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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-31-2009, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Starting engine in drive...

I'm not used to shifting to neutral when shutting my Rancher AT off (habit from riding motorcycles), so I've started it a couple times while the transmission was in drive. I'm sure it's not safe, but to start it, you have to squeeze the brake anyway...it's not really gonna take off on me. Anyone know if this is can damage the tranny?
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You bought it new right? Read the owners manual!!!
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I sat down and thumbed through it Saturday, but this wasn't a thought until I was on the forum yesterday.

I'll look it up and post the answer for anyone else that might have the same question.
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You will be fine. If it did damage to the unit, Honda would not add the feature of pulling in the brake. It has an automatic clutch...kind of. You can leave it in gear and come to a complete stop without it stalling and no clutch to pull.

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Kind of what I was thinking...I mean, I can come to a stop, leave the thing in drive, get off, grab something out of my truck, get back on and go. Probably not the safest way to do things, but it works. That's one of the reasons why I'm doubtful of the info in the manual...I can guarantee that it will tell me NOT to do this...but for safety reasons, not for protection of the ATV.
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The manual will definitely tell you to start it in neutral. They are covering their arses. All it would take is someone mashing the gas while they are doing it and then popping the brake out.

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You got it.
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I agree with red. The manual will say that just to save thier @$$. I read my manual and it says to always start in neutral.
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