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Aaron Ruiz

1997 Polaris Scrambler 400 4×4 Hard To Shift

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Hey I'm new to the Forum but I just wanted to talk about my Scrambler I just picked up and when I first picked it up I thought it was okay but after I got home and everything I noticed it's very hard to shift into drive neutral reverse it is possible to shift into those gears but it's very stiff like and it takes a lot for it to actually engage to move forward. In Drive when I press on the gas it takes a while for it to actually start moving in the RPMs go up before it starts moving I inspected the belt it looks fine to me I checked the transmission fluid and it was low so I put some. I just hope transmission is not out just curious if you guys have any ideas

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Welcome to Quadcrazy, have you checked the clutch? There are plates and springs that over time or over abuse wear out.  May need an adjustment or replacement parts   As far as the hard shift goes I would ask if the rpms are up? Maybe lower the idle and see if that changes anything   

Check out the repair manual and you will find exactly what’s involved inside the manual in order to repair.   

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You're checking the gearbox oil level, not transmission. Either it works out doesn't. If it's difficult to shift into gear the linkage might need to be adjusted. If it grinds when you're trying to shift it, the engine idle is too high.

 

You have a CVT system, that's the transmission. Sounds like combination of worn belt and clutch springs. I would download the service manual and go through the troubleshooting section.

 

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check that your brakes are not locking up or rubbing.  the older cvt polaris' bikes do have to have some throttle to get going.  a good way to check that the brakes are not rubbing is to push it in neutral.

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Check the detent spring located by were thr shifter connects to the trans. If you can remove it try moving the shifter with it out. If their is a differnce ket me know.

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