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post #1 of 8 Old Sep 28th, 2008, 12:00 am Thread Starter
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Clutch Noise

My clutch is making a squeeling noise, but only when I engage it in first gear. I bought the bike used at about 8000 miles and it just started making this noise with about 2000 more miles added to the odometer. I am very easy on clutches. Any ideas on what the problem could be?
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post #2 of 8 Old Sep 28th, 2008, 5:44 am
 
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I believe there's a service bulletin out there for that specific issue. Call you local dealer.
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post #3 of 8 Old Sep 29th, 2008, 8:49 pm
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Mine does the same, nothing loud, but only in first fear upon slow release of the clutch. When I took it to the dealer, they said it was not noticeable enough to warrant repair at present. They marked my concern on the work order.

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post #4 of 8 Old Sep 29th, 2008, 9:53 pm
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I've got exactly the same noise. Never mentioned it to the dealer, since it sure doesn't affect the way the bike runs. I'll mention it to the dealer tomorrow, when I stop for my free cup of coffee.

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Yes, the clutch chatter is "normal" but no, it isn't acceptable.

Keep on the dealers to get this logged and fixed under warranty. We don't have a lot of ways to affect change at BMW, except for pushing warranty claims through on questionable items, or just walking away and not buying any more bikes.

BMW needs to know that we won't accept this kind of crap, and trust me, they won't care until it starts costing them lots of money in warranty repairs. Then they'll get involved and come up with a proper fix.

The same thing applies to the horrendous rattle on startup or at idle. Except that there is a documented fix for that one, but the dealers won't offer it unless you complain.

My entire clutch pack was replaced at 36K and the noise went away. It started coming back 6 months and 30K miles later. Sigh.

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Mine makes the squeal too, especially when hot and under load, but it seems to be getting a bit better. I have it documented and the dealer told me BMW is aware of the problem and they are working on a resolution. Any day now.
I believe you can get them to replace the clutch pack if you mention 'shudder'. At the moment they consider squeal normal. WAD (working as designed )

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Mine makes the squeal too, especially when hot and under load, but it seems to be getting a bit better. I have it documented and the dealer told me BMW is aware of the problem and they are working on a resolution. Any day now.
I believe you can get them to replace the clutch pack if you mention 'shudder'. At the moment they consider squeal normal. WAD (working as designed )
That is interesting, because mine squeals whether it is hot or cold, whether I have a hard or soft get off of the clutch. I don't get any chatter or stuttering when I engage the clutch just a squealing sound, so that is why I asked the question on this forum. I know I can get a straight answer here. BMW and the dealerships tend to cloud their explainations in BMW speak, which more often than not leaves me more confused then before I asked the question. Ron
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Verrrrrrrry interesting thread for us GT owners! I now have the clutch squeal documented at my dealer. He asked if I wanted to have a tech look at it, but I said "no" since the bike runs well otherwise. Think I'll wait 'til it gets a lot colder here in SC (when I don't ride as much), then say "Yeah, have a tech look at it" and lobby for a new clutch pack. Thanks, Ken & others.

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