CLUTCH WONT RELEASE

Post by Mr. C » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:27 am

Had the same problem, bike sat for about a year, yesterday I fired up the bike then put it into gear to get things moving but the clutch won't release :shock: , came on this awesome 8-) site to see if there was something that could be done, did what WingAdmin said to do an "Pressto" :D it worked. Thank You very Much.

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Re: CLUTCH WONT RELEASE

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:20 pm

Mr. C wrote:
Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:27 am
Had the same problem, bike sat for about a year, yesterday I fired up the bike then put it into gear to get things moving but the clutch won't release :shock: , came on this awesome 8-) site to see if there was something that could be done, did what WingAdmin said to do an "Pressto" :D it worked. Thank You very Much.
Hey, great! Glad you are back in business!



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