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RE: [T3] Invasion

Ya I heard ya there...some of them are retched! When I first got my T3
it didn't have an engine so I...like I said being gullible (at the time
at least) believed that I couldn't do the work myself and had someone
else do it and boy did I pay for being inexperienced :-( Thanks for the

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike [mailto:fisherfarms@uwol.net] 
Sent: Friday, May 19, 2006 12:08 PM
To: type3@vwtype3.org
Subject: Re: [T3] Invasion

Buy yourself a transmission jack to balance the engine/trans on while
unbolt it & you won't need a mechanic. I havn't pulled a T3 engine, but
use 2 floor jacks to pull trans/transferr case out of my  4 wheel drive.

You'll need 4 jack stands too to get the car up.  It's nice not to be at
mercy of mechanics, you can do it yourself!  Mike Fisher  Harrisburg, OR
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Natassia Niblett" <nniblett@arnoldeng.com>
To: "T3 List" <type3@vwtype3.org>
Sent: Friday, May 19, 2006 10:15 AM
Subject: 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
> will consider a mechanic if I absolutely have to :-) plus I don't have
> stand or anything...and about the whole shifting without the
> clutch...tried it...well only once...and the sound of my gears
> scares me I can't get it quite right and I don't have anyone to coach
> 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
> syncros
> => 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
> apart.
> NB: Bear in mind that if your shift mechanism is good, it is possible
> 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
> 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
> 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
> from enjoying your car.
> Steven Ayres, Prescott AZ
> '66 KG1600
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