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 Clutch first frozen then fixed
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Peter Darby
Male Standard Member
110 Posts


Manassas, va
USA

Kawasaki

Nomad

Posted - 08/16/2011 :  8:05 AM   Join poster on Facebook as Friend                        Like
This is an FYI since I almost put the bike in the shop for a two second fix.
I came back from a couple of weeks vacation, got on my Kawasaki Nomad and while still in neutral I worked the clutch lever. Suddenly the clutch lever froze solid. (My bike has a hydraulic clutch with a reservoir on the top rather than the normal clutch cable.) At the time I assumed major problems and anticipated a trailer ride to the shop. However, after coming home in the evening I opened the reservoir just to have something to do. Suddenly the clutch hose burped and wonder of wonders, my clutch works like it is new.

greywolf
Male Moderator
1471 Posts
[Mentor]


Evanston, IL
USA

Suzuki

DL650AL2

Posted - 08/16/2011 :  10:30 AM
It's time to flush the fluid and at least check the master cylinder. If it happens once, it can happen again while riding.
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halsey
Male Senior Member
320 Posts


davison, mi
USA

Harley-Davidson

Road King

Posted - 02/28/2012 :  8:36 PM
Something familiar happened to my clutch, but it ended up being a throw out bearing.
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scottrnelson
Advanced Member
6867 Posts
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Pleasanton, CA
USA

KTM

990 Adv, XR650L

Posted - 02/29/2012 :  9:37 AM
quote:
Originally posted by halsey

Something familiar happened to my clutch, but it ended up being a throw out bearing.

Same here. The throw out bearing kept spinning the push rod which destroyed the seals in the slave cylinder causing it to fail. One of the symptoms was freezing in position.
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