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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Feb 2002
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    251
    Location
    NC
    Tractor
    YM1401d

    Default cold weather 4WD shifting

    Has anyone had trouble shifting into 4wd when the weather's cold? I've checked the gear oil level, and it's fine....
    I can shift into 4wd, but it just takes a little more "hrumpfh"
    when it's cold. Maybe i'm just weaker when it's cold! [img]/w3tcompact/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
    thanks

  2. #2

    Default Re: cold weather 4WD shifting

    Probably because the oil is cold. That is why it is harder to turn your engine over when it is cold (other than that your battery is weaker due to temperature).

  3. #3
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    Mar 2002
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    Location
    Pearblossom CA
    Tractor
    Any Japanese

    Default Re: cold weather 4WD shifting

    I rarely take mine out of 4WD ( use the loader all the time), especially when there is snow or ice.

  4. #4
    Silver Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
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    Location
    Southern Maryland
    Tractor
    Iseki TA270F, YM1510D

    Default Re: cold weather 4WD shifting

    The 1401D 4WD lever may slide a shaft back and forth to engage an internal toothed coupler (like the 1510D) as opposed to some models that slide a gear back and forth internally. On the 1510D, the shaft slides out the back of a small housing under the tractor and is subject to corrosion and dirt. I am not sure about your model, but that shaft may need some cleaning and lubrication. It does not take much to break or bend the other end of the 4WD lever.

  5. #5

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    YM1401d

    Default Re: cold weather 4WD shifting

    thanks, everybody, for your replies! I'd considered the oil might be too cold, but didn't know about the lever mechanism
    which may need cleaning and lubrication...I'll check it out.
    thanks again! [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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