Did one of my hydraulic clutch cylinders kick the bucket?


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kyalami321
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Did one of my hydraulic clutch cylinders kick the bucket?

Post by kyalami321 » Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:38 pm



Howdy! '87 Aspencade rider here. Over the past few weeks, I noticed I had to really, really pull the clutch lever in in order to disengage the motor. Figured I needed to bleed the system, so I opened up the master cylinder and noticed that the liquid was above the low mark. Wasn't even dirty. I followed Steve Saunders' tips on bleeding the clutch system at the slave cylinder first, then at the banjo nut.

No dice. Even tried using a hand pump at the bleed valve behind the slave and nothing. Now I can't even disengage the motor. Did my slave or master kick the bucket?



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Re: Did one of my hydraulic clutch cylinders kick the bucket?

Post by trike lady » Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:16 am

Hello and welcome to the forum.
You may wish to rebuild both and also check to see if the fluid seeped into the engine oil. Change oil and filter after the rebuild.
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Re: Did one of my hydraulic clutch cylinders kick the bucket?

Post by kyalami321 » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:00 pm

Hello all,

Just wanted to say thanks for your help! I was able to do it. Believing that I'd fully bled the slave cylinder, I went back and bled the master at the banjo nut and it worked! Back on my bike. Thank you!!

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