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Just got a 2002 gas 2x4 mule that runs and idles fines, however, when you engage the shifter either into forward or reverse you feel gears grinding.
The differenatial lock works fine and it run great in gear.
Any idea about the grinding and what to do???
Thanks in advance for the help.
 

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The nature of the beast is that there will always be some gear rotation with the engine running. If the idle is properly set and the belt and torque converters are in good shape you should be able to flick it right into gear when stopped and at idle.

There will be an ever so slight click as the dogs engage as the gears rotate to align, and it should go right in without any real grinding. Move the shift lever firmly and just quickly enough to catch and engage the shifting dogs and it should go right in gear.
 

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If the grinding bothers you, put it in gear and press the brake when starting it. It will be in gear already and will eliminate the grinding, at least until you need to go from forward to reverse or vice versa.
 

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Something I found on a 3010 that was grinding, there's a vertical link in the shifter (in front of dashboard). One of the nuts was loose on the lower end of this link. This link is on the Frame Fittings Lever parts diagram, and is 39111 ROD-TIE 39111-1169.

The nut was so loose that the lever motion up/down was being lost so that the engagement at the transmission was never completely occurring.

Tightening the nut stopped the grinding.
 
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