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broken pawl spring is another possibility.wait for other responses.
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if you have the old style pawl carrier assembly (used until '71) that are notorious for getting gummed up over time.
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Good question. I have never opened up the transmission so I am not sure. What would be an indicator once i get in the transmission that might be the problem?
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For troubleshooting purposes try gently tapping on the end of the shift shaft to see if it frees up.
Try tapping with lever up and down.
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For troubleshooting purposes try gently tapping on the end of the shift shaft to see if it frees up.
Try tapping with lever up and down.
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nylon from skidshoe binding the downshift plunger in its bore.
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Before tearing into it, spin the rear tire with feeling.

It may have shifted but the dogs are not engaged and the wedged dogs have the shifter in a bind.

Rotating the rear wheel backwards smartly may get the dogs to drop in and unjam the shifter.
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Chevelle, DR Dick and everyone else that helped me ...THANK YOU! Tapping on the shift shaft did the trick. The sucker went right into third after a few good taps. Is this something that might turn into a problem down the road? Thanks again!
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change your oil/primary fluid changed regularly, and if you haven't been inside the primary, it might be a good idea to have a skid shoe for the primary chain on hand to replace the old one...
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Funny thing is I just changed the oil right before this happened. The primary shoe and all clutch components are all new. I replaced almost everything on this bike at one point or another minus the generator and carb. Thanks for the advice! I am just glad I didn't have to tear into the tranny.
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