Clutch Slave Cylinder Rebuild


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Clutch Slave Cylinder Rebuild

Postby Texas-JR » Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:42 pm



New member here....and needing some assistance with my '92 GL-1500A. Clutch will not release. I rebuilt the master cylinder, changed fluids, bleed the lines and still only getting partial action from the clutch. The fluid and master cylinder had all kinds of junk in it. I suspect that I need to rebuild the slave cylinder also. The shop manual I have says it can be done with the engine installed but the rest of the instructions and photos in the manual are for the procedures with the engine off the frame. Can it be done with the engine mounted? Any special tools needed? It looks awful tight in there. Any help appreciated.

-JR


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Re: Clutch Slave Cylinder Rebuild

Postby Mosko » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:25 am

JR wrote...only getting partial action from the clutch.' rebuild the slave cylinder also.' Can it be done with the engine mounted?


Yes, Remove,
1. Both front left side covers.
2. Evap canister
3. Bleed pipe mounting bolt.
4. slave cyl mounting bolts.
5. Slave cyl
6. lifter rod.

You'll have to forgive me here just a bit, I'm new here also, as well as A HD Tech. I mentioned in an earlier post that I'm helping an old friend get a GL1500I in shape to sell after sitting a while.

I've had to figure out several things along the way here that I have never done before. I'm beginning to admire this metric bike somewhat due to some of the ingenuity used to install so much "stuff" in confined "non visible" spaces. Be patient, have good normal tools and take your time.

I have found that universal sockets, and ratcheting box wrenches are a must!

Best Regards... Moskov
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Re: Clutch Slave Cylinder Rebuild

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 01, 2011 1:24 pm

I don't own a 1500...YET...but I do understand hydraulics.Before you tear that thing apart,use a hand vacuum pump to bleed the fluid.It's a small world in there and just a good trapped bubble will reduce the effective stroke of the slave cylinder.Obviously the piston is not stuck by your description and the only reason to rebuild it is for leaking fluid or seizure.
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Re: Clutch Slave Cylinder Rebuild

Postby Texas-JR » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:09 pm

Thanks all for the response. Will try bleeding again before tearing into it!
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Re: Clutch Slave Cylinder Rebuild

Postby virgilmobile » Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:23 pm

There are many posts about "clutch issues" and "bleeding the clutch" in the search section.Most refer to the clutch as being a bear to get all the air bubbles out.A Mity Vac hand pump seems to speed up the service time.


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