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engine running backwards ? #7218659
03/17/21 11:50 AM
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My son-in-law just had an odd experience with his Skandic. Its a newer wide track with the 550 engine. He was going across a lake and the engine kind of bogged down, then starting going backwards. Like his machine was in reverse. He was in forward gear. This machine does not have an electronic reverse so for some reason the engine was running backwards. I've never heard of this problem before. Any ideas ??


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Re: engine running backwards ? [Re: yukon254] #7218731
03/17/21 01:13 PM
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If it is a 2 cycle it is possible to get the timing far enough it will run backward,

Why it would change that much during a ride I would not try to guess.

Re: engine running backwards ? [Re: yukon254] #7218766
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Was there a silver round disc overhead then disappear abruptly?

Sorry Dave couldn't resist!


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Re: engine running backwards ? [Re: Oh Snap] #7218835
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Originally Posted by Oh Snap
Was there a silver round disc overhead then disappear abruptly?

Sorry Dave couldn't resist!


Ha ha, Larry I guess we think alike. My first question was what was in his thermos! Strange deal for sure, and one I've never heard of before. I could understand if it had the electronic reverse, but it doesnt.


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Re: engine running backwards ? [Re: yukon254] #7218867
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Pretty common issue as far as Iíve seen. Not sure what causes it though. Tell him to stick with the exact recommended oil. Hard to believe but those motors use Teflon bearing cages in the crank


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Re: engine running backwards ? [Re: yukon254] #7219348
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Thanks Ryan, I will pass that on to him. What are you driving these days? Im still using the Cat version of the VK540 from Listers. Good on fuel, but not as good as the skandics in the deep snow.


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Re: engine running backwards ? [Re: yukon254] #7219364
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I bought a titan in March 2019. Nice machine. Great power and ride. I miss the Ace 900s fuel consumption and quiet low smoke motor and my next will most likely be another bombardier. The new 650 Polaris motor has also caught my attention. We have 3 2017 skandic 550 wtís at work. I can work on those motors with my eyes closed now. I also miss twice a year oil Changes compared to 4-5 quarts a week through the Titan


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Re: engine running backwards ? [Re: yukon254] #7219604
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Huh, I've known of engines to start up running backwards, but never to switch from running forwards to running backwards while already running and actually driving. Not without an electronic reverse switch to foul up. That is strange, and rather worrisome if you are out by yourself. When he shut it off and restarted it did it run the right direction or would it still fire up running backwards?

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I had a wife that would do that sometimes.....

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Re: engine running backwards ? [Re: yukon254] #7219808
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Thatís funny Pete thatís what she said about you! Lol

Sorry Pete in my old age I got confused. It was your old partner that when he bought his 1 st sled with reverse he ran his line in reverse!

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Re: engine running backwards ? [Re: yukon254] #7220106
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I know if you lug a diesel engine low enough they will run in reverse.

Re: engine running backwards ? [Re: bearcat2] #7220301
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Originally Posted by bearcat2
Huh, I've known of engines to start up running backwards, but never to switch from running forwards to running backwards while already running and actually driving. Not without an electronic reverse switch to foul up. That is strange, and rather worrisome if you are out by yourself. When he shut it off and restarted it did it run the right direction or would it still fire up running backwards?


Yea he did get it home finally.


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