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Re:Michael Jue-Kicking out of 1st gear

 mnjue@earthlink.net writes:

<< I have a 1990 90q 20V manual tranny.  Every so often, 
it violently kicks out of 1st gear and back into neutral. >>

When does this happen?  When you let your foot off the gas
and keep the transaxle in 1st?  When its cold and not fully
warmed up?  Did the gearbox feel 'funny' when you put it
into 1st before it kicked out?  Had the transaxle serviced
recently and then it began this kicking out?

Usually if a transaxle pops out of gear while in 'coast' its 
due to wear on either the slider or engagement teeth of the
gear (or both).  I don't normally see wear like this on a fairly
new car like the '90 but its possible.  

-Todd Hill
 VolksWerks Transaxles
 Olympia, WA