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ADJUSTMENT --ENGINE
CLUTCH
Stretching of the clutch cable causes
the
clutch lever
to develop excessive
play.
Too much play prevents
complete disengagement and may result in shifting dif-
ficulty and possible clutch and transmission damage.
Most of the play must be adjusted out, but a small
amount must
remain
so that the clutch release lever
will function
properly.
Clutch plate wear also causes the clutch to go out
of adjustment. This wear causes the play between the
push rod and the adjusting screw to gradually diminish
until the push rod touches the adjusting screw. When
this play
is
lost, the clutch will not engage fully, causing
the clutch to slip.
NOTE: Even though the proper amount of play exists
at the clutch
lever,
clutch lever play alone cannot be
used to determine whether or not the clutch requires
adjustment.
The adjustment procedure which follows compen-
sates for both cable stretch and plate wear.
To adjust the clutch:
I
WARNING
I
To .avoid a serious b.urn,
ne~er
touch the
.,. ____ I. engine or exhaust pipe during clutch ad-
justment.
ePull the dust Cover out of the way, loosen the locknut,
and turn the adjuster at the bottom of the clutch cable
to give the cable plenty of play.
A. Locknut
B. Adjuster
C. Dust Cover
eLoosen the knurled locknut at the clutch lever just
enough so that the adjuster will turn freely, and then
turn the adjuster to make a 5 - 6 mm gap between the
adjuster and knurled locknut.
A. Knurled Locknut
B. A.ljuster
C.5-6mm
eRemove the clutch release cover.
eLoosen
the
locknut, and back out the clutch adjusting
screw 3 or 4 turns until the screw turns without drag.
A. locknut
B. Adjusting Screw
eTurn the adjusting screw in until it becomes hard to
turn. This is the point where the clutch is just starting
to release.
eBack out the adjusting screw l4 turn from that point,
and tighten the locknut.
eTake up all the cable play with the adjuster at the
bottom of the cable, and then tighten the
locknut.
eMake sure the lower end of the clutch outer cable is
properly fitted into the hole in the external shift mech-
anism
cover.
Slide the dust cover onto the adjuster.
I
WARNING
Ilf the. outer
~ble
is
n~t
.full
y
seated in
~.
__ IIIIII!I_I. the adjuster, It could slip Into place later
and the clutch would not disengage.
A.
Clutch Outer Cable
B. Adjuster
eTurn the adjuster at the clutch lever so that the clutch
lever will have 2 - 3 mm of play and tighten the
knurled locknut.
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