transmision wont shift

Asked by Sep 16, 2009 at 08:08 AM about the 1997 Volkswagen Golf

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

my volkwagen golf automatic transmission wont shift. It is on park position and wont shift to drive.

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start it and check the tranny fluid, my old mazda did the exact same thing and when i checked there was next to no fluid.


This is a common VW problem that has nothing to do with the transmission or fluid as mentioned. It is a faulty brake switch. Here is the work around if you are stuck. 1. Put the key in ignition, turn 1/4 turn. Do not go so far that the dashboard lights go on. 2. Using right hand, shift car out of park to a spot between neutral and drive. Hold the shift lever in this position with your right hand. 3. Using left hand, reach through or under the steering wheel and turn the ignition to the start position to start the car. Once started, you should be able to shift to drive. If you need to go in reverse to start out then you would want to hold the shift lever (step 2) in the position between park and reverse or neutral and reverse. - POSTED BY "CAST AND BLAST" IN THE TDI FORUMS

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My VW golf j production year 2003 1.9 cc3 it has 260000 km. automatick transmition is working only in 1 and 2 ,gear 3 45 gear works only if a car stays for 10to 15 minutes working in place. What does this thing. How can i repear.

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