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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 June 11th, 2007, 10:51   #1
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Default Car wont' shift into gear

This morning my wife was driving to work, slowing down on the highway, tried down shifting from fifth to fourth, and wouldn't go into gear. Wouldn't go into any gear. Eventually she somehow got it into first and made it to the side of the highway.
Mechanic says the flywheel is done, and that clutch needs to be replaced. The car has 176k (km) on it, and there's never been any problems with the clutch before. I've read on this forum and elsewhere that the dual mass flywheel is known to have issues. Talked to a few mechanics and they told me they've seen this before. Any thoughts?

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Old June 13th, 2007, 17:29   #2
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Try bleeding the slave cylinder before you throw in the towel completely. Does the pedal go to the floor really easy ??
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Old August 2nd, 2007, 23:37   #3
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What happened with this? I am having similar problems.

I could only get it to shift by rev matching while clutching.
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 00:18   #4
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ughhh, it must be that time of year... seen a number of threads on this lately, including myself.....

from what i gather it's probably clutch, pressure plate went or throwout bearing... did you hear any noise? i think if the DMF went you'd hear a bang.... when my clutch went it made no noise, so i think the DMF was probably fine. i was accelerating briskly 1 -> 2 then no 3, couldn't get into any gear

i also bled the clutch slave cylinder, and before the checked my linkage... all good... can get into gear when car is off, but when on, no go.... i can't say for sure in my situation it was the clutch until i get the old clutch out from the shop... but that's what all fingers are pointing to
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 05:17   #5
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Had the same problems, only can get into gear when engine is off, then had to rev match to get into higher gears, then had to kill engine at stop and restart again in first.

turned out to be clutch disc spring broke and lodged into pressure plate fingers. I also troubleshot the hydraulic system and luckily that wasn't it as those parts seem much harder to get than the clutch package.

Unfortunately a clutch change is in your future.
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Old January 11th, 2008, 10:14   #6
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i have a 1996 passat with 199700 miles and with no noises or any warrning i couldnt shift from 2nd to 3rd, then i relized i couldnt shift at all. I have to turn off the car to stop and rev shift to get to higher gear. my pedal has normal pressure and there isnt any slack on the way up either, am i doomed into getting a new clutch?
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Old January 13th, 2008, 03:48   #7
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Some of you need clutches/flywheels. Some may need an adjustment on the shift linkage. All need their card diagnosed properly. Try the TDI trusted list in your town.
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Old January 14th, 2008, 06:13   #8
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Clutches are expensive. Do the easy stuff first. Like was said before, I'd check the shift linkage, bleed the clutch cylinders, make sure the trans has gear fluid, etc. All that above is less than a $100 worth of guessing, compared to a 1000 (sounds like a guess too) clutch.
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Old January 15th, 2008, 07:54   #9
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Spring breaking in the clutch disk is fairly common with TDI's, this is what happened to my current engine. Think about it, when lugging in traffic, these springs are taking all the torque...

The broken spring piece will wedge intself between the clutch disk and the pressure plate or flywheel and prevent you from disconnecting power transfer...

This one was at 172K and the friction material was in great shape, this was a 96 Passsat B4V one.

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