type44 not feeling shifty

Huw Powell audi at humanspeakers.com
Tue Mar 2 01:48:01 EST 2004

stephen sykes wrote:

> Hello Huw,
> My 80Q has this same problem.  You said below that the
> 'quick and dirty' test would be to see how much play
> is in the shifter when in gear.  Mine has a lot of
> play!  I'm headed into the shop in a few days and just
> wanted to understand this a bit more.  Does a lot of
> play when in gear necessarily mean the linkage is
> bunk?

There are two "wear" items, broadly speaking (in the 90Q, they are, as I 
recall, exactly two parts.  In other cars there are sometimes several 
parts making up one or both of them).  One is the (usually) plastic 
bearing that the shift lever itself pivots in.  These can eventually 
completely break, letting the lever flop around.  The other "item" is 
the various lever and pivots used to get the motion from the shift lever 
to the transmission "input."

Hope that comes close to answering your question...

Huw Powell



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