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Having a hard time finding 1st gear. The other gears are fine just first gear. 1989 volkswagen cabriolet.

It does not grind or anything. Just hard to find. A lot of the time it goes into third.

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Sounds like the shifter may be wearing out. You may have to get into the transaxle to check it out. Could also be a problem with the alignment of the shift cable between the shifter and the trans.

Posted on Dec 04, 2012

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SOURCE: I cant put my car into first, second or reverse gear

u need to adjust the shift linkage cables, the adjustment is made at the trans end of the shift cables, very involved, u will need a repair manual to get it right and also a possible set of new shift cables as well..

Posted on Jul 06, 2009

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SOURCE: My 1989 VW Cabriolet has trouble going into second.

synchronizers are going bad get a used trans

Posted on Jul 22, 2009

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SOURCE: 1998 volkswagen jetta won't go into gear

Sounds like the clutch cable or spring has gone, but seeing as it went gradually probably the spring. It basically means that the clutch plate isn't lifting from against the big end, the grinding noise being the fact that you're forcing the car in to gear when the input shaft is still spinning. If you don't know how to take the gearbox off yourself then take it to a dealer, the way to get it to drive for now would have to be to start the car in first, or have someone bump it, the carefully work your way in to third by matching the gears before pushing the gearstick in. This is quite difficult and can do damage to your gearbox so be careful if you do this, otherwise get it towed.

Posted on Aug 04, 2009

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SOURCE: VW GOLF 1.4 1999 S. Gearbox makes whining sound at idle

No good news on this one I think
Your whining sound problem is the Layshaft bearings in the gearbox are badly worn. It also seems that the baulk rings are damaged on 5th gear.
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Posted on Aug 19, 2009

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SOURCE: 1992 Volkswagen Cabriolet wolfsburg edition

Have you replaced the clutch recently?

Posted on Dec 17, 2009

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