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#3390947 - 10/06/13 11:05 PM Honda shifting problems (cheap fix)
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Registered: 06/28/07
Posts: 7026
Loc: Rhea County

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A friend brought his 2006 Rancher to me a couple weeks ago said it wouldn't shift. He had already spent $150 replacing the shift angle sensor but didn't help.

Got around to it today. Pulled the shift motor off to see if there were any obvious problems. First thing I noticed after removing & disassembling the motor was a carbon build up on the brushes and the communicator. Got to thinking it might limit current passed to the motor, in turn limiting it's effectiveness to shift gears. So took some Brasso on a paper towel cleaned the communicator and the brushes. Once cleaned they looked like a brand new penny. You could probably use fine grit (600-1000) sandpaper but be careful the brushes are delicate.

Didn't see any other problems so decided to give it a try.

Putting the shift motor back together takes 3 hands.(my son charged me $10 \:D ) Basically put the springs in the brush housing and push them back with the brushes. While your holding them back have someone put the armature in place. Then put the housing over the armature.

Took about an hour from start to finish. Went for a test drive and it shifted perfectly!

Think this is a common problem with Honda ES hopefully it will help someone out.
Sorry for the quality of pics

shift motor

carbon build up on communicator and brushes

after cleaning
24 hours in a day. 24 beers in a case ... coincidence?

#3390979 - 10/07/13 12:48 AM Re: Honda shifting problems (cheap fix) [Re: TN RDG RNR]
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Registered: 08/10/12
Posts: 605

Good fix!!!
She told me if I go riding/hunting one more time she's gonna leave me......I'm gonna miss her...

#3392457 - 10/07/13 09:45 PM Re: Honda shifting problems (cheap fix) [Re: CR500AFX]
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Registered: 09/29/12
Posts: 955
Loc: Wilson County, TN

Took mine to the shop a couple of weeks ago, this also was one of my issues. Mechanic told me, that a high idle on the Hondas can also cause this. Cleaned and adjusted the carb, and noticed a major difference. Gonna have to look into cleaning the shift motor as well though. Thanks for the info.
There's nothing common about common sense anymore!

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