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  • hughes1312
    hughes1312 - 1999 Volkswagen Beetle - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/18/2015
    What should i do next to fix delayed shifting?
    Hello I just bought a 99 vw beetle and i have been having a couple problems with it. is has 137k miles on it. It is an automatic and delays while shifting (regardless of temperature ) . there is no grinding or jerking but it takes a while to shift between gears. it ...
     
    • Jimm
      4/18/2015 Jimm
      First question - what is the transmission fluid level? Have you checked and refilled as necessary?

      A code P0102 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:

      The MAF may be disconnected, or a wiring connection may be bad
      The MAF may be dirty or otherwise contaminated (Note: if you use a reusable oiled air filter, be careful not to apply too much oil or that can contaminate the MAF).
      The MAF sensor may be faulty
      The vehicle computer may be faulty (very rare).

      Possible Solutions;
      The simplest thing to do is to reset the code and see if it comes back. Then start with the cheapest, easiest repair procedures:

      1.Verify that the Mass Air Flow Sensor wiring is connected properly and that there are no broken / frayed wires.
      2. Inspect for any air leaks near the MAF sensor.
      3.Take the MAF out and clean it using a spray cleaner such as brake cleaner or electrical contact cleaner. Be gentle with the sensor.
      4. Check the voltage of the MAF sensor (refer to a repair manual for vehicle specific information)
      5. Replace the MAF sensor.

      P0301 = Cylinder #1 Misfire Detected
      A code P0301 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:

      Faulty spark plug or wire
      Faulty coil (pack)
      Faulty oxygen sensor(s)
      Faulty fuel injector
      Burned exhaust valve
      Faulty catalytic converter(s)
      Running out of fuel
      Poor compression
      Defective computer

      Possible Solutions;
      If there are no symptoms, the simplest thing to do is to reset the code and see if it comes back.

      If there are symptoms such as the engine is stumbling or hesitating, check all wiring and connectors that lead to the cylinders (i.e. spark plugs). Depending on how long the ignition components have been in the car, it may be a good idea to replace them as part of your regular maintenance schedule. I would suggest spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, and rotor (if applicable). Otherwise, check the coils (a.k.a. coil packs). In some cases, the catalytic converter has gone bad. If you smell rotten eggs in the exhaust, your cat converter needs to be replaced. I've also heard in other cases the problems were faulty fuel injectors.

      P0112 - Intake Air Temperature Circuit Low Input

      Usually the P0112 is caused by a bad IAT (internally shorted or open or otherwise damaged), but it could also be:
      No reference voltage to the IAT sensor due to an open wire
      Excessively high intake air temperatures
      Short to ground on signal circuit
      Damaged IAT connector
      Bad PCM

      P1128 = Long Term Fuel B1 System Too Lean
      Possible Causes
      Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor faulty
      Oxygen Sensor Control faulty
      Oxygen Sensor(s) faulty
      Fuel Injector(s) faulty

      Possible Solutions
      Check Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor
      Check Oxygen Sensor Control
      Check Oxygen Sensor(s)
      Check Fuel Injector(s)
  • hughes1312
    hughes1312 - 1999 Volkswagen Beetle - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/18/2015
    What should i do next to fix delayed shifting?
    Hello I just bought a 99 vw beetle and i have been having a couple problems with it. is has 137k miles on it. It is an automatic and delays while shifting (regardless of temperature ) . there is no grinding or jerking but it takes a while to shift between gears. it ...
     
    • Jimm
      4/18/2015 Jimm
      First question - what is the transmission fluid level? Have you checked and refilled as necessary?

      A code P0102 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:

      The MAF may be disconnected, or a wiring connection may be bad
      The MAF may be dirty or otherwise contaminated (Note: if you use a reusable oiled air filter, be careful not to apply too much oil or that can contaminate the MAF).
      The MAF sensor may be faulty
      The vehicle computer may be faulty (very rare).

      Possible Solutions;
      The simplest thing to do is to reset the code and see if it comes back. Then start with the cheapest, easiest repair procedures:

      1.Verify that the Mass Air Flow Sensor wiring is connected properly and that there are no broken / frayed wires.
      2. Inspect for any air leaks near the MAF sensor.
      3.Take the MAF out and clean it using a spray cleaner such as brake cleaner or electrical contact cleaner. Be gentle with the sensor.
      4. Check the voltage of the MAF sensor (refer to a repair manual for vehicle specific information)
      5. Replace the MAF sensor.

