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Vw 1600 fox will not go into reverse

Vw 1600 Jumbo gear will not go into reverse when engine is running and if put in reverse with engine off and then when releasing the clutch in reverse the car jumps back and stalls.

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Bring it into VW the shifter has to be reset and the hard plastic bushing that make the shifter work have to be replaced. There is a special toolVW uses to reset the shifter on these vehicles NOT ALL SHOPS HAVE IT. This is a no brainer. If the Dealer is gonna ask a fortune to repair it(Which they shouldn't) You can purchase this tool on line and with the shop manual you can do this yourself.

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