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Where is the clutch bleed screw on my 99 Intruder 1500?

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SOURCE: Clutch bleed on a Suzuki 1400 Intruder 2000

One the left-hand side of the bike (facing forward), there is cover plate just ahead of the drive shaft. Remove that cover (mine has 8mm bolts). The bleeder valve is under this cover. Go to an auto parts store and get a "one man bleeder kit" or if you have some plastic tubing that will fit over the valve, you can use that and a clean jar. Follow the instructions on the bleeder kit, or if you're using the jar and tubing, fill the jar about a quarter of the way with break fluid (use DOT4, but never DOT5!). Take the cover off the master cylinder up at the handlebars, place the tube over the end of the bleed valve (after loosening it a turn or two. Place the other end of the tube down in the break fluid in the jar. Work the clutch lever until you stop getting bubbles in the jar. Be sure to keep the fluid level up in the reservoir. Tighten the bleeder valve, remove the tubing, top off the fluid and replace the covers.

Be careful not to get brake fluid on anything. It will eat paint and mess up other things.

Posted on Feb 13, 2009

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SOURCE: no pressure in the clutch system

I had this same problem...fix....You need to bleed the resevoir. To do this fill the resevoir and put the cap back on. Then pump the handle a couple times and hold it in and break open the line bolt on the resevior. BE SURE TO HAVE A RAG UNDER THE BOLT DUE TO DOT4 WILL EAT THE PAINT. Do this a couple times until you get pur fluid coming out. You should now have good pressure as long as there is no air in the rest of the system.

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SOURCE: Bike won't start, '99 1500 Intruder; changed the

There appears to be a problem with the starter .. New battery, 'whir' sound when you press the start button ... I suspect the gear is not engaging. Remove the starter if you can ... Otherwise, this might be a job for the shop.

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This is quite simple. Just open the bleed nipple on the clutch cylinder, and pull the clutch handle in. Then tightened the screw and release the handle. Keep repeating this process until you have only fluid coming out the bleed screw and no air.
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How to replace old fluid for the clutch?

If your clutch will not engage when the piston is pushed in fully, you probably have air in the slave, the line , or the master cylinder. Place a piece of plastic and an old towel over the bike to catch any drips. Remove the top master cylinder cover and take an old, clean, lint free, cotton sock and gently soak up all the old brake fluid in the master reservoir. Place the sock into a used zip lock bag and discard. DO NOT touch the clutch/brake lever or you will draw air onto the system. Now fill the reservoir with DOT 3/4 brake fluid and bleed the slave cylinder. Warning: be careful not to spill DOT Brake fluid on your paint or plastic. Place a tube on the bleeder screw (slave cylinder) and loosen the bleeder screw. now pump the lever to push the air out of the system. Hint: if you do not have pressure in the master, loosen the brake hose banjo bolt enough to burp the air out of the master(2 or 3 pumps of the lever). Retighten the banjo bolt and bleed the rest of the system.
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The best success I have bleeding my clutch is to do it in this order.
1- fill reservoir with dot 4
2-loosen bleed screw on slave cylinder and let gravity bleed
3-never let reservoir run out while gravity bleeding
4- when you see steady dripping fron bleeder screw, tighten screw.
5-top off reservoir with fluid and install top back on reservoir
6-loosen bleeder and squeeze clutch all the way in one time and hold it.
7-tighten bleeder before releasing clutch
8-repeat this step one more time
9-remove reservoir top and refill the cylnder
10-put top back on reservoir
11-pump clutch handle 5 times and hold in
12-open bleeder screw
13- repeat this step 3 times
14- you should have a good clutch
15-check fluid in reseervoir one more time to make sure it is still full

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There appears to be a problem with the starter .. New battery, 'whir' sound when you press the start button ... I suspect the gear is not engaging. Remove the starter if you can ... Otherwise, this might be a job for the shop.

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