Mk4 shift tower bushing

Ydnic326

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I removed the shift tower from the tranny on my 2000 tdi 5 speed. The shift tower bearing seems to be fine, but the horizontal bushing was very tight and stiff and difficult to work back and forth. It appears to be white plastic, i got it out by breaking and picking pieces away with a pic tool.

I’m not exactly sure what it is called or where i can find a new one. Can anyone help….. i probably will also change the bearing since i have the tower off. I tried to add a picture with the bushing location circled but couldn’t figure out how to add the photo.
 

Zak99b5

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For the bell crank? The interior of the housing has corroded and expanded, making the shaft tight in there. Remove it and use a plumber's wire brush to clean it out. IDParts has the white plastic sleeves.
 

Ydnic326

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Is there a name for those white plastic sleeves?
 

starrd

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I think they are called:
Shift Lever Bushing (A4)
ID parts has the white plastic ones and Diesel Geek has high performance ones
Search the part number
1J0711067L
 

Ydnic326

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Did you see the pic i posted and part i circled? I will search that part number, thank you sooo much.
 

Brett San Diego

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Search "shift tower repair kit" on Cascade German. $50. Includes bearing, all the plastic bushings, and the seal.

Brett
 
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benmarks

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I second the DieselGeek bushings and bushing kits. Before installing the donor shifter and transmission for one of my projects, I replaced and re-lubricated EVERYTHING so I wouldn't have to think about it again. They make a "high performance" part for the one shown in the earlier photo, and they also have a video about what to do if it's still stiff even with new bushings. It's crazy how many bushing videos DieselGeek has ;)


 

Ydnic326

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Thank you, i am just waiting for the bushing to arrive…… I was wondering what you used to lubricate everything, and do you have any suggestions for sealer i should use when i put the shift tower back on?
 

JETaah

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I suggest that once you clean out the bore down to nice shiny metal that you coat it with something like brake slider pin grease to protect it from corroding again. That should work well on the lever pin and "friction piece" as well.
You don't want the elements to wick their way in between the bore and bushing again. I use a gun bore brush or a 1/2" copper pipe fitting cleaning brush to take it down.
 

Ydnic326

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I did use the copper pipe cleaning brush, it worked like a champ. I appreciate the help!
 

Ydnic326

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Putting things back together and this little guy had a crack in it….. eventually a little piece of it broke out. My poor little ALH is just old and the parts are getting rigid and dry rotting.
 

JETaah

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Putting things back together and this little guy had a crack in it….. eventually a little piece of it broke out. My poor little ALH is just old and the parts are getting rigid and dry rotting.
see dieselgeek.com
He has a much improved one for a few dollars more that is guaranteed for life (I think)
 

starrd

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see dieselgeek.com
He has a much improved one for a few dollars more that is guaranteed for life (I think)

"The Super Slider was made in the USA on American machines and is guaranteed to last forever, too!"
 

PakProtector

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A 12mm bolt does a very fine job for cleaning up the relay lever bushing hole. A 50 cal cleaning brush would be a fine tool to finish with.

I fired up my lathe and made new ones from PEEK. Fine exercise... :)

Douglas
 
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