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WD Gear shift problem

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Patrick Brown

07-10-2002 10:40:21

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I was backing my wd out of the shed and I went to shift to a forward gear and the shifter popped and now the tractor is hung in reverse. I can move the shifter around freely like it isn't attached to the forks. What could my problem possibly be? I've got a parts tractor and I may just swap out the whole assembly. Would that be the best thing to do?

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Farmer Brown

07-12-2002 08:36:58

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 Re: WD Gear shift problem in reply to Patrick Brown, 07-10-2002 10:40:21  
Also check for excess play up and down at the middle ball with the groove. This contributes to it's freedom to come up out of the forks, same as the ball at the bottom end being worn. Cure is to replace cup shaped hold down washer/bushing or find a shim washer of suitable size to add in on top of it under the snap ring.

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07-11-2002 19:59:24

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 Re: WD Gear shift problem in reply to Patrick Brown, 07-10-2002 10:40:21  
Hi Patrick

I have had that trouble but in first gear, moving dirt with WD. Had to weld up the end of the shifter just right, it has been a couple of years now, knock on wood, since it has happened. I used a mig welder, I would use a soft weld as to not wear the grooves in the transmission. It took me about 3 times to get it just right. 1/8" on sides and about 1/4" - 3/8" on the bottom. Shaped like a square but tappered down at the bottom. You maybe able to look at the wear on it to get the idea of what it was once. Make sure it just works to shift and you should have it just about right. As someone else stated you should make sure that the ball and pin on the shifter are good and not wore too much.

Good Luck !!


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Glenn S. Deckert

07-10-2002 23:52:07

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 Re: WD Gear shift problem in reply to Patrick Brown, 07-10-2002 10:40:21  
Patrick -- Ran into what sounds like the same problem with my WD 45. The other follow-ups may be correct about a shifter fork problem, but when that happened to me, I found I was just locked out of the gear where the shift fork messed up but could get all the other gears. When I had just a completely loose shift lever and couldn't get any gears engaged, it was the pivot ball on the shift lever. This a ball shaped enlargement on the shifter lever that has a groove on each side that engages a square-headed pin mounted in the tower. Over time, the pins wear the grooves until they finally slip out, at which point you lose the pivot point (fulcrum ) in the shift lever that allows operation of the shift forks. I took the shift lever out, filled in some metal with 6011 welding rod (one pass on each side of the groove) and then re-cut the groove with a die-grinder and re-shaped the pivot ball with a small disc grinder. Problem solved. You might just use a replacement shift lever from your parts tractor, but there is a good chance it will be worn as well. This repair was fairly quick and simple to perform (after all, I was able to do it!). Good luck. Glenn

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07-10-2002 23:14:43

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 Re: WD Gear shift problem in reply to Patrick Brown, 07-10-2002 10:40:21  
The others are right- but since it is due to wear, it will not fix itself, so expect more of the same. Cure is to renew the shifter lever and forks- maybe the tower.

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John (C-IL)

07-10-2002 18:44:47

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 Re: WD Gear shift problem in reply to Patrick Brown, 07-10-2002 10:40:21  
That is a common problem when those transmissions get a little worn. Take the shifter out of the tower and use a long screwdriver to put the tractor in neutral, then drop the shifter back into the forks and you're in business. It takes about 2 minutes after you have done it a time or two. John

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Diesel Don

07-10-2002 15:55:04

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 Re: WD Gear shift problem in reply to Patrick Brown, 07-10-2002 10:40:21  
My dad had a WD and the same thing happened to him.One of the shifter forks popped out of place on one of the rails.If I remember right,all he did was loosen a set screw that held the fork in place,put it back where it belonged, and install the cover back on the transmission.This isn't that serious a problem.If you have to, you could always take the transmission cover off our parts tractor and replace it.

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