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02 Arctic Cat 500 ATV no forward or reverse

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Hi all, new to the site but like what I see. I have a 2002 Arctic Cat 500 automatic ATV that has no forward or reverse. I have tried 2wd and 4wd and to no avail. I took the belt cover off and observed that the belt is good and the clutch is operational with acceleration. Am i looking at transmission problems here ? Any advise or help to figure this out before ripping and tearing things apart would be greatly appreciated.

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Check that the gearshift lever, on the left side of the motor is moving normally when you operate the shift handle.  If it is, take the belt off, put it in gear and try to turn the driven clutch by hand.  If it turns easily, it's either not going in gear or the input/driven clutch shaft is broken.  I've never seen one of these shafts break but that doesn't mean it can't happen.

Neither drive shaft is moving when you rev it in gear, correct?

Does it sound like it's going in gear when you shift it into gear?

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If you're not hearing any sound like it's going into gear, you'll have to pull the left engine cover off and inspect the shift shaft and and gear cam.  The gear cam is pinned to the transmission shaft.  Remove the bolt holding it and make sure the pin isn't sheared.

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I agree that if I had an automatic bike and it wasnt moving forwards or backwards, the shifter would be the first place that I would check.  (my polaris sportsman shifter link stripped (wouldnt shift out of high), easy fix- at least for a polaris haha)

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