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Gear box has rough changes in traffic ie between traffic lights. but goes away when you accellerate through it.

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  • moboriv12 May 11, 2010

    Thanks Jay thats really helpful.Defintely going to try that.Do you know the recommended VW gear oil for Manual passat 1999

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For a manual transmission, Check the gear oil in your transmission, sometimes when it's low the shifter will be hard to shift even with the clutch in. For an automatic transmission, check your transmission fluid, and if you can, do a transmission filter/gaskit service. Good luck!

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