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I have a 2003 Suzuki Savage motorcycle. It was put up for the winter and now I have gotten it to start and the engine is running fine --- however as soon as I depress the gear pedal (even when the clutch hand grip is pulled in) it stalls out. I have tried first gear and second gear. I adjusted the clutch cable and it seems as if the clutch arm on the lower right side of the engine is moving up and down. I tried to rock the bike with the engine off in first gear to see if clutch plate was just stuck -- that didnt help.

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  • garymbg Jun 01, 2010

    As I said in the previous post, I adjusted the clutch cable and the clutch arm on the lower right side of the bike is moving up and down about an 1 1/2"

  • garymbg Jun 01, 2010

    This sounds like a plan -- I am jammed up at work for a while so I wont be able to get to it for a week or two -- but I am going to try the slow method first, and it that doesnt work, we can attack the clutch pressure plates themselves -- I always try the least invasive approach first. Many thanks - I'll let you know

  • garymbg Jun 07, 2010

    Many thanks -- it is fixed -- I had already done an oil change, so I tied up the clutch handle for a couple of days, I then put the bike in 1st gear and pushed it forward (engine off) and engaged and released the clutch - the clutch finally popped and all was right with the bike. Didn't need the solvent - tying up the clutch for a couple of days really helped.

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Yes you are right the clutch is stuck. Some motorcycles do this more than others. If your not in a big hurry there's a slow way that works fine. If the motorcycle was put up for the winter without changing the oil this problem is worse. The slow but easy way.(1) drain the oiil then add one quart of oil and the rest solvent ( gasoline is dangerous but it works make sure you do this outside and away from other things. It helps if you can start the engine before hand to get it good and hot before this mixture is added. fill the engine till the clutch is completly full. Don't try to start it this way as you'll have troble. Take a cord tie strap and put it around the clutch handle holding the clutch in. Come back tomorrow. with the clutch still held in. do not start the bike but, put the bike ingear and rock the bike back and forth till the clutch braeks loose most of the time it'll come loose right away. pust it around a little bit to make sure the clutch is good and freed up. then remove the tie and see if the clutch holds and releases as you adjusted it awhile back and it may need to be corrected. drain the oil and install frest oil and filter. check to make sure clutch is freed up, start and ride. if this works for you it may never happen again as you'll change the oil before you park it for awile. Park for starage for a known long time tie the clutch handle in while stored. ( 2 ) The fast way. drain the oil and gas, lay the bike on it's side, clutch side up. Removed the side cover, and there's the clutch, it has four or five bilts near the mille holding it together, Take these blts out and pay attention to the washers and springs, so you can put them back as you removed them, lift off the pressure plate, turn it over and set it down, Cardboard or other expendable clean surface, ( you don't want any dirt in here.remove the clutch disks and plates one at a time and set them on the pressure plate in order, you may need to pry them up with a tip of a knife to get them to unstick. once removed and stacked put them back one at a time cleaning them off with solvent as you stack them back. Turn the cluch hub as you stack them to make sure it turns and the plates all lay down right. If you want to put in and new clutch bothe dealer and aftermarket cluch disks are on bikebandit.com as a pichure is also there to help with how it fits together.. reinstall the side cover after tighting all the olts in the pressure plate and look around to make sure you didn't leave any thing out. Work the clutch handle and see the cluch engade and disengage them assemble gasket with sealer or if completly undamaged just wipe off good and dry and reassemble. fill oil and gas and go

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  • John P Schwantes Jr Jun 01, 2010

    If you can even walk up to it for a few minutes and tye the clutch handle in and just add solvent to the oil inlet and just let it sit till you get back in a few weeks that'll probly get it. just a quart of sluge addive before you change the oil stuff may work if your going to leave it for awhile.

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It sounds like the clutch cable got stretched out of shape so adjustments made will not help it any

Anything resting on the cable while stored will do just that

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