no reverse, manual on 1995 Volkswagen Jetta

i just got this car knowing that it hasnt had reverse for two years, i dont want to spend money on reverse repair. i will look at linkages etc. but if its internal problem ill just change fluid. will it get worse?

by in Riverside, RI on December 24, 2009
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2 answers 9 comments
ANSWER by , December 26, 2009
a clutch problem for reverse can be checked by trying to engage reverse with the engine off. if it goes in, start the car and see if it moves a) with the clutch in means its too tight b) with clutch out may not move at all likely internal issue c) barely moves could be worn clutch d) can't get reverse when off? try rolling the car a bit, if that does'nt help, check linkage. be careful starting in gear, the car may move, be prepared.
COMMENT by , December 30, 2009
i put it in rev while off, started car with clutch in, slowly released clutch and it grabbed slightly ,,then just herd slipage/grinding, almost wants to stay in gear, but partially pops out and grinds like a women driver!! what is that? linkage adjust or worn clutch? really love your help, appreciate it alot!!! 401-523-5975 jesse
COMMENT by , January 03, 2010
if it pops out when clutch is released you may have a shifter linkage adjustment problem or an internal gear problem. if you held it in, would the car move? and does it feel like the shifter is in the wrong location? like too far to the side? and by the way, how are the forward gears?
COMMENT by , January 03, 2010
feels like right position, have to let clutch up in order for it to semi engage then starts grinding, all foward gears great, car doesnt do any thing with clutch in, i saw online that the clutch cable is self adjusting, so linkage or worn clutch if linkage can u send direction to check likage ie which one? thank you for takin time to help me..jesse
COMMENT by , April 05, 2012
hey did you get reverse fixed and if so what was the problem??
COMMENT by , September 08, 2013
Hey did that work for your reverse? i just got a jetta and the reverse does a grinding sound everytime i try to use it, it will either stall or stay in first. please help
ANSWER by , December 25, 2009
How is the clutch? If a clutch is worn on a VW, you will get no reverse, because the clutch has to really release all the way to do so. The fluid will have minimal effect on no reverse. if the clutch is good, then, yes check the shift linkages.
COMMENT by , December 25, 2009
i havent looked yet, but the guy said theres a new clutch cable, so may not be hydraulic clutch, and that sounds like good advice concerning clutch being worn out. thanks alot!!
COMMENT by , December 25, 2009
sorry i just reread the fluid part of your advice, youre talkin about trany fluid, not clutch hydraulics ok thanks again jesse
COMMENT by , December 25, 2009
if clutch grabs up high ..{pedal height} that means it is worn right?
COMMENT by , December 24, 2010
if my jetta makes a loud screaching noise, and wont got into reverse what would be the problem. would it not have enough tranny fluid or would it be a bad clutch? -josh