Jay => Maybe, but for some reason I doubt it because it works fine when the rig is cool (not having been run). Not sure yet.
How does it shift with the cable disconnected?
Jay => Haven't tried it yet. I'll keep some tools handy next time I am out and start to experience the issue. I'll try it without the cable attached. I should have thought of that already.
Any side play in the shift shaft?
Jay => No. Shift shaft going into the trans is tight.
It is grinding going into gear or just difficult to move the shifter?
Jay => No more than normal. It has always ground a little from time to time when shifting into gear (forward or reverse).
It's acting like it's hitting something keeping it from engaging. When it stops moving, I can push the handle harder and it feels "spongey" which makes me think the cable is still working and putting more pressure just loads the push cable inside the sheath.
Once it gets hot/warmed, it seems easier to get it into forward than into reverse.
Usually something simple is the issue......so this might not be it....but I'm wondering if perhaps inside the trans there is a "fork" which is moved by the shift rod from the outside. This moves the main drive gear side to side and that gear is driven by another "fork" which rides on a 1/2" pin. Maybe that pin is getting worn and the shift "fork" is rocking slightly and binding at the extreme reach just before gear engagement. But before I get crazy..........I'll check the cable and shift it without the cable attached once it gets warm.
Start simple first.