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My 1988 audi 90 does not hold 2nd 3rd pr 4th gear. I have taken the bracket off on top and shifted with the rod and still no good. It is finding the gears just not holding them. What could it be?

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There are a few reasons why that can happen, most likely the input shaft to the transmission has too much play or wobble in it from a worn out pilot bearing/bushing, the main bearing is worn out, or the synchronizer keys are damaged or worn out and no longer holding, or the shifter rod de-tents or springs are worn out. The only thing that might be repairable without removing the transmission would be worn out shifter de-tents or springs.

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