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post #1 of 2 Old Dec 8th, 2005, 8:05 pm Thread Starter
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Unhappy Clutch Failure-Need Advice

Bought a pre-owned '02' LTC from Daytona BMW last year w/ 7,500 miles. It is now 6 months out of warranty w/20k miles and clutch has failed ( dealers words). No oil showing which the dealer said the BMW rep would prefer to see. I inquired why and he said it would be a better indication of a part failure as opposed to other possibilities i.e. rider related. The dealer has this bike torn down and we are waiting for the rep to decide what BMW is willing to do. What is reasonable to expect from BMW?

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Most likely cause is the clutch slave cylinder leaking, getting brake fluid into the clutch. WAY too common on the LT. Unfortunately, that can happen and enough fluid into the clutch to cause it to slip terribly, but no external indication. The tranny has to be removed to see the results.

Look at the fluid level in your clutch master cylinder (left handlebar sight window). You MAY see a lower than normal fluid level there, but if you did not know where it was before you will not be able to tell the difference.

If the clutch wears out (Highly unlikely) the clutch fluid RISES, but if the slave cylinder leaks, it goes down.

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