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WD-45 Stuck in 4th and nowhere to go!

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Gary U

07-24-2002 18:53:00

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OK, this shouldn't be too hard. I just got done driving in the field in 4th gear, went to stop, shift to a lower gear -oops it won't come out of 4th.

What I get is play in the shifter fore and aft but acts like its not engaged. (no movement side to side).

So my questions are:
1 What has broken or fallen off?
2 Whats the easiest way to get to it and fix it?

Many thanks in advance!!!

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Gary U

07-25-2002 16:12:26

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 Re: WD-45 Stuck in 4th and nowhere to go! in reply to Gary U, 07-24-2002 18:53:00  
Hey it worked!!!
The two hardest things were trying to figure out what I was looking at and how to get the snap ring back in place.

Once I got some smarts, everything seemed to cooperate. Thanks so much to both of you for responding - its what makes this website so spectacular!

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Diesel Don

07-25-2002 15:52:52

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 Re: WD-45 Stuck in 4th and nowhere to go! in reply to Gary U, 07-24-2002 18:53:00  
My dad's WD did the same thing but it was stuck in 3rd.A fork popped loose on the rail.He had to pull the cover and set the fork back into the right place.If the other gentleman's suggestion doesn't work,this is something else you can try.

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David T (MO)

07-25-2002 06:22:09

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 Re: WD-45 Stuck in 4th and nowhere to go! in reply to Gary U, 07-24-2002 18:53:00  
Welcome to the WD line of infamous shifter blues. The stick has jumped out of the forks. Its an easy fix that with a little practice can be done in under five miutes. Pull the rubber boot off the stick and remove the snap ring holding the stick in. Carefully remove the stick watching out that the pivot pins on the sides of the large ball don't fall into the column. With the stick out, use a large screwdriver and move the forks back to the neutral position. Insert the stick, again being careful not to drop the pivot pins down the column, and place the retaining cap over the top of the large ball. Before replacing the snap ring and boot you should try to shim out any up and down play in the stick which seems to contribute to the problem (this seems to have cured it entirely on my WD45). With it fully assembled you should be back in business. Shift slowly and deliberatly while pushing the stick into the column should also help prevent a repeat.

Good luck!

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Gary U

07-25-2002 11:20:08

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 Re: Re: WD-45 Stuck in 4th and nowhere to go! in reply to David T (MO), 07-25-2002 06:22:09  
Thanks so much!
I'm heading out the door right now to take a look at it.


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