Question about 1987 Volkswagen Jetta

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My 87 VW Jetta is stuck in second gear and shifter just flops around. Any Adjusting feedback greatly apreciated..Dean

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  • rsw102cu Mar 03, 2009

    Yes...It moves around like its not even hooked up to anything and stuck in second gear. I had to use the clutch and drive it back home that way

  • rsw102cu Mar 03, 2009

    Did you say a cable because its a 5 speed trans

  • rsw102cu Mar 03, 2009

    Thanks Anyway

  • rsw102cu Mar 03, 2009

    Hello...I cannot afford your premiam service and yous told me you could not help me any futher.

    Thank you and have a nice morning.

  • vwpb3 Apr 17, 2009

    i have basically the same problem. i have a 98 jetta and i just did a tranny swap about 2k miles ago from a 91 or 92 jetta. everything worked fine until i noticed it was shifting different. the shifter felt like it went into the lower gears to easy. today, it started to get worse and when i would coast in neutral from 5th, it seemed to like stick in gear when it was in neutral position. i come to a stop to turn and all of a sudden i cant get into 2nd gear..so i go for 3rd, try shifting and find out im stuck in third. the shifter flops around like you say.

    i went under the hood and started to mess with the linkage and clicked it around. i was able to get it into neutral(the shifter in the car actually went side to side) and when i went to shift again it did the same thing and got stuck in gear. im doing more research on it now..which is why im here...but if you fixed your problem please let me know what it was.

  • Roger Gantner May 11, 2010

    More info needed. Your car is stuck in second gear but the shifter does move?

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Front wheel drive cars with transaxles use a shifter cable that runs from the shifter to the transaxle. Have a look under the hood and see if the cable broke loose from the linkages, or from the shifter itself.
Best thing to do in this situation is to have a mechanic look at it. There's really nothing that anyone here can fix without having a look at the car and troubleshooting it.

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The older mk2 and mk3 transmissions use a few rods that hinge back and forth on the gearbox u have a bad or bent rod or bushing. www.usrallyteam.com has complete rebuild kits for 150.00 or bushing kits that are cheap suggest looking at that.

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