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Old 10-20-2003, 02:56 PM   #1
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The other day it became very hard to but it in reverse. Its like a very strong spring or something is trying to keep it out of reverse. I use my knee to help me push it over far enough. It goes in to reverse and doesnt pop out or anything. I am planning on rebuilding it myself within the next couple months but just wondering what happened. thanks for your help.
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Old 10-20-2003, 03:16 PM   #2
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Check your reverse lockout solenoid and make sure its plugged in
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Old 10-20-2003, 05:51 PM   #3
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Where is it located? Also it is not locked out just hard to put it in. Like it has quite a bit of pressure on it.
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plugs into the tranny on the driver side
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Also check you ENG SEN (yellow 20A) fuse under the hood. if that blows out your lockout can be disabled along w/ dome other things.

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Old 10-20-2003, 08:06 PM   #6
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Check the fuse first, the lockout solenoid is just left of where the shifter is mounted. It doesnt 'lock out' reverse 100% - just makes it real hard to get it over into the gate if it isnt working..
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Old 10-21-2003, 12:04 AM   #7
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Default Re: Very hard to put car in Reverse

This happened to mine tonight too, very hard to get it into reverse. It also threw on the SES light.
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sometimes air in the hydraulic system can cause this, mine was terrible to get in reverse before the new MC, and I bled the system. Probably not as easy of a fix as checking the lockout, but if that doesnt work you may need to bleed the system.
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Here's one for ya.

On a dyno session, my PCM was fried so they put in a PCM from an A4. Now I have the same problem as above. My guess is the computer is confused. I have SES P1810 and SES P0753. No blown fuses and the solenoid I'll check tonight ( although it was working fine prior to the swap ). I even disconnected the battery thinking the PCM was locking out the reverse, but it still happened with no battery. I'm getting my M6 PCM back this week, but I thought I'd share. FWIW.
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