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

1994 Volkswagen Golf

Tiny

Augbinder

August, 17, 2012 AT 7:01 AM

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.

9 Answers

Tiny

ASEMaster6371

August, 17, 2012 AT 10:09 AM

3 weeks? It should be covered under warranty?

Roy

Tiny

exovcds

August, 17, 2012 AT 2:20 PM

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

Tiny

Wrenchtech

August, 17, 2012 AT 3:19 PM

Are you sure this isn't just a hydraulic clutch issue?

Tiny

exovcds

August, 17, 2012 AT 3:23 PM

I'm pretty sure this is cable operated.

Thomas

Tiny

Wrenchtech

August, 17, 2012 AT 3:31 PM

You're right but the cable could be shredding too.

Tiny

Augbinder

August, 17, 2012 AT 6:57 PM

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.

Tiny

Wrenchtech

August, 17, 2012 AT 7:04 PM

Yep, sounds like you're right.

Tiny

exovcds

August, 18, 2012 AT 6:35 PM

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

Tiny

Wrenchtech

August, 18, 2012 AT 7:20 PM

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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