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Loading a trailer
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
General information
Always ensure that the vehicle and trailer are well balanced. Do not load the trailer unevenly by putting more weight at either the front or the back. Always store hea
objects as close as possible to or above the axle. Always secure the load on the trailer properly
Trailer load and tongue weight
The trailer load is the weight that the vehicle can tow.
The trailer tongue weight rating is the load that presses down vertically from above onto the ball mount of the trailer hitch.
Volkswagen recommends always using the maximum permissible trailer tongue weight rating
Technical data. Tongue weight that is too low affects the trailer's
handling. The maximum permissible trailer tongue weight rating of the trailer drawbar on the trailer hitch ball head must not be exceeded
The actual trailer tongue weight rating increases the weight on the rear axle and reduces the possible load in the vehicle.
In some countries, under certain conditions, a higher trailer tongue weight rating can be used. Follow the local specifications and regulations.
Towing weight
The towing weight consists of the actual weights of the loaded towing vehicle and the loaded trailer.
In some countries, trailers are divided into classes. Volkswagen recommends consulting with an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service
Facility about suitable trailers. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Tire pressure
The tire pressure for the tires on the trailer is based on the recommendation of the trailer manufacturer.
When towing a trailer, inflate the tires on the towing vehicle to the maximum permissible tire pressure
Tire pressure.
WARNING
Sliding loads can considerably impair driving stability and trailer safety and increase the risk of accidents and serious injuries.
Always load trailers correctly.
Always secure cargo with suitable and undamaged cords or tensioning straps.
WARNING
If the Gross Axle Weight Rating, tongue weight, Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, or towing weight of the vehicle and the trailer are exceeded, accidents and serious
injuries can result.
Never exceed the specified values Technical data.
Never exceed the maximum Gross Axle Weight Rating on the front or rear axle. Never exceed the maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating for the front and
rear weight of the vehicle.
Driving with a trailer
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
Characteristics when driving with a trailer
When driving with a trailer with an overrun brake, first brake gently then rapidly. This avoids braking jolts due to the trailer wheels locking.
The braking distance increases due to the gross combination weight (of the trailer and vehicle).
Use the engine as an additional brake on slopes. Otherwise the brake system may overheat and possibly fail.
Select a lower gear when driving with an automatic gearbox in Tiptronic mode.
The vehicle's center of gravity, and thereby also its driving characteristics, are changed by the towing weight and the increased total weight of the vehicle and
trailer.
An empty towing vehicle and loaded trailer create a very unfavorable weight distribution. Drive very carefully and slowly with this combination.
Driving on hills with a trailer
Depending on the angle of the hill and the total weight of the trailer, a parked trailer may roll back slightly when you start driving.
When towing a trailer, start on a hill as follows:
1. Press and hold the brake pedal.
2. Pull and hold the
switch one time to hold the trailer in place with the electronic parking brake.
3. Engage the
selector lever position.
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4. Release the brake pedal.
5. Start driving slowly.
6. Only release the
switch once the engine has created enough drive power to start driving.
WARNING
Towing a trailer incorrectly can result in loss of control of the vehicle and cause serious injuries.
Driving with a trailer and transporting heavy or large objects can change the vehicle handling performance and increase the braking distance.
Ensure sufficient visibility behind you. Attach additional rearview mirrors if rear visibility is impaired due to the trailer. Volkswagen recommends the use of
Volkswagen original parts or Volkswagen original accessories, which you can acquire from an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen
Service Facility.
Always drive carefully and try to anticipate what may be ahead. Brake earlier than usual.
Always adapt your speed and driving style to the visibility, weather, road and traffic conditions. Reduce the vehicle speed, especially when driving
downhill.
Accelerate with extra care and caution. Avoid abrupt and sudden driving and braking maneuvers.
Take particular care when overtaking. Reduce vehicle speed as soon as you detect the slightest swaying movement in the trailer.
Never try to “straighten out” a swaying vehicle and trailer by accelerating.
Adhere to the applicable local maximum speed limit, which may be lower for vehicles towing a trailer than it is for vehicles that are not towing a trailer.
Trailer stabilization
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
If a trailer is hitched to the vehicle and it begins to sway, the trailer stabilization can detected this and countersteer.
