Undo the 13mm nut on top of the relay shaft, and remove the large metal arm. Am I wrong to think that reverse is directly below 5th, or is this a possible bushing or linkage problem? The fix is pretty fast, and given its ease, I am surprised that more people don't do it. Bushings get worn out from dirt, heat, stress, and age. The strange thing here is i understand there are 3 selector forks internally on the 5 speed. How is the is the angle and position of the clamp on the the splined part of the main shift rod decided? As for knowing whether or not you are in neutral, I started the car and worked the clutch when I fubar'd the adjustment and couldn't tell. Left-right adjustment should be the cable on the left. Took me a bit to get it adjusted when the bushings were bad so good luck there.
Here is the relay ball, were looking down the back side of the engine, drivers side. Paul Ausgolf, I had considered doing what you did, but it surprises me that no-one had made up a simple clamp to hold the 'finger' in the correct position in both directions of travel. There is also a bearing which the selector shaft rides on, which can wear and cause sloppy shifting or popping out of gears. If you pump two times pedal and there is no noise , that means your clutch in not separating engine from transmission. But in order to adjust it, loosen the nut holding fulcrum pin to mounting plate, then loosen nut holding the relay lever to actuating arm. I just replaced my worn bushings and mounts and the notchiness I had when shifting to first and second went away. Adjustment is ok when the gear lever can be moved across the gate with the transmission in neutral, without having to move it forward or back.
This thing: Noted here by the arrow: Adjustment procedure is here: Thanks for the reply. Very common for it to come loose and cause sloppy shifting, and eventually to lose the ability to select gears. A common problem is not being able to shift into 1st gear. The results were worth the effort. Look at the cable ends, are they intact - they have rubber grommets which can wear and cause sloppiness. Poor shifting could also be improved by changing the gear oil with new oil or using a different thickness oil. The personal preference part is because the distance from the end of the rod to the end of the clamp dictates how close to the center of the shifter box the stick inside the car sits.
And yeah I can't figure out where in the world the spring retaining clip goes. You can check the transmission by selecting at the so-called 'tower' mechanism on the gearbox. Cant get into the normal 4th and 5th positions. Just replace all of them, or actually go and look at your car and see which bushings are bad. Getting these bushings back on is a little bit of a pain. If so you must reset your password using the process. Tighten the pinch bolt 5.
More than likely the plastic piece on the selector pivot is worn or about to fall off. I had most success putting the box in reverse from under the bonnet, then getting the lever where it should be, tightenening the clamp, and testing. There are different shift patterns, that's why most shifter knobs have the pattern engraved on the top. On the mk5 Jetta and the mk6 Golf you must remove the engine air filter box for clearance, see for details. You may have to try this a few times until you get a feel for the gearbox and where the the gears are positioned.
Also Dan Reed's site is good for pics the one with the yellow writing above looks like one of his. If it is, suspect the transmission. Cant get into the normal 4th and 5th positions. ! Paul What I have used in the past after changing the main delrin bush on the shaft neet trick is to slice the new bushing in half lengthwise and slip it on the shaft rather than undoing it and scooting it on. This saved me some time and frustration. My question is fairly simple: just purchased an mk2 jetta in pretty good condition overall, but noticed this morning that I'm not able to pull into reverse gear.
Just realize this, if you cut and weld the rod - that's it, you get what you got. I would post a pic, but I am at work and actually didn't take any from when I did a complete bushing refresh. Nothing is holding the ball on now, and it should be able to slide off the shaft. I wouldn't call you dumb. My confusion is that this issue with 1st 3rd and 5th started before i took any spanner to the 13mm nuts. It does require a nut. Loosen the nut yellow arrow and move the cable a hair towards the front of the car.
Mk4, mk5, and mk6 shifter adjustment procedure The factory service manual says that on the mk4 and newer, you have to remove the center console and lock the shifter knob to adjust the shifter cables. If the car won't move, it's in a gear. It is somewhat personal preference. If you were to lengthen the length of that lever with the nut, that would make you have a short shift kit. Mine is about a half inch from the end. Windex thanks so much for your response it is most helpful. This is tricky, you have to wiggle the bracket about whilst holding the gearlever shaft as far back as it will go, there is only just enough clearance! Once the relay ball shaft slides down, you can pop up the upper bushing, Yea, its worn.