Having problems getting into gear

Tiny
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  • 2003 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
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VW passat 1.9 tdi is having problems getting into gear especially 1st and reverse? The other gears are generally ok. Gears select normally once ignition switched off. What could be the problem? Please Help
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Friday, January 13th, 2012 AT 3:14 PM

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Tiny
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Auto or manual?
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Friday, January 13th, 2012 AT 7:25 PM
Tiny
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If its a manual transmission and 1st and reverse are easy to select with the engine switched off and difficult to select with the engine running it usually means the clutch is dragging. If thats the case best thing is a new clutch kit ( pressure plate, clutch disc and release bearing)
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Sunday, January 15th, 2012 AT 4:12 PM
Tiny
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Thnx alot for your reply. Its manual transmission. The car is also loosing power up the hill, in addition to the gear selecting problem, could it be to do with the clutch again. Thanks
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Sunday, January 15th, 2012 AT 4:59 PM
Tiny
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Sounds like your clutch is slipping. When you say loosing power, do you mean the engine wont rev up? If the clutch is slipping the engine will rev but the car won't accelerate as quick as it should. You will also get a smell from a burning clutch.
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Monday, January 16th, 2012 AT 9:09 AM
Tiny
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I would tend to think that it is a clutch problem, have this checked out first.
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Monday, January 16th, 2012 AT 12:05 PM
Tiny
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The car dont gather speed up the hill despite pressing the clutch all the way down to the floor. Dont go over 20-30mph.
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Monday, January 16th, 2012 AT 5:54 PM
Tiny
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Yes engine revs up but car will not accelerate up the hill despite pressing the clutch right to the floor.
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Monday, January 16th, 2012 AT 5:56 PM
Tiny
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Sounds like your clutch is worn out, best to replace clutch disc, pressure plate and release bearing when doing this job
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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 AT 9:07 AM
Tiny
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Also make sure to check the twin mass flywheel for excessive movement or any grease escaping from it. A lot of guys just replace them when replacing a clutch these days.
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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 AT 9:12 AM

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