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Reverse problem '97 is popping out of gear in reverse - not so much straight and level ground, but slopped driveway ... is this major or something that can be adjusted and fixed..... thanks ...

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  • bmarasco Jul 15, 2008

    Did not see this cover, but can manipulate the gear changer mechanism from under trhe hood to disengage from the reverse position.

    Again, no problems with forward 5 gears, and when I go slow on grade, no problem with reverse, but as I pick up speed on grade, it slips out ... and on incline, cannot hold gear ...thanks for your help !!



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If it makes a chugging noise in reverse, I have the same issue of popping out of reverse. Have 1 broken tooth from a sloppy shift and hence the gears do not mesh as smoothly as possible. Not a big issue, as I just deal with the chugging and hold it in reverse on a slope.

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Hi, I had a similar problem on my '96 Passat and discovered that a plastic cover had come loose from the top of the gearchanger mechanism under the bonnet / hood, and it was fouling the mechanism. While you are in there check to see if there is still some grease left on the working parts. If not, add some.

If these suggestions do help you solve the problem, please give my reply a rating to help others judge my knowledge / guessing skills.
If they do not, please hold off on the rating just now and add a comment with more details so I can try to help you further. Cheers, D

Posted on Jul 12, 2008

  • Richard Raynor Jul 15, 2008


    I have Haynes manual for Golfs but I would need the engine code letters - like CCK, DGL ATH to work out which gearbox you have and what it looks like.

    Let me know and I'll try to help you.

    Cheers, D.



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