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Old 07-25-2011, 10:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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300 fourtrax reverse question

I have been working on trying to get it started and want to know if there is anything about the reverse switch on the handlebars that would keep the starter from turning. When I got 4wheeler the solenoid was gone so I replaced it but the starter will still not turn over. The reverse switch is very loose and just wanted to know if that could be another problem. I am going to clean the carb this week and try to kick start it if I can't get the starter working.
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with mine you have to push the red button down then pull in the clutch and pull the lever up
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Is this the Fourtrax 300 utility model? If so, no there's no reverse electrical switch on the handlebars, just the red button and lever. The only way that reverse could have anything to do with the starter not turning is if you actually have the ATV shifted into reverse.

Is the neutral light on? Did you try jumping the two posts on the top of the solenoid to see if it would start?
Most 4-wheeler problems are caused by a loose nut connecting the handlebars and the seat!!

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the elec start feature won't work unless the bike is in neutral..this is the only way it will start by the push button elec start, now..if your bike is in neutral..and when you push the start button..and the bike doesn't start..then do what helmut said to do..this narrows it down to less bad parts.
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1st thing you HAVE to have a good,charged working battery,with good clean ground cable connections to both sides of the good battery,to the frame/engine,starter solenoid,...Then once you have a good fully charged,load tested battery,and it is hooked up,then turn ignition switch on, lift up on the shifter several times,then kick it downwards until the atv will free wheel roll when pushed,and the green neutral light should be lit up along with the red low oil light..Turn key on,put run/off switch in the run position,hit starter button...If it turns the starter,you're in bidness,if not,take a screwdriver,and jump it across the 2 large lugs on the solenoid located under the seat..If it turns,then you're in bidness,if not,you have to attach jumper cables to the starter lug,and to the frame from a known good battery,if it turns,then you're in bidness,if not,the starter is toast...
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