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It is shifting into gear very hard not so much reverse but

Customer Question

It is shifting into gear very hard not so much reverse but drive and after I shift into drive it seems to shift hard into reverse
JA: How old is the transmission? Have you checked the brake switch?
Customer: it is a 98 so oldish
JA: Are you fixing your 98 yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I replace the coolant temp sensor and cleaned the mass air flow.. new oil and coolant
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: Just that it is shifting hard
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Merc320 replied 2 months ago.

Hi my name is ***** ***** am here to assist you.

Is it manuel or automatic please.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Automatic.
Expert:  rpmdiag replied 2 months ago.

Hi, I'm Ron, a different expert.

Here’s the sequence of events I follow:
Check fluid level and color. Make appropriate repairs.
Check shift solenoids with a scan tool in bidirectional mode if
applicable. Shift solenoids are inside the transmission and this is
the easiest way to check them.
Drop pan and inspect for excessive metal shavings inside pan.
Check valve body and clutches visually.
Hopefully you may not have to go this far, maybe you just were a
bit low on fluid.
Please understand that I don't know your skill level or tools you
have to assist us. Also understand that I can't see, smell, hear, or
touch the vehicle either, so your patience is appreciated. JA is a
great Q/A site, but it does not replace a repair shop. So please
don’t shoot the messenger if I have to deliver bad news:)
If you are satisfied with my answer, I would greatly appreciate a 5
star rating now and I will still assist you after you have rated me
too if another question pops up. I don’t get credit for helping you
until you rate me.
Thanks again, Ron

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 2 months ago.

Do you have any more questions for me at this time?

Thanks again, Ron

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 2 months ago.

Our goal here is to assist you in the repair of your vehicle by
supplying you with well educated information. We may not always
have the exact fix you wanted to hear, but our job is to get you on
the right track, which we always do. We can’t hear, see, smell or
touch your vehicle from where we’re at, so your understanding of
that is greatly appreciated. There are no magical or miraculous
answers, but we do our best to guide you in the right direction.
Thanks, Ron