Clutch Housing Oil Leak


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hcgonzalez
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Clutch Housing Oil Leak

Postby hcgonzalez » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:32 pm



I finally got my 1978 GL1000 running however I have had a hard to find oil leak. It seems to be coming from the clutch housing in the back of the engine and running down. Is there a seal in the housing that may be the cause of the leak?? The service manual does not show any seal.
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Placerville
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Re: Clutch Housing Oil Leak

Postby Placerville » Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:11 am

Yes. It sounds like the leak is coming from a weep hole in the area of the clutch adjustor cover (it's stamped sheet metal and round) and there isn't supposed to be oil behind it. The leak is most likely coming from the clutch actuator rod seal #11 here. The hardest part is getting your eyes in there to see what you're doing. The round stamped inspection cover is held on by two bolts. Take that off and see if there's oil running down from the clutch adjustor nut that's in the center of the clutch cover. If there is, then you will have to pull the clutch cover to replace the seal. You'll also need a clutch cover gasket. Have fun. ;)
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Fred Camper
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Re: Clutch Housing Oil Leak

Postby Fred Camper » Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:15 pm

Sounds like a Pita with the engine in the frame, but Placerville can it actually be done in the frame? Maybe just removing the rear wheel?

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Re: Clutch Housing Oil Leak

Postby Placerville » Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:44 am

I saw someone do it at the NGW with the engine in place. But, you're right, Fred. Removing the rear wheel would make it a lot easier.
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alwing17
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Re: Clutch Housing Oil Leak

Postby alwing17 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:55 am

It can be done both ways. The advantage in removing the rear wheel is a long extension,and a universal 10mm socket. If you choose to not remove the rear wheel,a stubby 10mm combo wrench makes easier.

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Re: Clutch Housing Oil Leak

Postby hcgonzalez » Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:05 pm

Thanks for the help. It was the seal from the clutch adjuster. A hassle to change but worth not having a puddle of oil on the shop floor. Now if I can get rid of this snow!!




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