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1995 vn1500a9 clutch slips

New clutch (suposibly) original master/line/slave....late clutch to begin with and slips....bleeding helps...but only temperary....any suggestions?

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  • david thomas Jan 29, 2009

    Thanks for you reply... I ordered a new rebuilt kit for the line and slave...I just hoping that they shimmed the clutch correctly when they put it in and it's in the hydrolics..dave

  • david thomas Jan 30, 2009

    thanks, and I will keep you posted..dtb007

  • david thomas Jan 31, 2009

    by the way, any special instructions on bleeding?

  • david thomas Jan 31, 2009

    thank you...will do!

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    fluid wont flow through the hose



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If the bleeding temporarily helps you may have a bad master or slave cylinder, check the system really good for leaks. also check that your hose isnt pinched or cracked.

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    ga_drifter Jan 29, 2009

    yes if it wasnt shimmed correctly it wouldnt work at all. you have a hydraulic problem. i guess ordering the whole kit you are eliminating the problem, but unfortunately you wont know which one did it. lol keep me posted of your progress. and any further questions just ask me.

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    ga_drifter Jan 31, 2009

    yes just be patient. the best way is after fully installing everything, open the bleeder screw fill resevoir wiht fluid and let it gravity bleed, but be sure to keep a steady eye on the resevoir dont let it get empty or you have to start all over. but when you start getting a steady drip of fluid from the bleeder screw close the screw and begin to manually bleed until no air.



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