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12-27-2018 04:45 PM
michiganteddybear no need to pull the clutch, you should see a hole somewhere in the engine/trans case where its leaking.

as a side note: while our clutch is an oil bath type, it does NOT sit in oil when the engine is not running. the oil is pumped through the oiling system and some gets sprayed onto the clutch for lubrication. checking the clutch for oil will show that oil has been there, but is NOT there when you take it apart (It drains down to the sumps)
12-27-2018 04:14 PM
TeamGreen agreed, gonna pull apart the clutch, and look for hole
12-25-2018 05:14 PM
michiganteddybear assuming the clutch discs/friction plates are what need replacing, less than an hour.

if the basket has broken, it will be a bit longer, but not much. this is of course assuming you have all the parts/tools avail.

btw, with the bike on side stand, you can change the discs/frictions without loosing any oil.

also still confused as to why there is no oil there. it would take a broken engine case to do that.
12-25-2018 03:27 PM
TeamGreen no no i had done the oil prior to it breaking. like 3 days before said clutch went out. it was not ran for long periods of time due to no oil of course. so just look up how to drop clutch on tranny? youtube would be my best bet huh?
12-23-2018 07:32 AM
michiganteddybear take it too another mechanic. any mechanic who takes a month to even barely look at it is not interested in really fixing the bike. also so, there is no oil in reservoir?? and he is running the engine?? since the engine oil IS the oil for the transmission, clutch and everything else there, he dont know what the hell he is doing.

to check the following items it should take a total of an hour...

rear splines, about 20 mins using the pull rear tire and final drive method.
clutch, about 20 mins, maybe less. this is only 6 or 8 bolts, and only one is SLIGHTLY hard to get too due to exhaust pipe.
12-22-2018 09:49 PM
TeamGreen ok so a mechanic had it for a month, didnt even bother to really look it over. anyways it only stays in neutral, will start and run just fine. will not engage into any gears. theres no oil in reservoir, pretty sure theres a hole in it somewhere. are we talking just a busted clutch assembly? he didnt want to take apart the engine which he'll have too to get to the bottom part? idk im not buying another bike. its mine out right, what can i do to combat this situation?
11-10-2018 01:07 AM
Originally Posted by ruger View Post
I was thinking rear splines too.....note the year of the vn750..."2001".....
I'd put my money here too
11-09-2018 02:55 PM
ruger I was thinking rear splines too.....note the year of the vn750..."2001".....
11-09-2018 08:51 AM
Spockster Agreed, rear splines a very good possibility. 20 minutes to pull the rear wheel and final drive, and you'll know.

edit: Alternative to pulling the final drive .... Peel back the rubber boot, at the front of drive shaft behind bevel gear case, watch the drive shaft while spinning the rear wheel. Or engage 1st gear, let the clutch out while watching drive shaft.

I had a hard time getting that boot back on, took two of us.
11-09-2018 07:43 AM
michiganteddybear spline between drive shaft and rear gear.

the transmissions on these are solid (other than the shift rod issues earlier years may have had). possible clutch problem, but new parts for that (other than disks, friction plates, springs) are pricey.
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