HARD SHIFTING 1997 JETTA GT

  • Tiny
  • Smitty_kitty_678
  • 1997 VOLKSWAGEN

A few months ago, my automatic Jetta started shifting hard in to second gear, but only when it was cold, and only right after I started it up. When it warmed up, no problems.
Recently, it started doing the same thing going from a stop, in drive, to first gear.
The engine revs to about 40 rpm before catching.
With previous cars I've owned, I would have flushed the transmission. Apparently you can't do this on my Jetta, it is a "sealed system". According to the dealership, a flush is very rarely done. Personally, I don't get it. Sealed system or not, the fluid must get dirty.
I am unsure of what to do. A friend suggested having the computer timing adjusted? If anyone has a clue about what's going on, please help me!

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2006 AT 1:05 AM

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  • Bluelightnin6
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You need to have the tranny fluid/filter changed, not flushed. Flushing the tranny fluid is different than simply changing it and can not be performed nor is it recommended on all vehicles.

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Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 AT 10:39 AM
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  • Gabrieljorge
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I have similar problem and I change the speed sensor of the transmission and the problem was gone, the engine light never was on.

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Friday, March 6th, 2009 AT 10:56 AM

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