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RE: [T3] Invasion

Ya I didn't think that's what it was...but me being so gullible I
believed my ex bf who thought he knew everything about MY car...how
funny he was! The cable is fine though...already checked it out and I,
being a tiny 5'2 chick with no muscles can't drop the engine myself so I
will consider a mechanic if I absolutely have to :-) plus I don't have a
stand or anything...and about the whole shifting without the
clutch...tried it...well only once...and the sound of my gears grinding
scares me I can't get it quite right and I don't have anyone to coach me
so I stopped after the 1st gear I grinded halfway down my street, how
pathetic I am lol.

-----Original Message-----
From: Steven Ayres [mailto:comwest@att.net] 
Sent: Friday, May 19, 2006 9:41 AM
To: type3@vwtype3.org
Subject: Re: [T3] Invasion

NatassiaN=> It won't shift into gears...I either need a new one or the 
=> have gone and I need a new tranny is that right?

You're a long way from reason to worry about replacing the transaxle. 
You'll have to eliminate several much simpler possibilities first.

If you have an experienced VW mechanic at hand, s/he should be able to 
diagnose this problem very quickly by feel, without taking anything

NB: Bear in mind that if your shift mechanism is good, it is possible to

shift and drive without using the clutch at all; the clutch is not 
*required* for shifting under all conditions.

First look at the clutch cable mechanism. Have you set the required 
pedal free play? You may have a fraying ("stretching") cable, or you may

have a gross maladjustment along the cable path. You should check your 
manual and understand the Bowden tube and how it works.

Next look at the shift mechanism, particularly the coupler just ahead of

the transaxle. These frequently loosen up.

If you find nothing in the control mechanisms, you'll want to drop the 
motor and look at the clutch itself.

It's likely that your problem is something simple. Don't let it keep you

from enjoying your car.

Steven Ayres, Prescott AZ
'66 KG1600

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