Losing Clutch Fluid


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Poohman
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Losing Clutch Fluid

Postby Poohman » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:34 pm



I ran my 85 gl1200 at biketoberfest and once I was 1/2 mile away wing did not want to shift down. Then found out that the clutch fluid was almost empty, bought some DOT4 put it in and pumped clutch handle a few times and it got hard. Decided then it was time to go home and test it. Well it was ok until this past Saturday and went to go on a 4 hours trip with guys at church and got 1 mile down the road went to turn in to get gas and the fluid was out again. Man I put more fluid in and it did not help. I limped home cancelled the ride with friends and started looking on youtube about bleeding clutch. Did everything possible from clutch reservoir, to the back behind the motor where the bleeder is. I had the wing up on the center stand and the clutch seemed to be a little better but when I shifted it in 1rst gear and still had the clutch handle in the back tire was spinning. I don't think this is suppose to happen. Right!. Some one told me that it may be the slave clutch. Is this correct or would it be the clutch it self?



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Re: Losing Clutch Fluid

Postby trike lady » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:45 pm

Slave cylinder is leaking and the fluid most likely seeping into the engine. If you check the level of the engine oil you'll notice it has increased.
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Re: Losing Clutch Fluid

Postby Poohman » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:08 am

Thank you Trike Lady. I will check and see if my oil level has increased. Would a rebuild kit be better than a used Slave Cylinder?

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Re: Losing Clutch Fluid

Postby trike lady » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:04 am

I would rebuild the slave cylinder. Honda and K&L Supply offer the rebuild kits.


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