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Massey Ferguson 65 Range Selector Stuck in S

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11-13-2017 09:39:06

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Howdy all. I've recently inherited my grandfather's 1958 Massey Ferguson 65 Hi-Arch. It's been sitting since 2001. After exctracting it from the jungle grown around it, I found the range selector to be stuck in the "S" start position. Is there a common cause for this. I know the cover is integral with the steering box, so before I tear into all that, it'd be nice to know of any common ailments to look for. BTW, the case had plenty of oil and no water came out with I drained it.

Thanks for any insight!


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11-15-2017 12:49:56

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 Re: Massey Ferguson 65 Range Selector Stuck in S in reply to wildmanautoworks, 11-13-2017 09:39:06  
You might be able to bump it through the trans lube fill hole. When my gear shifter gets stuck, that how I access it.

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11-13-2017 14:10:08

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 Re: Massey Ferguson 65 Range Selector Stuck in S in reply to wildmanautoworks, 11-13-2017 09:39:06  
Hi Chuck, no professional here.
I'm new myself. I too just became a new owner (mf 2200) (maybe) (still trying to pinpoint it.) Nevertheless, my tractor would not go into reverse and being an industrial model, the normal gear selector (1-3 + rev) had the Rev locked out from the factory.
Sooooo, I've read hear and else where that you might be able to jog the gears by opening the fill cap and use a screwdriver to turn the gears. **I didn't think this was MY problem so I disassembled the steering column, wiring, etc, etc. When I pulled the cover off there were 3 rails that the gear shift selectors traveled on. One for for the 1,2,3,R One for the range selector H,S,L and one for the Fwrd revs. Each one had a "v" groove that a spring loaded ball bearing would lay in to indicate positive ingagement and I guess to hold the gear lever in its place. One of three springs (my stuck one) was so full of crud, that the spring was completely compressed holding that ball bearing so tightly in the"v" groove, it would not allow the shifter to move. I would say I'm very mechanically inclined, (not a mechanic) and this took me 5 hours to Remove everything. (I have power steering, so I had hydraulics to deal with, plus never took a tractor apart)
I would search the site for the screwdriver fix, add try it first.
I have not come across a post on this site or internet that discribed my problem or what to do to fix it.
So I hope this all makes sense, and that ONE of these ideas will get you fixed.
PS. I only put as little as possible back together in order to start the machine and test it (jacked up the rear) then jumped around, patted myself on the back and put it altogether.😉

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11-13-2017 14:03:03

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 Re: Massey Ferguson 65 Range Selector Stuck in S in reply to wildmanautoworks, 11-13-2017 09:39:06  
Shift rail probably stuck because the detent plunger at the rail front is rusted/stuck. Try removing the safety start switch on top of the transmission, and putting in the threaded hole your favorite panther pee and let it soak awhile. Then try bumping the shift lever both ways, you MIGHT get lucky and free up the stuck plunger..

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11-13-2017 14:31:38

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 Re: Massey Ferguson 65 Range Selector Stuck in S in reply to Dieseltech, 11-13-2017 14:03:03  
Nicely put dieseltech.
I just learned some tractor terminology.

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11-13-2017 17:43:06

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 Re: Massey Ferguson 65 Range Selector Stuck in S in reply to CanAm, 11-13-2017 14:31:38  
Yah, I was figuring a gummed up shift rail from sitting. Had an old Dodge truck do the same thing. Good to know I might be able to lube it from the safety switch hole. I'm used to Ford N's so the whole removing the steering gear to access the shifter just seems like a hassle I'd like to avoid if possible. But we'll see if some PB Blaster does the trick.


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