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    gear linkage adjustment

    is the any adjustment to the gear linkage? Just replaced my entire gear linkage to standard from a B and M as couldnt select reverse or ist easily. Have to push down and left and be acurate to get 1st gear. Any ideas would be really appreciated.Regards

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    Its a question I have never really seen answered on here TBH (other than using trial and error on the linkage cables). There is a special tool shown in the Bently manual but I have never heard of anyone having one.

    It IS adjustable and its also a two minute job. Stealth did mine and it made a big difference. Plus I remember something about there needing to be a 'c' ring on the left of the linkage assembly under the gearstick- some people are missing this which has caused them problems.

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    Re: gear linkage adjustment

    Passat manual pages

    not that detailed, but gives instructions for basic setting, the VW tools clamp over the gear lever parts and selector unit and allow for precise settings, all the engine mounts and wear on all the gearshift components make for a more notchy, vague and sometimes difficult change.
    If you fiddle with the bolts at the gearlever end you'll struggle top get it right again without the VW tools, generally you can make the adjustments you need from the two 13mm nuts holding the cables onto the selector unit at the gearbox end, just make sure it goes straight ahead into 3rd with no side force needed.

    part no. 19 is the circlip that can go AWOL

    and post 91 cars have a shift weight and slightly redesigned shift tower, basically the same system though.
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    thanks very much, that info should do the trick. I have all new fitted yesterday gear components, lever, clips etc and still was had the same issue. At present I have no reverse and acidently parked in a space today to grab something from the shop and had to get help from locals to push me back! Did I feel like a a twat!! Thanks for this, will have a look in a bit.

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    keep us posted my shifter a bit to the left and i need to adjust it myself.
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    had a look and still a bit miffed.... Am going to a friend to investigate as I still dont have reverse and first you have to push down to select 1st! Will update my findings... Likewise, if you find out how, please let me / us know. Ta

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    OK, here's the deal people.... and I'm going to stick it.

    Backward and forward travel

    This is adjusted on the gearbox selector. There are two cables. An upper and a lower. The lower one is fixed and the upper one is adjustable. 13mm spanner.

    Left and right travel

    This is adjusted at the gearstick end under the gaiter.

    The object of the adjustment is to get the left, right, forward and backward planes all equal in travel.

    A common issue is when the lever has more travel to the left, which makes engaging 5th difficult, or has more travel to the right, making 1st and reverse difficult to engage. Make sense?

    9 times out of 10, the backward and forward planes are OK, but to check, just make sure you can select all the gears to start with. If you can, it's the left / right planes that need adjusting.

    So....

    1) Pop the shift into neutral and slacken the aforementioned 13mm nut on the top cable on the gearbox.

    2) Lift up the gaiter and look at the sprung mechanism in front of the OBD port. Flick the stick left to right to see it in action. It has a 13mm nut on it and stiff spring, it's pretty easy to spot tbh.

    3) Hold the stick firmly and slacken the nut.

    4) Now....this is the critical part.....you need to make sure the gear stick travel is the same in both directions (left and right) and then retighten the nut.
    In other words, the 'day light' gap between the moving parts should be equal at the limit of the stick's travel - on both sides. It's difficult to explain and I can't take pics (yet) as my car is at Stealth.
    You should see what I mean when you start playing with it.

    On David's picture above, parts 7, 8, 13 and 17 are the fellas I'm on about.

    5) When you're happy the left and right planes are equal in travel, retighten the 13mm nut on the gearbox.

    Job done. Take out and road test.

    If it's still bad, check the shift lever isn't missing it's hinge circlip.
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    Cheers wiyah, it might solve my reverse/first problems.

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    A sense of confidence reading your reply, I will give it a try.... Thankyou for the precise solution. Ramg60

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    one word.... legend - all sorted

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