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my 1992 VW Cabriolet goes into 2nd and 4th gear, but wont go...


Question by john b
Submitted on 4/19/2004
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my 1992 VW Cabriolet goes into 2nd and 4th gear, but wont go into other gears, clutch seems fine, all of  a sudden,no noise, just wont go, when try reverse it  goes forward...help

Answer by sf_icepimp
Submitted on 5/20/2004
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Sounds like your gear shifting linkage needs adjustment.  You'll need a jack, a couple jackstands, some grease, and a 17mm wrench.

To fix the problem just put the car in neutral and jack up the entire front end securing it on jackstands.

Remove the shift knob by unscrewing it, then seperate the shift boot and remove it from the lever.

Now get under the car and loosen the bolt(s) that secures the shift lever to the linkage.

Adjust accordingly by maintaining a vertical clearance of 1.0mm - 1.5mm between the base of the shift lever and the selector rod


Answer by 1986Cabby
Submitted on 5/14/2005
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Yes it would be a problem with the linkage , as icepimp stated ,, this can be a pain in the butt to get it adjusted right , alot of times this will get out of wack when you replace your steering rack since the linkage for the shifter runs through a bracket mounted on the steering rack ,, Icepimp seems to hit the problem right on the head with his advice , however I never removed the shifter knob and or boot to adjust this it has always been done from the under side of the car ,, the selector rod needs to be adjusted 2 ways ,, right and left to center it and in and out to center it , there is a fine line in the adjustment where everything works . you can end up with 1st and 3rd gear and nothing else or 2nd and 4th and nothing else if it is out of wack ,, before I would go to the extreme of removing any linkage for adjusting it , it would be best to just take a good look at the linkage many times the little plastic connector ends on the linkage will break off and it is as simple to fix as just buying a new linkage from the dealer ,, there are " I think 3 " of the connector rods with plastic ends ,, they usually run about $8.00 to $12.00 USD as a local VW dealer ,,

NOTE : It is a good idea to ALWAY mark these with white paint when ever replacing the steering rack so you can put it back together just as it was ,,
hope this helps , Good Luck ,,


Answer by xcaper
Submitted on 11/7/2005
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There are a bunch of (inexpensive) bushings that hold the linkages accurately in position. Get a set of plastic bushings - a complete set - and replace them all....my guess is the biggest (milk bottle size) may be entirely gone. You can find them on the net.


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