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All my gears work fine but i wont go into reverse 1997 jetta

All my gears shift and pull good but i lost reverse , could these be linkage adjustmate? please help

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    all the gears work fine except the reverse. please help

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If your trans engages properly in fowards and not into reverarse then you have a worn clutch in the trans and the trans will need to be rebuilt

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