View Full Version : Shifter problems

11-17-2014, 04:53 PM
As seen in this picture the clips on the shifter have broken loss and I was wondering is it fixable or do I need a whole new unit?


11-17-2014, 05:20 PM
Check the classifieds. Someone has a whole shifter assembly for sale.

11-20-2014, 10:17 AM
I fixed mine with wire and JB weld putty. http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/11/20/418a6ee5e7853c7062e39f95c0c98f05.jpg

11-20-2014, 11:22 AM
Here is a post I made a while back, which quoted a post I made some time before that:

Here's a post I made for a thread exactly like yours a couple years back, which explains your limited options here:

As with so, so many things on the A4 (and in life, really if you think about it), we have an early/late situation. A vin-split, as it were. The early cars got an expensive metal base plate with an integral ball socket (like yours). The later cars got a cheap plastic base that a cheap-to-replace ball socket mounts into.

Early = Up to VIN 8D-X-281 732
Late = after that

For your "early" car, you have a these choices.
A - Replace the expensive plate (http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/8D0711334C/ES430185/).
B - Obtain the "late" A4 plastic base (www.ecstuning.com/ES2522951/) and ball (http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/8D0_711_279/ES430169/) socket (http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/8D0_711_901_A/ES430206/) bushing (http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/8D0_711_099_A/ES430125/) parts (http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/N100_562_01/ES251788/).
C - Buy the JHM Kit (http://jhmotorsports.com/shop/catalog/jhm-solid-short-throw-shifter-1997-19995-b5-a4-passat-early-p-27.html?cPath=21_62_63_107_78) which includes the new plastic base

Option A is the simplest. Option B is actually cheaper, even you buy everything brand new at the dealer. You could make it a bit cheaper by getting the entire shifter box out a "late" A4 at the junkyard for $50. Then pick up a new ball socket for $15 and you have everything you need. Option C is obviously the "baller option".

You can add "Option D" to that.

D - DIY jerry-rig something with urethane or some-such goo to bond your crumbling shifter stuff back together

Trabeate's fix is in an example of Option D.

11-20-2014, 11:29 AM
Option D has held together well. Been that way for quite a months and hasn't fallen apart. :-)

11-20-2014, 12:35 PM
^Trab, I wasn't knocking your method at all BTW. It's a good option and has the ability to be better than stock, depending on what you use to bond it (although probably not better than the pricey Option C).

11-20-2014, 12:58 PM
I knew you weren't saying anything bad about it. I attempted to bond it with other things but they didn't hold. Jb weld steelstik holds up really well. But I agree that jhm is much better.


Audi 4 Life
11-20-2014, 01:00 PM
+1 for JHM trio kit