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Clunking/ticking noise during acceleration in 3rd and 4th gears

The noise occurs when I accelerate between 60-80 km/h. It is a manual transmission and this only occurs on acceleration past 60km/h. Not a loud thud or anything just a fairly fast ticking/clunking that goes away as soon as i take my foot off the gas

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This sounds on the base of it to be pre ignition, if so the moment you take the foot off the gas it goes? The cure is to retard the ignition timing slightly, have you recently changed your octane of fuel? this will also cause this?
The noise is caused by the expansion of the compressed gases expanding before the piston reaches top dead centre causing the piston to \'rattle\' left unchecked will cause permanent damage and engine failure

Posted on Jan 16, 2013

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SOURCE: 2000 VW Jetta squealing when shifting from 2-3rd and hard shift down when going up hill

hi if its just second to thrid then the clutch is slipping on thrid gear look at the boxes oil level is important but look at the colour is it red and tranperant as this is ok if its brown its a sign of the clutches slipping i would try a stall test on thrid gear first and if its ok second gear [manually] see is the engine stalls at the correct rpm if you thinkabout it imagine you are in thrid gear in a manuual box and suddenly drop into second it would be hard shifting it could also be a faulty thrid gear solenoid yates210456

Posted on Oct 17, 2008

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SOURCE: Loss of acceleration. Transmission? Clutch? Cable?

Try replacing the clutch cable first, these cars came with a simple clutch cable that is cheap & easy to replace. the end that hooks to the clutch pedal is plastic & can wear out. the later VW golfs came with an expensive automatically adjusting clutch cable. these can be installed in older VW's.

the old cables had to be manually adjusted like a motorcycle clutch cable. check a vw service manual. there needs to be a bit of slack on the lever that pushes the clutch disk.
if it is too tight the clutch may not engage fully & you will cook the clutch & flyweel.

Also check the shift linkages, there are many plastic bushings in the system that wear out
and can make the shifting sloppy. these are cheap and easy to replace.

Personally I have not had any real problems with the 5 speed transmissions in VW's.
although I have hear of a variety of problems with latter VW's trashing the transmissions. The automatics are another story.
The 020 transmissions were built to handle the 75hp/ 1800lb Schricco. putting them in a
Golf GTI with 150hp, or a 3000lb jetta 3 caused lots of problems.

ps: I would pick up a cheap used 5 speed from a junkyard, preferably out of a Rabbit, not
a golf or Jetta. take it to a machine shop to check for the usuall problems to see if it ok
before installing it. If that fixes the problem get your money back from the people that sold you the rebuilt transmission.

Posted on Jun 20, 2009

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SOURCE: Automatic shudders on some gear changes.

This car has both options of auto transmission plus manual gear **** so the only reason it can shudder when the clutch is not fully released and thus takes some time, that's when it shudders, but on accelerating this will not happen cos the centripetal clutch has enough torque such that the clutch is pressed hard to the cam & therefore no shuddering. On cruising speed the probability of clutch slipping making the car shudder. Thus changing the clutch assembly ought eliminate this problem....sodeep

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Only 3rd and 4th gears available - 1998 jetta

im not telling you what to do because it could be a bad transmission and an easy fix but I cant tell without looking at it , but if its a hard fix just go to a reliable junkyard and get another

Posted on Aug 22, 2009

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