Drivetrain Rebuilding T5 - hard to shift in to reverse


New Member
Oct 30, 2004
Las Vegas, NV
Hey everybody....long time since I've been on here. Blast from the past. Anyways, I am rebuilding a T5 and I figured this crowd would be the most knowledgeable.

The problem I am having that I can't shift into reverse. With the shift fork cover off, I will try with all my might to manually shift in to reverse by pulling on the reverse lever but it will not budge. If I give a little nudge on the reverse idler, then it will shift right into reverse. Maybe the reverse lever is excessively worn? This is without the tailshaft on there.

I bolted on the tailshaft and the shift fork cover and tried to shift with a shifter and it still wouldnt shift. The idler gear moves smoothly on the shaft. Any T5 experts have an idea?
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Mod Dude
Feb 18, 2001
What’s the condition of the reverse idler gear? Is it significantly rounded over?

If you spin the idler gear a bit, and then try to shift to reverse, does it go in?