4x4(four wheel drive) goes in and out
My ATV: 1994 Sportsman 400L 4x4 W948040
I have noticed the shift linkage is loose on a lot of Polaris's. When in Low Gear, I am able to slightly move the shifter still back and forth as if there is play from the cup bearing where the handle sub assembly rests. When the Shifter moves just slightly back, while it is still in Low Gear, the AWD light goes out and I have noticed I do lose 4x4 mode in this case. I will ride keeping my foot on the lever depressing it forward to keep the AWD engaged.
My friend's Sportsman 500 4x4 has some play in the shifter as well, but his AWD will keep engaged.
I opened up the casing where the fluid is and replaced the fluid inside. I have not finished this up yet as I have to replace the screws which stripped upon removal.
So, anyone know what the real issue with this is? How would proper fluid in the hubs cause this issue with the shifter? I don't have a working spedo, but I haven't had that working in years. AND NO, that doesn't keep my AWD from Engaging as some speculate for the main issue.