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4x4 foot shift. 20 hours and about 64 miles. Won't shift into neutral and gear shows "-". Just started a day ago, been running fine. Sometimes there was sluggish shift during break in period. Bought brand new. Any help appreciated! Thanks
 

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I thought it was only the ES model that did that! First time it happened, I had about 50 miles on the quad and thought I was stuck out in nowhere. I turned it off and on, bumped it, pushed it, hit all the switches. Thought I was stuck. I think it was just turning it on and off that finally got it in gear.

It has happened once or twice since then. Now I don't worry about it, turn it off, turn it on, eventually it gets into gear, within a minute.
 

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Thanks everyone for the input. Not sure if it's still under warranty, going to check today as well as reach out to the dealer. I've had it for almost a year maybe longer so it might be. In some research I've seen people talk about replacing the oil in the gear motor because the factory grease oil supposedly gunks up.
 

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In some research I've seen people talk about replacing the oil in the gear motor because the factory grease oil supposedly gunks up.
That pertains to the Electric Shift "ES" models or the DCT models. Do you have a foot shift or an electric shift?
 

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It's a foot shift. Yea that's what I read in more research (this is common on ES models, but only read a few people having issues with foot shift) so I'm a bit puzzled and also worried I may have other underlying issues like with the auto-clutch or something. Unfortunately my wheeler isn't under warranty anymore. Just passed a year and I didn't buy the extended. At least I'm assuming factory warranty is only 1 year like anything else.
 

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I have the same ATV as you and the same thing happens to me. What I figured out is you just have to rock the machine back and forth and it will go back into gear. It seems like it is just stuck in between gears.
 

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Thanks but that doesn't seem to work. Tried that. Attempted to adjust the clutch too. Didn't seem to make a difference. I can only shift from 1st to 2nd then back down to first. Won't go above 2nd. It won't stay in neutral either just goes "-". Also I noticed the GEAR light isn't on anymore. So I agree it's definitely between gears. Again I appreciate everyone's input. This is so frustrating on a brand new wheeler!
 

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Thanks but that doesn't seem to work. Tried that. Attempted to adjust the clutch too. Didn't seem to make a difference. I can only shift from 1st to 2nd then back down to first. Won't go above 2nd. It won't stay in neutral either just goes "-". Also I noticed the GEAR light isn't on anymore. So I agree it's definitely between gears. Again I appreciate everyone's input. This is so frustrating on a brand new wheeler!
I assume, you have a electronic shift (ES) model? I too have a ES model and know from experience the battery must be fully charged for the ES to work properly, so you might try charging it overnight on a trickle charger and see how it works the following day.
 

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Thanks but no I have a foot shift. This is not an ES model. Sucks I had a 2007 Honda rancher that still runs great no craziness (gave to my dad after I had it for 8 years. I get something new and 2016 has major issues within a year.
 

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Thanks but no I have a foot shift. This is not an ES model. Sucks I had a 2007 Honda rancher that still runs great no craziness (gave to my dad after I had it for 8 years. I get something new and 2016 has major issues within a year.
Even though not ES, I would still try charging the battery, because there are electronic components depending on the correct voltage to operate correctly. Chances are it will not cure the issue, but cost you relatively nothing to try....
 

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Thanks but no I have a foot shift. This is not an ES model. Sucks I had a 2007 Honda rancher that still runs great no craziness (gave to my dad after I had it for 8 years. I get something new and 2016 has major issues within a year.
I am confident many of us will be interested in the final outcome and like you, I have own ES models for many years with no issues. If I decide to get a new unit, I will likely get a foot shift, but who knows......
 

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I'll try charging the battery too. Can't hurt! I highly enjoy the foot shift. That's what I had on my 07 rancher. Update, been doing some tweaking of the clutch further and it has helped a little, but still some issues remain. Thanks again for everyone's input. Helps my spirits through this troubleshooting!
 

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Forgot to mention I did talk to Honda house tech and even he was puzzled. Recommended clutch adjustment or oil change as far as what he could offer over the phone and based on my input/symptoms.
 

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I thought only the ES model had a display for the gear selection. I have a 2014 foot shift and I only have a neutral and reverse light. Look for stuck clutch plates. Otherwise stand it up like doing a wheelie and pull the front cover off to inspect for damaged parts.
 

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Unfortunately for me the wheeler isn't under warranty anymore. From what I've been able to diagnose and research I'm thinking the clutch plates are locked up. Clutch adjustment helped as far as getting GEAR light back on and actual 'foot' feel for going into gear. But now it's pretty much just from N to 1 still shows "-". First thing I'm gonna do is drain the oil. Maybe I used crappy oil a few months ago when I did the oil change. I recall using Honda GN4 10-30w as specified. At this time it's cheaper to start there. :)
 
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