Can't shift to 2nd gear

Asked by Apr 07, 2017 at 01:41 AM about the 1995 Volkswagen Jetta Celebration

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I can't shift into 2nd gear it just grinds it was
starting to be hard to get in into 2nd gear but if i
pulled the shifter hard it would go in but now it just

3 Answers


Bleed the clutch and stop forcing it you'll ruin the tranny. After you've bled it see how it feels with the car off , don't drive far on test drive because like I said if you keep forcing it [ . . . . . ..] Thats an older car and may need the entire clutch done along with all the rest ,throwout bearing , slave cylinder etc. Let us know what happens

It's not a hydraulic clutch. The clutch is fine. I just noticed I can down shift into 2nd but as soon as it grabs it comes out and grinds. It's like it just won't go all the way into gear. I had recently changed the oil and no teeth came out and had been working fine.


if it's just that one gear I would say the tranny needs to be inspected at least , don't drive it like that you'll ruin it , the problem may be the weakest link and the first sign of needing a rebuild , just cause it's old don't mean it ain't good .

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