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Old 07-28-2013, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rancher 420 AT Shifting problems


I have a 2011 Honda Rancher 420 AT 4x4 with 460 miles on it.

It has the auto and electronic shift.

It recently has had trouble shifting from neutral to first when the engine is cold. Now when driving in automatic it will go first, second, and then bang into fourth.

Using the electronic shift, I can shift first through third usally and then it gets buggy and will skip 4th or not go to 5th or just not go in any gear at all and dispay a dash.

I took it for a test drive tonight and it wouldn't get into gear once I got halfway down the driveway and showed a trouble code of "32" which is fail safe relay malfunction. I am attempting to keep shifting it and see what triggers the code again.

I rocked the atv back and forth and got it to shift back to neutral after i got the trouble code and shifted into drive by rocking it again and it was fine after that.

Things I have tried: Cleaned shift motor (wasn't that dirty)

Changed oil. Used rotella 10w 30 synthetic

Changed rear and front diff oil. Used marine quality gear lube. SAE 80

Things I have not tried: Manually shifting and anything with the angle sensors. clutch adjustment

Any guesses or advise is appreciated.

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Jess, since the problem[s] occur when it is shifting automatically, as well as manually (with the ES), it sounds like a transmission problem (and not a problem with the electronic shift). Were you doing anything (that you can remember) when this symptom started occuring?

Without a doubt, you should let your engine/transmission warm up before riding your atv. It is designed to operate at an optimum temperature, and not when cold.

When the Fail Safe Relay kick in, it is because something else is not operating correctly. If that is the case, then I'd suggest that you not continue to try to shift and operate it. Otherwise, you could cause further damage - especially if the problem is in the transmission.
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