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I have a problem whith my 99 New Beetle 5 speed manual, where it will not always shift into first gear, sometimes not into reverse. Does not happen all the time. Does anyone have any ideas on how to resolve this?

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IT SOUNDS LIKE THE SLAVE CYLINDER IS GOING OUT. NEXT TIME IT IS HARD TO GET INTO GEAR, RAPIDLY PUMP THE CLUTCH ABOUT 10 TIMES. IF THIS ALLOWS YOU TO EASILY GO INTO GEAR. YOU WILL NEED TO REPLACE THE SLAVE CYLINDER. ALSO CHECK THE FLUID LEVELS.

Posted on Dec 18, 2008

  • george jung Jan 08, 2012

    hope by now you figured it out. the shifter actuator is breaking . this is a plastic piece that cracks leaving this situation. just changed mine and shifts like a new car! this part is at transmission on levers. it is where the cables hook to the trans

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