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  • VDUBBED
    VDUBBED - 2013 Volkswagen Golf - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/28/2014
    CAR GOING BAckwards in 1st 2nd and third gear
    This has happened 8 times and once I caught it on video but VW denies that it is possible. The only other witness was my passenger, who was with me 7 out of the eight times.
     
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  • androck29
    androck29 - 2012 Volkswagen Golf - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/25/2014
    I accidentally put the car into reverse without the clutch, did I damage something?
    when driving off I noticed it was a little harder than usual to put it into first gear. all other gears where fine. then I came to a stop, put the car in first and was ready to take off and it felt like the gear wanted to come off firs and a little bit of a grinding ...
     
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  • androck29
    androck29 - 2012 Volkswagen Golf - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/25/2014
    I accidentally put the car into reverse without the clutch, did I damage something?
    when driving off I noticed it was a little harder than usual to put it into first gear. all other gears where fine. then I came to a stop, put the car in first and was ready to take off and it felt like the gear wanted to come off firs and a little bit of a grinding ...
     
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  • androck29
    androck29 - 2012 Volkswagen Golf - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/25/2014
    I accidentally put the car into reverse without the clutch, did I damage something?
    when driving off I noticed it was a little harder than usual to put it into first gear. all other gears where fine. then I came to a stop, put the car in first and was ready to take off and it felt like the gear wanted to come off firs and a little bit of a grinding ...
     
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  • michellis lattimore
    michellis lattimore - 1998 Volkswagen Jetta - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/23/2014
    Wheredoiputtransmissionfluid?
    when i step on the gas peddle the car is jumping before it move's
     
    • Jimm
      11/23/2014 Jimm
      The Transmission dipstick is under the hood, usually on the upper right side - if facing front of the vehicle. There is no reservoir as fluid goes into the tube or recess where the dipstick pulls out. Use a funnel to pour in with the engine warm at idle speed, then check the current fluid level.

      It should be between the max and min fill lines and add fluid if falls below the low marking. Be sure not to overfill the transmission fluid level.

      For further instruction, you can reference the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the AutoMD.com website.
    • Charlie
      11/23/2014 Charlie
      I'm new to this site, but I tried to add a comment here earlier (almost made me late for church) and it's not here, so I guess I didn't do it right. I kept a copy, so here it is again:

      P.S. to what Jimm said: For the most accurate reading (per what I've read in car repair manuals), check it with the car level, running, in park, after driving at least 10 or 15 miles (further in cold weather) of normal driving (not real hot, not towing a heavy trailer), so the transmission is at "normal operating temperature," and use the "Hot" area on the dipstick to make the measurement (i.e., to check that it's in the proper range). I've taken that advice to mean, "It's quite temperature sensitive, so don't measure it in non-ideal conditions if you don't have to; wait for a better time." If you have to, and the engine is "cold," use the "Cold" area on the dipstick.
      Long, skinny funnels are available for the task of pouring tranny fluid into the dipstick tube.
  • Dele
    Dele - 2001 Volkswagen Passat - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/13/2014
    Why does my car not recognize multifunction switch, even after replacement
    I have also replace both MFS and transmission and still have the same problem
     
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  • Jessica
    Jessica - 2004 Volkswagen Golf - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/22/2014
    Why is my car shaking and lurching?
    Approximately 148k miles. the check engine light is flashing. While the car is moving, its lurching and shaking a lot. I am not noticing any odors. It does vibrate a bit when idling. This just started today. the care was cold when it started but it did not stop when ...
     
    • Jimm
      10/22/2014 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
  • mike knowles
    mike knowles - 2002 Volkswagen Beetle - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/13/2014
    Why does my car vibrate bad when I put it into reverse with the brakes applied?
    The vibration stops when driving in reverse. The same for drive but the vibration is minimal. I have had the motor mounts and torque converter replaced by a non dealer shop. I took it to the dealer for a diagnosis and they report a torque converter code error. The ...
     
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  • kevin
    kevin - 1994 Volkswagen Transporter - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 9/28/2014
    Gear trouble 3rd to 2nd
    Changes up thru the gears but won't change down from 3rd to 2nd gear. What could this be plz. Thanks
     
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  • kwami
    kwami - 2003 Volkswagen Passat - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 9/21/2014
    Kicks when driving or down shift
    kicks at a complete stop while depressing the brake
     
    • RJS3679
      9/21/2014 RJS3679
      This happens a lot when the basic settings for the transmission control module are not correct. A factory scan tool is required to reset basic settings.
  • david
    david - 1994 Volkswagen Jetta - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 8/23/2014
    Speedo and tach don't work
    All the guages work but the speedo and tach. the oil light flashes.
     
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  • fleurdelys
    fleurdelys - 2002 Volkswagen Cabrio - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 8/17/2014
    Why does my dash only read that my car is still in drive even when I shift it into Park to Neutral
    Car is parked and won't start because it thinks it's in drive. What might be the cause?
     
    • fleurdelys
      8/16/2014 fleurdelys
      Could it be the Neutral Start Switch? If so, where is it located?
    • CVO
      8/17/2014 CVO
      The combination neutral start and backup light switch is mounted inside the shifter housing. The starter should operate in Park or Neutral only. Adjust the switch by moving it on its mounts. The back-up lights should only come on when the shift selector is in the Reverse position.

      The neutral safety switch and back-up light are combined into one switch referred to as the multi-function Transmission Range (TR) Switch. The switch also supplies input for the on dash gear position indicators on models so equipped.

      The TR switch is also used to operate the back-up light.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Volkswagen Passat - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/28/2014
    Why dose my car give a hard jerk when dropping speed
    After driving and hitting 5th gear when losing speed I get a hard jerk and not sure what it is coming from
     
    • CVO
      6/28/2014 CVO
      The check engine light doesn't have to be ON to store a fault code.

      Check the vehicle for fault codes to see if there are any sensors were involved to the malfunction of the engine.

      1.Local auto parts stores such as Autozone ( not in California) or Advance Auto parts or Pep Boys will scan and retrieve any diagnostic trouble codes ( dtc ) stored in the powertrain control module for free of charge..

      2. Amazon.com has the code reader for less than $ 18.00 dollars + shipping
      Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN Diagnostic Scan Tool for OBDII Vehicles

      3.Re-post the dtc's in here " answer question " for further assistance.

      Note: we need the dtc's to identify the sensor, there are a dozen different ELECTRONIC sensors to operate the car.

      Visit this site and see all the different sensors.
      Powertrain Control Module (PCM)
      Throttle Position (TP) sensor
      Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor
      Intake Air Temperature (IAT) sensor
      Idle Air Control (IAC) valve
      Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT)
      Heated Oxygen Sensor (HO2S)
      Camshaft Position (CMP) sensor
      Knock Sensor (KS)
      Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS)
      Crankshaft Position (CKP) sensor

      It could be the vehicle speed sensor, but it's only a scan test could tell for sure.


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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2001 Volkswagen Passat - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/28/2014
    Why dose my car give a hard jerk when dropping speed
    After driving and hitting 5th gear when losing speed I get a hard jerk and not sure what it is coming from
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2006 Volkswagen Passat - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/24/2014
    Why does the dashboard does not come on and the transmission shutters when I try to select a gear.
    Cars interior got wet.
     
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