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I have a trans problem

Postby misplacedpants » Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:34 pm

Alright I know this is not an air-cooled club,its more of a water cooled club.I do have a air-cooled question though.My 67 bug is stuck in first gear,the oil looks like it was just put in,no metal.The engine and trans have a little over five hundred mi on them.The question I have is,dose any know if there is some easy secret trick to un-sticking gears on a bug? I want to avoid removing the trans because if you know anything about 67 bugs,its a bitch.So if anyone could give some advice or opinions I would like to hear them.p.s Bob's german auto repair in stockton said that he has a tool to "pop it out of gear"those were the guys words.I do not know very much about VWs,so looking for help,Thanks :thumb:

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Postby my02vr6 » Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:53 pm

sounds like the linkage may be off. thats my best guess, sorry. not an aircooled guy, but it def sounds like a linkage prob.
good luck :thumb:
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Postby misplacedpants » Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:04 pm

thanks i will look into that

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Postby snowfox » Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:41 am

I played the aircooled game for a while...

First a couple of questions:
Stuck in first gear means your shifter is in the first gear position and can't be moved to get the trans out of first? Or is it in first gear and your shifter is flopping around?

If the latter, remove the access panel under your backseat and inspect the coupler between the shift rod and the 'hockey stick' (gear selector rod) that pokes out of the trans nose cone. They can become disconnected due to bolts coming loose or bushing deterioration. Also check the connection of the shift rod to the bottom of the shifter shaft/ball. If everything is connected and you can still move the stick around freely without changing gears, you may have a broken hockey stick (not that big a deal to replace yourself - though the trans should probably come out) or a broken shift fork(s) inside the gearbox (that = bad news).

If the former, check your front and rear linkage as described above. You could have something inside the tunnel jamming up free movement. You may also have a damaged/bent hockey stick that is binding inside the nose cone. It happens... 'Spirited' driving can cause that - don't ask me how I know. :rolleyes:

BTW, this is based on my IRS experience - not the swing axle you should have in the '67...

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Postby FlyGTI » Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:55 pm

As another former air-cooled dude, I second all that Snowfox said. Don't force anything or pull too hard. It's most likely the shiftrod or the coupling, not the transmission. If you can't figure it out, take it to Bob's and let them do it. The shift rod and related mechanism is pretty much the same for IRS vs Swing Axle. You have an old car with a lot of wear in there, so it's possible something popped apart. Also, remove your shifter (two bolts) and investigate there for problems. Good luck.


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