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I recently put on a new clutch master cylinder on my 95 volkswagon jetta glx vr6 5speed and the linkage was off after i put it back on it will not go into reverse and ideas on how to fix would b greatly appreciated

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  • Robert Reese May 18, 2011

    yes i bleed the system after i put in the new master cylinder could it still b the slave cylinder that would keep it from going into reverse?

  • Robert Reese May 18, 2011

    yes i bleed the system after i put the new master cylinder in but as where reverse should be by pressing down on the shifter going clear to the left and up it is going into 1st gear instead idk how the slave cylinder would cause this the only conclusion is the linkage

  • Robert Reese May 18, 2011

    how do i know that the linkage or reverse cable r in the original place


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1. Bleed correctly the clutch hydraulically system. Begin with the clutch master cylinder, then continue with the clutch receiver (slave) cylinder placed on the clutch case.
2. Adjust correctly the gearbox reverse transmission cable & linkage. Check it on the gearbox side and also on the shift selector side.

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    TDISLine May 18, 2011

    See the picture below:

    Position [21] is the selector fork of reverse gear


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I think that linkage is no adjustment; then could be some failed hydaulic master or slave cylinder; are you try bleeding the system.

Posted on May 18, 2011

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    ZJ Limited May 18, 2011

    All VW models are equipped with a self-adjusting clutch cable. The VR-6 has a hydraulic clutch which is also self-adjusting.

    If the shift linkage has never been disconnected, adjustment may not be
    necessary (this isn't your case). Check the condition of the engine/transaxle mounts and make
    sure the linkage fasteners are secure. If the linkage feels spongy or if
    it is difficult to put the transaxle into first or reverse, check the
    condition of the main rod bushing. This is a plastic bearing protected
    by a rubber boot just behind the shift rod clamp. On Cabriolet, there is
    a rubber boot around the bushing. Peel back the boot and make sure the
    nuts and bolts are still secure. If the bushing is broken or worn, it
    should be replaced. Lightly lubricate the bearing with a light silicone
    grease and fit the boot into place. Try shifting gears again before
    deciding to adjust the linkage.

    For 5 Speed Transmission


    A Volkswagen alignment tool is needed to properly complete this
    job. This tool is available at your local VW dealer. Ask for tool number
    (T03 057 000 34 ZEL).

    1. Park the car on a level surface.

    2. Set the parking brake.

    3. Place the transmission in neutral.

    4. Remove the shift rod clamp bolt.

    5. Remove the shift lever boot.

    6. Align the shift lever housing centering holes with the shift lever bearing housing.

    7. Install the VW special tool number (T03 057 000 34 ZEL).

    8. Position the shifter so that it is against its right stop. Tighten the upper nut.

    9. Push the shifter towards third and forth gear.

    10. Place the transmission in neutral.

    11. Align the shift finger with the shift rod.

    12. Tighten the clamping bolt to 87 inch lbs. (10 Nm).

    1995-99 Cabrio, 1993-99 Golf and Jetta

    1. Remove the knob from the know and the boot from the shifter. This will allow you access to the adjustment collar.

    2. To remove slop from the shifter, select first gear.

    3. The clearance between the shift lever adjustment collar
      tab and the side of the lever housing should be no greater than
      of an inch.

    4. If the clearance is greater than
      of an inch, loosen the adjusting collar and rotate the collar until the proper clearance is achieved.

    5. Tighten the clamping bolt and then install the shifter boot and knob.

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