Trailer stabilization is an additional feature of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
If the system detects that the trailer is swaying, the trailer stabilization will automatically countersteer to the reduce “vibration” of the trailer.
Trailer stabilization requirements
The trailer hitch must be installed at the factory or a compatible trailer hitch must be retrofitted.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) must be active. The
or
indicator light in the instrument cluster must not be on.
The trailer must be connected to the electrical system in the towing vehicle using the trailer socket.
The driving speed must be less than 37 mph (60 km/h).
The maximum tongue weight must be used.
The trailer must have a fixed drawbar.
Braked trailers must have a mechanical overrun protection device.
WARNING
Do not allow the increased convenience provided by the trailer stabilization to tempt you into taking risks.
Always adapt your speed and driving style to the visibility, weather, road and traffic conditions.
Accelerate carefully on slippery roads.
Take your foot off the accelerator pedal when a system is actively regulating.
WARNING
The trailer stabilization may not be able to detect all driving situations correctly.
The trailer stabilization switches off when ESC is deactivated.
Trailer stabilization may not always detect if a light trailer is swaying and stabilize it.
When driving on slippery roads with poor traction, the trailer can still jackknife despite the trailer stabilization.
Trailers with a high center of gravity can tip before you notice any swaying back and forth.
If there is no trailer hitched to the vehicle but there is a connector in the trailer socket, for example from a bike carrier with lights, sudden braking
maneuvers may occur automatically in extreme driving situations.
Trailer hitch
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Ball mount holder
Fig. 167 Dimensions of the ball mount holder and receptacle.
Suspended height of the ball mount.
Distance between socket pin and ball mount.
To pull a trailer you must have installed the necessary cabling, including a socket, and the corresponding trailer hitch. Since pulling a trailer represents a heavy stra
for the vehicle towing it, connecting the trailer to the towing vehicle and correct dimensions for the receptacle and the ball mount holder are extremely important in
order for the towing vehicle to cope with the strain to be placed on it.
The mount requires a special shape and size of ball mount holder and ball mount. This affects both the suspended height of the ball coupling fig. 167
and the
distance between the socket pin and the ball coupling fig. 167
These dimensions determine the distribution of strain on the receptacle and the connections to the vehicle during towing. When purchasing a ball mount holder and
a ball mount, always ensure that these will cope with the requirements.
Dimensions of the ball mount holder
The suspended height fig. 167
from the top of the ball mount to the top of the neck must not exceed 50.8 mm (2 inches).
The distance between the socket pin and the ball mount fig. 167
must not exceed 209.55 mm (8 1/4 inches) from the middle of the ball mount to the midd
of the eye of the pin.
The diameter of the ball mount may not exceed 50.8 mm (2 inches).
Ball mounts and holders which do not meet these specifications could damage your car or could fail completely
Securing cables
In some countries, unbraked and braked trailers must be secured by means of securing or breakaway cables.
Follow the country-specific regulations for using a securing cable.
1. Secure the securing or breakaway cable to the provided ball mount eyelet.
2. Guide the cable through the eyelet and hook it in the karabiner
WARNING
Incorrect mounting or the use of an incorrect trailer hitch can lead to the trailer becoming detached from the towing vehicle during the journey, potentially
causing serious accidents and injuries.
Only have work on your trailer hitch or the retrofitting of a trailer hitch carried out by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen service
facility. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
WARNING
An improperly secured trailer can cause accidents and injuries.
Never drape the securing or breakaway cable of the trailer loosely over the ball mount.
CAUTION
Always remove the ball mount holder when you do not require it, in order to reduce the risk of injuries in a rear-end collision.
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NOTICE
Fitting an unsuitable ball mount can cause vehicle damage and invalidation of the operating license.
Use the ball mount supplied by the factory or a ball mount approved for your vehicle model and its model year.
Volkswagen recommends the use of Volkswagen original parts or Volkswagen original accessories, which you can acquire from an authorized
Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
NOTICE
Your vehicle was not designed to tow trailers requiring larger ball heads than those specified. Never use ball mounts with a diameter that exceeds
50.8 mm (2 inches).
Never use an adapter in order to use a larger ball mount.
If necessary, you may use an adapter to enable you to mount a bicycle carrier or similar. Always observe the weight specifications when doing so. These
should never cover your tail lights.
