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1998 jetta auto transmission is not shifting gears

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  • ittap61 Nov 14, 2008

    transmission slips into neutral (with gearshift in drive position) when coming to a complete stop. Upon acceleration car won't move for a few seconds, then "lurches" forward. This only happens when coming to a complete stop.

  • evp020 Nov 30, 2008

    Hi,



    I have the same problem with my VW jetta GT 1997 4 cylinder.



    Could you please let me know if you find a solution.



    Appreciate your help.



    Thanks,

    Vinay

  • dnau1978 Jan 08, 2009

    my jetta is an automatic and it seems to be stuck in either 2nd or 3rd gear.

  • jgist72 Mar 27, 2009

    1998 jetta will not shift out of second gear.  very slow acceleration from a dead stop and very high rpm's when doing freeway speeds.

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I had the same problem. The transmission would not upshift into 3rd or 4th and 2nd seemed to rev on forever. I replaced the ignition and coil wires as well as the distributor cap and rotor and that fixed the problem. There was obviously some defect in the wires and/or cap/rotor. Although i am not a mechanic, I would say that since the transmission is electronically controlled, due to the defect in the above parts, the voltages going to the cylinders and thus the rev voltage limit load was not being reached or seen by the computer and so was not allowing the upshift. Since this was an ignition problem, I would check the coil as well.

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