REVERSE GEAR, MANUAL TRANSMISSION NOT WORKING AS IT SHOULD (GRINDING)

  • Tiny
  • Augbinder
  • 1994 Volkswagen Golf
  • 170,000 miles

I have a 1994 VW Golf (1.8L) and today my reverse gear "broke" it makes obscene sounds and is very rough, all of my forward gears work well but my clutch seems to be a bit lighter (if that means anything) what I was wondering is if it is possible to replace the reverse gear or if I need to pay another $1800 for a new transmission, seeing as I just got a new one put in 3 weeks ago.

Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 7:01 AM

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  • Tiny
  • ASEMaster6371
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3 weeks? It should be covered under warranty?

Roy

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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 10:09 AM
  • Tiny
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If by new you meant "installed a used transmission" then I would
say that the new/used transmission has developed the same problem.

Reverse gear noise is common on the 020 transmissions when they get old.

Thomas

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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 2:20 PM
  • Tiny
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Are you sure this isn't just a hydraulic clutch issue?

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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 3:19 PM
  • Tiny
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I'm pretty sure this is cable operated.

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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 3:23 PM
  • Tiny
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You're right but the cable could be shredding too.

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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 3:31 PM
  • Tiny
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It is a cable operated clutch and I'm almost positive that the gear is blown, I dont know much about cars but when I'm on a flat all it does it make loud grinding sounds and if it even moves the car it clicks and is super uneven.

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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 6:57 PM
  • Tiny
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Yep, sounds like you're right.

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Friday, August 17th, 2012 AT 7:04 PM
  • Tiny
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The original question still stands: "what I was wondering is if it is possible to replace the reverse
gear or if I need to pay another $1800 for a new transmission"

Thomas

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Saturday, August 18th, 2012 AT 6:35 PM
  • Tiny
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Sure, it's possible and I am sure they will find many other problems that will likely come up to that number anyway. Rebuilding would still be more reliable than a used one as you have already found out.

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Saturday, August 18th, 2012 AT 7:20 PM

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