      P0301 = Cylinder #1 Misfire Detected
      A code P0301 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:

      Faulty spark plug or wire
      Faulty coil (pack)
      Faulty oxygen sensor(s)
      Faulty fuel injector
      Burned exhaust valve
      Faulty catalytic converter(s)
      Running out of fuel
      Poor compression
      Defective computer

      Possible Solutions;
      If there are no symptoms, the simplest thing to do is to reset the code and see if it comes back.

      If there are symptoms such as the engine is stumbling or hesitating, check all wiring and connectors that lead to the cylinders (i.e. spark plugs). Depending on how long the ignition components have been in the car, it may be a good idea to replace them as part of your regular maintenance schedule. I would suggest spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, and rotor (if applicable). Otherwise, check the coils (a.k.a. coil packs). In some cases, the catalytic converter has gone bad. If you smell rotten eggs in the exhaust, your cat converter needs to be replaced. I've also heard in other cases the problems were faulty fuel injectors.

      P0112 - Intake Air Temperature Circuit Low Input

      Usually the P0112 is caused by a bad IAT (internally shorted or open or otherwise damaged), but it could also be:
      No reference voltage to the IAT sensor due to an open wire
      Excessively high intake air temperatures
      Short to ground on signal circuit
      Damaged IAT connector
      Bad PCM

      P1128 = Long Term Fuel B1 System Too Lean
      Possible Causes
      Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor faulty
      Oxygen Sensor Control faulty
      Oxygen Sensor(s) faulty
      Fuel Injector(s) faulty

      Possible Solutions
      Check Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor
      Check Oxygen Sensor Control
      Check Oxygen Sensor(s)
      Check Fuel Injector(s)
  • hughes1312
    hughes1312 - 1999 Volkswagen Beetle - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/18/2015
    What should i do next to fix delayed shifting?
    Hello I just bought a 99 vw beetle and i have been having a couple problems with it. is has 137k miles on it. It is an automatic and delays while shifting (regardless of temperature ) . there is no grinding or jerking but it takes a while to shift between gears. it ...
     
    • Jimm
      4/18/2015 Jimm
      First question - what is the transmission fluid level? Have you checked and refilled as necessary?

      A code P0102 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:

      The MAF may be disconnected, or a wiring connection may be bad
      The MAF may be dirty or otherwise contaminated (Note: if you use a reusable oiled air filter, be careful not to apply too much oil or that can contaminate the MAF).
      The MAF sensor may be faulty
      The vehicle computer may be faulty (very rare).

      Possible Solutions;
      The simplest thing to do is to reset the code and see if it comes back. Then start with the cheapest, easiest repair procedures:

      1.Verify that the Mass Air Flow Sensor wiring is connected properly and that there are no broken / frayed wires.
      2. Inspect for any air leaks near the MAF sensor.
      3.Take the MAF out and clean it using a spray cleaner such as brake cleaner or electrical contact cleaner. Be gentle with the sensor.
      4. Check the voltage of the MAF sensor (refer to a repair manual for vehicle specific information)
      5. Replace the MAF sensor.

      P0301 = Cylinder #1 Misfire Detected
      A code P0301 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:

      Faulty spark plug or wire
      Faulty coil (pack)
      Faulty oxygen sensor(s)
      Faulty fuel injector
      Burned exhaust valve
      Faulty catalytic converter(s)
      Running out of fuel
      Poor compression
      Defective computer

      Possible Solutions;
      If there are no symptoms, the simplest thing to do is to reset the code and see if it comes back.

      If there are symptoms such as the engine is stumbling or hesitating, check all wiring and connectors that lead to the cylinders (i.e. spark plugs). Depending on how long the ignition components have been in the car, it may be a good idea to replace them as part of your regular maintenance schedule. I would suggest spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, and rotor (if applicable). Otherwise, check the coils (a.k.a. coil packs). In some cases, the catalytic converter has gone bad. If you smell rotten eggs in the exhaust, your cat converter needs to be replaced. I've also heard in other cases the problems were faulty fuel injectors.

      P0112 - Intake Air Temperature Circuit Low Input

      Usually the P0112 is caused by a bad IAT (internally shorted or open or otherwise damaged), but it could also be:
      No reference voltage to the IAT sensor due to an open wire
      Excessively high intake air temperatures
      Short to ground on signal circuit
      Damaged IAT connector
      Bad PCM

      P1128 = Long Term Fuel B1 System Too Lean
      Possible Causes
      Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor faulty
      Oxygen Sensor Control faulty
      Oxygen Sensor(s) faulty
      Fuel Injector(s) faulty

