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    Thread: o2a transmission, difficult shifting into reverse

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      06-15-2012 09:39 PM #1
      Hey guys,

      I've searched this forum, the corrado forum, the mk2 forum, passat forum, can't seem to find an answer so here it goes. If this is redundant, please link me to the appropriate thread.

      I have a 16v MK2 with an o2a and I'm having a difficult time shifting into reverse. When I first got the car (about 2 months ago), sometimes when I would shift it into the reverse position, it would actually be in 1st gear. Now it's just not easy to shift into reverse but when I get it in, it's always reverse (not first). I can move it down and sideways, but have to give it some elbow to shift it forward.

      Sound like a shift cable adjustment or something else? Also having a hard time finding specifics on adjusting the shift cables (my bentley doesn't have o2a).

      Thanks in advance!

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      06-17-2012 12:54 PM #2
      Seems like it would be the lower front/back cable that needs adjustment but it's not as obvious as to how to do it as the top cable is. I can clearly see that the top cable has a bolt that can be tightened to the left/right of where it attaches but it doesn't look like the bottom cable has the same type of adjustment. Going to try to borrow my buddies corrado bentley but until then, anyone have any suggestions?

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      06-17-2012 07:12 PM #3
      I could explain how to but i'm tired and i'd have to think how you adjust it and then write it.

      Much easier for you to watch this 3.41 min video which explains everything!



      I hope this helps...

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      06-17-2012 08:06 PM #4
      Thanks Jim. I stumbled upon that video googling my problem but my shift cables don't seem to have that same spring/finger setup. Here are some pics of my shifter mechanism:


      I can see above where and how to adjust where the upper cable bolts. But on the pic below, I can't tell exactly how to adjust the bolt shown for the lower cable.



      My shifter doesn't have those fancy holes to put the nail through either...

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      06-21-2012 02:39 AM #5
      The lower cable doesn't adjust much (some not at all) since it's just the fore/aft movement. The first pic is the adjustment that's giving you problems. You'll want to center the adjustment rather than the offset to the rear like it currently is.

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      06-21-2012 10:21 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by fakename View Post

      This picture shows the problem. There is supposed to be a pin/clip or something that hold that white plastic lever part onto that pin it pivots on. Without that every time you try to go into 1st, 2nd, or reverse it is sliding on that pin which it is no supposed to do. That makes it so the side to side throw isn't getting the proper travel
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      06-21-2012 01:09 PM #7
      Pin eh? Any idea what to call it to search for one?

      Is this what you're talking about? Seems like I could rig something to do the same thing... the jy is like 30 mins away and I don't want to go all the way there for something like this!
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      06-21-2012 02:37 PM #8
      yep thats it, that clip
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      06-21-2012 04:00 PM #9
      Hazzah! Just checked my shifter and sure as sh** there's plenty of play right there. Now, I still don't know if that part will definitely solve all my problems (I have been crying a lot lately, and I've got this rash...) but it's at least something solid to start with.

      So what do you think about my getting one of those sweet, sweet clips? Do you guys sell them/have one laying around?

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      06-21-2012 04:47 PM #10
      Best bet would be just stop by the dealer if you have one local, they look like the same as used on mk4 linkage and can the but a couple dollars
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      06-21-2012 10:44 PM #11
      Looks like part number 'VW N-908-159-03' is what I'm looking for. Talked with the dealer and I'm gunna get a few of them ($1.08) next week.

      I'll let you guys know if that changes things.

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      06-22-2012 02:37 AM #12
      Is the tranny on a mk2 much different from that one? I am going to have to search for similar videos on my transmission cause that was really helpful with the way he had everything laid out.

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      06-27-2012 11:12 PM #13
      Just updating, that clip washer was sooooooo the business! Shifts like a dream now. Thanks!

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      06-28-2012 02:05 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by RobMarkToo View Post
      Is the tranny on a mk2 much different from that one? I am going to have to search for similar videos on my transmission cause that was really helpful with the way he had everything laid out.
      yea standard mk2 is completely different, the OP has an 02A swap on his
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      06-28-2012 02:05 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by fakename View Post
      Just updating, that clip washer was sooooooo the business! Shifts like a dream now. Thanks!
      No problem glad I could help
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      06-28-2012 03:36 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Tom@APTuning View Post
      yea standard mk2 is completely different, the OP has an 02A swap on his
      ah ok.

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