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Clutch not fully disengaged, hard shifting - 96 FLHTCU

Symptoms started a few weeks ago, and I adjusted the clutch cable to remove some play in the clutch lever. This resolved the issue. Now symptoms have returned, but there seems to be very little play in the clutch lever this time. Is my clutch cable going bad? Is the clutch going bad?

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  • tombones May 11, 2010

    Try changing the oil the clutch runs in. Dirty, gritty oil can cause this type of problem.

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If the previous solution doesn't fix it, beg, borrow or steal (maybe even BUY) a service manual and run thru the clutch adjustment BY THE BOOK.. I also would suggest removing the clutch cable and checking for binding, fraying, kinks, etc. If the problems still persist, total disassembly and inspection of the clutch will have to be done.

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