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post #1 of 3 Old 07-06-2013, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Help! Can't access 1st gear- others are hard and they slip

Hey guys, I'm new to forums but a friend suggested it may help. I have a 1989 klr650, and today I had been riding in pretty hot weather and I'm not sure where my oil went but it was almost empty. I regularly check it, must only have been 4 or 5 days at most since I saw it was fine. However today about an hour into the ride I lose the ability to shift into first gear, I push down and it just comes back up. (this caused me to stop and look at my oil level) As I try to get to the nearest gas station to get oil it starts to get harder to shift between gears, same problem it won't catch I guess it a good way to describe it. Upshifting hasn't been a problem but downshifting is where the trouble is. Then I fill it with oil and let it cool down (a small amount of white vapors were escaping the oil filling hole). Riding back the problems remained and it would change gears on me, and only once did I hear a grinding. What should I do guys? This is all I have- no car
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-06-2013, 10:13 PM
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I'm almost scared to ask, but how much oil did you have to add?

Oh, and welcome to the forum, lot's of very knowledgeable people here, hopefully someone can offer some suggestions. I'm guessing the bad shifting could be attributed to no oil in the clutch pack? Again though, I'm just guessing.

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post #3 of 3 Old 07-07-2013, 12:38 AM
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Howdy lightning,
Sorry for your troubles! There is a bigger problem here than your shifting unfortunately. If the engine was run out of oil causing shifter problems, it is almost certain that the cams in the head starved for oil and the head may be destroyed as well. This is a well documented result of running a klr engine low of oil.
Hopefully the shifter problem is a mechanical failure of the shifter mechanism rather than being as a result of the low oil situation. In either case the engine will have to come apart to see what/how much has failed. Be ready for bad news.
I also am curious as to how much oil had to be added to bring it up to full. That will indicate how much was left if any. A klr holds approximately 2 1/2 quarts.

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