Clicking Noise - Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums
Transmission / Rear End
\ Chattering Clutch? Transmission Trouble?
Rear End Woes? Splines Shot? Discuss it here!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2007, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Oneonta Alabama. 50 miles north of Birmingham.
Posts: 23
iTrader: (0)
 
Clicking Noise

My bike started making a clicking noise about 2 weeks ago. It seems to be getting worse. One shop I took it to said they didn't know what it was but his 800 was doing the same thing. Not going there again. Another shop took a guess without getting too involved that it might be the camshaft tensioner needing adjusting. I have about 6000 miles on my 04 bike. The last 2500 are mine. Has anyone ran into this? Is this something I can adjust on my own or is it recommended to take it to someone?
telbdm is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2007, 03:47 PM
"ya can't live forever"
 
artman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Jupiter, Florida
Posts: 321
iTrader: (4)
 
Could be ACCT.........can ya be more specific on the noise and location?
artman is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2007, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Oneonta Alabama. 50 miles north of Birmingham.
Posts: 23
iTrader: (0)
 
its a loud clicking noise. sounds like its coming from behind the air filter box on the clutch side of the bike.
telbdm is offline  
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2007, 05:16 PM
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
Crobins365's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Posts: 3,505
iTrader: (48)
     
Quote:
Originally Posted by telbdm View Post
its a loud clicking noise. sounds like its coming from behind the air filter box on the clutch side of the bike.
http://pages.tstar.net/~fergy/images...hain_noise.wav - Here's a link to what someone posted earlier related to cam chain tensioner noise. DOes it sound something like that? Your location is spot-on for the ACCT - but don't go to a dealer. There's lots of folks here who can walk you through the reloading process - if what's called the Grambo Trick doesn't work, we can get you going for $20 (new springs) and about an hour of your time.

C

Last edited by Crobins365; 05-17-2007 at 05:17 PM. Reason: Wrong verb tense; dag - now wrong adjective
Crobins365 is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2007, 05:54 PM
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
fergy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kyle, Texas
Posts: 4,054
iTrader: (3)
   
If you know what the automatic cam chain tensioners are, there's one on each jug, both facing the rear of the bike. On the left side you can see the front one under the carb. It will have a 10mm screw into the top of it. Remove that screw and take a small screwdriver or screwdriver bit and slip it in there, find the grove for the tensioner shaft and turn it clockwise about one turn and let it snap back. it's spring loaded. Replace the 10mm screw. On the right side of the bike, it's located behind the coolant overflow bottle. Remove the inset 10mm bolt holding the bottle in place, move it out of the way and remove the 10mm screw from the head of the tensioner, repeat the process by turning the shaft inside clockwise letting it snap back, install the screw, reinstall the overflow tank and start the bike. See if it still makes the noise. If not, one or both of the tensioners were just stuck, or the springs are getting weak.

This is the "Grambo" trick, and on mine it quieted it down for a few days, but my weak springs caused the noise to come back pretty quick so I replaced the springs in them. Hope this helps! Here's a diagram of the cam system. The tensioners are the part numbered 12048 which there of course are two of.

Fergy
Kyle, TX VN750.com member #707 VROC#19556
2002 VN1500 Classic
Spline Lube Procedure, with photos, R/R Relocation and Coil Mod
Rusty Tank Cleaning!
Electrical Fault Finding Flowchart
SEAFOAM JUNKIE!


fergy is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-17-2007, 06:36 PM
San Diego Vulcan Rider
 
DeForestSD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 163
iTrader: (0)
 
I don't think it was mentioned but the audio clip is a before and after repair demo. You'll notice the clicking in the first half disappears in the second half.

86' Vulcan, Stock & Lovin it!
Stator, R/R, splines lubed, ACCT's repl. at 25,200
Just turned 29,000 mi.

95' Vulcan, all stock, 9,700 mi.

John Spangler
DeForestSD is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-18-2007, 02:32 AM
and the Adventure Cycle
 
hyperbuzzin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Western PA
Posts: 6,136
iTrader: (1)
   
The way I first heard a bad tensioner described, and it sounds like it to me, was like shaking up a can of spray paint. Many times the noise is just from one side, but eventually they'll both need replaced.


AKA: Tim & 'The Adventure Cycle' VROC #24567, NEVROC, SteelCity VROC


"When life throws you curves,
Aim for the apex."

Author Unknown

.......... Vulcan Verses - Table of Contents ..........
hyperbuzzin is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-29-2007, 10:27 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Oneonta Alabama. 50 miles north of Birmingham.
Posts: 23
iTrader: (0)
 
I'm pretty sure this is the problem. went to two dealerships, one of which performed the Grambo trick while I was there. the noise went away for about 2 days. but its back now. Where can I get new springs for $20.00?
telbdm is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-29-2007, 10:54 AM
Members who have donated towards server costs
 
Crobins365's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Posts: 3,505
iTrader: (48)
     
Quote:
Originally Posted by telbdm View Post
I'm pretty sure this is the problem. went to two dealerships, one of which performed the Grambo trick while I was there. the noise went away for about 2 days. but its back now. Where can I get new springs for $20.00?
Go to the TOC Manufacturing website (www.tocmanufacturing.com, I think) and you'll find them there. If they're out, give a holler - I got extras the last time I ordered.

C
Crobins365 is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-29-2007, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Oneonta Alabama. 50 miles north of Birmingham.
Posts: 23
iTrader: (0)
 
thanks, Cindy. I just ordered a replacement pair. Do you have detailed instructions for the rebuild or is it pretty self explanatory?
telbdm is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Vulcan 750 Forum : Kawasaki VN750 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Once registered, your User Name"cannot be changed". We can make exceptions within 7 days, but after that, it is set in stone.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome