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I had this problem, the stick would go down but not pop back up (stuck); the shaft bushing that is part of the stick was worn. Replacement was a fix; aside from a full rebuild.

As to your shifting issues: since, some of the bushings are totally gone, the extra play will make adjustment hard, hit-miss or almost impossible to do. The play in all the bushings; makes shifting correctly, accurately, almost impossible. Rebuilding the whole shifting system; is the way, to get back to the original shifting quality.


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Good work, when my bushings, parts were worn; i had to play around with the adjustments until i found the best adjustment for the gears to shift but once i rebuilt the shifter, the adjustment was a snap, much easier to do. All new bushings, needed replacement parts; after adjustment, makes a night and day difference! In my case, the shifter was so worn out, (which happens slowly over time); i had forgotten, how well the trans can, should shift!


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In addition to the D/Geek kit; a Sigma 6 shifter or cable end bushings, to replace the worn out rubber inserts, helps remove slop, play in the shifter as well. They are made in billet aluminum or Delrin.


DG Sigma 6 shifter:

 

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Well, that is the base bushing kit and then, there are others as well, plus parts VW still sells also. As i noted before, while DG sells many bushings; i found i needed other parts too, like the shifter stick and ball bushing, the “shimming” technique didn’t adequately, address the wear in those two parts (in my experience).

Here are all the bushings using their “filter”; that comes up for the new beetle (look for standard transmission applications).


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The adjustable cable ends on top of the transmission; are another rubber bushing that wears out and causes more play.


Various companies make solid replacements; if you upgraded to a Sigma 6 Short shifter, these would be upgraded as well.


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We discuss rebuilding things in depth in this discussion, i would review it and it should answer many questions.


Many things are gone over in the DG rebuild videos; which are on the DG site for each kit or bushing, shifter upgrade, etc, they sell.

I found the videos helpful and then, when i had the shifter apart, other parts were worn, needed replaced. Having things apart, helped and everything made more sense. Don’t over complicate things or psyche yourself out; you can do it, its more time consuming, then hard.






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Right now, you have substantial play and worn parts. I had all kinds of problems with gear shifting and adjusting the shifter linkage, until i rebuilt things, replaced all the worn parts.

When, i was adjusting the linkage; before fully rebuilding things, i just messed with it and played around with the adjustment, until it shifted better (i was never able to get it right).

As noted: it wasn’t until a full rebuild with new parts, i was able to accurately adjust the linkage, finally restore the shifting quality back to normal, like new gear selection, like new quality (once again).

You can bang your head against the wall and try to adjust things but until you fix the primary issue (worn parts, too much play), you won’t be able to have good shifting quality (no matter how many times; you try to “adjust” the linkage).

I would stop frustrating yourself; order the new parts you need, rebuild the shifter assembly and go from there (adjustment is a breeze; when the parts are new).


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