Having the ability to undertake some maintenance work yourself, such as repairing a motorcycle clutch cable, can be a great money saver. By following a few steps, you will find that it is not always necessary to go to a garage.
Tip #1 – Test
Make sure that you do an initial check to confirm that it is actually the motorcycle clutch cable that requires replacement, rather than another component. The cable is likely to be the problem where you experience problems with shifting the motorcycle. However, if the problem occurs after the transmission makes a grinding sound, the problem is likely to lie with the latter. The clutch box can seize up if it is left to idle for too long, but can be released by sharply applying the brake while the bike is in motion.
Tip #2 – Check Manual
If you have retained the manual for the motorcycle, peruse it in order to get confirmation of the location of the motorcycle clutch cable and the manner in which it should be removed or repaired. It may also confirm what steps can be taken to find the cause of the problem. Similarly, if you require a replacement cable, the manual may confirm where this can be obtained.
Tip #3 – Remove the Correct Cable
Make sure that you pick the motorcycle clutch cable over any other by tracing the line of the cable from the left handle bar to the clutch box. There will be a rubber fastener that needs to be removed before the cable can be loosened. Make sure that you have the correct tool to enable you to undertake this process.
Tip #4 – Add Lubrication
After removing the end of the clutch cable from the sleeve that holds it, you will be in a position to add lubricant. Once the cable has been removed from its holding, deposit several drops of lubricating oil into the recess between the cable and the sleeve.
Tip #5 – Make Adjustments
There will be occasions when the motorcycle clutch cable can be repaired by way of an adjustment rather than a replacement. Depending on the type of motorcycle that you are working on, there are different places that the cable can be adjusted from. For most cables this will be at one end, but others will be in the middle. An adjustment screw will often be located beneath the clutch cover and can be manipulated to tighten the cable when necessary. Make sure that the cable has been tightened properly.
Tip #6 – Stay Loose
For the clutch cable to work effectively, it requires a small amount of free play to enable the clutch to work at its best. To ensure that this takes place, completely tighten the nut that secures the cable before loosening it with only one-eighth of a turn. The cable itself also requires a little slack and this can be undertaken leaving a gap of about one millimeter between the cable and the holding that it will be secured into.