Retrofitting a trailer hitch
Volkswagen recommends having a trailer hitch retrofitted by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. For example,
modifications to the cooling system or installation of heat shields may be necessary. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or
authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Mount the trailer hitch in accordance with the instructions supplied.
A retrofitted, non-removable trailer hitch must not cover the label or the lighting system on the rear of the vehicle. Note the country-specific regulations for using a b
mount
WARNING
Improperly or incorrectly connected electrical wires can lead to malfunctions in the entire vehicle electrical system as well as accidents and serious injuries.
Never connect the electrical system on a trailer directly to the electrical connectors for the taillights or other unsuitable power sources. Only use suitable
connectors to connect the trailer.
If retrofitting the vehicle with a trailer hitch, have the work performed by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
WARNING
A trailer hitch that is installed incorrectly or that is not suitable for the vehicle can lead to the trailer separating from the vehicle that is towing it. This can cause
accidents and fatal injuries.
Only use trailer hitches that are provided for the vehicle model, model year and vehicle equipment by the corresponding manufacturer. Volkswagen
recommends the use of Volkswagen original parts or Volkswagen original accessories, which you can acquire from an authorized Volkswagen dealer or
authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Roof rack
Introduction
Depending on the model, the vehicle may be designed to have a roof rack installed.
Bulky objects can be transported on the vehicle roof using the roof rack.
If you are not sure if your vehicle is designed to have a roof rack installed, check with an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Only use roof racks that are approved by Volkswagen for use with your vehicle.
Do not use or retrofit a roof rack if this is not approved for your vehicle.
WARNING
When transporting heavy or large objects on the roof rack, your vehicle's driving characteristics could change because of the different center of gravity or
increased wind resistance.
Always secure cargo correctly with suitable and undamaged cords, fixation belts or tensioning straps.
Large, heavy, long, or flat objects can have a negative effect on the vehicle’s aerodynamics, center of gravity, and handling.
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Avoid abrupt and sudden driving and braking maneuvers.
Always adapt your speed and driving style to the visibility, weather, road and traffic conditions.
WARNING
If a roof rack that is not approved for the vehicle is installed or a roof rack is installed on a vehicle that is not designed for using a roof rack, accidents and
serious injuries can occur.
Only use roof racks that are approved by Volkswagen for the vehicle.
Never install a roof rack on a vehicle that is not approved for using a roof rack.
If a roof rack is not approved but is installed anyway, the rack could come loose while driving and fall off the roof.
NOTICE
Installing any type of roof rack on a vehicle where this is not approved can cause serious vehicle damage.
Driving with a roof rack fitted increases the air resistance of the vehicle and thus also the fuel consumption. This reduces the potential range of the vehicle. This
applies to all roof racks and any objects transported on them, such as bicycles and skis.
Mounting a roof rack
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
For safety reasons, special roof racks are needed to transport luggage, bicycles, surfboards, skis and boats safely.
Only use roof racks that are provided for the vehicle model, model year and vehicle equipment by the corresponding manufacturer.
Volkswagen recommends the use of Volkswagen original parts or Volkswagen original accessories, which you can acquire from an authorized Volkswagen dealer
or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Mounting a roof rack on the roof rail
Mount the roof rack in accordance with the instructions supplied.
After the roof rack has been mounted, the rack base can now be secured to it
Remove the roof rack in the following scenarios
If the roof rack is no longer needed.
Before driving through an automatic car wash
If the height of the vehicle exceeds the maximum height limit, for example in a garage
NOTICE
The height of the vehicle changes when a roof rack is installed and when there is cargo secured on it. Compare the height of the vehicle with height
clearances, for example for underpasses and garage doors.
Parts on the roof of your particular vehicle (depending on the vehicle equipment), e.g. the roof antenna, and the trunk lid's range of movement must not
be impaired by the roof rack and the luggage.
WARNING
Securing the roof rack and base incorrectly or using them incorrectly can cause the cargo or the entire assembly to come loose from the vehicle roof, which can
cause accidents and injuries.
Only use the roof rack and base if they are undamaged and secured correctly.
Always mount the roof rack and base correctly. Always observe the assembly instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Secure the roof rack only at the locations intended for this.
