Volkswagen Cars 2000-05

Shift Linkage


Removal & Installation

If the shift linkage has never been disconnected, adjustment may not be necessary. Check the condition of the engine/transaxle mounts and make sure the linkage fasteners are secure. If the linkage feels spongy or if it is difficult to put the transaxle into first or reverse, check the condition of the main rod bushing. This is a plastic bearing protected by a rubber boot just behind the shift rod clamp. On Cabriolet, there is a rubber boot around the bushing. Peel back the boot and make sure the nuts and bolts are still secure. If the bushing is broken or worn, it should be replaced. Lightly lubricate the bearing with a light silicone grease and fit the boot into place. Try shifting gears again before deciding to adjust the linkage.

  1. Remove the knob from the know and the boot from the shifter. This will allow you access to the adjustment collar.
  3. To remove slop from the shifter, select first gear.
  5. The clearance between the shift lever adjustment collar tab and the side of the lever housing should be no greater than 1 / 16 of an inch.
  7. If the clearance is greater than 1 / 16 of an inch, loosen the adjusting collar and rotate the collar until the proper clearance is achieved.
  9. Tighten the clamping bolt and then install the shifter boot and knob.