|Tech Article Title
|Shift Lever U Joint Fix
Half of the slop felt in the shifter lever comes from the transmission u-joint. This piece is fairly easy to remove and replace.
You must drill out the rivets ( warning - they do not go through, don't attempt to knock them out! )
dissamble, clean, then drill and tap the holes to accept allen heads:
OEM parts; notice the thin rubber locator and undersized bushings, makes for lots of slop:
Exploded view of OEM parts, notice the rough cast marks and flimsy plastic pieces:
Exploded view which includes modified parts:
The metal sleeves, nylon bushings and grommets are all from ACE hardware; re-use rubber locators:
Fitted into the housing; nice and snug with smooooooth action
( for the hardcore out there, can use solid nylon bushings instead of grommets ):
Reassembled with stainless allen head fasteners:
Side by side next to the crappy Passat u-joint:
Another view... lengths, etc., are the same:
Along with my UUC, this makes for short, ultra-precise throws. Snick, snick...