[Vwdiesel] Hard Shifting

LBaird119 at aol.com LBaird119 at aol.com
Mon Jan 13 13:32:09 EST 2003

> I am going to check that nothing is loose with the shifting cage on the
>  shift linkage at the transmission. Next? Would a bad transmission mount
>  do anything like this? Could there be bad joints within the shifter itself?

  A bad tranny mount sure can wreak havoc with shifting a VW rear engine.
It lets things sag and then it's all out of whack.  If low oil is causing the
hard shifting then wear has happened that shouldn't have.  New/more oil
would probably help but not as much as if it'd never happened.  Try
changing to synthetic that usually helps quite a bit.  It does sound a bit
clutch related.  Try parking on fairly level ground, parking brake on good
and try shifting with the engine off and clutch in.  Also on same level
ground, brake off, shift into 2nd or 3rd and see if it want's to creep
let the clutch out little by little and see if it's wanting to move forward
with the least amount of pedal off the floor.  If it's too close to the floor
then you won't get full disengagement.  If that's the case you can tighten
the adjustment on the throw.  (hydraulic clutch it sounds like?)  There
should be a threaded adjustment on the rod from the slave to the fork.
Clutch wear usually raises the pedal.

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