VW jetta reverse gear not engaging.

Asked by Jan 02, 2017 at 08:44 PM about the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I've got a 2001 VW jetta mk4 2.0. It wont engage in
reverse gear, but instead will move forward as if in
first gear while in the correct reverse position.  The
other gears work just fine, slight delay shifting into
third but nothing else other than the gear shift
being loose, can anyone help me figure this issue??

3 Answers


its possible your shifter just needs repair. But it could just be low fluid.

I don't have an answer but did u ever get it fixed I'm having trouble with mine


I would suggest fixing the shifter back to where it sits properly as there is sensors in the shifters especially if its a automatic. If its a Manuel i would check the linkage and have the fluid checked. Despite what the dealer tells you no fluid will last forever as much as they wish this its simply not true. Every 150,000 km you should change the trany filter and fluids and this is often a good time to see how much metal has been shaved off the gears. its normal to have a bit of shavings in the pan its regular ware and tear but eventually the gears slip or get stuck or simply miss due to it. I am not saying this is your problem but its a possibility. I would see whats causing the looseness in the shifter first and then move on to fluid change and then have some place like Mr Transmission take a look at it as they offer free diagnoses of your issue. If they say you need a new trany insist on your orignal one being rebuilt as its always the better option and its 100% better to keep original parts as they were made and fitted for that particular engine and it gives you the knowledge of knowing you practically have a brand new trany under you then a it might work used trany. A trany flush and filter is roughly 150-300$ depending where you take it. and be sure to ask to see how much shavings were in the pan. more then a tea cups worth is not normal.in a high mileage car.

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