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Volkswagen Golf Service & Repair Manual: Checking and adjusting selector lever cable

Brief description
Selector lever cable must be removed from gearbox so that its ease of movement can be checked. Put removed end down so it does not rub against anything.
The selector lever must be moved and then the cable must be reattached to the gearbox.
Then the selector lever cable must be adjusted.
Do not grease cable!
Always adjust selector lever cable, when:
The selector lever cable has been removed from the gearbox.
The engine and/or gearbox has been removed and installed.
Parts of the assembly mounting have been removed and installed.
The cable itself or the selector mechanism has been removed and installed.
The position of the engine and gearbox is shifted, for example to install it free of tension.
Checking
–  Move selector lever to position »P«.
–  Remove cable from lever on gearbox.
–  Move selector lever repeatedly from »P« to »S« and back to »P«.
Selector lever must move easily.
–  Reinstall cable with »loosened« adjustment screw.
   
If securing clip was removed, always install a »new« securing clip.
–  Finally adjust selector lever cable.
Adjusting
–  Move selector lever in vehicle to “P” position.
 

Checking and adjusting selector lever cable

Adjuster screw -arrow- must be »loosened«.
–  Shift lever on gearbox to position “P”.
 

Checking and adjusting selector lever cable

The gearbox lever must be pressed »completely to right side of vehicle« in the direction of selector lever cable support bracket.
 

Checking and adjusting selector lever cable

–  Install Bowden cable with loosened adjusting screw -arrow- and new securing clip.
  WARNING
The parking lock must be engaged.
–  To do this, turn both front wheels simultaneously »under the car« in the same direction until the parking lock can be heard to engage.
The parking lock is engaged when both front wheels cannot be turned in the same direction at the same time.
–  Gently push handle of selector lever forwards and backwards but under no circumstances must you shift out of “P”.
In this way the inner cable of the Bowden cable finds it optimal position.
–  Tighten adjuster screw -arrow-. Specified tightening torque → Item
This completes the adjustment.
–  Check selector mechanism → Chapter.
 

Checking and adjusting selector lever cable

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The selector shaft oil seal can currently only be renewed in conjunction with cover for parking lock → Chapter „Removing and installing cover for parking lock“.
   
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