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Old 03-17-2013, 04:08 AM
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Gear selector doesnt seem to be moving gear, rear locked

I bought a Polaris xplorer 500 yesterday that "had Carb trouble". Got there and seems to just need needle and bowl. But guy jump started the quad and it ran as well as it could with fuel leaking. Soon as it started it wanted to move backwards. So I jumped on it to hold the brake while they disconnected the jumper cable so I could back it into the truck. After hitting the throttle it wouldn't move. So I tried to move the shifter and it would "move" but wouldn't stay in any position I moved it to. We killed it and decided just to push load it (it had rolled freely before starting) only to find rear wheels will not turn like in gear? Has anyone ever had this problem? I know its his word but he stated when parked last summer all gears worked, just parked it because the leaking fuel. With it trying to move backwards on start up I didn't figure it was a stuck pulley. Possibly between gears?
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:19 AM
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I had this problem with my 500. The nut holding the shift linkage to the bar on the transmission that shifts it was loose so there was enough play in it that it would not shift. I think the rear tires are locked because it is in gear.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:22 AM
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Thanks I will look into that. My friends dad has it in his garage looking it over since he rebuilds all kinds of bikes. I will bring that up when I go over later.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:00 PM
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Well we unhooked the shift linkage to the high low selector. The shifter moves smoothly into all 3 normal gears, the back wheels move freely, and when its started and put in gear it goes no where. In f n and r it free spins the belt like in neutral. Is it because we have the high low linkage off? The only thing I could think of is the high low is stuck in neutral now that we have the linkage off like neutral on a truck transfercase? Anyone got an idea?
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:30 AM
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Can anyone tell me which linkage goes to low and which controls f n and r? I pulled both off and got the shifter to move freely now. But I don't remember which on goes where on the shifter end.
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:58 AM
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Nevermind I found it in the manual. It shifts neutral and forward. Will pull back in reverse, and move forward to low, but won't stay in those gears.

Also looking at the manual it says my transmission takes 10w-30 motor oil??? 20fl oz. Is this right? I mean I know its THE Polaris manual but I thought it had to have special gear lube.

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Old 03-22-2013, 03:51 PM
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It don't take a special type of fluid. Those shifter rods have to be scyronized to work together so that they don't bind up. So you will have to do some fine tuning in adjusting the linkage. Sometimes it is a pain. Make sure the idle is not set to high or it will grind gears when shifting.
Maybe that info will help you some.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:45 PM
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Well I haven't tried shifting while its running still waiting on needle and seat. But I'm going to change tranny fluid with 10w-30 synthetic tomorrow and change the engine oil. See if I can get it to run enough to move the gears with it running see if it shifts running or not.
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:14 AM
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Can I use amsoil 10-30 in the transmission and shifter box?
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