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    Thread: DIY: Shifter Tower Bearing & Bushing Repair

    1. Member mike4-vr6's Avatar
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      09-11-2012 02:15 PM #1
      Difficulty: Easy
      Time: 1hr give or take
      Tools Needed: set of sockets w/extenders, flat head screwdriver, 3/4' hardened steel bolt, hammer, box end wrenches
      Parts: http://idparts.com/catalog/product_i...oducts_id=2281
      (((I am not responsible for any damage to your car if you screw this up)))

      1) Remove battery, battery bits, battery tray

      2)Begin by removing the linkage on top of the shifter tower (remove #1 first and 2 second in case you are retarded).


      3)Next, remove these bolts and get your flathead in there to pry that puppy off (it probably wont want to come easy).

      What it looks like with the assembly out (be sure to cover up that gaping hole in your tranny)...


      4)I dont have a picture of the assembly, but basically you pull the top part off and set the actual selector rod assembly aside. You will be working on the top part, which looks like this...

      And this is the bearing you will be knocking out...


      5) Next, pry out the bushing.


      6) Now comes the fun part. Knocking out that pesky bearing sleeve. First, break the plastic bearing piece with all the little bb's in it out. Then, get your 3/4" bolt and stick it in from the top to where the threads can only bite the bottom lip of the bearing sleeve (dont want to shave of any of the aluminum housing of the enclosure) and apply lateral pressure to the bolt so that the threads get a good solid bite on the lip of the sleeve. Now hammer it out.

      Under side pic...


      7) Next, get the new bearing and push it in the shaft by hand as far as possible. Once it gets started, take your bolt and flip it upside down. Make sure that the head of the bolt is sitting level and flush on the bearing and softly tap it the rest of the way in.


      Verify that the bearing is seated properly (no gap).


      8) Once the bearing is in, time to tap the bushing in with the same method.



      9) Next, pull out this seal...

      Difference between old and new...



      10) Now just put the assembly back together (only one way that it slides together) and then put the whole assembly back in the tranny (there is a cup with a little half moon that slides into a groove in the top of the tranny). Also, there is a square section on the spline that the linkage slides into. The square section should be on the left.


      11) Bolt everything back up and reinstall the battery and battery bits and youre done!
      Last edited by mike4-vr6; 09-23-2012 at 10:31 PM.

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      09-11-2012 02:18 PM #2
      I dont know why the pics are rotated but I will fix it when I get a chance.

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      09-11-2012 06:20 PM #3
      Good write up

      Your way of bearing removal looks way easier than my Dremel method. Lol
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      09-11-2012 06:26 PM #4
      Excellent I need to do this. I already ordered the updated shifter assembly bearing for the shifter lever inside the car.

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      09-22-2012 12:13 PM #5
      Fixed pics. I definitely recommend this for everyone. It is VERY easy with the bolt method.

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      09-22-2012 12:55 PM #6
      Sorry but what will this do for the car? ... smooth shifts a little? I get a kind of a clunk every once in awhile shifting and ive been wondering if it could have anything to do with the shift tower.

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      09-23-2012 08:36 AM #7
      Your idparts link doesn't appear to work.
      Manually typing the web address did work....

      http://idparts.com

      Shifter Tower Bushing Repair Kit (A4)
      [a4_shifter_bushing_set] $24.90


      OE Part Numbers: 02A301320B / 02A311648C / 02A301227M

      Thanks for the writeup.

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      09-23-2012 11:30 AM #8
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      09-23-2012 12:29 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by JDub8 View Post
      Sorry but what will this do for the car? ... smooth shifts a little? I get a kind of a clunk every once in awhile shifting and ive been wondering if it could have anything to do with the shift tower.
      this... will this help with having trouble getting into 1st / reverse once in a while? also, for both 5sp and 6sp?




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      09-23-2012 10:34 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by JDub8 View Post
      Sorry but what will this do for the car? ... smooth shifts a little? I get a kind of a clunk every once in awhile shifting and ive been wondering if it could have anything to do with the shift tower.
      Possibly. The clunk is probably normal. I know my car makes a clunk when I shift in reverse. It definitely wont hurt to replace it though. It is cheap and easy.

