Won’t shift properly

So 3rd gear is thinly gear that seems normal, reverse makes my car go forwards, first gear works at 50mph at less than 4K rpms
My car has a manual transmission.
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Hi Travis. Thanks for writing in today. There are several possible issues with your manual transmission shifted 1998 Volkswagen Beetle that could be contributing to this issue, ranging from the clutch pack or pressure plate wearing out, to internal transmission components or hydraulic lines that are leaking internally. In order to accurately diagnose your problems, it would be a good idea for you to contact a mobile mechanic to come to your location and complete a car is hard to shift inspection. Once they visit you, they’ll be able to pinpoint the source of your issues and recommend the right repairs.

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On some Volkswagens, like the Beetle, Jetta and Passat, you can clear the shift adapts by turning the ignition to off, waiting 30 seconds and then disconnecting the harness connector from the TCM. Gaining access to the TCM on some vehicles can be a difficult and time-consuming task.
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The problem stems from a hydraulic pressure accumulator housing component that was manufactured incorrectly. VW Golf, Polo, Jetta, Beetle, Passat and Caddy models are affected.
Currently it appears as though the DSG transmissions have solid longevity. Since the transmission is built like a manual, it is mechanically strong. The weak points that will be likely to fail will be the DSG Clutch Packs or the mechatronics unit. These are both replaceable (but expensive) parts.
The problem stems from a hydraulic pressure accumulator housing component that was manufactured incorrectly. VW Golf, Polo, Jetta, Beetle, Passat and Caddy models are affected.
Currently it appears as though the DSG transmissions have solid longevity. Since the transmission is built like a manual, it is mechanically strong. The weak points that will be likely to fail will be the DSG Clutch Packs or the mechatronics unit. These are both replaceable (but expensive) parts.

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ANSWER : If you have all the drive shafts in the front and rear, then you will damage the transfer case or one of the axles if you drive the vehicle and engage the front end. The two different gear ratios will do this. As far as the transmission goes, you have a problem with the governor inside the transmission and may have bad second gear parts. Have a mechanic pressure test the transmission and diagnose the shifting issue for you.

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When vehicle is in the prosses of shifting there is a vibration. But it runs fine after shifting. What could that be?
ANSWER : Hello, thanks for writing in. From what you describe it would appear that there is more than one issue. Vibrations during shifting can be caused by several things. The first thing I would do is check that the transmission fluid is topped off and that the fluid is clean. Once the fluid is verified I would then carefully examine the transmission and engine mounts to see if they may be worn out. Worn mounts can cause vibration, as well as knocking sounds if they are worn enough. The grinding sound that you are experiencing during starting may be due to a worn flexplate or starter. When the starter is engaged a gear is extended, which contacts teeth on the flexplate, to turn the engine. If either the starter or flexplate teeth wear out, they can produce a grinding sound, which may eventually progress into a more serious issue. I would recommend checking the starter gear for any signs of wear or damage. If you would still like help, consider having one of our expert automotive technicians come to your home or office to look at and diagnose this vibration issue for you, and make any repairs as needed.

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Transmission intermittently won’t shift to next gear
ANSWER : It is very possible that the transmission may require a full rebuild or a replacement in order for it to perform properly. Although you are able to shift into other gears, if certain gears are not working correctly, transmission damage may be the cause.

If the transmission has already been diagnosed by the dealer that it needs replacement and the transmission is still not shifting properly, it is unlikely that the transmission will get any better without replacement.

It does not hurt to attempt any reset procedure that may be available, but it is also unlikely that a reset of any kind will resolve transmission issues. Small things to check before replacing the transmission if possible would be the fluid level and any trouble codes that may have been stored due to the issue your transmission is causing.

If any codes exist, this may lead you to other possible parts inside the transmission that may be able to be replaced and have your transmission working again as it should. You can get a second opinion from an local expert, such as one from YourMechanic, in order to diagnose your shifting problem and advise you on the next steps.

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My windows won’t go down, my instruments don’t work, my car won’t go in park without shift release
ANSWER : Hi, thanks for writing in. In most cases, the problems you’re describing are caused by damage to the electrical system either at the fuse box or through relays that send electrical signals to each component that isn’t working; such as your power windows, instrument panel and others. If the vehicle was exposed to lots of water, this may have damaged the electrical system or the vehicle’s on board computer as well. The best way to reduce the stress, time and money on trying to find the exact source of your problems is to have one of our local mechanics inspect your Honda Accord for electrical problems at your home or office.

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ANSWER : Hi there. Many electronically controlled transmissions are computer controlled. With that said, the input signals for the engine can have a direct affect on the transmission behavior. Do no rely on scan tool recommendations because it is just that, a recommendation and not a diagnosis. Think of the scan tool you witnessed as a tool to sell parts, nothing more. A capable scan tool provides more than codes; it provides live data to the technician to aid in the diagnosis. When the computer sees an operating condition that is out of specification it sets a code; it does not know what or why, but only that it is out of spec. The code leads the technician to the system that has the fault; it does not diagnose it. Before you do anything, have the battery tested. A bad cell or low state of health can wreak havoc on an electrical system. I suggest having a qualified technician perform an inspection to avoid replacing unnecessary parts. Your Mechanic has several technicians available that can assist you with a check engine light inspection and a car is shifting hard inspection.

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The truck won’t shift out of park so thinking that it’s the park shift interlock solenoid? Is that a good possibility that’s what
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My car won’t shift past 30mph while driving and it revs up.
ANSWER : Hi there. It looks like you’ve got multiple problems with your 95 Ford Taurus. The transmission issue may be due to a clogged hydraulic line, which is why most certified mechanics will recommend a transmission flush as opposed to just adding oil when there is a shifting issue. The issue with the battery is most likely due to the alternator or could be electrical due to a bad connection. The problem with many older cars is that sometimes age and parts fatigue will show up quickly, even with just 70,000 miles on the vehicle.

My suggestion to you is to contact a local ASE certified mechanic who can give your car a complete safety inspection to let you know what needs to be fixed before you spend any more money chasing problems.

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