If you own a modern motorcycle, dirt bike or ATV, chances are good that your machine uses a wet clutch to transfer power from the engine to the transmission to change gears.
Wet clutches, or lubricated clutches, typically run in the same oil as the engine in your bike or ATV. The oil helps to keep clutch plates cool and also makes wet clutches quieter than dry clutches, which — as the name implies — operate without oil. These benefits have made wet clutches common in today’s machines.
When it comes to routine engine maintenance, there’s often a question about whether a wet clutch oil system requires special treatment. Will certain oils or engine treatments damage the clutch? The reality is that, just like all vehicles, each bike and ATV is designed to run with a specific oil grade and viscosity, terms that relate to flow and performance at operating temperature. In short, using the manufacturer’s recommended oil is important. That said, all motor oil breaks down over time. As it degrades, harmful residues and deposits can restrict flow and lubrication of engine components — and your clutch.
HOW TO USE SEA FOAM IN A WET CLUTCH OIL SYSTEM
A clutch that is slipping or doesn’t feel like it’s working properly could be malfunctioning because of oil issues, whether that’s a lack of oil, the wrong oil (using automotive oil, for example), or old, dirty oil that has degraded. Adding Sea Foam Motor Treatment (or High Mileage) to your crankcase 100 to 200 miles before changing your oil and filter can help dissolve and clean deposits, keeping your engine and wet clutch operating as they should. Just add one ounce of Sea Foam Motor Treatment for every quart of oil.
Sea Foam Motor Treatment is made from petroleum-based ingredients and is safe for all engine oils, conventional and synthetic. It will not alter oil viscosity or performance. For the best results, use it before every oil change.
SEA FOAM MOTOR TREATMENT is made from petroleum-based ingredients and is safe for all engine oils, conventional and synthetic.