Always mount special rack assemblies for bicycles, skis, surfboards, etc. correctly. Always observe the assembly instructions provided by the
manufacturer.
Check the roof rack mounts before starting a journey and, if necessary, retighten them after a short distance. On long trips, check the threaded
connections and fasteners each time you take a break.
Do not make any modifications or repairs to the roof rack or base.
A fitted roof rack increases air resistance and therefore may reduce the vehicle's range.
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Loading the roof rack
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
Maximum permissible roof weight
The maximum permissible roof load is 90 kg (200 lbs).
The roof load consists of the weight of the roof rack and the items carried on the roof rack
Always check the weight of the roof rack and the items that will be transported on it. Weigh the items if necessary.
When using a roof rack with a low load limit, do not load the rack with the maximum permissible roof load. In this case, only load the roof rack to the weight limit list
in the installation guide.
Distributing the load
Distribute the load evenly and secure it correctly
Checking that everything is secure
Once you have fitted the roof rack, drive a short distance and then check all the fasteners. Keep checking them regularly.
WARNING
Accidents and serious injuries can result if the maximum permissible roof weight is exceeded.
Never exceed the specified roof load, the Gross Axle Weight Rating, and the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of the vehicle.
Do not exceed the load limit of the roof rack, even if your cargo is still below the roof load limit.
WARNING
Items that are secured loosely or incorrectly could fall off the roof rack and cause accidents and injuries.
Use only suitable and undamaged tie-downs, fixing and tensioning straps.
NOTICE
Make sure the trunk lid does not run into the roof load when opening the lid.
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Fuel and emissions control system
Safety precautions for handling fuel
WARNING
Handling fuel incorrectly can cause explosions, fires, severe burns, and other injuries.
Before refueling, switch off the engine, the ignition and your cell phone, as well as other radio equipment.
To reduce the risk of discharging static electricity, do not enter the vehicle while refueling.
Make sure that the fuel tank cap is sealed correctly and no fuel is leaking out.
Note the applicable safety precautions and local regulations for handling fuel.
WARNING
Refueling incorrectly can cause fires, serious injuries, and vehicle damage.
Only use fuel that is approved for your vehicle.
Do not use any fuels containing metal and only use service additives approved by Volkswagen in the respective proportion.
Immediately remove any fuel that has spilled on vehicle components.
CAUTION
Fuel may leak out of reserve canisters. This can cause fires and injuries.
Do transport any reserve canisters in the vehicle.
Fuels can contaminate the environment. Collect any leaking operating fluids and dispose of them according to legal regulations.
The fuel filler flap does not have an emergency release. If necessary, contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for
assistance.
Fuel types and refueling
Introduction
The fuel filler flap is located on the right rear side of the vehicle.
Designation of fuels and fuel standards
Refer to
and Safety precautions for handling fuel.
Fig. 168 On the inside of the fuel filler flap: fuel label (general example)
Fuel label
The type of fuel to use depends on the vehicle engine. When your vehicle leaves the factory there is a fuel information sticker inside the tank flap with notes about
the minimum required fuel type for your vehicle fig. 168.
The name specifies which fuels are suitable for the vehicle. This is a minimum requirement
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Fuel standards
The fuel used must meet one of the following standards. The vehicle must not be refueled with other fuels
If fuel with the specified standards is not available, contact suitably qualified professionals for information about which fuels are suitable for the vehicle. Volkswagen
recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Gasoline
Gasoline and methanol mixture
AKI 87 or higher.
Maximum 3% methanol.
Gasoline and ethanol mixture
AKI 87 or higher.
Maximum 15% ethanol.
Gasoline and MTBE mixture
AKI 87 or higher.
Maximum 15% MTBE.
NOTICE
Refueling with non-standard and non-approved fuels can cause reduced performance and considerable damage to the engine and the fuel system.
Before refueling, check if the fuel specification at the fuel pump meets the vehicle specifications.
Only refuel using fuels that conform to the specified standards and name to reduce the risk of damage to the fuel system and engine malfunctions.
Gasoline
Refer to
and Safety precautions for handling fuel.
