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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by rdhj, Sep 4, 2013.
Clutch slaves are self-adjusting, just like
brake calipers. As brake pads or clutch plates wear,
the piston(s) move out -or in, to take up the slack.
If there is no air in the system
and adequate fluid, the piston will move out
farther with each lever stroke till it reaches
something to stop it, or it's pushed all the way
out of it's bore, or all the way in (see next paragraph)
With clutches that are rod operated thru the
clutch basket, clutch wear gradually moves the
rod toward the slave, so the rod effectively gets
longer, not shorter. And, as the clutch wears, master
cylinder fluid level increases. So, if fluid becomes too high,
clutch operation is affected; there must be air space
in the master.
I check the operation of rod-type clutches (either
cable or hydraulic) by pulling off the cover to see if
the clutches open/close adequately/smoothly.
Warped steel plates, grooved baskets,
gummy oil, improper assembly/etc can cause
neutral to be elusive....
Is it possible that adaquate but not enough fluid in the master could cause an issue....what is weird is it seemed to have plenty in there, but I filled it up so the it was close to the top of the right side...some squeezed out when i put the cover on, but there was probably still room for air....i didnt changed the rod any, but now the neutral seems to be working
Your post does not mention what year your bike is, but clutch master cylinder issues are a known issue with some years. I would rebuild it and be done with it.