The 1971-1978 Honda CB350F, CB400F, CB500, CB550, CB550F Repair Manual by Clymer covers models indicated, including:
Book Excerpt: 1971-1978 Honda CB350F, CB400F, CB500, CB550, CB550F Repair Manual
- Honda CB350F (CB350 Four) 1972-1974
- Honda CB400F (CB400 Four) 1975-1977
- Honda CB500 1971-1973
- Honda CB550 1974-1978
- Honda CB550F (CB550 Four) 1975-1977
RESTORING BIKE TO SERVICE
A bike that has been properly prepared, and stored in a suitable area, requires only light maintenance to restore it to service. It is advisable, however, to perform a spring tune-up.
- Before removing the bike from the storage area, reinflate tires to the correct pressures. Air loss during storage may have nearly flattened the tires, and moving the bike can cause damage to tires, tubes, or rims.
- When the bike is brought to the work area, immediately install the battery (fully charged) and fill the fuel tank. (The fuel cock should be on the RESERVE position; do not move yet.)
If the battery was drained, it can be refilled by a dealer and recharged.
- Check the fuel system for leaks. Remove carburetor float bowl or open the float bowl drain cock and allow several cups of fuel to pass through the system.
Move the fuel petcock slowly to the CLOSE position, remove the settling bowl and empty any accumulated water.
- Perform normal tune-up, described earlier, adjust valve clearance, apply oil to camshaft, and, when checking spark plugs, add a few drops of oil to the cylinder.
Be especially certain to degrease ignition points if an oily card was used to inhibit oxidation during storage; use a non-petroleum solvent such as tricholorethylene.
- Check safety items, i.e., lights, horn, etc., as oxidation of switch contacts and / or sockets during storage may make one or more of these critical devices inoperative.
- Test ride and clean the motorcycle.
CLUTCH SLIP OR DRAG
Clutch slip may be due to worn plates, improper adjustment, or glazed plates. A dragging clutch could result from damaged or bent plates, improper adjustment, or even clutch spring pressure.
All clutch problems, except adjustments or cable replacement, require removal to identify the cause and make repairs.
Slippage: This condition is most noticeable when accelerating in high gear at relatively low speed. To check slippage, drive at a steady speed in fourth or fifth gear.
Without letting up the accelerator, push in the clutch long enough to let engine speed increase (1 or 2 seconds). Then let the clutch out rapidly.
If the clutch is good, engine speed will drop quickly or the bike will jump forward. If the clutch is slipping, engine speed will drop slowly and the bike will not jump forward.
The Clymer M332 manual is THE goto resource for all repair, service and maintenance procedures and tips for your Honda CB350-550 4-cylinder motorcycle. Plenty of diagrams and exploded views compliment the step-by-step procedures to enhance your understanding.
Subject: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978 Honda CB350F, CB400F, CB500, CB550, CB550F service, maintenance, and repair procedures.
ISBN-10: 0892876530 | ISBN-13: 9780892876532 | Clymer M332