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08-02-2009 18:52:19

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My wd 45 is stuck in third, what do I do now?

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Will Herring

08-04-2009 23:40:07

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 Re: WD 45 STUCK IN 3RD in reply to CM BEHOUNEK, 08-02-2009 18:52:19  
I made the same mistake when I first got mine stuck in reverse in that the whole gearbox was taken off to do it. For putting the thing back together, reverse is usually the gear of choice to have it in, IMO. Just pull the rubber boot off the shift tower, then there's a snap ring in there and a washer. Then the shaft comes out - but be sure not to lose the little key piece that lets the shifter pivot (it usually will stay in the tractor, but it wears loose as well as the bottom of the shift lever - that's what usually causes the problems). If you lose that piece, you have to go fish.

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08-04-2009 09:30:26

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 Re: WD 45 STUCK IN 3RD in reply to CM BEHOUNEK, 08-02-2009 18:52:19  
Before I made my first post the other day I already had the whole shifter unbolted and taken off the tractor. Is it possible to take JUST the shifter out instead of unbolting anything for the next time? But for now I have the entire colume out and its not going back together very easy.

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08-04-2009 19:17:16

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 Re: WD 45 STUCK IN 3RD in reply to CM BEHOUNEK, 08-04-2009 09:30:26  
Yes, that is what my post intended to say. Just take the retainer snap ring out that keeps the shifter in and use a screw driver to realign the forks. Simple, 3 minute job. No unbolting of anything.

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Will Herring

08-03-2009 13:11:12

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 Re: WD 45 STUCK IN 3RD in reply to CM BEHOUNEK, 08-02-2009 18:52:19  
I've gotten my WD stuck in reverse twice, and it's just a matter of taking the shifter out of the tower, resetting the fork, and putting the shifter back. As the bottom wears out of the shifter, it is easier for it to slip off the rails while shifting. Unusual thing to happen in 3rd/4th gear, though, because that rail set is in the very center.

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08-02-2009 19:27:14

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 Re: WD 45 STUCK IN 3RD in reply to CM BEHOUNEK, 08-02-2009 18:52:19  
Remove the shifter by popping out the lock ring with a small screw driver. Then stick a long screw driver down in the shift tower to pop the middle fork back in line so all 3 forks line up. Replace shifter and retainer ring. This will fix it for now, if it is not a routine problem. I have the same thing happen about once a year on my WD. If it is a serious common issue, more work is warranted inside.

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