I have a Jetta and lately (not always but sometimes) the gear shift will not go into reverse then after a couple of minutes it will. I am pressing the brake and changing the gear as usual. The other thing is today when it did this the EPC light came on then went out and the car was shifted into gear. What causes this?
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www.cargurus.com > Questions > Volkswagen > Cabrio CarGurusMar 26, 2012 - My 96 Cabrio pops out of reverse then makes grinding noise. ... worse case is the reverse gear has a few teeth missing which is a common problem in 97 and older ... Won't stay in reverse 1 answer ... 1991 Volkswagen Passat.
First off, have you changed your trans fluid lately. sounds like you need a trans flush. when you drop the trans pan and replace the filter and fluid you only get 3 to 4 quarts of transfluid. your trans holdt 12 to 15 quarts. so have it flushed completely cost $80 tp $120 but beats buying a new or rebuilt trans. always make sure you have the right amount of trans fluid. underfilling will cause lose of pressure and not shift properly. over filling a trans will cause over pressure and cause worse problems.
VECHICLE JUMPING OUT OF GEAR.CHECK FOR WORN OR IMPROPERLY ADJUSTED LINKAGE.THE INPUT GEAR BEARING RETAINER BROKEN OR LOOSE.CHECK SHIFT LEVER GATE SELECTOR CABLE BOLT FOR LOOSENESS UNDER THE SHIFT LEVER BOOT IF BOLT NOT LOOSE THE GATE SELECTOR CABLE NEED ADJUSTMENT.
"The shift pattern is a little different, with reverse starting to the
left of first, in the German (Getrag in this case) pattern rather than
the "reverse-in-sixth" Japanese pattern. It's nearly always easy to find
the right gear, though sometimes reverse can be tricky (presumably this
gets easier with time)." from a review I found , hope it helps. I suspect reverse is up and to the far left R 1 3 I__I__I I I 2 4
this problem is a common failure associated with your shift solenoinds inside your tranny. of course a shop is not gonna tell you this because by the time you wanna get it repaired it is usually too late and have already cause damage to your clutch pack and internal parts, thats the main reason why a shop wont mess with just replacing your shift solenoid (aka valve bodie)
this is a common issue with the o2j/o2m transmissions. due to miss shifts or loose linkage.
the easiest fix for this is to shift from reverse to 2nd over and over. then try to force it into first gear. it will be very difficult sometimes to do but it will go. once you get it in first it will be very hard to move, but you will just have to keep shifting from first to second over and over and it will begin to loosen up. make sure you are doing this with the engine off.
the second way to do this if the first fails is to have the shift linkage adjusted.
You'll have to get it checked. Its going into limp mode. When this happens you have third gear and reverse. Its to get you somewhere to get it fixed. You can damage the tranny worse driving a lot while its like that