[Vwdiesel] grinding 5th gear

Mark Shepherd mark at shepher.fsnet.co.uk
Fri Nov 11 16:24:29 EST 2005

Can't help with linkage; (Roger's the missing linkage man ;o)
Do you get 5th gear if engine is switched  off?

----- Original Message -----
From: Pam & Doug Boes <db53248 at alltel.net>
To: <vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 9:10 PM
Subject: [Vwdiesel] grinding 5th gear

> My 1.6 NA 85 Golf suddenly decided to not go into fifth gear. It grinds
> like the teeth are touching but no engagement. I've changed out the
> relay shaft because I found it with only half of the ball left. No
> improvement. I also changed out all of the bushings except the big
> orange one that goes back by the shift lever. Again, no improvement. I
> can't see how to get the orange bushing out and new one installed
> without disconnecting all of the shift linkage? It seems like if that
> bushing was the problem, I'd have grinding in more than fifth gear.
> I haven't changed out the rods with the ball socket ends and I don't
> care for the slop in the piece with a ball at the bottom and a
> connecting arm at the top. Even with the new bushings in place I can
> wobble this piece with my fingers.
> What should I try next to recover fifth gear? All the rest of the gears
> seem to be working fine.
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