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I have a 2010 flstf fatboy and the other morning well going to work the when i was stoped in first gear and the clutch was pulled in it started to make this weird grinding noise. I am new to bikes and was wondering what it could be

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That's a tough one since I can't hear the noise. If you noticed that your clutch lever felt a bit different after you heard the noise, it could have been the throwout bearing that pushes on the clutch release rod. Check the oil in your transmission. Look on the right hand side of the bike at the end of the transmission. You'll see a chrome end cap on the transmission. It'll have a plug in it that takes a large hex key or Allen wrench to remove. Remove the plug, stand the bike straight up and use the dipstick to check the oil level in the transmission. Do not screw the plug in, just stick it in the hole. The oil level should be between the two lines. If your clutch lever starts changing and the clutch gets where it won't release, the bearing has failed and must be replaced. These bearings are very small and if the clutch cable is not adjusted to have about an 1/8" of freeplay, the bearing runs all the time and will fail. It's a radial bearing less than an inch in diameter. In my opinion, it's a very poor design. But, they don't cost much and they aren't too difficult to replace. If this is what the problem turns out to be, re-post and I'll tell you how to change it.

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Posted on May 24, 2011


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