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Les Browning

07-10-2011 14:15:00

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My shift lever gets out of place in the trans. and will not come out of gear. I just got it and he said he was having trouble with it for some time. what is the best way to fix the problem. Do I have to junk it?

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08-10-2011 09:37:11

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 Re: ac wd45 shift lever in reply to Les Browning, 07-10-2011 14:15:00  
May have a possible answer for you. I had a gear shifting problem on my WD45 about a year ago. I shifted my gear shifter and it slipped out of the "pocket" where the bottom of the shifting handle fits in. If you take out the gear shifting lever and look through the hole on top with a flashlight, you"ll see where it"s suppose to fit. I"ll try to explain that the "pocket" is where all the top pieces of each shifting fork (gears 1,2,3,4,&R) come together to form a pocket for the end of the shifter to fit in. My problem was that this pocket was too loose and would allow the shifter end to slip out after I had shifted it into gear and I could never get it back in to the pocket to shift it out of 1st gear. After many,many,many hours of frustration I decided to take the whole transmission fork unit out of the tractor and realized that the reverse fork was bent either out or in (can"t remember which way it was). Anyway, put it in a small hydraulic press and bent it the proper way to tighten up the "pocket". I did not take the fork out of the housing, I just bent it as close as I could to the edge of the housing. It made the "pocket" tighter and I"ve never had a problem with it since. You don"t have to bend it much to make a difference. Hope it helps.

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Will Herring

07-13-2011 17:09:08

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 Re: ac wd45 shift lever in reply to Les Browning, 07-10-2011 14:15:00  
I know on my WD, the key in the shift tower had worked away some of the metal so the shifter could move around in the tower, so there was always a small chance that putting the tractor in reverse would cause it to slip out of gear. Drill out a new hole, build up a key (or buy an oversized one), and then put the shifter back in. Has worked for 4 years now with no issues.

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Brian G. NY

07-11-2011 14:37:20

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 Re: ac wd45 shift lever in reply to Les Browning, 07-10-2011 14:15:00  
I welded up the tips of the shifters on my WD and WD-45. I also redrilled the holes in the towers (one in the WD and two in the 45) and replaced the original pins with oversixe 5/16" bolts and ground the heads to fit the shiter grooves. Haven"t had a problem with either since.
If money is no object, I believe Agco has new shifters and oversize pins to take care of the problem.

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07-11-2011 08:21:23

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 Re: ac wd45 shift lever in reply to Les Browning, 07-10-2011 14:15:00  
Found on Uncle's WD45 that there was one key/keyway and the shift lever keyway was all chipped away. (I am assuming that someone had put a WD shifter on this in the past.) Anyway, I heated up the lever and bent it 180 degrees from what it was, then used the other keyway that was never used. Much improved as slop was reduced!

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Les Browning

07-11-2011 13:01:41

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 Re: ac wd45 shift lever in reply to njs, 07-11-2011 08:21:23  
ok, I need to cut down the play in the shift lever moving in neutral.

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07-10-2011 15:32:04

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 Re: ac wd45 shift lever in reply to Les Browning, 07-10-2011 14:15:00  
Sometimes the forks get bent and allow too much room and the end of the shifter will slip between. The forks are soft and can be straightened. It also helps to put a second anti rotation pin in the tower to hold the lever from rotating. Drill across from the existing one. Grind a bolt to make a pin. Grind a groove in the ball on the shifter.

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07-10-2011 19:35:26

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 Re: ac wd45 shift lever in reply to wddave, 07-10-2011 15:32:04  
That"s fine for a WD, but the WD45 already has two pins and two grooves.

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07-10-2011 14:33:28

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 Re: ac wd45 shift lever in reply to Les Browning, 07-10-2011 14:15:00  
find a new shifter, they get wore out ,I found a good used one on ebay about a year ago for 20 bucks,new ones are around a hundred bucks

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