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post #1 of 11 Old Jul 25th, 2012, 4:43 pm Thread Starter
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Bad Clutch Cable????

So today I took the wife for a ride. When we were about 15 miles from home I noticed that when I was down shifting it was clunking harder than normal. Then as I was slowing down the next time it wouldn't come out of 5th easily. I kept pushing down finally shifted to 4th with a clunk then had to keep pushing down to get it to go into 3rd again a big cluck and the same going to second.

Anyway got it home and took the shifter apart and sprayed some WD40 on the shifter to make sure there wasn't something in there and now with it just sitting in the garage it shifts but erratically still with a clunk.

Also there was no slipping when I was driving.

Any thoughts before I start taking the beast apart?
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So today I took the wife for a ride. When we were about 15 miles from home I noticed that when I was down shifting it was clunking harder than normal. Then as I was slowing down the next time it wouldn't come out of 5th easily. I kept pushing down finally shifted to 4th with a clunk then had to keep pushing down to get it to go into 3rd again a big cluck and the same going to second.

Anyway got it home and took the shifter apart and sprayed some WD40 on the shifter to make sure there wasn't something in there and now with it just sitting in the garage it shifts but erratically still with a clunk.

Also there was no slipping when I was driving.

Any thoughts before I start taking the beast apart?
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There is no clutch cable.

I'd suggest you remove the side plate with the foot lever on it and then the little wire clips that hold the linkage on the balls to make sure all 4 balls are screwed in tight and then lube the balls with lithium grease( a little dab). remove the shifter lever and make sure it is lubed(I use a light oil on that inner sleeve) and before reassembly make sure the lever falls free by turning the side plate up and down. The return spring inside the transmission isn't real strong so all the balls and lever must move easy. You can do all the above w/o removing any other tupperware.

Your trouble sounds like the foot lever wasn't coming up high enough to catch the next gear. If that happens again, don't stomp on the foot lever again, just raise it a bit with your toe and then down again and it should down shift.

If this isn't a fix for your problem then it is probably something going on inside the tranny.

You CAN break the shifter by stomping on it.

Hope that helps a bit.


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Anyway got it home and took the shifter apart and sprayed some WD40 on the shifter to make sure there wasn't something in there and now with it just sitting in the garage it shifts but erratically still with a clunk.
I assume you know there is no clutch cable it's hydraulic.

When you say you took the shifter apart, what part did you take apart? You need to take all the ball joints apart, greese the joints ( not WD40 ) and reassemble.

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Re: Bad Clutch Cable????

If it's a K1200LT then it's a hydraulic clutch.. Better check the slave cylinder proto...
If you're losing fluid, Then you have an issue. The fluid increases in the clutch master cylinder as the clutch wears...

Don't refill and go on unless you're ready to buy a clutch..

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You don't say what year your RT is....This would help..
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I thought this was a question about an Lt not an Rt. it's posted in the Lt forum.

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I thought I looked and it was in the RT forum.. Corrections made...I guess even with this giant monitor, My eyes just aren't what they used to be...

Also check the shifter mechanism.. Known to cause this exact problem right before it breaks..

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Re: Bad Clutch Cable????

I should clarify that I meant the shift linkage...there is a cable that goes from there to the tranny correct? That's the "clutch cable" I was referring to.
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+++ on greasing you balls.. the 2 that the short rod is on, & the 2 the long rod is on. Also the bolt that holds the bell crank in should be taken out, & the parts inside were it pivots should get a little a grease in it too.

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This will help you sort out the shift linkage

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Nope, no cable there either. It is a series of rods and bell-cranks connected with ball joints that do require inspection and greasing to prevent binding or breaking!

The link that John Z posted is a good picture of what the mechanism consists of.

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I should clarify that I meant the shift linkage...there is a cable that goes from there to the tranny correct? That's the "clutch cable" I was referring to.

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Equal symptoms to mine when the slave cylinder started leaking. Not Good...

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