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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 21-Mar-2018, 01:10 PM (756) Thread Starter
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Clutch fluid/oil change....

Question regarding 2015 GS:
Is the clutch oil/fluid supposed to be changed at some interval? I haven't found anything indicating such (yet). Assuming it needs to be changed, are we just talking about the actuating fluid in the reservoir for the clutch lever? What sort of fluid is to be used? Is there a way to bleed that system similar to bleeding the brakes?

Apologies now for my ignorance on this aspect of the bike's maintenance.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 21-Mar-2018, 02:12 PM (800)
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Water boxer clutch used mineral oil and doesn't absorb water like brake fluid. I've never seen anything on changing clutch fluid.
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Like BMWBOB says the clutch actuator system uses mineral oil and there is no recommended change interval by BMW.
I will add though to keep an eye on the fluid level in the reservoir, my 2013 had a very, very slight seep at the fitting coming out of the reservoir and by the time I discovered it the reservoir was nearly dry and there was almost no visible oil around the area.

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It will be a very good decision to invest in the BMW service manual. they come on CD/ROM and will answer all your maintenance questions. At the very least get a Haynes repair manual, and better yet get both. You will be very happy if you do.
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Dealer service manager and another independent mechanic told me that there are basically only 2 reasons to change the hydraulic clutch fluid: 1) the clutch needs to be repaired and its a good idea while its open. 2) As JetSpeed mentioned, there is a leak/seep or other loss of fluid. There is no regular or scheduled maintenance necessary.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 22-Mar-2018, 07:09 AM (506) Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys, and yes, I have the repair manuals, which is what lead me to ask the question because I didn't see anything in there indicating the fluid should be changed. So, in light of that, and given your good responses, I'll just open the reservoir periodically and make sure it's still full of mineral oil. Again, thanks.
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That is interesting..there is no viewable sight glass on the clutch reservoir, on these current WC versions, instead by opening the top plate thus leading to possible contamination though it is mineral oil based...
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Like BMWBOB says the clutch actuator system uses mineral oil and there is no recommended change interval by BMW.
I will add though to keep an eye on the fluid level in the reservoir, my 2013 had a very, very slight seep at the fitting coming out of the reservoir and by the time I discovered it the reservoir was nearly dry and there was almost no visible oil around the area.
what type pf mineral oil can be used......any BMW spec or recommendation
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BMW used to use a Magura product -- Magura Blue Blood. Don't know if that is what they are using on current bikes.
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