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'78 VW T2 REVERSE GEAR NOT WORKING!

WHEN TRYING TO ENGAGE REVERSE GEAR IT JUST ENDS UP IN SECOND & WHEN IN FOURTH GEAR GEAR LEAVER IS SLOPPY AND HITS YOUR KNEE ANY IDEAS ?

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Possibly need to replace the bushes on your gear lever linkages and adjust gear lever afterwards.tough job if you have never done it before.Might need to get help

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Check the shifter bushing under the car they are rubber and prone to brake.

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