My friend has an 2012 825i Gator. Yesterday he said he problems with it shifting. When the lever is Neutral the gator is really in reverse. When in High it's really in Neutral. When in Low is really in High. Low can not be engaged.
The lever has run out "slot travel" to go further from High to Low. This is moving the lever forward. Moving the lever backward, it will not go beyond Neutral (in the slot) to Reverse.
My guess is the shift handle is bent, but I do not want to force it.
What I have done so far:
Confirmed when the shifter is in:
1 Neutral, really in Reverse
2 High, really Neutral
3 when in Low really High
Disconnected the shift cable at the transaxle. Put transmission in Neutral. Put shifter in Neutral. Cable yoke is about 3/4" from hooking to transaxle lever.
Checked out cable is still mounted to bracket on transaxle.
Tried to move the lever all the way rearward. It will not go further than Neutral. This was with cable disconnected from the transaxle. his was without forcing it.
Crawled under the machine to see if there was a stick or something jamming the front shift lever. You can't see anything from below.
I did not have any tools with me. So that's as far as I got.
How do you take the cover off the shift lever to see how it works? Or can I remove the center "glove box" ? There are two cap screws in the bottom of it. Also a phillips screw near the front that I am not sure the purpose of.
At first I thought the transaxle lever might have slipped a teeth or two on it's shaft, but the shaft is not splined, it only has a flat, so that lever has not slipped.
So I am still thinking bent shift lever or something in there jamming it.
Any one have this problem before?
Anyone have a picture of the shift lever to compare to, to determine if his is bent?
A google search for shifting problems were all clutch related. Maybe he had clutch problems and forced the shifter hard enough to bend it His clutch seems fine for what gears he can shift to.