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My 03 450ES is reluctant to shift into reverse in cold temperatures. 10 degrees or lower. Red button and shift button work fine and it makes a metalic sound when the shift button is pressed. Will engage eventually after repeated attempts. This is my first ATV and I let the sales guy talk me into electric shift. Does anyone have any similar experience and remedy? Thanks, Doug
 

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Mine did this last Friday after sitting outside all day in the cold. I pulled it into my heated garage and after an hour it worked fine so I think the reverse cable was frozen. I'm going to oil the cable and see if this fixes the problem.
 
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yes, if I warm the unit it works fine. Even after running it to warm up it works fine. Where is this cable to lube or adjhust? I see none on the exterior of the motor, I'm sure I'm not looking in the right place or even sure what to look for. Thanks, Doug
 

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Well I have not oiled mine yet so I dont know exactly where the cable runs but I know it starts at the left brake lever and ends up at the bottom rear of the motor. You can buy a cable luber that will attach to the the end of your cable and it will force oil down the cable. You will have to diconnect the cable at the brake lever first. You should be able to find a cable luber at your local dealer or just go online and order one. I got mine from Rocky Mountain Atv.
 

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THE REVERSE CABLE TENDS TO PICK UP MOISTURE PAST THE LITTLE BOOT UNDER THE ENGINE.THEN IT FREEZES AND WONT ALLOW IT TO SHIFT INTO REVERSE ALTHOUGH IT SOUNDS LIKE IT SHIFTS.ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS BLOW COMPRESSED AIR THROUGH THE CABLE ONCE ITS OFF THE BIKE AND THAWED OUT,THEN JUST LUBRICATE IT.I RIDE IN -15 C IN THE WINTER.
 
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