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Won't go in gear!

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by hank3944, Feb 21, 2014.

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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    Got in my car this morning, (in first gear) foot on the clutch, started the engine and it lurched forward like it was in gear.

    then when I finally got it in neutral and started the engine, it would not go into any gears...

    Please could someone help or advise what the problem is? would it be a snapped cable?
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    Sounds like the clutch needs bleeding or the salve cylinder has let go, no cable clutches on these, only cables are for the gear linkages.
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    oh dear, that sounds Grim!, what would be the tell tell signs? a pile of clutch fluid on the floor
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    [Feb 21, 2014]
    or not?
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    Have you tried pumping the clutch to see if that helps? Possibly or it's inside the box.
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    I did pump the clutch 20-30 times this morning when I was trying to get it in gear this...The pedal did feel normal to be honest no floppy or limp.:readit: should I give it a good pumping session?
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    Is it the same with engine on and off?
    Mine did this a few years back, was stuck in third, culprit was snapped selector prong. Made the mistake of nursing it home riding clutch to get going, ruined it. Prob would had have new clutch anyway whilst apart.
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    yes it is the same with engine on and off....
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    It's probably not the same as mine, as once it went that was it, couldn't get into neutral or any other gear.
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    [Feb 23, 2014]
    Mine went like that. It was a clip that cost 20 quid runs like a dream now.
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    [Feb 26, 2014]
    So. I had had the car diagnosed with "needs new dual mass flywheel and clutch" by my local mechanic who quoted £1000 and had the same symptoms as me (wouldn't go into gear when stationary) and by someone else around £500 so I was just coming to terms with the cost of it when I thought.... I will just sit in the old girl and give the gears another go and hey presto, all the gears work. So I took her for a small drive. And all seems fine.

    So do I get the work done anyway or continue to drive it until it goes wrong again or will I do even more damage?

    Note, I did just sit in the car stationary and pump the clutch and there was a change in tone in either the engine or clutch, is this the thrust bearing?

    Advice please. Thanks
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    [Feb 26, 2014]
    Sounds like they trying to pull your pants down !
    Take it to a specialist. Not sure where you are, but I always use Mids VW, very helpful and reasonably priced.
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    Thanks mate but I am down south near Worthing
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    So do I get the work done anyway or continue to drive it until it goes wrong again or will I do even more damage?
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    [Feb 27, 2014]
    It's not going to fix itself and likely to do more damage/leave you stuck somewhere. Id get it done.
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    if it needs work have it done
    but make sure you get done whats needed
    sounds like the garage was trying to have you over
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