CLUTCH WONT RELEASE


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gregbeers
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CLUTCH WONT RELEASE

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Anybody have any ideas why my clutch wont release after sitting for extended periods


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The clutch disks end up getting stuck together if it sits for too long. It's about as simple as that.

Put the bike up on the center stand so that the rear wheel is in the air, pull the clutch lever in, shift to first gear, and start the bike. The bike will think it is declutched (because the clutch lever is pulled in), but will spin the wheel as it starts (because it is not actually declutched).

Very carefully, making sure the rear wheel doesn't touch the ground (important!), while holding the clutch lever in, rev the engine up to near redline. Apply rear brake, and as doing so, open the throttle, to keep the engine making lots of power. The idea is to create massive shearing forces on the stuck clutch. It may take several attempts, stalling the engine on unsuccessful attempts.

Once it's broken free and working fine, I'd do a Seafoam treatment on your engine oil, to try to remove any deposits on your clutch discs. Or...just ride your bike more often! :)
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I am sorry that this response come 4 to 5 years after the post. I have a 1980 GL 1100 I. It has sat for about two months. I just complete a front seal replacement. Added the fork oil and was good to go. Started the bike to go for a ride. Pulled the clutch in and the bike stalled. The clutch would not work. I checked the cable even though I had not touch the cable in any way. I then checked the adjustment on the back of the clutch. Still no change no matter how tight I tried to set it. I moved it back to where it should be set and closed it back up. I then came on the Goldwing Docs to do some research. This is the thread that best describes my issue. Bike sat for a while and then the clutch did not work.
I will try the trick listed. If that does not work, is there something else that I am missing?
Thanks
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Worked great. Thanks for the help.
cheeprider
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I always park mine in neutral. Even if it just over night. If I leave it in gear it jumps when I try to start. I have had two 1100 and they both did the same thing.
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Had the same problem, bike sat for about a year, yesterday I fired up the bike then put it into gear to get things moving but the clutch won't release :shock: , came on this awesome 8-) site to see if there was something that could be done, did what WingAdmin said to do an "Pressto" :D it worked. Thank You very Much.
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Mr. C wrote: Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:27 am Had the same problem, bike sat for about a year, yesterday I fired up the bike then put it into gear to get things moving but the clutch won't release :shock: , came on this awesome 8-) site to see if there was something that could be done, did what WingAdmin said to do an "Pressto" :D it worked. Thank You very Much.
Hey, great! Glad you are back in business!
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I have an '82 Interstate and can't get the clutch unfrozen because the bike was not ridden for a long time. I've tried the procedure the Admin suggested, but no luck. I've previously ridden the bike around the neighborhood blipping the throttle, as a mechanic suggested, without success. I just did an oil and filter change, hoping the previous oil I used (Rotella T4 15W40) would make a difference. Nothing after two days of soaking with the clutch lever bungeed to the grip.

Anything else that I could try before disassembly?
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Post by Lucky07 »

Did you try WingAdmins trick when it was at operating temps. Getting everything up to temp could help. You may have to jar it loose, don't be afraid to wind her up (center stand on solid footing!, last thing you need is that tire hitting the ground going 40 mph lol), brake kinda hard and fast. A fairly quick shock may break it loose same concept as an impact wrench. If you brake too softly your relying on straight torque to break it loose which is much less effective. Just be aware that whatever shock you put it through is going to be felt throughout the whole drive line so don't go too crazy. Ideally you wind her up, brake fast and the wheel stops but the engine keeps going.
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Lucky07 wrote: Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:50 pm Did you try WingAdmins trick when it was at operating temps. Getting everything up to temp could help. You may have to jar it loose, don't be afraid to wind her up (center stand on solid footing!, last thing you need is that tire hitting the ground going 40 mph lol), brake kinda hard and fast. A fairly quick shock may break it loose same concept as an impact wrench. If you brake too softly your relying on straight torque to break it loose which is much less effective. Just be aware that whatever shock you put it through is going to be felt throughout the whole drive line so don't go too crazy. Ideally you wind her up, brake fast and the wheel stops but the engine keeps going.
You could get it wound up to 40 mph, then chuck a broomstick into the rear wheel spokes. That would create enough of an impact to break it free, I'm sure. :)

JUST KIDDING PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS
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Post by indianakid »

OK....... I will throw my 2 cents into the hat..... I had a similar situation happen to me about 150 miles from home. The clutch cable broke, hence the clutch wont release (similar to your situation). To get home I warmed up the engine so it would start easily. With the engine off I would put it into 1st gear, hold the clutch in (so the starter would work) and duck walk while hitting the starter at the same time. Once under way all shifting was done carefully matching engine speed. Coming to a stop I would try to get neutral and hit the kill switch. This was repeated many times on the way home. So if I had your problem I would do the same procedure and just ride the bike around (in a safe area) in first gear with the clutch pulled in and accelerate and decelerate hard (on and off the throttle) to load the clutch and see if that would free it up. And of course my lawyers want me to state that all prior statements are for entertainment purposes only. Best of luck !!!


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