Clutch won't disengage

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Clutch won't disengage

Post by herbal1 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:20 pm

With clutch lever fully engaged on my 96 goldwing, the clutch is still engaged. Need to say it is very, very hard to shift this way. Will someone give suggestions as to where to start first to resolve this problem.

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Re: Clutch won't disengage

Post by virgilmobile » Tue Jul 14, 2015 2:24 pm

Your lever should begin operating the clutch when the end of the lever moves less than a half inch.Thats the free play in the linkage.Mine feels firm from there to the grip.When I started to loose fluid,The lever got weak and the clutch might release just before the grip.Till I could rebuild the slave(it was leaking),I topped the resavourer off and bled all the air form the master cylinder at the banjo fitting and then the slave.After that,I had a good full firm lever from end to end.
Also if the bushing in the lever is worn badly,The lever may not be able to push the master cylinder push rod as far as its suppose to ending up with a partially disengaged clutch.
Pull the lever and look at the bushing.It should be a snug fit with a small pocket for the pushrod.It needs to be greased anyways.

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Re: Clutch won't disengage

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:50 pm

Yup, check the pushrod and bushing - see this for details: viewtopic.php?f=14&t=12622

If the bushing is worn too far, the pushrod will punch right through the lever itself, and the lever will need to be replaced:


If the lever and bushing look to be in good condition, then it's time to bleed the clutch - air in your clutch line can cause this problem.

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