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GotVANOS? 12-21-2012 08:28 PM

Wont engage reverse
quick Q, I have a ZF 5 speed that is out of the car, (nothing hooked up to it except the shifter) and I was wondering if I should be able to shift it into reverse. I can feel all 5 gears but it wont engage reverse. It feels like something is blocking me from moving it all the way to the left. Is that normal? :hmm:

maybe the gear pins?

GotVANOS? 12-21-2012 08:53 PM


GotVANOS? 12-21-2012 08:56 PM

Answer me now!!!!

Skchamaa11 12-21-2012 09:02 PM

Yes maybe the pin broke and is blocking you

3coupe 12-21-2012 09:10 PM

Reverse is all the way right and back if you don't have any of the shift linkage connected. It's hard to get it into reverse though since you have no leverage pulling on that tiny piece.

Edit: Just saw you had the linkage attached. What you feel "blocking" it could just be the normal resistance you get when shifting into reverse, again with the transmission out of the car it's going to be hard to shift because there is less leverage.

GotVANOS? 12-21-2012 09:19 PM

Thanks for the replies. I have the shift linkage connected. It wont let me move the shifter all the way left to engage reverse. hopefully its just the pin if anything.

GotVANOS? 12-21-2012 09:38 PM

I also notice that the shifter seems to be resting right below 5th. shift pins -_-

GotVANOS? 12-24-2012 10:24 AM

The transmission doesnt have any fluid in it so that could be part of the problem I suppose :facepalm: Whatever, I ordered the shift pin service kit from BMW (23-11-7-542-726) anyway. Ill put a DIY up later if I have the energy...

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