      Possible Solutions
      Check Mass Air Flow (MAF) Sensor
      Check Oxygen Sensor Control
      Check Oxygen Sensor(s)
      Check Fuel Injector(s)
      Jimm
      4/19/2015 hughes1312
      Thank you for the quick response! yesterday my car started whining/screeching and it sounded like it was coming from the transmission. unfortunately my car model was not made with a transmission fluid dipstick so I just put 2 quarts of fluid into the transmission, the noise and the delayed shifting seem to be fixed. should i get my transmission flushed soon? also i have a new problem, when i shut my AC OFF there is a loud grinding noise, as soon as i turn it back on the noise stops. any ideas?
  • Israelx7
    Israelx7 - 2003 Volkswagen Jetta - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/12/2015
    Why am I stuck in 1st gear till I disconnect the battery?
    Start car, shift to Drive. 1st gear only. Stop car, turn off ignition, disconnect negative terminal for 10-30 seconds, reconnect, restart and shifts fine
     
    0 answer
  • Bill Simon
    Bill Simon - 2004 Volkswagen Golf - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/8/2015
    5 speed clutch is soft and won't let me shift it into gear
    180000 replace the master cylinder still soft
     
    0 answer
  • Archer81686
    Archer81686 - 2006 Volkswagen Jetta - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/4/2015
    When the cars turned off I can shift gears fine but when it's on I cant get it in gear and if I start in 1st and let off
    When I start it in gear and take my foot off the break it takes off like I'm letting off the clutch(which im not). Then after 2 days of this I have a friend that is mechanically inclined and when I started it everything worked fine. Could shift with ease and drove ...
     
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  • thomaseh1992
    thomaseh1992 - 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 4/4/2015
    I have vw rabbit pickup with a 1.7 gas motor and want to put a 79 1.5 diesel into it will the transmission be compatible
    .
     
    • Jimm
      4/4/2015 Jimm
      Need more information - is this a manual or automatic transmission? Generally,the transmissions are the same models for the 1.5,1.6 and 1.7 in the late 70s and early 80s VW Rabbit.
      Jimm
      4/4/2015 thomaseh1992
      Yes it is a 4 speed manual and it is a base model
  • saul
    saul - 2003 Volkswagen Passat - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 3/2/2015
    What does the manual transaxle Multi-function switch do? where is it located? Could it be the cause of my problems?
    My problem is that I can shift into all gears with the engine off, but can not when it is on/running, unless I start it in gear. If I do that , and try to shift, it will not allow to go into any gear, but can drive in that gear. Very strange. Also the clutch ...
     
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  • saul
    saul - 2003 Volkswagen Passat - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/28/2015
    If engine is off, I can shift into all gears; but, if running I can not shift into any, why?
    manual transmission. no engine ck light. no noise at all. this problem happened suddenly. if engine is off and I shift into any gear, push in clutch to start, it will engage and run fine in that gear, but when I try to go into another gear, it will stay in neutral.
     
    • Jimm
      2/28/2015 Jimm
      Most likely the issue is a faulty hydraulic clutch master or clutch slave cylinder. Replace both the clutch master and slave cylinders as a set at the same time.

      Check these various on-line vendors; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the clutch master cylinder from around $65.00 and the slave cylinder from around $37.00 for your vehicle.
  • Alen123
    Alen123 - 2010 Volkswagen CC - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/22/2015
    Ok when i put the car in R to fast sometimes it wont go at all and and sometimes whenn i do it normal speed it wont go
    Every other gear works well just the reverse one sometime wont go in it when its in R what do you think might be the problem
     
    • VV34K
      2/22/2015 VV34K
      what kind of gearbox do you have ? , how much mileage is there on the vehicle ? , if it is a DSG Gearbox , you should stop the vehicle fully before applying the reverse gear , check the vehicle using VAS or ODIS , see if there are any faults , a Golf GTI had the same symptoms I replaced the gearbox Clutch and the problem was solved.
  • hjwendt
    hjwendt - 2000 Volkswagen Passat - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 2/4/2015
    What does it take to repair/replace the linkage for the shift handle?
    My car was recently parked in the cold weather for a while and when I returned to it the shifter handle wouldn't move. After some warming up, I tried again and it gave, but it won't actually shift into gear. The assembly below the handle was a ball of ice and ...
     
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  • Miguel
    Miguel - 2003 Volkswagen Golf - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/14/2015
    Why can't I get out of park when the car is cold?
    Most of the times I have to wait until the temperature gauge reaches about 120 for it to come out of park!!
     
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  • Miguel
    Miguel - 2003 Volkswagen Golf - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 1/14/2015
    Why can't I get out of park when the car is cold?
    Most of the times I have to wait until the temperature gauge reaches about 120 for it to come out of park!!
     
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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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