Clutch Fluid Low


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Clutch Fluid Low

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Hi All,

Just noticed my clutch fluid is below the "low" mark in the master cylinder. I flushed and replaced the clutch fluid (Dot 4) about 2 years ago.

Question: Is it normal that it went down that much in a 2 year span? I keep mine in the garage and keep a piece of cardboard under it so I can easily see if anything is leaking and see zero drips so does dot 4 fluid evaporate or get used up over time or do I have a leak somewhere? Thanks in advance for any info.


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It is not normal for it to go down at all. Fluid may be leaking through the slave cylinder into the engine. You most likely need to remove and rebuild or replace the clutch slave cylinder. As a minimum, you need to verify where the fluid is going. If it is going into the engine, you can sustain serious bearing damage to the engine if not fixed.
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MikeB wrote: Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:41 pm It is not normal for it to go down at all. Fluid may be leaking through the slave cylinder into the engine. You most likely need to remove and rebuild or replace the clutch slave cylinder. As a minimum, you need to verify where the fluid is going. If it is going into the engine, you can sustain serious bearing damage to the engine if not fixed.
Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. I'll check the slave cylinder and go from there. Thanks!
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Ok, after checking some previous threads and locating the Clutch Slave Master cylinder, I see I do in fact have a leak. I guess it must be a slow leak so it never actually pooled up enuff to drip. Rebuild kit on the way. I'll update this tread with any lessons learned once I get the job done. Love, love this forum!


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rickdf wrote: Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:30 pm Ok, after checking some previous threads and locating the Clutch Slave Master cylinder, I see I do in fact have a leak. I guess it must be a slow leak so it never actually pooled up enuff to drip. Rebuild kit on the way. I'll update this tread with any lessons learned once I get the job done. Love, love this forum!20200716_162152.jpg
Yes sir, sure appears to be a leak but it looks to be from the mating surfaces. No matter, you will have it off and all new seals should be in your hand when you do the work. Good find.
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I have all but quit riding... Was a bad decision! My 94 GW 1500 with CSC trike has all but been sitting for a couple years. Started it up with starting fluid. Removed breather and sprayed carb cleaner into carbs to finally get miss out. Then the clutch master cylinder (or whatever it is called) was dry. This is second time it has happened. Cant get it to bleed to get any clutch? Can not also see where the fluid is going. Even though it has been sitting inside my garage for a couple years? This trike only has 54000 miles on it!!! Biggest problem is sitting and not being ridden. I really need to get my butt in the wind again!
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Fluid has probably leaked into the engine. Check the slave cylinder, and change the engine oil, ASAP.
waynedudes wrote: Fri Jun 07, 2024 10:28 am I have all but quit riding... Was a bad decision! I really need to get my butt in the wind again!
Easy fix for that, sell any cars you have.


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