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Killed Transmission?

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I have been using my 200? Ranger 500 with tracks in the heavy snow in North California. Did real well until I tried chewing up a slight incline with really slushy snow after days of melting what started as 4 feet or more. The tracks were slipping so I though is was OK to keep going but lost traction and absolutely no power to wheels (tracks)Was in low range AWD mode. The shift lever is stuck in low gear and is absolutely jammed. Did I scatter the transmission or is it possibly an easy repair.

Or could it be something completely different like the front or rear drive jamming the transmission? Diagnostic suggestions please?
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If the transmission won't shift the problem is not in the drive train - remove and repair the transmission
There is a chance it's something simple like a broken reverse chain, but unfortunately it requires transmission removal and disassembly to repair it. Also, it is like a TANK - it has to be disconnected from the drive (remove drive shafts) to pull or push with another vehicle or air lifted from where it's at to where it's going to be worked on. A fork lift could also be used as long as it is 4WD lift and is an all surface design.
Not knowing what model you have makes is a PITA to try to advise.

Going on information for a 2004 4WD model, there is no such thing as one wheel drive, but because this unit has an actual rear differential, it might be mis-described as a one wheel drive because if not in AWD only the side will spin when it loses traction like the familiar car or truck - the front wheels turn independently whether in AWD or not - the centralized Hilliard assembly will allow the front drive to free wheel as long as the electrical system is not energized (key off) - the rear drive it a differential and as long as the drive to one side is disabled or one drive is not on the surface, it could be towed on three wheels even locked in gear.

This is the transmission and either one of the two chains may be a problem - if #14 breaks, it could be bound up between the gears and depending on where it is bound up, it could prevent movement of the shift forks #25 - the other chain #57 could be thrown into the gears and bind things up - if 57 breaks and causes a problem you are 99% probable dead in the water - if 14 breaks there is a bout a 20% chance that if it could be pulled backwards, the chain could be dislodged and the vehicle could be towed either forwards or backwards freely.

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I am a mechanic and the procedure in the manual is the easiest method
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it was suggested that i could possible remove chain no 14 if broken and tow the vehicle but i do not see how to do this without removing the transmission first. looks like i need to remove the transmission first?
All you need to do is remove the rear prop (propeller or drive shaft) shafts and it can be towed wherever you neet to tow it.
I think you can loosen the rear gear case and move it back far enough to remove the prop shaft - I don't work on Rangers, so I am not certain and we lost polman500 last year who would probably know, but............

If you are going to own a tank, you have to be prepared to retrieve it from inaccessible places and have a place to perform maintenance on it. We did 50% of the maintenance on APC's (Armored Personnel Carriers) and tanks in the field and the motor pool mechanics performed 25% of the maintenance outdoors and the remaining 25% was done indoors. It sucked being on an APC crew.
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