Gasoline types
The gasoline types differ in terms of their AKI (Anti-Knock Index) specification, which is given from the formula (RON
+MON)/2, or the Research Octane Number
(RON) specification. The vehicle may also be fueled with gasoline that has a higher AKI or RON than what is required by the engine. However, this will not improve
fuel consumption or engine power.
Arteon, Atlas 2.0 and Jetta GLI: Volkswagen recommends using premium-grade fuel with AKI 91 or ROZ 95 in order to achieve the specified power and torque.
The fuel information label may have multiple gasoline types, for example AKI 93 min. 91. The highlighted gasoline type, AKI 93 in this example, is the preferred
gasoline type for which the vehicle is designed and optimized. The listed alternative gasoline type, AKI 91 in this example, should only be used if the preferred type,
AKI 93 in this example, is not available.
If your vehicle has a gasoline engine, fuel it only with gasoline that does not contain any metal (no lead, manganese or iron)
The most frequently purchased gasoline types in the USA and Canada have the following octane values, which are normally listed on the fuel pump:
Regular (normal gasoline): AKI 87 to 90 or ROZ 91.
Premium (super gasoline): AKI 91 to 93 or ROZ 95.
Volkswagen recommends using “TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline”, which is available in some regions, for example North America, Central America and South
America. For more information on “TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline”, visit the official website at:
NOTICE
Using gasoline that does not meet the minimum octane number requirements may reduce engine performance, while the use of poor-quality gasoline or
gasoline with an AKI of below 87 or a ROZ of under 91 could also result in engine damage.
Refueling
Refer to
and Safety precautions for handling fuel.
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Fig. 169 Behind the fuel filler flap: fuel tank cap (general example)
Refueling procedure
1. To unlock the fuel filler flap, unlock the vehicle with the
button on the remote control vehicle key Vehicle key functions.
Or: to unlock the fuel filler flap, unlock the vehicle with the
button in the driver door Central locking button.
On vehicles with Keyless Access, the fuel filler flap is automatically unlocked when the vehicle is unlocked.
2. Open the fuel filler flap.
3. Remove the fuel tank cap and insert it into the opening at the fuel filler flap provided for this fig. 169.
4. Hold the fuel pump nozzle handle down to ensure optimum refueling.
The fuel tank is full once the fuel pump nozzle turns off for the first time
5. Screw the fuel tank cap onto the fuel filler neck.
6. Close the fuel filler flap.
Do not continue filling after disconnection. The expansion area in the fuel tank may fill with fuel, e.g. due to heating. This may mean that the fuel overflows or the
automatic ventilation process cannot work Troubleshooting.
WARNING
Fuel may spray out and overflow if the fuel tank is overfilled. This can cause explosions, fires, and serious injuries.
Do not continue filling after the pump nozzle switches off for the first time.
NOTICE
Every six months, if possible, run the fuel tank empty until the indicator light comes on and refuel it. This is required to maintain the system functions and fuel
quality necessary for operation.
Fuels can contaminate the environment. Collect any leaking operating fluids and dispose of them according to legal regulations.
Exhaust system
Introduction
The exhaust-relevant components reduce exhaust emissions:
Catalytic converter Catalytic converter.
Particulate filter (depending on the vehicle equipment) Particulate filter.
WARNING
Engine exhaust contains carbon monoxide, which can cause loss of consciousness and death.
Do not allow the engine to run in confined spaces.
Never start the engine in confined spaces.
Do not leave your vehicle unattended while the engine is running.
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WARNING
Exhaust system components will become very hot. This can cause fires.
Park the vehicle in such a way so that no exhaust system components come into contact with flammable materials under the vehicle such as brush,
leaves, dry grass, etc.
Never use additional underbody protection or corrosion protection on exhaust pipes, catalytic converters, particulate filters or heat shields.
Catalytic converter
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Safety precautions for handling fuel.
To ensure that the exhaust system and the engine catalytic converter can work correctly for a long time, observe the following:
Only refuel with fuel permitted for the vehicle.
Never drive until the fuel tank is completely empty Refueling.
Never add too much engine oil Checking the engine oil level and adding oil .
Do not tow-start the vehicle; use jump-start assistance instead Preparing and Performing a Jump-start.
