Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Halifax, NS Canada
2001 Fourtrax 350 neutral/ reverse light out.
Been away a spell but am back now with some questions.
This belongs to a neighbor who came to me with this problem. No neutral or reverse light-will not crank or start. He suspected it was the gear position switch but does not have the skills or time to make the repair.
I tested the switch and both switch leads produced no continuity in any gear or neutral.When I ground either the neutral or reverse leads of the harness, the lights come on and I was able to pull start the engine--battery was too low to try the starter(charging it now).
I think the only way to replace that sw is to remove the engine, something I am loath to do(unless someone can tell me it can be done without engine removal.) So, do you think that it will be OK to just ground those two leads and let him get the winter out of it? Probably not necessary to gnd the reverse light, as that should not be what prevents the thing from starting.
Just do the neutral light.
Then, the light would be on at all times and the thing would start while in gear, and he would have to be careful. He would also have to always search for neutral by means other than the light.
A lot cheaper for him, especially if I have to remove the engine. He could then wait until a time when the engine has to come out for something else.
Any problems with simply grounding that neutral lead? Is that not what the switch does anyway?
Thanks for any help