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2008 VW 5-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION WILL NOT SHIFT IN 2ND OR…

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2008 VW 5-SPEED MANUAL...

2008 VW 5-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION WILL NOT SHIFT IN 2ND OR 4TH GREAR

Mechanic's Assistant: Has the clutch been slipping? Are you having any trouble shifting?

YES

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model of your '08 VW?

BEETLE

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Beetle yourself? What have you tried so far?

CHECKS ALL THE CABLES ALL GOOD. REMOVE THE SHIFTER SLEEVE NOT LOOSE AOR ANYTHING

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: VW
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VW Mechanic: Wolfgang, VW Master Technician replied 11 months ago
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i need you to take the air cleaner out and inspect the mechanism where the cables hook to the trans . i bet the plastic is either broken or stiff to move .

please if you want to take a pic of that area and post so i can see what you are seeing!!

thanks

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Basically the shifter only allows you to pick one of the top gears it then stainstatus locked in that gear I can manually disengage it under the air cleaner, however when I do the vehicle shifter remains loW as if it is in the lower gears but will not catch any of them
VW Mechanic: Wolfgang, VW Master Technician replied 11 months ago

i do need a pic please i think something is broken!!

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
The cables are good on both ends nothing broken.
VW Mechanic: Wolfgang, VW Master Technician replied 11 months ago
What about a pic so I can see. It's not the cabling but the shift cams I'm worried about
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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Where are the shift cams located?
VW Mechanic: Wolfgang, VW Master Technician replied 11 months ago
They are attached to the cables whic is mounted to the transmission. The cables can be attached which shows ok but that is why I asked for a pic so I can see
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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I'm still at work will send you a pic in the morning.
VW Mechanic: Wolfgang, VW Master Technician replied 11 months ago
That is just fine.
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