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Just bought a 2015 with about 7 hours on the clock. Shifting between park and N/H/L takes an act of God and more muscle than I've ever had to use to shift something.

Idle speed is about 1800 with the adjustments loosened to the max. I'm guessing the high idle has something to do with it.

Suggestions?
 

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Try to find a copy of "Chapter_09_Transmission.PDF"

Even when everything is adjusted perfectly, shifting takes some effort, but the high idle is a likely cause for your issues. See this thread.

Are you also experiencing "Creep", that is, does the machine tend to move slowly forward (or backwards) when your foot is off the treadle pedal?


Polaris Service Manual, page 9.38
TRANSMISSION - TROUBLESHOOTING
Troubleshooting Checklist
Check the following items when shifting difficulty is encountered.

  • Shift cable adjustment/condition
  • Vehicle creep (travel control adjustment)
  • Transmission lubricant type/quality
  • Loose fasteners on sector gear cover
  • Worn rod ends, clevis pins, or pivot arm bushings
  • Shift selector rail travel
  • Worn, broken or damaged internal transmission components
NOTE: To determine if shifting difficulty or problem is caused by an internal transmission problem, isolate the transmission by disconnecting the shift cable end from the transmission bellcrank. Manually select each gear range at the transmission bellcrank, and test ride vehicle. If it functions properly, the problem is outside the transmission.
If transmission problem remains, disassemble transmission and inspect all gear dogs for wear (rounding) or damage. Inspect all bearings, circlips, thrust washers and shafts for wear.
 

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Helpful, thanks.

Doubting it's strictly RPM now. Tried with the engine off and got the same result. No significant creep when running. WIll give the cable adjustment a shot, though I'm not sure if that's really it either.
 

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Got it fixed. Cable adjustment helped a bit. Still wasn't right. Detached the cable and shifted it manually to a position all the way to the rear. It wasn't any of the official positions (not park, high low or neutral. I don't know what the **** it is.)

Whatever - it seemed to release something that was bound up. I can't explain it. Worked fine after that.
 

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Glad to hear you fixed it!

Too be honest, I just leave my 3650 in "Low" unless I need to hop out with the engine running for some reason, then I will shift into "Park" so it doesn't wander away on me.
 

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I just broke my shift cable from this problem (and that caused me to buy a paper copy of the Bobcat service manual on ebay since it was an expensive trip to the dealer service department). My problem is parking it on slopes, as I have many on my property. It rests against the gear in the hydro and I have to rock the entire machine in order to get it out of gear. On flat places I don't have the problem. I would love to figure out a way to add an emergency brake so it isn't the transmission holding it in place. Any suggestions?
 

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Hydraulic hand break?

I would love to figure out a way to add an emergency brake so it isn't the transmission holding it in place. Any suggestions?
Hydraulic hand break?
 
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