I have a question about the Polaris Ranger. The vehicle has started to not shift between all-wheel-drive and rear wheel drive and also the differential appears that it's not locking or coming unlocked either. The shift cable appears that it has a little bit of slack when shifted to lock or unlock the differential. What is the most likely cause of the vehicles failure to shift and drive unless you've engaged the all-wheel-drive system.
What's it the most likely small part that's broken on that shift lever where it enters the crankcase?
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Thank you for your email. No one has contacted me about my question. Please give the expert the following information. The gearcase and rear axle have both been completely removed from the Polaris disassembled and reassembled and placed back on the vehicle. The part that moves the shift down in the gearcase that and also locks on the cable outside was out of position. However once it was put back into position and the gearcase and everything reassembled the vehicle still has the same problem. We removed the part that moves the locking differential down in the gearcase and it is then possible to manually move the gears into lock and unlock position on the gearcase so the differential should work. However even when manually locked into position are unlock it still has the same problem. Thank you and I appreciate your help. Tim
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Will the unit drive in two wheel drive? Or will it only drive in AWD? If both rear wheels are off the ground, if you turn one, does the other turn in the opposite direction? If the differential is good, they should. Then only jack up one wheel and see if it is locked when unit is in drive. Then do the opposite side.??
Thank you. I have some more information for you. I was a little off earlier when I said it'd been completely disassembled. The portion that holds the spider gears was not disassembled. That portion contains the spider gears and I believe those control the main power wheel on the right rear of vehicle. Are there any other moving parts or gears between the spider gears and the rear axle shaft for the right wheel on the wheel itself? The right rear wheel which is the power wheel does not turn when the vehicle was off the ground and the driveshaft is turned by hand or if the vehicle is running and it turned by the power of engine. Is there a way to test whether or not it's a spider gears without having to completely drop the rear end again and pull everything apart like we did before? What other junctions or places other than the gearbox are there moving parts or gears between there and the right rear wheel itself? Thanks again. Tim
If you have both rear wheels off the ground, and turning one wheel makes the other wheel turn opposite direction , the spider gears are good. With the right wheel not turning, have you examined the axle and cv joint and the spline to it? This has all the signs of a broken axle or bad connection between the differential and the wheel.
Thank you I appreciate it. We believe the same thing that it's something between the rear differential and the right wheel. Is there a way to test those connections without completely removing the rear end again and disassembling the whole thing? It doesn't sound like gears broken and grinding against each other, it sounds more like a popping noises. As if something had broken and the end of two metal pieces were turning against each other instead of the whole piece itself turning the wheel. Tim
You just have to look at each joint and hopefully it is outward of the differential. Wheel hub not cracked, and axle slipping in he hub?