won't shift into 2nd gear on 1991 Volkswagen Jetta

I have a 1991 vw jetta gl and it won't shift into 2nd gear. it doesn't make any crazy noise or anything it just won't lock into 2nd.

by in Tampa, FL on May 03, 2010
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1 answer 6 comments
ANSWER by , May 03, 2010
Is this an automatic or manual transmission?
COMMENT by , May 04, 2010
its manual... also!!! it won't start... it sounds like it wants to but it doesn't catch... battery is good and alternator is good... you can push start it with no problem.... i'm thinking its the starter... any thoughts??
COMMENT by , May 04, 2010
It's best to get the battery, charging and starting system checked to see if the issue is with the starter, battery cables or ignition switch circuit. As for the shifting, you'll want to have the shifter and linkage checked for proper adjustment otherwise it may be an internal issue in the transmission. Are you planning on diagnosing and repairing this yourself?
COMMENT by , May 04, 2010
yes i am with the help of a family member that's a mechanic. his specialty are toyotas and hondas... but we should be able to manage...how difficult is it to change the linkage??
COMMENT by , May 04, 2010
You'll want to check the linkage to make sure it's not out of adjustment. I suggest you get a good repair manual, it should describe how to check and adjust the linkage. I suggest one of these sites: http://bit.ly/mitchell_repair_manuals_online http://bit.ly/Bentley_Repair_Manuals You can access the info online so it's quick and easy. Have your mechanic check the voltage to the starter, here are some instructions for testing: http://www.excelauto.com/online/Tech.d/strvdt.html
COMMENT by , May 04, 2010
awesome... thanks... much appreciated.
COMMENT by , July 07, 2010
i had the same problem, the speedometer cable shifted and blocked access to 2nd gear.. we took it out and it shifts fine now..