      Quote Originally Posted by CA Solt View Post
      Your idparts link doesn't appear to work.
      Manually typing the web address did work....

      http://idparts.com

      Shifter Tower Bushing Repair Kit (A4)
      [a4_shifter_bushing_set] $24.90


      OE Part Numbers: 02A301320B / 02A311648C / 02A301227M

      Thanks for the writeup.
      Thanks for the heads up! Link is fixed!

      Quote Originally Posted by r3coil View Post
      this... will this help with having trouble getting into 1st / reverse once in a while? also, for both 5sp and 6sp?




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      09-28-2012 04:26 PM #11
      is the bushing the same for the markIV 1.8 GTI?

    12. 09-28-2012 07:54 PM #12
      any solutions for 99.5 golf? my shifts are become a pain

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      09-28-2012 08:49 PM #13
      When I go to go in reverse it only lets me engage the gear halfway until I slightly take my foot off the clutch. I also have the Diesel Geek Sigma 5 and I know it gives a better gear selection feeling but mine it feels notchy and sometimes its hard to get in gears. I readjusted it several times, but it always feels like this. Could i need to replace the bearing and bushing?

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      09-29-2012 02:10 PM #14
      Awesome write up man. Lots of love

    15. 09-29-2012 07:02 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by charles_3 View Post
      Excellent I need to do this. I already ordered the updated shifter assembly bearing for the shifter lever inside the car.
      Exactly what is this you are referring to?

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      09-29-2012 07:16 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by The Kilted Yaksman View Post
      Exactly what is this you are referring to?
      This bushing
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...n-up-em-shifts

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    17. 09-30-2012 01:01 AM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by charles_3 View Post
      This bushing
      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...n-up-em-shifts

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      Thanks!

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      09-30-2012 01:45 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by The Kilted Yaksman View Post
      Thanks!
      No problem

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      09-30-2012 01:54 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by sevendurt View Post
      is the bushing the same for the markIV 1.8 GTI?
      le search

      Quote Originally Posted by zach-b View Post
      any solutions for 99.5 golf? my shifts are become a pain
      el searcho

      Quote Originally Posted by nestorious View Post
      When I go to go in reverse it only lets me engage the gear halfway until I slightly take my foot off the clutch. I also have the Diesel Geek Sigma 5 and I know it gives a better gear selection feeling but mine it feels notchy and sometimes its hard to get in gears. I readjusted it several times, but it always feels like this. Could i need to replace the bearing and bushing?
      Replace it cheapo. Its only $25 and with the bolt method it is easy peasy sleezy.

      Quote Originally Posted by unsanitarypigs View Post
      Awesome write up man. Lots of love
      Why thank you sir. Hope to be putting more out soon. AKA hope to be doing more work soon.

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      12-02-2012 01:52 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by zach-b View Post
      any solutions for 99.5 golf? my shifts are become a pain
      I'm also trying to find the answer to this. It's not clear if the 02A bearing & seal will fit, nor can I find a place that sells them other then the dealer.

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      12-18-2012 11:21 AM #22
      Very simple and useful explanations!
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      03-13-2013 09:25 PM #23
      Any suggestions about what to do if the lip breaks off the bearing sleeve?

    24. 08-29-2013 05:24 PM #24
      I see the plastic bush with the horrible plastic pin in it has been replaced with a bolt and nut? is this right and what size bolt is it etc? my plastic bush is perished and dancing all over when gear chanign dont want to hav eto replace the whole tower at dealers cost. thanks

    25. 08-29-2013 09:17 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by carlgolftdi View Post
      I see the plastic bush with the horrible plastic pin in it has been replaced with a bolt and nut? is this right and what size bolt is it etc? my plastic bush is perished and dancing all over when gear chanign dont want to hav eto replace the whole tower at dealers cost. thanks
      Pretty sure the plastic bearing race is just replaced with a brand new plastic bearing race.

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