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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 TRANSMISSION WILL NOT SHIFT IN 2ND OR 4TH GREAR
JA: Has the clutch been slipping? Are you having any trouble shifting?
Customer: YES
JA: What is the model of your '08 VW?
Customer: BEETLE
JA: Are you fixing your Beetle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: CHECKS ALL THE CABLES ALL GOOD. REMOVE THE SHIFTER SLEEVE NOT LOOSE AOR ANYTHING
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: NO
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 month 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

Customer: replied 1 month 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
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 month ago.

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

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
The cables are good on both ends nothing broken.
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 month ago.
What about a pic so I can see. It's not the cabling but the shift cams I'm worried about
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Where are the shift cams located?
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 month 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
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I'm still at work will send you a pic in the morning.
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 1 month ago.
That is just fine.