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Why does my Jetta not shift into 2nd or 4th gear but fine on 1st, 3rd,

Myh 92 Jetta 5 speed manual wont shift into 2nd or 4th gear. If rev'd up, will go into 3rd and up to 5th. What could this problem be?

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Spray the linkages. I had a problem similar but wouldn't go in reverse.

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catherine.a.elliott73 , There is a possibility that the shift linkage bushings or cable brackets are bad/loose or it could be a more serious transmission internal issue like worn/bad syncro's/gears/bearings, damaged/bent shift fork,etc.. Have a good local transmission shop have a look, diagnose and estimate repair. Good luck. I hope this helped you out, if so let me know by pressing the helpful button.

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There are several reason but the most likely issue will be with the syncros in the gear box . It could also be the shift linkage has been damaged or bent and therefore will not move freely . The fact that you can get it to shift if you power shift suggests that the problem is with the syncros

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