Clutch reservoir screws frozen - what'd I do wrong?
I went out tonight to change the oil on my Vee - no problems there, beautiful evening, so I decide to bleed the clutch - I put on SS lines everywhere this spring, and the bike's been shifting kind of cranky, jumps on the shift to 1st from neutral, so I thought maybe there's some air in there and it's not disengaging all the way.
Get out my trusty phillips, try to remove the reservoir cover - no go. Careful now ... SH*T! Screw head is stripped. Try the other screw, also frozen tight, and end up stripping its head too. :bom_furious3: Off to the hardware store to get an extractor, STILL won't turn, neither of them. I work at it for half an hour or so, finally get one of them out, but the other simply will not move. Finally I give up and drill the head off. :mad: Thank goodness I've got my new-to-me SV to ride tomorrow.
What I don't get is: once I get the cover off, the body of the remaining screw just turns out with my fingers, smooth as silk. So somehow it was the head of the screw that was glued to the reservoir cover? I'm sure I didn't use an impact wrench to tighten the cover screws after doing the clutch line, no loctite either. Just to see, I loosened the brake cover, no problem at all. Maybe there was some residual brake fluid in the countersink, that acted like glue? Any ideas? What'd I do wrong?
Also: the Vee will have to sit with the reservoir cover duct-taped to the cylinder until I can get replacement screws. Since the seal is not so good, would you recommend replacing the fluid again once I can button her up?
Silver '08 DL1000, '03 SV 650, '09 Yamaha R1 track bike, '13 Daytona 675r race bike
The lure of the racetrack was too much for me to resist ... the Vee has to find a new home.