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Transmission keep popping out of gear, do I need I new transmission?

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I had that problem with a VW also.
Turned out to be a combination of the motor mounts and the transmission shifting adjustment.
I also had an awful time finding someone who could fix it.
I had to find a VW expert, took me many weeks.
One way to tell if it is the transmission is to unhook all the shifting linkage from the transmission, and shift the gears by hand by moving the shifting lever on the side or top of the transmission.
You would need to have the car up in the air with all the wheels off the ground to do this.
If it works fine up in the air, it is your linkage.
Be blessed.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013

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