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Old 12-21-2012, 07:28 PM   #1
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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?

maybe the gear pins?
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:53 PM   #2
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:56 PM   #3
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:02 PM   #4
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Yes maybe the pin broke and is blocking you
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:10 PM   #5
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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.

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Old 12-21-2012, 08:19 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:38 PM   #7
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I also notice that the shifter seems to be resting right below 5th. shift pins -_-
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:24 AM   #8
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The transmission doesnt have any fluid in it so that could be part of the problem I suppose 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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