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    Thread: How to replace shift lever bushing??

    1. Member DarthVW's Avatar
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      01-13-2011 06:42 PM #1
      Have a 98' jetta and im having problems engaging the 5th gear, i think the bushings
      might be worn out, but dont really know how to change them.
      Does anybody have done this before?
      Is there any other parts that might help to make the gears more smooth??
      If you have any picture i would really apreciate it.
      Thanks a lot.

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      01-13-2011 07:11 PM #2
      theres only like 3 bushings, theres the ball, you can upgrade to the USRT bushing so that you don't have to replace the whole relay lever, the other 2 bushings on the trans just slide right out.

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      01-13-2011 07:31 PM #3
      Yeah i think its a 020.
      Although i really need more help with the procedure of installing the bushing since
      i never done it and im not an expert on this.
      But thanks for you info.

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      01-13-2011 07:33 PM #4
      changing the linkage bushings and relay shaft ball is like the easiest thing to fix, imo...


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      01-13-2011 08:03 PM #5
      I though you could do this from the shifter instead of underneath the car.

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      01-13-2011 08:10 PM #6
      there's a bushing under the actual shift lever handle inside the car, but the others are in the engine bay. You only need to get under the car to take the relay shaft out.
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      01-13-2011 08:12 PM #7



      I just picked up a kit from ngp about a week ago. As far as i know, it's all under the hood work. The orange bushing is supposedly a bi*** to do and requires you to get under the car.
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      01-13-2011 08:19 PM #8
      It's my understand the orange one goes inside the shifter box somewhere.. I didn't change it myself (and DJR didn't do it on his DIY either so i have no clue about it, lol)
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      01-13-2011 08:25 PM #9
      i could be wrong but i believe their are 2 orange bushings. One at each ends of the shift rod?
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      01-13-2011 08:42 PM #10
      when i did my shifter bushings i basically did everything but the orange one in the above picture.
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    11. 01-13-2011 09:49 PM #11
      If you are in the same position I was, then you might be able to find out if the orange bushing in the lever box needs replacing. Lift up the shifter boot and look at its shape. The one in my car was cracked in half and was doing nothing.

      I replaced both of my orange bushings and now the car shifts like a champ. But I agree that the orange one inside the shifter box can be a little or big project, however you look at it, I'm pretty sure you gotta work under the car. Getting the car high helps a lot.

      The orange bushing in the engine bay isn't so bad. If it has never been replaced most likely you'll have to drill out two rivets to open the casing the bushing sits in. Fun if you don't do that much . I'm not sure if you can do that without taking the orange bushing's bracket out of the car.

      Anyway, my car couldn't even get into 1st gear 80% of the time and the shifter felt like spaghetti dangling from a hook in reverse gravity. Those two orange bushings did the magic magic magic, cause I got the magic in me....no

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      01-13-2011 10:22 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Markg813 View Post
      i could be wrong but i believe their are 2 orange bushings. One at each ends of the shift rod?
      this is correct.

      Quote Originally Posted by HoodyMK3 View Post
      The orange bushing in the engine bay you'll have to drill out two rivets to open the casing the bushing sits in.
      ^^ this is incorrect.

      Both of these bushings are not easy but they are not impossible.

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