1971 Volkswagen Beetle Transmission

Tiny
BRONSKI
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  • 1971 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
  • 96,000 MILES
My Superbug suddenly jumped out of 2nd gear - never really had an issue before - now It is stuck in first gear. The inspection plate under rear seat shows that the linkage is moving and the gear lever moves to each position, but the car is always in 1st. I can't even get it into neutral, although the stick is in neutral position. While tinkering, I managed to get it into reverse with no effort, but next time I tried, after putting the stick back in 1st, that's the gear it has stuck in again. I am stumped. Please help?
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Sunday, October 27th, 2013 AT 12:47 AM

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Tiny
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Sounds like an internal transmission problem, if the selector is moving to each gear position and you still have only 1st I do feel that it will be internal.
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Sunday, October 27th, 2013 AT 1:02 AM
Tiny
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Thank you so much for your reply and advice. I was dreading the answer - I hoped it was something to do with a selector pin but internal is obviously beyond my scope. I really do appreciate your help. Unfortunately, it may be the end of the line for me after spending quite a bit on my car - suddenly unemployed and without a chance at remedying this alone. Thank you - bless you. Brian
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Sunday, October 27th, 2013 AT 6:24 AM
Tiny
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It might be as simple as removing the nose cone / cover of the transmission (the cover where the
shifter rod enters the tranny)... the engine / transmission would still need to be removed for
inspection / repair, but it would be an easier repair than a full transmission disassembly.

The "hockey stick" is what allows for gear changes, if it is not positioned correctly, gears will
be jammed.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=519060&highlight=hockey+stick

Thomas
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Sunday, October 27th, 2013 AT 10:19 AM
Tiny
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You can certainly check the selector first, but if you get the thing stripped that far, you might as well do the transmission or fit a second hand unit.
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Monday, October 28th, 2013 AT 3:04 AM
Tiny
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Thank you again but things are pretty grim here at the moment - I'm afraid I am going to have to just take whatever I can get for my bug as is. Cheers guys -
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Monday, October 28th, 2013 AT 4:03 AM
Tiny
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Sorry to hear that, hope you get it sorted out.
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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 AT 3:15 AM

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