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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-15-2001, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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shifter on 98 polaris frozen

My 98 explorer 400 has the shifter for the low+high range and reverse and its stuck in low. It was working fine today until we were getting ready to leave. The dipstick was milky like it has got a little water in it from a deep water hole that I went into. The dipstick has not been off but was checked after the problem. I will change the fluid and see what happens but was wondering if this has happened to anybody else? The shifter won't budge or wiggle but it drives fine still even though its in low...

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-15-2001, 10:45 PM
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Re: shifter on 98 polaris frozen

Is the linkage bound up maybe??? I'm not real familiar with linkage on Polarisis, but you might try unhooking it close to where it enters engine & try to shift that way. Hopefully thats it....

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 04-16-2001, 08:00 AM
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Re: shifter on 98 polaris frozen

Check the linkage, there are two linkage rods that run back from the shifter, one is the reverse and forward and the other is the low range rod. They are very close together where they hook into the trans, free them up on the trans end thats almost always the end that will lock up. Good luck! Carefully put a screwdriver between them where it is lock up and free them.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 04-16-2001, 09:52 AM
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Re: shifter on 98 polaris frozen

This same thing happened to me this weekend on my Sportsman. The two linkage rods have a textured area so you can work them by hand. Mine was bound in the shifter, not the tranny. Try sliding the rods in and out of the shifter housing one at a time. Good Luck!

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