timberwolf issue (big I think)
Hey guys, I'm new on here....mark from nw. pa.
My wife and I were riding recently, her on a '94 timberwolf, when we had a steep rocky hill to climb.
On her way up, about 3/4 of the way, she heard a "bang" from underneath and lost transmission power.
Luckily she backed into the only tree on the hillside, but was sideways. She doesn't realize how close she came to rolling.
Anyway, all is well except the wheeler.
On that hillside, the timberwolf sat idling while I tried to engage the tranny. You could grind it until it engaged, but the throttle would not turn the wheels--forward or reverse.
After winching her up and towing her home, I drained the rear end--expecting gear fragments. There were none. I drained the motor oil--also clean of debris.
But with the wheeler up on a jack, and in gear, ANY gear, I can turn the back wheels freely. There is, however a "ratcheting" action when I do so. Kinda like it wants to engage, but cant. Turn, catch, turn, catch, etc.
Is this a sure sign that my ring and pinion are shot, plus all bearings and seals in the rear end? Or is there something I am missing here.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.