Question about 1996 kawasaki VN 1500 Vulcan Classic
I have a 96 1500c3(L) model.With 49 k miles.I have an engine knock when when I first start it,and at low rpm s while driving.(knock at idle not near as bad when hot .) I was told its a typical problem with the vulcans,but it sure dont sound typical.One guy told me it was the balancer ,another told me it was the clutch.Noise does not go away when clutch depressed. I would appreciate any info on this problem.Im first to admit Im not a bike mechanic,Ive posted this on vulcan forum with no help,so was gonna see how fixya works.Thank you in advance!!
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Sidestand switch broken or moved? If the switch does not detect the sidestand is retracted it will kill the engine when it is put in gear.
Posted on Apr 04, 2009
there should be a little window just below the oil fill area that says high and low, that's where you gauge the level of oil you have. it's not a dipstick, and not very precise, but that's it.
Posted on May 05, 2009
You may be having detonation. Switch to premium gas. Do not use gas with Ethanol. Change to a new spark plug > NGK DP8EA-9. Run through a couple of tanks of gas and see if the problem has gone away.
Posted on May 23, 2009
Any special oils or lubricants in the gearbox? Use 10w40 motor oil in the gear box. Don't use any synthetic oils, oil marked "EC", or oil with "special" additives. Stick with the major brands; Pennzoil, Quaker State, Mobil or Shell. If in a hot area like Texas or New Mexico go with 20w50.
If the clutch still slips then go to a different mechanic and have him adjust the clutch. The first guy doesn't know what he is talking about.
Posted on Jul 12, 2009
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