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Post More shifting problems - beetle
I also am having some shifting problems and was about to pull the lever when I saw the other posts. I am having trouble going into second. Sometimes when it actually goes in there is noise at the bottom of the lever that makes me think something is binding up at that location. So what kind of wear should I look for? What part is the normal cause of this problem? Maybe just lube it?

I did go ahead and remove the lever and everything looked OK except for the spring. It was just sitting on top of the plate rather than some of it screwed into it. I changed how the spring was located and put everything back together. Took it for a test drive and it was much the same. Maybe the trouble is in the transaxle? When this car was rebuilt the gear oil was replaced. Could it be to thick and things not moving correctly in the transmission?


Mon May 26, 2014 12:26 pm
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Post Re: More shifting problems - beetle
The spring is suppose to sit on top of the plate. Your shift rod bushing is bad.


Mon May 26, 2014 8:34 pm
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I don't think I know what the bushing is. At the bottom of the lever there is a ball that fits into a socket. Are you calling that socket the bushing? If so, How do I replace it?


Tue May 27, 2014 7:49 am
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Post Re: More shifting problems - beetle
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i've not ever done 1 on a bug, but the shifter bushings are on the long shaft, what runs from the gearshift,
all the way back to that coupler, just in Front of the tranny, located under that plate in middle of tunnel,
under the back seat. U have to uncouple that, remove the gearshift, then pull the whole shift rod shaft
out thru the FRONT of the car, after removing that li'l round plate, just under the front hood handle ...
u may be better off to get a manual, or somebody who's done it B4 ,,,


Tue May 27, 2014 8:28 am
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That isn't the shifter bushing at the back of the shift rod, that's the shift rod coupler. Here watch this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re-JiUdwYMI


Tue May 27, 2014 8:47 pm
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Here's another video that might help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bqdBGVWUy0 Check out the links on the right of each video for more help. I should mention this isn't a stock VW shifter. It It doesn't look like it uses the spring. Search the links to right and you will find somebody doing the repair with a stock shifter and spring.


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