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post #1 of 13 Old 06-19-2013, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 2012 KLR with about 1400 miles on it. It runs great and I love it. However, I have one problem. If I come to a full stop with the engine idling and in gear it is nearly impossible to find neutral. It is worse if the engine is hot. If I shift to neutral before stopping it works fine. Sometimes, while fully stopped the green neutral light is on but it's still in gear. If I shut the engine off it will usual go into neutral as it should. I had an 09 and don't recall having this problem. I thought with more miles on the odometer it would get better but I think it is getting worse. Thanks for any suggestions.
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sounds like a grounded wire possibly that is not always being grounded,

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did you check the valves recently?

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I have a 2012 KLR with about 1400 miles on it. It runs great and I love it. However, I have one problem. If I come to a full stop with the engine idling and in gear it is nearly impossible to find neutral. It is worse if the engine is hot. If I shift to neutral before stopping it works fine. Sometimes, while fully stopped the green neutral light is on but it's still in gear. If I shut the engine off it will usual go into neutral as it should. I had an 09 and don't recall having this problem. I thought with more miles on the odometer it would get better but I think it is getting worse. Thanks for any suggestions.

Is the shift lever hitting the frame? Bolt tight?

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hopefully it isnt the bearing inside the case going out like i have heard has happened

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did you check the valves recently?
I'm old and, i'm sure, dumb. Please inlighten me?

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OK - gotta have sumpin' to do with how you get to the valves??

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I was going to say that it sounds like your clutch needs adjusted. Sounds like it's not fully releasing?
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when you check your valves you have to remove 2 plates under the tank thatare shaped like dorrito's. when taking them off the neutral wire sometimes gets smashed against the frame and grounds on it right there.

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when you check your valves you have to remove 2 plates under the tank thatare shaped like dorrito's. when taking them off the neutral wire sometimes gets smashed against the frame and grounds on it right there.
Good call but that has to be six degrees of separation!
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