Help Quick!!!Water pump swap

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Help Quick!!!Water pump swap

Post by zeusmann » Fri May 18, 2012 7:26 pm

I have the water pump cover bolted back on and tested for my neutral light. It goes off when I shift into first and when I shift to second it stays on. But when I try to shift to a higher gear it doesn't go.
HAVE I DONE SOMETHING WRONG??? Or is this normal?
Please let me know so I can get this done... :oops:

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Re: Help Quick!!!Water pump swap

Post by virgilmobile » Fri May 18, 2012 10:08 pm

The light should only be on in neutral.Test shifting without the engine running is hard unless you move the rear wheel to get the gears to mesh.

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Re: Help Quick!!!Water pump swap

Post by Old Fogey » Sat May 19, 2012 5:40 am

From memory, I think you can put the cover back on with the switch 180 degrees out.
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Re: Help Quick!!!Water pump swap

Post by WingAdmin » Sat May 19, 2012 7:20 pm

The switch has a small bar that is rotated by a piece attached to the shifter. Here is the switch:


And here is the piece it slots into (above, and to the right of the spring):


You can get it 180 degrees out, or you can get it so that the bar didn't go into the slots at all, which is what I think your problem is.

Have a look at How to remove and replace your water pump, starting at step 112, it shows how to get the engine cover on and test to make sure that you have the neutral switch situated correctly.

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