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Recently I noticed my 1500 appears to be slipping the clutch?? A couple of days ago I was riding hard, engine running about 3250 rpm in OD, and without changing my throttle postion the engine would rev up to 4000 and back down but my ground speed would not change. I had also noticed that while riding in 4th and if I would get on it hard , the clutch would appear to slip. Has anyone else experienced this?
 

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hi shr4010. seen this problem many times. sounds like time for new clutch plates. the fiber plates are gone for sure but maybe[?] the steel plates are still good. also carefully check the pressure plate. new springs [?] maybe.
 

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seems like a clutch problem to me, is the fluid low in the clutch master cylinder
 

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Have you changed oil and used "energy conservation" oil or put any additive in the oil?
 

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Clutch slipping is quite often oil related. A friend solved his clutch slipping problem by changing the brand and viscosity of the oil,check it out first.
Good luck,
Robert
 

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I seem to have a leak of my clutch fluid. The master cylinder was almost empty about 2 months ago; I filled it and everything worked fine, but now, 2 months later, it started acting up again and I found it empty. There was a lot of brown sediment in the master cylinder also. Any ideas as to where I should look?
 

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GHCHawaii You definitely have a leak. That hydraulic reservoir should hold fluid for a long time, maybe years.
 

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How many miles on your 1500? It could be as simple as bleeding the clutch fluid, or changing the oil if you used energy conserving oil. Check the small things first.
 

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Get a kitchen baster and suck out that brown goop! Refill the reservoir and ride a few days, then suck out the goop again. Best thing to do with a clutch is fill it from the bottom, with a super-clean oil can filled with DOT4 brake fluid; and connected to the clutch slave cylinder with clear plastic tubing. Clear tubing is best, so you see if your oil can is putting air into the system.

For a clutch that's slipping, get some motorcycle oil. I changed to bike oil in my '88 1500, and the slipping went away quick. Up to date car oil has additives that shouldn't be in bikes.
 
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