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Gear Change Linkage

Gear linkage

A sloppy gearchange is a common fault on the Mk1 Golf and its variants. Luckily, the parts are inexpensive and readily available to solve this. With thanks to "JSeaman", here is an article describing how to replace the gear change linkage.

First, apologies - I ended up doing this in stages over several weeks so this might not string together too well. Hopefully it will be enough for you to follow. When doing a shift bushing rebuild, it's worth spending the extra £10 ish on doing the ball assembly too.

You don't have to do this but it seems silly to have it all stripped down and only do the basic bushes. I recommend the proper kits either way because they are pretty comprehensive (unlike the ebay ones) and are cheap too.

Make sure you get mk1 bush kits because the mk2 kits are slightly different. The bushes alone are about £5 to do whereas the kit with the base of the gearstick is more like £15. Money well spent and can restore your gear feel completely, especially if you are having trouble engaging gears and slipping into reverse instead of first etc. My car couldn't get fifth at all, first was almost impossible and generally it was awful, the linkage gave me all five gears and a much (much) firmer shift.

We hope you find this guide useful and helps you in someway to complete in changing your gear linkage

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