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Old November 15th, 2016, 03:29   #1
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Default End of gear selector cable snapped this morning

I was leaving my driveway this morning and when I shifted into reverse, I heard a slight pop.* I was able to back out of my driveway but couldn't get it into gear.* I pushed my car (96 Passat) to my curb and went under the hood to check it out.* It appears that the metal piece that connects the gear selector cable to the gear selector lever just broke in half.* It is the piece that attaches to the rubber bushing.* Do you know if the entire gear selector cable needs to be replaced or can just the end that broke off be replaced?

The piece that snapped now looks like the big "C". In the first picture, it is just to the right of the light. In the second picture, I showed the rubber bushing that the cable end is supposed to be connected to. The other end of the snapped piece is just on the other side of that bushing (you can't really see it in that picture). The big bolt thing attaches to the bushing and the big counterweight thing mounts to it.




I think the gear selector cable part number is 3A0711266.
Thanks.*

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Old November 15th, 2016, 10:16   #2
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Etka suggests the cable is an assembly and the end is not serviceable. The part # you have is correct according to Etka.

I'll take a glance at the B4 shift box I have in the garage and see if it looks like you can remove that end.

If the end can't be replaced you're going to have to undo a lot of crap to replace the cable.

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Old November 15th, 2016, 15:12   #3
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I bit the bullet and ordered the part from my local VW dealer for $140 (plus tax). It should be here in the morning.

What needs to be undone to replace the cable? Do you have to really remove the catalytic converter to replace the cable? I have a Bentley manual if that helps.

Such a random thing to break, I hope it was just from old age versus something that made it break. I was surprised at how cheap the metal from that end was. It was similar to the insides of one of our door handles.
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Old November 15th, 2016, 16:10   #4
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I bit the bullet and ordered the part from my local VW dealer for $140 (plus tax). It should be here in the morning.

What needs to be undone to replace the cable? Do you have to really remove the catalytic converter to replace the cable? I have a Bentley manual if that helps.

Such a random thing to break, I hope it was just from old age versus something that made it break. I was surprised at how cheap the metal from that end was. It was similar to the insides of one of our door handles.
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You need to dismantle exhaust and drop the shifter box to replace the cable I think. You'll probably have to undo the console too unless you can get to the top nut holding the existing box in place with the console installed.

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Old November 15th, 2016, 20:10   #5
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http://www.gruvenparts.com/02a-bille...repair-blocks/

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Old November 16th, 2016, 05:38   #6
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Thank you for that link. I just ordered the part and even with 2 day shipping, it will cost a good chunk of change less than the entire cable assembly. Looks like it will be a whole lot less work repairing my end instead of installing an entire cable assembly.

Speaking of which, even though the part came in this morning, the dealer was nice enough to let me not pick up the part and they will send it back to their warehouse.

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Old November 16th, 2016, 17:37   #7
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Wow, my local dealership would never of let that fly.

I think you could have replaced the cable, without pulling the box, but it's still a lot of work.

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Old November 16th, 2016, 17:53   #8
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I've seen a lot on these, but I've never seen that. Thanks.

Consider upgrading to the A4 shifter setup, it's well worth the swap. Someone on here was selling them for just over $100 if I remember correctly.
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My local dealer wouldn't have even ordered it without payment first. I'd been stuck with it if it was special order.

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Old November 18th, 2016, 02:43   #10
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Installation of that repair block was mostly successful except that I am missing this square looking nut that holds the bolty thing. I wanted to get one from the dealer but couldn't find a part number for it.

In the attached picture, it is part number 47.

I got the picture from http://www.jimellisvwparts.com/showA...rimLevel=18867
but it doesn't show what part number 47 is.

Can anyone help me figure out what the part number is so I can get one of these things? I currently have a generic bolt on the bottom that is holding it in place and will let me get around, but I prefer to have the right part.
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Old November 18th, 2016, 02:52   #11
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Did you look on top of the transmission for it? I've responded to people who had them back out and managed to find them there every time.
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Old November 18th, 2016, 05:26   #12
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Did you look on top of the transmission for it? I've responded to people who had them back out and managed to find them there every time.
You were right!!! It was sitting in a dark corner of my transmission. When I worked on this thing at midnight in my driveway, it was not apparent but taking a look this morning, it was just staring at me.

I had just assumed it had fallen somewhere on the street in front of my house, under a pile of leaves.
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Wow, my local dealership would never of let that fly.

I think you could have replaced the cable, without pulling the box, but it's still a lot of work.

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I kind of think you can too but I didn't want to say because I hadn't looked close at the original B4 box. I'm not really sure whether you can get your hands far enough past the exhaust to deal with the install.

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I think the exhaust would need to come out/ be dropped, which is likely 75% of the hassle.

The box, console, etc could likely stay in place.

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Glad I could help. Good luck.
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