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Major problems with my 550 S4

:mad: I only have 44 hours on my new 550 S4 and the transmission and the clutch both have had to be replaced!!! I have only had the gator since Oct.31 it's been in the shop for over a month of that time, over three weeks just for the transmission! Because there was no rush on fixing something under warranty!
Now it is back in the shop, because the transmission is bad again!!! I am very disappointed in the product, has any one else had problems like this with their 550 S4? Because at this point I am really considering doing something about it?
At this point I am waiting on John deer to see what they are going to do!!!:mad::(:confused::confused:
 

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Man I hate to hear things like this. Sorry this has happened. So far so good with our 550 S4. I have only heard about shifting problems.

Welcome to the forum!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Have you heard a lot about shifting problems? I'm glad your ride is doing well!!!
Be careful real carful!!!
 

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I have probably heard it from about 3 or 4 ppl.
 

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550 shifter problems

Have 2012 550 S4 with 42 hours. Have taken it back to dealer twice so far and it is going back to dealer tomorrow for third time same( but worse) problem!! The problem is the shifter. Shifter will jam and/or not go into gear. They have "fixed" it twice. One time blaming cold weather. This time besides not going into gear, it was in reverse even though it was shifted to neutral. This caused me to back into equipment in my garage; thankfully no damage. But the biggest concern this time, is that once in gear, it would continue to move in idle such that had to apply brake or turn off engine to stop machine!! In my opinion this is a major saftey issue. I am wondering if their is a government agency or similar where this can or should be reported. Does anyone know?
 

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shifting problems

On our 550 when it is hard to shift, say out of H and into R, I find that if I give it a bit of gas and move the Gator forward a few inches, then stop and it will shift. I'm not sure if this is the same shifting problem others have mentioned.

I have 68 hours so far and overall can't help but feel that there was a bit too much cost cutting in the engineering of my 550.

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Welcome to the forum gamz and whaleya!!!! I hate to hear the problems, I guess they still have not worked the bugs out. If you dealer is not fixing the issues, have you contacted deere directly?
 

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550 Transmission

I had a 550 with the same shifting problem along with an engine smoking problem. I heard that the shifting problem may be with the secondary clutch. The weights on the side of the pulley tend to stick and not allow the pulley to adjust thus letting the belt release tension. My engine problem is with head gaskets in the engine. Something is causing the head gaskets to blow. Maybe mine is an isolated case. Who knows what Deere is doing about this, I think that by now they know. So to solve my problem I traded my 550 with 20 hrs. for a HPX. When I carried my 550 back to my dealer I found that Deere was again producing the HPX. I think due to the construction industry slowdown sales dropped off the grid. The HPX was what I wanted in the first place. Supposed to be here tomorrow. We'll put it through the wringer and find the difference between the 550 and the HPX. Do you think I'll notice the difference<
 

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sorry to hear about your problems, I am also new the the Gator nation. I got a XUV 550 last month. at 16 hours, in 4 wheel drive, going slow in any gear something would pop very loud. sometimes it felt like the tranny was slipping when it pushed too hard. it went back to dealer, they said a cable had slipped or loosened up. 2hours on it since repair, so far so good. I hope you have the same luck.
 

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Well, My 550 S4 is gone! I told them I was not taking it back and they needed to figure it out! John deeres' response was that they would only give me an extra year on my warranty for free!!! WOW who would give two s#%&s about getting an extra year warranty if the transmission is just going to continue to go out all the time!!!! The sad part is "John Deere" knows there is a major problem with the transmissions in the 550 S4 and won't do any thing to fix it!! SHAME ON THEM!!!!
How ever the DEALER stepped up and did get me into a 825i S4!!!! Not "John Deere" the huge company with their name on the product, that is supposed to be so great!!! Has left me with a very bad taste in my mouth about the company!!! But I do have a lot of good things to say about the dealer!!! well there it is friends, my two sense!!! For what it is worth!!!
 

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5 Hours on S4 and Shifter Broke

Shopped quite a bit before deciding on a 550 S4. We have just about 5 hours on it and have been loving it.

Until today, when the forward/reverse shifter broke off. (Of course it happens right when we need to use it a lot for picking rock and getting crop in the field.)

After doing some reading here, I see that others have had shifting issues, as well. I'm nervous that there are going to be greater transmission issues or other problems over time. I guess it's a good thing this issue shows up early so it can be fixed under warranty.

Crossing my fingers that fixing the shifter will be the end of it. If anyone has advice on what to look for/listen for going forward, please let me know.

Thanks to all who have posted - was helpful to read what others have experienced.
 

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figures crossed for you

Well, I shopped around also and went with the 550 S4 and the product that john deere stands for! How ever there is a problem with the transmission or the arm that engages the gears allowing problems, what ever it is!! John Deere does know about it, and if you here any thing that you should not hear, like a thud or grinding noise!!! Call them on it and get it fixed.But word to the wise the problem will keep on happening and you warranty will run out!!!:confused::eek:
 

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I'm really sorry to hear about these problems. My 550 S4 seems to be doing well. I've had mine since November 2012 but maybe you use yours a lot more than me. I live on Padre Island Corpus Christi and take on the beach. There isn't much stress on the transmission. Hardly ever use the 4WD but so far I love my toy but these posting scare me!
 

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I talked with my dealer Gulf Coast Tractor Corpus Christi and he said they have had an issues with the sifting levers and they were fixed by adding a washer. You might call the at 361-289-0818 if this issue comes up...They have had no issues with transmissions other than the sifter lever and the factory not tighting bolts. No transmission failers which was a relief.
 

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Thanks for your post @vanderrt. It's reassuring. Our JD Dealer felt badly and replaced our shifter with a more robust one "recommended by John Deere." It does seem to shift better and more firmly into High, Lo, N, R. So far so good (12 hrs). Dealer also offerend a comprehensive extended warranty for minimal cost for piece of mind. We do like the S4 features and hope it will suit us for years to come.
 

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rear lock engagement

Just did the 50 hour maintenance on our Gator XUV 550 S4 and found the rear lock engagement is not coming out of 2WD, thought it was just an adjustment problem but it seems the shift handle on the dash has come loose from the plate that the cables attach to. The handle moves freely on it's shaft not engaging the plate that would pull the rear lock cables and lever. Anyone else have anything like this happen. We have 2 Gators and the second one seems to be starting to have the same problem.
 

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All of you 550 owners should talk to your dealer close to the end of your warranty and have them check your head gaskets just to be safe. Not trying to scare anyone but of the last 6 550's I have had come in, all had blown head gaskets.

Keep an eye out for any smoking or oil consumption.
 

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I also have shifting problem with my 550 , sticks in reverse. it has 4 hr on it
back in the shop again after I broke the lever trying to get it out of reverse.
 

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I think this is a design and engineering problem. VERY aggravating and frustrating. My gator has been back to dealership for the 4th time and after getting it back, within a few hours of use, same problem recurred. Called dealership and said enough was enough and to order and replace the whole drive system if have to!!! The interesting thing to me is that the 2 or 4 wheel hi-lo shifter is smooth and as reliable as can be and appears to have same shifting mechanism....interesting to see the response about the dealership who provided an upgraded shifter and extended the warranty. Thx for replies.
 

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I have a whole whopping 72 minutes on my S4 and have almost broken off the shifter several times getting it out of reverse, thanks to this forum I now nudge it fwd or reverse to get it to shift. But otherwise I am pleased with it.
 
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