It is never pleasant to listen to a sound on your car that you don’t know where it comes from. You may be wanting to know what to do when you notice a reversing gear noise that remains on your Volkswagen Beetle? Any gearbox problem can be important, but before making sure, it is better to do a few checks. Our team has written this article to support you deal with it. First, we will see what the origins and the different gearbox noises can be on Volkswagen Beetle, and second, what are the solutions available to you.reverse-gear-noise-volkswagen-beetle

Classical reverse Volkswagen Beetle noises and some tips to maintain your gearbox

Why does the reversing of my Volkswagen Beetle make a different noise from my other speeds?

De facto, adding all gears, bearings and pinions into a gearbox is a difficult action. The sound induced by the reversing of your Volkswagen Beetle is logical. It can be explained in a fairly simple way. Indeed, the gears used for conventional speeds (1st to 5th or 6th) are so-called “helical” gears (oblique gears) . The use of such a pinion makes the noise caused by the gears less strong than with spur gears used for the reverse gear.

Tips to limit wear on your clutch and gearbox

  • Don’t give a big boost:
    Certainly, if you kick the throttle hard when you are in reverse or when you put the car in the revs, you risk to burn your clutch or gnawing at the gearbox pinions.

  • Never reverse while the car is in motion or vice versa:
    Reversing the direction of operation of the gearbox during operation is a very bad choice. Indeed, the pressure you will apply on the gears will be enormous and you will develop a premature wear and tear of the gears. You can even destroy the gears of your gearbox at speed by doing so. It will therefore be completely normal if you hear a reverse noise on your Volkswagen Beetle if you shift gear under these conditions.

Different Volkswagen Beetle reversing noises and their causes

Finally in this section, we will move on to what you are probably most enthusiastic about in this page, to learn about the origin of reversing noise on Volkswagen Beetle. Here are the 3 typical sounds you may be victim of.

I find out a grinding noise when starting in reverse gear

If you listen to a grinding noise when you start in reverse with your Volkswagen Beetle, it may be the engine mounts that are tired. In fact, when the engine is in reverse gear, due to the pinions we saw above the vibrations produced by the gearbox are higher and it is therefore possible that due to their wear the silentblocks no longer absorb the engine vibrations well. In this situation, do not hesitate to read this paper for more info about strut mount noises on Volkswagen Beetle.

An increased reverse knocking noise on Volkswagen BeetleX

If you are subject to a knocking noise when you are in reverse with your Volkswagen Beetle and this noise tends to build up as you gain speed. It is possible that you are confronting a serious problem that needs to be solved right away before wrecking your entire gearbox. Indeed, an intensifying rattling noise means that the gears are damaged. If they are, debris will propagate to the rest of the box and damage other gears before long. Take your car to your auto technician quickly or read this article about gearbox noise on Volkswagen Beetle for more details.

I perceive a noise when I go in reverse

Listening a noise when you shift into reverse is normal and connected to the gears and sprockets used in the gearbox. If, on the other hand, you have the feeling that your Volkswagen Beetle reverse gear makes more noise than before, it is possible that filings have been produced and are moving around in it. It is therefore time to empty the box.