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5TH GEAR CRUNCHING? VW 1.6 POLO 1998

I have noticed that my 5th gear will not engage correctly, only if i am doing 1000 revs and the speed is under 45mph. I have tried doubling the clucth, but its still making the crunching noise.
I have noticed that the gears are on levers rather than rods, could it be the linkage? and how can this be rectifiied without getting a new gearbox?
I have notice it is also using alot of oil?

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SOURCE: 5th gear with 1996 VW Polo

hi mandy
im dave
if it only revs when you put it in 5th gear then it is not in fifth gear. it may look like it but it is not. try moving the gear selector from fourth into neutral releasing the clutch fully then applying the clutch and initiating fifth gear. if that does not work try placing it into one of the other gears first without releasing the clutch and then selecting fifth.
you should be fine driving in four gears as long as you dont travel on the audobahn or at speeds like your on the audobahn. Just watch your redline. try not to go past it. i think it is actually better for your car to drive at higher revolutions than lower as it cleans out your combustion chamber of carbon. on the other hand it is ******* your engine to drive in the red line constantly.
but 3000 rpm in 4th gear probably has you driving 130km/hr (82mph) which should be sufficient and your redline probably does not start until somewhere between 4-5k

Posted on Jul 17, 2008

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SOURCE: auto gearbox fault on my mk3 vr6

pull auto trans dipstick out is oil gritty ? then your torque convertor has crashed, burn out.

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SOURCE: 1982 rabbit shift linkage

There is a plastic ball that is in the shift linkage that also wears and is usually not included in the shift linkage bushing kit. It is attached to a metal piece and is bolted to the shift linkage. This is generally the problem if you already replaced the bushings.

Sometimes the linkage is out of adjustment but I would make sure that the ball is not worn first. They generally cost $5.00 - $8.00 or so.

If you need to adjust the linkage you can try the following, but if the bushings or the ball is worn adjustment will not do any good.

There is an adjustment on the shift rod that goes from the shifter to the transmission. It is a rod slipped into a tube with a locking collar or clamp.

The way that I do this is to make sure that your vehicle is in 1st gear and then loosen the bolt on the clamp.

Make sure that the clamp is loose enough so that the shaft can slip in the tube. Put the shifter in the 1st gear position and then tighten the clamp.

You may need to fiddle with this a little to get it in just the right spot.

This is much easier if you have an assistant.


Posted on Apr 15, 2009

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SOURCE: Can't find 5th gear on my Jetta gearbox

Get a new one froma reliable source. It may be a 5 speed gearbox but it sounds like the synchros are gone on that one.

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SOURCE: I have a vw polo 6n2 1.0l, the gearbox is whining

Sounds like a minor bearing fault, can be fixed quite simply although you would need to take the box out and send it to a transmission specialist to replace the faulty bearing(s)

Posted on Apr 29, 2010

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SOURCE: 1991 manual jetta won't shift into 5th gear.

Unless you are familiar with working on VW's and have the Bentley service manual for your Jetta, it's probably best to let a VW mechanic or someone who is familiar with them to work on this problem. Special tools are required to properly adjust the shifting cables.
The problem may not be the linkage but a worn shifter. You will still need the service manual to do this right. You can get it at BentleyPublishers.com. Hope this helps.

Posted on May 28, 2010

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5th gear with 1996 VW Polo


hi mandy
im dave
if it only revs when you put it in 5th gear then it is not in fifth gear. it may look like it but it is not. try moving the gear selector from fourth into neutral releasing the clutch fully then applying the clutch and initiating fifth gear. if that does not work try placing it into one of the other gears first without releasing the clutch and then selecting fifth.
you should be fine driving in four gears as long as you dont travel on the audobahn or at speeds like your on the audobahn. Just watch your redline. try not to go past it. i think it is actually better for your car to drive at higher revolutions than lower as it cleans out your combustion chamber of carbon. on the other hand it is ******* your engine to drive in the red line constantly.
but 3000 rpm in 4th gear probably has you driving 130km/hr (82mph) which should be sufficient and your redline probably does not start until somewhere between 4-5k

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