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Shift problem on mk4 vw golf with manual trans

Clutch was replaced, not to long a go. Turn flywheel and replaced complide clutch cit. Bleed brake and clutch system. Hard to shift some times. car have 73000 ml .

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  • maximstarik Mar 04, 2009

    Thanks for respond on problem with my car . Problem happen wen i drive car. I replaced trasmission gear oil ,a year a go with factory gear oil from VW. Problem stell there. I will check cabes and bushings. Do you work on Volkswagen before?

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Does it happen after you drive it? make sure the clutch assy. is not getting hot. If it is make sure to remove you foot form the clutch pedal just a little pressure can make the clutch slip. And heat will not let the clutch assy. to work right. If it is not getting hot check the shifting cables and the bushings on the transmission

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  • Jack Bowser Mar 04, 2009

    Yes and I have two and may family has 6 total. Does it go into the gears but it's hard to push them into place with out grinding sounds. The oil (grease) is to thick I know that it was the VW gear grease but it can be to thick what wight is the grease? you can see if they would have a thinner grease or I have used a thick synthetic oil. I hope it helps

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Bleeding the clutch after slave removal on Golf 4 1.6


Mk4 Brake and clutch fluid change and bleeding

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Start off by connecting up the Eazi-bleed as per the instructions, making sure your spare wheel (I used the space saver from my Jag) is at 14.5-15psi. Once you've attached it to the reservoir and are sure there is no hissing (leaks), disconnect the tyre and fill the eazi-bleed with your new fluid. Re-attach tyre to build pressure.


Starting at offside side front, remove wheel, locate bleed nipple, remove cap, attach length of hose (directed at pan/bowl/jug), use the 7mm spanner to loosen the nipple just enough so the fluid starts to flow through. Don't open it too much and always keep an eye on the eazi-bleed bottle not getting too low on fluid). Keep an eye on the fluid coming through the pipe and when bubbles (there shouldn't really be any) have stopped and the fluid seems clear and clean. Tighten up the nipple.



Repeat the process, with front nearside, rear offside, rear nearside...eachtime checking the eazi-bleed bottle (topping up when needed as per instructions) and the condition of the fluid. You should use around 1ltr on the brakes as you're flushing the rubbish dot 4 as well as bleeding them.

With that all done, locate the bleed nipple for the clutch. It's right between the battery and engine and fairly accessible. Again, remove the nipple, fit your pipe, then loosen around 1/4 turn to see the fluid come out fairly quickly..you may want to fill up the eazi-bleed before starting this as it'll take about 500ml to do.

Pump the clutch pedal by hand, it'll go straight to the floor...it's normal. Pump it around 15-20 times keeping an eye on the EB bottle, you should notice some pressure come back to the pedal although it still won't return itself without you pulling it up.

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