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97' Jetta wont shift

I JUST installed a new clutch and now it won't shift gears. It doesn't make a specific noise it just wont move into any gear.

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  • Anonymous Apr 24, 2009

    I didn't install a clutch i got my transmission fixed and when i put it back the car shifts but wont drive. i pop the clutch all the way out and it will not go.???? as if the transmission was no even there.

  • Jean Leblanc May 11, 2010

    did u align the clutch disc properly and are u sure u reconnected the shift linkages?
    I need more info, like if u re-adjusted the clutch cable and if so how. ore information u give me, the better an answer i can give u.


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Have you got the friction plate in the right way round?

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