If there are engine misfires, loss of power, or poor engine operation while driving, reduce the speed immediately and have the vehicle checked by suitably qualified
professionals Troubleshooting. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Otherwise,
uncombusted fuel could be present in the exhaust system and then enter the atmosphere. The catalytic converter may also be damaged from overheating.
The exhaust may smell like sulfur when the emissions control system is running correctly.
Particulate filter
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Safety precautions for handling fuel.
Function
The particulate filter (depends on how your vehicle is equipped) filters out soot from the exhaust gas.
Regeneration
With normal vehicle usage, the filter cleans itself. If the filter is unable to clean itself, e.g. if you only make short trips for an extended period of time, the filter can
become blocked with soot. The particulate filter needs to be cleaned (regenerated).
Noises, light odors, and increased engine speeds may occur during the regeneration. The radiator fan may continue to run while driving and after turning off the
engine.
To assist in particulate filter regeneration, Volkswagen recommends avoiding driving short distances too frequently.
The soot in the particulate filter is burned periodically at high temperatures. The yellow
indicator light does not turn on during a periodic regeneration.
Troubleshooting
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Safety precautions for handling fuel.
If the engine does not run smoothly and malfunctions
If the engine does not run smoothly or malfunctions while driving, it can indicate poor fuel quality.
1. Reduce your speed immediately.
2. Drive with a moderate RPM and low engine load to the nearest suitably qualified professional. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen
dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
3. If these symptoms occur directly after refueling, stop the engine immediately to prevent subsequent damage.
4. Contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.
Particulate filter clogged with soot
The yellow indicator light turns on.
The particulate filter is clogged with soot and a regeneration is necessary.
Prerequisite for the regeneration drive: The engine is at operating temperature.
For gasoline engines
1. Drive at a speed of at least 50 mph (80 km/h).
2. Take your foot completely off the accelerator pedal for a few seconds to let the vehicle roll with a gear engaged.
3. Repeat this process of accelerating and letting the vehicle roll until the indicator light turns off.
4. If the indicator light does not turn off after some time, immediately consult an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
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Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Exhaust-related malfunction
The yellow indicator light turns on.
An exhaust-related component is malfunctioning, which could damage the vehicle.
1. Contact a suitably qualified professional and have the engine and the exhaust system checked. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen
dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Misfire
The indicator light flashes yellow.
There is misfire which could damage the vehicle.
1. Contact a suitably qualified professional and have the engine and the exhaust system checked. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen
dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
WARNING
If you perform driving maneuvers that other road users cannot anticipate, you may cause an accident.
Always adapt your speed and driving style to the visibility, weather, road and traffic conditions.
Follow the road traffic laws and regulations that apply in the country you are driving in.
If the indicator lights are on or flashing, it is likely that there is an engine malfunction and that fuel consumption will increase.
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Do it yourself
Vehicle tool kit
Introduction
When securing the vehicle in the event of a vehicle breakdown, follow the legal regulations applicable in the respective country.
WARNING
A vehicle tool kit, tire mobility set, spare tire, or compact spare tire that is loose or not secured correctly can be thrown around the vehicle interior during sudden
driving or braking maneuvers or in a collision and cause serious injuries.
Always make sure the vehicle tool kit, tire mobility set, and spare wheel or compact spare wheel are secured in the luggage compartment.
WARNING
An unsuitable or damaged vehicle tool kit can cause accidents and injuries.
Never work with an unsuitable or damaged vehicle tool kit.
Placement
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Introduction.
There are a number of different storage locations for the tool box in the vehicle, such as under the luggage compartment floor or in a side storage compartment of
the luggage compartment.
Depending on the equipment variant, the vehicle may contain a loose box with the vehicle tool kit in the luggage compartment. This supplemental vehicle tool kit is
designed for a possible winter tire change and does not need to be carried in the vehicle at all times page , Stowing luggage and cargo .
If used, crank the vehicle jack back down so that it can be securely stowed in the vehicle.
Vehicle tool kit components
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Introduction.
The scope of the tool box depends on the country and equipment. In some countries, there may also be a tire pressure gauge in the vehicle. The following
information describes the full scope of items that may be included.
Fig. 170 Vehicle tool kit components (general example).
Screwdriver with hex socket in the handle for removing or installing loose wheel bolts. The screwdriver blade is reversible. The screwdriver may be located
under the lug wrench.
