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My 2018 Ranger 570 midsize transmission will not shift down further than Neutral. It seems from/to Neutral, Low and High okay. When I pull it downward, it has a 'hard stop', there is no play when I try pushing further down. I read lots of posts on being stuck IN park or reverse, but none the other way around. Any ideas where to begin diagnosing the issue?
 

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My 2018 Ranger 570 midsize transmission will not shift down further than Neutral. It seems from/to Neutral, Low and High okay. When I pull it downward, it has a 'hard stop', there is no play when I try pushing further down. I read lots of posts on being stuck IN park or reverse, but none the other way around. Any ideas where to begin diagnosing the issue?


Have you tried with the unit turned off?


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I removed cable, and yes, I was able to shift transmission... ok, so it's the shifting cable and/or lever... I guess that's good news, it's not the transmission! Do I need to 'reset' the shifter, it doesn't seem the cable will retract enough to pull the transmission into R or P ?

(I'm pretty good at following directions and performing mechanicals if I have instructions, I aughta get a repair guide like I have for my pickup truck.)
 

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I removed cable, and yes, I was able to shift transmission... ok, so it's the shifting cable and/or lever... I guess that's good news, it's not the transmission! Do I need to 'reset' the shifter, it doesn't seem the cable will retract enough to pull the transmission into R or P ?



(I'm pretty good at following directions and performing mechanicals if I have instructions, I aughta get a repair guide like I have for my pickup truck.)


I can’t see how your cable is already messed up. I have a 17 ranger crew and it’s life is in water and mud. Mine is flawless. I assume you never took the cable apart at the trans before and everything is stock and never worked on?


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Right, everything is stock. Only thing I've done maintenance wise is oil change and fluid checks. (I also installed some aftermarket parts like skid plates under everything, windshield, roof, mirrors, and a winch.)

With the cable off, the transmission works fine. But the shifter still does not work okay. It still stops hard when trying to push below the neutral position, will not move lower than that.

Maybe it's the shifter lever itself?
 

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Tilt up the hood and look in around back of the shift lever and make sure there isn't anything blocking the movement, maybe a stick or something fell in there.
 

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I checked under the hood. Nope, no sticks or debris appears to be suck or somewhere it shouldn't be. Here's a few pics... cable off transmission in park, then a few under hood. That cable protector under the hood appears a little over compressed to me, but maybe it's supposed to be that way.






https://ibb.co/fYqZ47q
https://ibb.co/z2MYP4X
https://ibb.co/Gt97R5K

I just don't get why it won't move further down. I don't see anything stopping it.

Come to think of it - the shifter has always been a little 'funny'... it often doesn't completely shift into park unless I fiddle with it a little bit - but that might be an unrelated issue.
 

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That cable looks to me like it should pull on out further at the shift lever end.

I would unhook the cable at the shift lever and see which is limiting the travel, the lever or the cable.
 

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Removed cable from gear selector end. Lever moves freely. Cable moves freely, but appears to be over extended on transmission end. Should I just pull back with force - maybe hook back up to shifter and really crank on it hard -downward? Or maybe hook up to winch with a snatch blocks to get the correct angle? (LOL j/k) Or is the cable busted and need replaced?
 

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Well, it appears as if the cable is the problem.
But like liftedpsd2010 said I don't understand why you would be having this problem with so little use on it.
I would probably do some more investigating like pull the bellows back on the end and see if there is a problem with it balling up or whatever.
 

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Upon more closely inspecting the ends, I found a distinct bend on end, underneath bellows, on transmission side of cable:

https://ibb.co/PQVVMyr

Ends of bellow didn't allow me to push it up, so I just cut open to see. A distinct 'crimp' was seen in the metal end. I tried to carefully 'uncrimp' it, but I presume the interior metal piece is also be bent - it didn't fix the problem and still doesn't extend/retract beyond that point.

https://ibb.co/9ZqM84n

I was driving through some brush - the only thing I can think is maybe, by some fluke, a tough branch slapped up against/inside the wheel area so hard it bent it. A little hard to believe. Or maybe it's supposed to be crimped like that and something else is wrong.

In any case, the cable doesn't work properly. I'll be putting new one in as fast as I can get it here... You folks here on this forum are totally awesome, thank you for the kind generousness with your time and knowledge!
 

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Upon more closely inspecting the ends, I found a distinct bend on end, underneath bellows, on transmission side of cable:



https://ibb.co/PQVVMyr



Ends of bellow didn't allow me to push it up, so I just cut open to see. A distinct 'crimp' was seen in the metal end. I tried to carefully 'uncrimp' it, but I presume the interior metal piece is also be bent - it didn't fix the problem and still doesn't extend/retract beyond that point.



https://ibb.co/9ZqM84n



I was driving through some brush - the only thing I can think is maybe, by some fluke, a tough branch slapped up against/inside the wheel area so hard it bent it. A little hard to believe. Or maybe it's supposed to be crimped like that and something else is wrong.



In any case, the cable doesn't work properly. I'll be putting new one in as fast as I can get it here... You folks here on this forum are totally awesome, thank you for the kind generousness with your time and knowledge!


Let us know if the new cable fixes it. I’ll be honest you just got lucky and it stopped working. If I haven’t broke it then it’s not a weak link lol and I’m still on my original shifter cable.


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