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I have a 1993 VW Cabriolet. The shift linkage keeps falling apart. There is a ball joint connection that comes apart constantly leaving me with only 3rd and 4th gears until I reach to the rear of the engine ad put it back together. How can I tighten the joint?

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You should replace or if you can add anorther nut to lock it in place

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