stiff shift

Eugene Kanter eugene at
Thu Nov 20 15:09:11 EST 2003

Steven, could you tell me how did you replace that bushing? Dropped
transmission? I replaced the shift link with the ball because ball
became loose but see no way to get to the bushing....


On Fri, 2003-09-12 at 16:15, Steven Hauptmann wrote:
> IMO these cars do not have the smoothest shifting transmissions, but my wife
> drives our 20020v as a daily driver and she has never had any problems
> shifting the beast. However, if 1st and 2nd  are noticeably stiffer in your
> car than the other gears, you may have a wear related issue.
> We recently had a problem with a worn shift linkage bushing that prevented
> engagement into 1st and 2nd.  Turns out, the bushing in the linkage was
> cracked and worn such that the metal ball joint was slopping around inside
> the housing and thus prevented  engagement of 1st and 2nd gears.
> After replacement  of this bushing, not only did the transmission go into
> 1st and 2nd , it also shifted a good bit smoother, so it's likely that the
> shifting quality had been gradually going south and we did not notice.
> Using synthetic oil in the transmission may also help improve shifting a
> little. I've heard from a number of people that have switched to synthetic
> and experienced smoother shifting.  Maybe someone who knows how syncro's
> work/fail can clue us in on if/why this seems to help. Anyway, I've been
> very happy with Redline in both my Audi and my VW's.
> Steve Hauptmann
> South Carolina
>  -----Original Message-----
> From: 	Patrick Yam [mailto:pkyam at]
> Sent:	Friday, September 12, 2003 12:24 PM
> To:	200q20v at
> Subject:	stiff shift
> Is there a way to remedy a stiff shifting 1st and 2nd gear on these
> cars?
> My fiance may be driving it soon, and while it's not THAT big of a deal
> to me, I have the feeling that it may cause her to start off in 3rd gear
> or get frustrated with it.
> Pat

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