Shifting Woes only 3rd and 4th work!

SuffolkD at SuffolkD at
Mon Nov 24 01:26:02 EST 2003

Hmmmmmmmmm.  I just posted about this same thing happening.
I'm going on a limb here and saying Slave cylinder and bleed clutch.
Think I'm going to do the same.
-Scott by BOSTON

In a message dated 11/23/2003 8:11:58 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
200q20v-request at writes:

> Today I decided to do some shopping, first thing I notice is that it takes 
> a 
> few tries to get into reverse...and I think it's odd, but it gets there so 
> maybe it was just me... everything else shifting wise is fine, action seems 
> ok, no grinding...nothing out of the ordinary to me.   Then next thing, 
> first and second gear are inoperational, I got it in once, then headed 
> straight home in 3rd.   So the only gears that are accesable are third and 
> fourth.  No reverse, I assume no fifth ( I didn't really want to head to the 
> highway in this condition just to test fifth), no first or second.   I pryed 
> up the boot and removed the knob...having never done that before nothing 
> looks obviously broken in there ( although there could be worn parts...but 
> again not seeing it when it was operational....).  There is a lot of black 
> rubber dust from the degrading boot in the mechanism, but I don' suspect 
> this as a culprit.  Tommorow morning my brother and I will be trying to 
> diagnose the watching under the car at the selector rod 
> connections etc..
> Does this problem sound familiar to anyone?    Any ideas?  Please let me 

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