M.C. clutch lever leak GL 1500 SE


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M.C. clutch lever leak GL 1500 SE

Postby billydva99 » Sun Jun 29, 2014 11:38 am



Good Day all

I recently replaced my levers, and did a blead of the the Clutch master as well. Weeks later I noticed a problem, OOPS. Paint damage. Apparently I have a leak at the bottom of the clutch lever. I will be ordering a kit and will clean out the infamous tiny hole that allows the fluid to flow back into the housing. So if I could getr some advice please!!
Is it absolutely necessary to remove the MC from the handle bars, or can this be accomplished carefully while the still attached?
I tried other posts but none addressed this option.

Thanks in advance
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Re: M.C. clutch lever leak GL 1500 SE

Postby Happytrails » Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:19 pm

You could leave it on but its so much easier to clean and rebuild off the bike.
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Re: M.C. clutch lever leak GL 1500 SE

Postby Uncle Fester » Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:42 pm

Happytrails wrote:You could leave it on but its so much easier to clean and rebuild off the bike.


and you run less chance of a repeat of brake fluid on the paint. . . Do it off the bike. Just my opinion.
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Re: M.C. clutch lever leak GL 1500 SE

Postby billydva99 » Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:00 pm

Of course, I agree. Just seemed simple enough.

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Re: M.C. clutch lever leak GL 1500 SE

Postby robb » Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:44 pm

Last Sunday took out bike to go to church and it died when I put it into 1st gear. Clutch OK on flat ground but uphill it did not work. Topped off fluid and quick bleed, good as new. Did mess up the screws in lid, but it took 25 years to get low enough to affect bike.

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Re: M.C. clutch lever leak GL 1500 SE

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:59 am

robb wrote:Last Sunday took out bike to go to church and it died when I put it into 1st gear. Clutch OK on flat ground but uphill it did not work. Topped off fluid and quick bleed, good as new. Did mess up the screws in lid, but it took 25 years to get low enough to affect bike.


25 years...and that's still the original clutch fluid? You really, REALLY need to flush and clean it out, not just top it off. Clutch and brake fluid should be flushed and changed every two years. Old fluid eats seals, and failure of the seal in the clutch slave cylinder will release clutch fluid into your crankcase, which will destroy crank bearings...which will destroy the engine. We had a user on here who recently had to replace their engine for just this reason.

Your clutch fluid level should NEVER change. If it's starting to go down and needs "topping up", and you don't see a leak anywhere, you need to take care of it NOW before riding any more.

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Re: M.C. clutch lever leak GL 1500 SE

Postby billydva99 » Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:21 pm

Thank you
That is great advice and info. Fortunately It hasn't been that long.since the last flush-change. I recently changed to some Chrome levers and I think that's when it started. That said I will rebuild MC clutch and slave for good measure.
Much appreciated commentary. Drive safely

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Re: M.C. clutch lever leak GL 1500 SE

Postby billydva99 » Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:26 pm

Can anyone suggest an after market kit for both MC clutch and slave. Just not sure it's worth using a Honda OEM.

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Re: M.C. clutch lever leak GL 1500 SE

Postby robb » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:52 am

Clutch and breaking has never been a problem in the past and fluids are still a clear color in sight glass. Not an overly active gear changer and for the larger part allow bike to slow rather than hard braking. Recently moved and the garage can see temps in 100 range, could be reason fluid is leaking from lever. Recently replaced front pads with no effort at all and rear pads are stock, not worn enough to replace. Stopping is great when needed. The Maxxis Tire on rear now has more than 19k and could last a couple thousand more, got 23k from front.
I raced dirt bikes in the past and can easily recognize brake or clutch fade. Also learned how not to break the equipment. I don't mind making repairs, but if it ain't broke I don't fix it.




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