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    How to disengage MFWD on a 5400

    My father recently acquired a 5400 with no operating manual and both of us are newbs. I have found some manuals online and we've managed to learn most things on our own. But the other day he wanted to disengage the front wheels. If I understand correctly, it has MFWD (manual FWD). All of the 5400 manuals I find online show a switch on the control panel, but his doesn't have that. I did find a small lever to the left of the seat that has the same icon on it as the FWD switches. An arrow circling the front wheels then pointing forward. But we couldn't find any way to move it. I tried combinations of neutralizing the gear boxes, holding clutches, brakes, and anything else I can think of, but I can't move it. I could try to pull harder, but I feel any harder would break the linkage.
    Do you know the procedure for disengaging this kind of FWD?

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    You should just pull up or push down, (forgot which) way on the handle to disingage 4wd. the linkage could be stuck, or if it has been driven on hard surface road it could bind and make it hard to release. The front turns about 5% faster than the rear in MFWD.
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    The linkage in the parts manual tells me there's no mechanical interlock of any kind. It had been backed up a concrete driveway and was sitting on concrete so locking up could make sense do to the 5% drive differential you mentioned. I'll get him out on a soft surface.
    To be clear, there's no requirement for being in neutral, brake on, or anything like that, correct? IE it can be done on the fly.
    Thank you for the help, I'll get him out on the dirt and try it.

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    Try in neutral, if it will not release, put in first low and roll a little push clutch in and keep trying to release it. Try forward and reverse. This happened to me on my 5065, i pulled out on the road in 4wd went a couple hundred yards and realized it was still in 4wd, pulled on to gravel drive but had a hard time releasing it.

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