No one to blame but myself. I've heard all the warnings about "lubing the splines" but been too busy (and in denial) that mine could be dry or in need of attention, although I've been meaning to do it since I got it.
While running errands last night, heard an occasional clunk coming somewhere from the drive train after shifting thru gears at low speeds. I thought,"That can't be a good thing." Drove about another 1/2 mile and had to make a U-turn.
While straightening out, lost all forward momentum and heard a horrible sound coming from the rear of the bike like a cement mixer churning concrete. The bike won't budge.
The bike seems to shift thru the gears but just grinds away. Got towed home. My daily driver has now transformed into a "project bike". Bummer. Now I'm driving my POS '92 Plymouth Acclaim with 248,xxx miles. Even worse.
How do I begin to diagnose my issue? What do I look for (i.e., identifying a worn part) in the drive shaft/final drive. Buying new parts is cost prohibitive, so how do you know you're not buying someone else's junk off Ebay that might be nearly as worn out as mine?
Bought the bike with 19k miles; its now got 38k miles. Don't know what other info you need. I have both the Clymer and Haynes manual