Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Ridgetown, ON, CDA
Re: Downshifting Problem
Whenever I hear of these shifting issues it relates to the problems I experienced roughly two years ago. In the high heat days of summer my tranny decided to resist finding gears which predominantly got worse; however, on the center stand and cold, it shifted by hand with no problems. To make a long story short, the linkage was concentrated on with no luck, it was the type of oil that resolved the problem and it has been buttery smooth ever since.
I agree that linkage free play and proper adjustment is important, but I would also point to what type of oil you are using to correct the problem. I needed to switch to synthetic and allow it to work it's way through for several miles before it corrected my problem.
On the same token, I would not want synthetic in the FD but I guess this can easily run into another dreaded oil thread wich is not the point, nor my intention...
Hope this helps,
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Last edited by Mugszy; Jul 18th, 2012 at 7:45 am.