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Offline justincbf1000

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Clutch in - difficulty changing down gears !
« on: 03 January, 2019, 10:06:45 PM »
Some help or suggestions please !
I have a 2010 CBF 1000 T-A, 25K on the clock. Normally in the morning I start her up, rock her off the stand, click her into 1st with the good ol'  positive Honda 'CLUNK' and off we go.
This morning it was a much quieter 'click' but off I went. However as I got up through the gears prob about 4th out of my village and then I started to slow to change down as I approached a junction. Clutch in but no positive gear lever click, in fact it just didn't change down. I tried single clicks and doubles but nothing. I held clutch in and after a couple of secs I managed to get her into I think 3rd,maybe 2nd, slipped the clutch and pulled away. On my 35 mile commute I established if I pushed the clutch lever away after it finished its 'normal' travel I could pull it in and was able to change down - hooray ! But bit of a pain all the time and it isn't normal ! Before heading home I adjusted the clutch lever dial to move the lever to it's fullest away from the grip. To my surprise the gear change worked although not brill re a comfortable reach for my hand.
I believe my CBF has a hydraulic clutch ? no cable to stretch. Has anyone got any ideas what might be the issue ? 
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Offline Biker Mike

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Re: Clutch in - difficulty changing down gears !
« Reply #1 on: 04 January, 2019, 06:06:10 AM »
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Sounds like it's time to check your fluid level and replace with fresh.
Usually good to change clutch and brake fluids at the same time.
Your handbook will advise what fluid to get although I usually buy Castrol dot4.
« Last Edit: 04 January, 2019, 06:06:44 AM by Biker Mike »

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Re: Clutch in - difficulty changing down gears !
« Reply #2 on: 04 January, 2019, 08:26:10 AM »
Could it be leaking fluid?

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Re: Clutch in - difficulty changing down gears !
« Reply #3 on: 04 January, 2019, 09:24:59 AM »
On the basis that pushing the lever further allowed it to function, it might be a weak spring in the master cylinder or the clutch fluid becoming more viscous. As suggested, a change of the fluid would be the first thing to try, if that does not cure I would strip the master cylinder.
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Offline alan sh

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Re: Clutch in - difficulty changing down gears !
« Reply #4 on: 04 January, 2019, 12:49:49 PM »
Before you do that - check the gear linkage itself. Does it need greasing?

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Re: Clutch in - difficulty changing down gears !
« Reply #5 on: 04 January, 2019, 12:54:57 PM »
Possibly Alan, but there was this to take into consideration:
' I established if I pushed the clutch lever away after it finished its 'normal' travel I could pull it in and was able to change down'

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Re: Clutch in - difficulty changing down gears !
« Reply #6 on: 05 January, 2019, 03:12:11 PM »
Oops - missed that.

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