Hi there, new to the board but hoping someone can give me some pointers before I blindly tear into the transmission.
The other day I was plowing some heavy snow and I put my 8N in reverse. The rear wheels were spinning a little in the snow and the engine was laboring (nothing too new here, been doing it like this for years). Then, the gear shift lever popped into neutral range. I pushed the clutch in real quick, made sure that it was in neutral and slowly let off the clutch. Reverse was still engaged (wheels started to spin). I pushed the clutch in again and shifted it into 1st. As I slowly let out the clutch, the engine bogged and the wheels didn"t turn (gear locked). I then shifted it back into neutral and let the clutch out and all was fine. At that point, I took it slow and worked it through all the gears and they all work (even reverse). But now, if I am in reverse and the tractor is under load, the same thing will happen - the gear shift lever jumps into reverse (even though the clutch is still out and the tractor is going along in reverse), then I have to be real gentle with the clutch and shift it into a forward gear just slightly to seemingly get the tranny to drop out of reverse. But as long as I don"t labor the tractor in reverse, it works just fine. Pulls in all forward gears without any sort of issue.
What did I do? I read a bunch of forum answers about the shift gates possibly being an issue. Any ideas if it"s this simple of a fix (new shift gates, and NOT new gears or something)?
Thanks in advance for any answers!