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Does anyone know how hard, or how to adjust the shift linkage on a 97 Golf? It's shifting gears, but when I have it in gear there is a lot of play that there is no resistance behind, and it seems like I pull it all the way out to neutral almost before it actually grabs to change gears. Sorry for the iffy description, but I'm not totally sure how to describe it. I was just told by a coworker that it seems like the linkage is out of adjustment. Thanks for any info, and everyone have a great rest of their day!
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Check to see if your relay ball is really worn or missing. That will cause extreme play in the shifter (Front to back play). Itll look like this:

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That sounds like what the problem is. Front to back play. I will see if I can take a look this evening and see if that is the issue.
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So from what I can tell, I no longer have a bushing there. How hard is this to replace, or is it better to just take it in to the mechanic and have them do it?
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That'll be your problem. Its super easy to fix. No tools needed.
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Ok, so if I run down to the auto parts store, and ask for a Relay Shaft Ball, they'll know what I'm talking about? Or is there a more technical name that I should use? I hate accidently getting the wrong parts...Because then since you have it you may as well replace whatever you got...
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Its not a generic part, a place like auto value or something wont have it. They will probably need to order it if they even know what your talking about. Best place to get it is online.
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So I've looked around, but haven't been able to locate one. Any thoughts on where to look to find one of these things on the internet? Or maybe I'm not looking under the right terminology? I was looking for Shift Relay bushing. Thanks for all the help so far.
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