Do I need transmission or just oil pump?
I am new to this forum as I just bought (last week) a used 2001 Honda Foreman Rubicon. The bike, I thought, is in mint condition. When test driving at his place the bike ran perfect with no signs of anything wrong with it at all.
I took it up to my camp and ran it all day with no problem what so ever until the very end of the day when descending a steep rock hill. I allowed the bike to do its engine breaking down the hill which resulted in the famous and well known ratting sound/clacking sound which sounds like it is coming from the front end. At the bottom of the hill the bike stalled and when turned back on the D1,D2, and ESP were all flashing. It would not shift out of first and I drove it a bit just hopeing to get back to my truck as I was in a spot that I could not drive my truck to. When I smelt some burning I stopped and let it cool for about 10 minutes. Turned it back on and everything worked although it was very hot.
I went out one more weekend after changing the oil (Iused the manual and put exact amount in), the coolant, and doing some other minor maintenance like air filter and what not. Again bike ran great until the rock hill. I held the rear brake the whole way down the hill which completely eliminated the ratcheting sound. I let off the rear brake for a moment to see if it would do it again and it did so I got back on the rear brake. This time no stalling, no problems but it is because I was on the rear brake.
I have read multiple forums on here about the rubicons notorious oil pump losing pressure and messing up the tranny which is what I am worried about. It is heading to Honda tomorrow so I can get some advice from them but I am looking for some advice from people who don't want my money lol. I am mechanically inclined and able to perform almost all repairs. My question is, if my oil pump is dead does that automatically mean I need a new tranny as well? The bike runs great other than the downhill (and I mean down hill, it is very steep, normal hills do not do it) Or do I just need an oil pump? Or could it be something completely different? If oil pressure test turns out normal, where should I look next?
I know this is a long question but I don't just want the standard answer, replace your tranny because I am sure that is what Honda will tell me. Any input here would be greatly appreciated. Thanks