Question about 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup
Difficult to shift into 5th gear. replaced bushings on shift linkage, now even harder to get into 5th. goes into all other gears fine and does not kick out of any gear.
There is a plastic ball that is in the shift linkage that also wears and is usually not included in the shift linkage bushing kit. It is attached to a metal piece and is bolted to the shift linkage. This is generally the problem if you already replaced the bushings.
Sometimes the linkage is out of adjustment but I would make sure that the ball is not worn first. They generally cost $5.00 - $8.00 or so.
If you need to adjust the linkage you can try the following, but if the bushings or the ball is worn adjustment will not do any good.
There is an adjustment on the shift rod that goes from the shifter to the transmission. It is a rod slipped into a tube with a locking collar or clamp.
The way that I do this is to make sure that your vehicle is in 1st gear and then loosen the bolt on the clamp.
Make sure that the clamp is loose enough so that the shaft can slip in the tube. Put the shifter in the 1st gear position and then tighten the clamp.
You may need to fiddle with this a little to get it in just the right spot.
This is much easier if you have an assistant.
Posted on Apr 15, 2009
Look at this page for the directions for your prob.:
"http://www.autozone.com/shopping/repairGuide.htm?pageId=0900c152800536aa#hd1-1-1". it is about half-way down.
Posted on Jan 19, 2009
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