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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-12-2015, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch Won't Release

I found that my clutch was not releasing. I tried adjusting the cable as per repair manual directions. Still won't release. I even took a wrench to turn the clutch release lever as much as I could and it still won't release. What to do next?
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do you feel any spring resistance in the assy at all? if not, then either the cable is broken, badly misadjusted (there are 2 adjustment points, one at the lever, one halfway down the cable along the frame), or the release lever isn't in the proper orientation, or the other issue inside the engine/transmission.

you can take the clutch cover off the right side of the engine and see if the pressure plate moves when you pull the lever. it should. if it does, then you have a problem with the plates and friction disks

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No, the cable isn't broken and yes, there is significant spring resistance. I had to use a tool to turn the clutch release lever because it was too much to turn by hand. I was trying to be sure it moved enough in case the cable adjustment wasn't correct.
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When you talk about a problem with the plates and friction disks, does that mean they can stick together, or something like that?
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Should be tough like that.sounds like the plates are stuck together. Try rocking it in gear with the clutch pulled in.sometimes that works

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I had this problem. Stored the bike over winter and the plates were stuck together.

One way to loose them up is to run the the bike till good and hot. And then get it in gear and ride it. Yeah, I know its hard on the bike to drop it in gear but it works and was recommended by a dealer mechanic.
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