Instructions for Audi-base Shift Linkage Arm
wrench cut to 1.5 inches long
wrench (normal size)
Socket and Ratchet
the shift linkage arm is exactly the length and angle that it needs to
be. There is no need to ever adjust its length or angle.
putting blocks or stoppers under the wheels of the car so it
doesn’t roll over you. Then put the car in neutral.
left side of the transmission, remove the arm from the top of the shift
linkage. 17mm wrench and a 13mm socket. After you remove this bolt make
sure you save the large washer, you will need it later. If the heat
shield is in the way, it can either be bent out of the way or
removed(it bends fairly easy by hand).
side of the arm is bolted to the transmission on the right side. Use a
flashlight to locate this bolt. It’s a 17mm bolt that can be
removed with a wrench.
another picture of the bolt with a wrench on the top. Once you find the
bolt and get a wrench on it, it’s normally easier to move to
the left side of the transmission and reach your arm over the top to
the other side. Then you can loosen the bolt. Once it’s loose
you should be able to remove it with your fingers. This bolt also has a
large washer that you will need to save and use later. Don’t
should get familiar with the ball joint and how it works and comes
apart. You will need to remove the ball from the joint. Rotate the clip
over the joint and slide it back and out. Once the clip is removed,
take pliers and grip the flat part of the ball and pull. The ball will
pull out of the joint.
installing the clip a few times in the joint until you get good and
know how it works. You will have to install this clip with very little
is a great tip from a customer. Insert the clip just barely into the
hole and put some tap over the clip to hold it there. Then when you
install the socket onto the ball, all you need to do it push the clip
all the way into the hole and remove the tape. This will eliminate the
the ball (not the complete ball joint, but just the ball only) and
remove all the grease from the ball. You will want it clean right now,
it will make installing it much easier. Use the extra thick washer that
was supplied on the ball stud. If for whatever reason you
don’t have a thick washer, use two regular washer. If you
don’t use this thick washer, or two regular washers on this
ball stud, the threads will bottom out in the hole. The thick washer is
acting like a spacer.
picture below show what the arm and washers should look like when they
are install on the transmission. Since it’s hard to get a
picture of it installed on the car, we took a picture of what it should
look like, just not installed. The thick washer is important and needs
to be there.
the ball with thick washer on it and install it in the top of the
transmission. We found the easiest way to install it is from the left
side of the transmission by reaching over the top of the transmission
and screwing it in by hand. Tighten the ball as much as you can with
Below is a
picture of what it looks like installed. Thick washer on the
tighten the ball the rest of the way you will need the short (cut) 11mm
wrench. Reach over the top of the transmission with the cut 11mm wrench
and tighten the ball the rest of the way. (as tight as you can).
use a normal size 11mm wrench to finish the job. You
shouldn’t have to move the 11mm wrench very far to finish
tightening the ball.
would now recommend removing the ball from the other ball joint,
regreasing it, and reinstalling it in the joint.
the shift linkage arm and put some grease in the empty joint. Then,
from the left side of the transmission reach over and push the joint
onto the ball until it snaps down in place.
you will need to install the clip in the ball joint. Spin the arm to
the right of the transmission so you can install the clip. Then push
the clip in the joint and over until it latches.
the arm back over to the left side of the transmission. Use the
supplied large washer on the ball joint, then insert it in the slot on
the shift linkage. Then put the 13mm nut on the ball joint, but
don’t tighten it yet.
someone sit inside the car and hold the shifter directly in the center.
Straight up and down. While they are holding the shifter you will need
to tighten the 13mm nut all the way.