clutch disengagement


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slow_willie
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clutch disengagement

Postby slow_willie » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:55 pm



Hi Everyone this is slow_willie of Poway Motorcycle with an issue on a 1989 GL1500. The customer trailered the bike in because the clutch would not disengage. I pulled the clutch level and it was pretty soft. I pull the master cylinder cap off and it full of dark fluid. My technician looked it and we saw fluid coming out of the salve cylinder. So replaced the salve cylinder and rebuilt the master cylinder. Now the lever is good and hard, but the clutch will not disengage. We even put the wheel against a wall and dropped in gear and not luck getting it to break loose. I’m trying to save my customer some money and welcome any ideas. Anyone had this issue before?
My next step will be to pull the clutch apart to see what is up.

Thanks,
Bill Cain (owner)

POWAY MOTORCYCLE
13965 Poway Road Suite B
Poway, Ca 92064
(858) 748-6811
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Tuesday to Friday 9 to 5:30
Saturday 9 to 4
Closed Sunday & Monday
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WingAdmin
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1989 PC800 (wife's!)
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Re: clutch disengagement

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:05 pm

Hi Bill,

Nothing strange or mysterious about the GL1500 clutch system. I would have done the exact same things you've already done. If it's not breaking free, it's time to open it up. You might want to give it one more try - if you can get the bike running and riding along the road (push start in gear), get the engine wound up in first gear to near redline, pull the clutch lever in, and hammer the rear brake, while holding the throttle wide open. These engines make a tremendous amount of torque, and you can use that to your advantage to try to break it free.

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Re: clutch disengagement

Postby Sempai » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:02 am

Curious...Had the bike been left to sit around for and ungodly long time?
Keep the rubber side down.

slow_willie
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Re: clutch disengagement

Postby slow_willie » Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:47 pm

Hi Guys,
Problem Solved.
My technician, Bud, came up with a similar solution yesterday after talking with the customer about the usage of the bike. It basically had only been started every month for the last 2.5 years and not driven.

What Bud did was put the bike on the center stand and started it, shifted it into 5th gear, and then with the clutch lever pulled in slammed on the rear brake. The third time we did this it broke loose. :D We are going to test-drive it today, but I’m sure it is going to be okay.

I called my customer back to tell him the goods news and told me he new we would figure out.

I want to thank everyone for the help with this issue, as I appreciate it enormously.

Thanks,
Bill Cain (owner)

POWAY MOTORCYCLE
13965 Poway Road Suite B
Poway, Ca 92064
(858) 748-6811
Shop Hours
Tuesday to Friday 9 to 5:30
Saturday 9 to 4
Closed Sunday & Monday
powaymc@san.rr.com
powaymotorcycle.com
Since 1976

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Re: clutch disengagement

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:04 am

Glad to hear you got it working, and that your customer didn't have to crack open his wallet (too much)! :)

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robb
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Re: clutch disengagement

Postby robb » Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:03 am

If bike had set for 2.5 years without no road miles then running for a few minutes at a time may not be sufficient for complete oil circulation of the clutch area. Mine suffered the same after a 2 year setting and after a few minutes in the 3k rpm mode it broke loose. Would suggest an oil change too.

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Cantankerous
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Re: clutch disengagement

Postby Cantankerous » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:24 am

+1 on the oil change!




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