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Question. I have not had a chance to ride my rancher hardly any in the last 4 years.It has maybe 20hrs on it . when i bought it , it shifted very hard , honda said it needed to be broke in. Now i put it in gear and it wont move, so i took it to honda and they pulled it apart and found a bolt had backed out that holds the shifting drum in gear. They said they have never seen such. now it shifts great. everyone feels like it came from the factory not tightened. So question, should honda stand behind it all, part or none.
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What they should do and what they will do are 2 different things. I don't know what they should do in this case.

The dealer could give you a break on the labor on good faith and toward keeping a customer happy with the understanding that a machine with 20 hours on it shouldn't have done that... but they probably won't. Honda, however, won't do anything since it's several years out of warranty. Unfortunate, but true.
 

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Yes that is true. honda did nothing. they said thank you for meeting us half way. that is I paid for everything and they did nothing. thats their half way
 

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I have a 2006 honda 400 rancher canadian AT trail edition, which, like yours spent a long time without use. I bought it last fall with only 30 hours on it. It even had a mouse nest in the air filter. The bike just turned 1000 km last week.

When I used it the first few times, I did feel it was underpowered. Whenever I got stuck, it wouldn't even spin a wheel, instead it just moaned and groaned. I took it to the local honda dealer, they said it probably had the clutches stuck from lack of use and they "broke them free" when they did the first ever service on the bike.

Now, having used it a few more times, including a long hard run last weekend, it started to shift oddly, seeming to come out of gear a couple times when in difficult spots. Sometimes when its cold, it won't even move itself out of the garage, just like the brakes are frozen/rusted to the drums, even though the bike moves just fine when you push it. The engine simply seems incapable of moving the bike.

Today, when I was about to go out on the trail with friends, the bike wouldn't even move itself in reverse. In forward, it seemed to have no power whatsoever until higher speeds and higher RPMS. I oiled up the shifting linkage and after shifting it back and forth from reverse to forward a few times, I got it working fine in reverse, but again, in forward it had no power. I took it to a small hill, and once it was up to speed I could crank on the throttle and spin the back wheels, but from a stop, it still had no power. It won't even climb a small hill.

I'm going to take it back to honda, and it sounds like my problem is similar to the original posters problem in this thread.

My question for the original poster, is : How much did they charge you at honda to fix the problem?



Edit - I replaced the angle sensor and now it works fine. ($100 and less than half an hour work)
 
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