clutch will not engage


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dgoins
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Motorcycle: 85 gl1200 l limited edition

clutch will not engage

Postby dgoins » Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:52 pm



i have a 85 gl1200 limited edition and the clutch quit working it will not engage i have checked the master and slave cylinders and they seem to be working fine any suggestions wil be helpful



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thrasherg
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Re: clutch will not engage

Postby thrasherg » Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:13 am

My first assumption would be that you have a problem with the hydraulic system,ot allowing the slave cylinder to return. I would be opening the bleed nipple on the slave cylinder to see if after some fluid came out, if the clutch started to engage. If it does then it sounds like you need to overhaul the master cylinder (dirt and crap probably in the system). If undoing the bleed bolt on the slave unit doesn't change anything, then I would assume it is a problem with the clutch mechanism and that I believe is an engine out job!! Go for the simple issues first, assume it's a problem with the hydraulic system first and try to prove/dis-prove that first.

Gary

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joew7139
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Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200A ASPENCADE

Re: clutch will not engage

Postby joew7139 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:00 am

Do you mean it will not engage or disengage? Not disengaging would be seem to be a hydraulic problem, but not engaging would be something else.

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firstwing85
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Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 Limited Edition
1983 V65 Magna

Re: clutch will not engage

Postby firstwing85 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:06 pm

dgoins wrote:i have a 85 gl1200 limited edition and the clutch quit working it will not engage i have checked the master and slave cylinders and they seem to be working fine any suggestions wil be helpful


I have a LTD as well and love it, I was having some problems with my clutch this summer too.
I cracked open the bleeder valve and flushed the old hydraulic oil out and replaced it with new DOT4 oil.
and it works great now.
I was reading an article the other day that this is important to do because over time the hydraulic oil will absorb water and then the moisture in the line will expand with the heat of the engine and then make your clutch inoperable.
so it is important to replace the hydraulic oil every now and then.

hope this helps.


Johan


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