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"Dear Ralph" September 28, 1998 0
Dear Ralph: Last year I purchased a new Yamaha V-Max 600 XTC with the factory installed electric start and reverse. My question concerns the...

Dear Ralph:
Last year I purchased a new Yamaha V-Max 600 XTC with the factory installed electric start and reverse. My question concerns the reverse gear. I find that sometimes when I try to engage the reverse gear, it will not go into gear. This is with the engine at or near idle speed. I find that if I move forward an inch or so, or turn off the engine and restart it, it will engage. What causes this? Is this normal? I don’t remember my ’95 V-Max 600 (which also had electric start and reverse) doing this.

Skip Wareham
Hopkinton, NH

Are we supposed to believe that you’ve never had this problem with a car, truck, or four wheeler before, let alone a snowmobile? Or, have you been driving automatic transmissions all of your life? What is happening is that at the moment you attempt to engage the reverse gear is that the reverse mechanism is not “meshed” properly; the cogs on the gears just don’t line up quite right. By moving or stopping and restarting the engine, you have rotated some of the gears and now they line up properly, allowing you to engage the reverse gear. This will happen on occasion on just about every shifter vehicle that I’ve ever used so, “Yes”, I would consider it to be normal.

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