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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old March 11th, 2009, 13:12   #1
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When I move the gearshift on our 03 Golf TDI (123k miles now) there is a slight squeak - I think it started this winter. It is clearly audible from inside the car.

Is there a part of the linkage which I can lubricate somehow to eliminate this squeak? It isn't very loud. It is annoying and should probably be fixed regardless. What can it be lubricated with?

My searches found a lot of squeaks, but mostly clutch or front end noises. This happens when moving the stick, not when engaging the gear.
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Old March 18th, 2009, 12:28   #2
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I had this same issue with my 2001. When I was up at JasonTDI's having my timing belt changed, I mentioned this to him. He got a can of dry lubricant and sprayed the area of the shift linkage under the hood. All noise gone. Kudo's to Jason!! He is absolutely outstanding!!
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Old March 18th, 2009, 13:08   #3
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yes I had the smae issue on my 05 golf. I just sprayed some silicone lubricant on little "ball" looking things were the shift linkage attaches to the transmission.
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Old March 29th, 2009, 12:54   #4
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Hmm, my squeak is definitely coming from inside, directly under the gearshift. I did try lubricating the linkage near the transmission, but the noise remains.

Is it easy to gain access to under the shift boot?
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The shift boot is held in place with elastic. You should be able to just pull it off.
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Old April 1st, 2009, 13:14   #6
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I took the shift boot off and checked out underneath. It sounds like the squeaking is coming from the ball-in-socket contraption at the base of the stick.

Suppose it is safe to lubricate this with some basic grease from Autozone? Or any alternate suggestion?
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Maybe some white lithium?? It may be a little odorous....lol
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 12:42   #8
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Yeah, white lithium is usually my "go to" lubricant (not in the bedroom! ). I also have some general purpose grease (for wheel bearings, etc) from "Coastal" which I could glop in there.

I'll try the white lithium first.
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