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Not going into 3rd or 4th gear

70 vw beetle wont go 3rd or 4th gear i disconnected the linkage at the nose cone and tried hy hand still wont go

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Sounds like an internal bearing has collapsed inside the box, hence the gears won't align, It could be as simple as the internal selector lever is bent. My understanding is they are an easy fix for the mechanics that know them, shouldn't cost too much. get a quote from a wreckers for a replacement box, might be another option for you. good luck.

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No easy fix tranny mus come out and pull apart to se if the level broke of or any other internal part is damagaged

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SOURCE: 2001 Jetta Manual Transmission misses 2nd gear

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im not telling you what to do because it could be a bad transmission and an easy fix but I cant tell without looking at it , but if its a hard fix just go to a reliable junkyard and get another

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SOURCE: Auto transmission wont go into 4th

This is a very common problem which can be fixed for under $100 without removing the transmission

It is the end clutch which can be removed as an assymble aout the side of the transmission. New parts will run under a hundred. Serch and you will find pages that show pictorials on this repair.

Posted on Oct 04, 2010

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