This happened to me the other day actually. Was trying to back out of my spot and took a good 6-7 tries before I got it in reverse and not 1st. I was pressing/pushing pretty hard too.
I am having issues with a VR6 5 speed manual reverse gear. It is very hard to select reverse gear in any case. When I manually select reverse at the transmission with the engine off, you really have to force down on the selector linkage HARD and then turn to find it. In the car, you have to shove left HARD after pushing down to get reverse, and 4 out of 5 times you get first gear.
So far I have:
Checked the dumb plastic shift cable retainer piece, it's good
Adjusted the cables
Replaced the shifter box/cables, original had worn bushings/play
Drained and filled with new synthetic 75W90 GL4
I am out of ideas here. I'm not sure what to do next. Have you heard of this issue before with the 02A?
Reverse gear selector fork issue? If so, how could this have happened?
Thanks in advance
I had the same problem. It came to the point that I had to slam it into reverse while releasing the clutch... Then the plastic "Actuator Arm" Part # 1J0 711 256 cracked so it was still functional but i couldnt see the crack because it was on the lower end on the backside of the part.
I replaced the part with my concauction of a temporary replacement and it works fine.
Last edited by Jeffeypoo; 09-22-2012 at 02:51 PM.
Bleed the clutch?
I have to imagine it is in the clutch or the trans itself if you've replaced all the cables and the box.
Edit: I guess the clutch cant really be an issue if the problem is happening with the engine off...
I would guess internal
Last edited by samiam0295; 09-25-2012 at 06:56 PM.
I just want to say that, whenever I CAN, on the flat, and I can see all around me, I push my car backward. Saves reverse I like to think just that much longer.
Did you change the 3 bushings for the bracket on transmission that holds cables? Did you replace the bushings at the cable to shift box hold point? Also did you re-tighten these well? A new bushing there is not included in the shifter box kits that I have seen. Those 5 bushings are your problem. I changed my shift box bushings, but nothing else. Still feels like crap captain, so I'm in the same boat as you. I have the draft42 bracket bushings, but still trying to find the bushings for cables going into shift box.
If you change those 5 and same issue, then you could have internal issues.