Adapter for the anti-theft wheel bolt. Volkswagen recommends always keeping the adapter for the wheel bolts in the vehicle with the vehicle tool kit. The code
number for the wheel bolt lock is stamped on the front of the adapter. A replacement adapter can be ordered based on this number if the adapter is lost. Note
the wheel bolt lock code number and keep it separate from the vehicle.
Towing eye that can be screwed in.
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Extraction hook for removing the center wheel covers, wheel hub covers, or wheel bolt covers.
Vehicle jack. Before putting the vehicle jack away, crank the vehicle jack claw all the way down.
Lug wrench.
Crank.
Xack maintenance
Generally, the vehicle jack does not need any maintenance.
1. If necessary, apply universal lubricant to the jack.
Windshield wipers
Putting the windshield wipers in the service position
In the service position, the wiper arms can be lifted off of the windshield.
Fig. 171 Windshield wipers in service position (general example).
Activate the service position using the windshield wiper lever
1. Close the hood, driver and front passenger door.
2. Switch the ignition off and on again.
3. Briefly press the windshield wiper lever towards “one-tap wiping”
Operating the windshield wiper lever .
Lifting the windshield wiper arms
1. Move the windshield wiper arms into the service position before lifting
2. Only hold and lift wiper arms in the area where they attach to the wiper blade.
Placing the windshield wiper arms back
1. Carefully place the wiper arms back in position before driving, and only hold the wiper arms in the area where they attach to the wiper blade.
2. When the ignition is switched on, press the windshield wiper lever briefly towards “one-tap wiping”.
The wiper arms move back to the original position.
NOTICE
Improper lifting and placing of wiper arms can damage the engine hood, windshield and wiper arms.
Lift the wiper arms only in the service position.
Always place the wiper arms against the windshield before driving.
Cleaning and changing wiper blades
Wiper blades with a graphite coating are installed at the factory. The graphite coating allows the wiper blade to glide easily over the window. A damaged graphite
coating creates an increased noise level when wiping the window.
Check the condition of the wiper blades regularly. If wiper blades are rubbing, replace them if they are damaged or clean them if they are dirty
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Damaged wiper blades should be replaced immediately. Wiper blades can be obtained from suitably qualified professionals. Volkswagen recommends contacting
an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Cleaning the wiper blades
Windshield wiper: Move the windshield wiper arms into the service position before lifting.
1. Lift the wiper arms, making sure to only hold the wiper arms in the area where they attach to the wiper blade.
2. Clean the wiper blades carefully with a damp sponge
3. Place the wiper arms carefully on the windshield.
Changing the windshield wiper blades
Fig. 172 Changing the windshield wiper blades.
Unlock button of the wiper blade.
1. Move the windshield wiper arms into the service position before lifting.
2. Lift the wiper arms, making sure to only hold the wiper arms in the area where they attach to the wiper blade.
3. Press and hold the release button and remove the wiper blade at the same time in the direction of the arrow fig. 172
4. Insert a new wiper blade of the same length and type on the respective wiper arm until it engages.
5. Place the wiper arms carefully on the windshield.
Changing the rear window wiper blade
Fig. 173 Changing the rear window wiper blade.
Unlock button of the wiper blade.
1. To lift a windshield wiper arm, hold it only in the area where it attaches to the wiper blade.
2. Lift the wiper arm and fold it out.
3. Press and hold the release button fig. 173
4. Tilt the wiper blade toward the wiper arm fig. 173
while removing it in the direction of the arrow
. You may need to use more force to do this.
5. Slide a new wiper blade with the same length and design onto the wiper arm in the opposite direction to the arrow until it engages fig. 173 . For this to wor
the wiper blade has to be folded out fig. 173
6. Place the wiper arm carefully on the rear window.
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WARNING
Worn or dirty wiper blades reduce visibility and increase the risk of accidents and serious injuries.
Always replace wiper blades if they are damaged or worn and are no longer cleaning the windshield sufficiently.
NOTICE
Damaged or dirty wiper blades can scratch the window glass.
Do not use any cleaning materials containing solvents, hard sponges, and other sharp-edged objects because they can damage the graphite coating on
the wiper blades.
Do not clean the windshield and windows with fuel, nail polish remover, paint thinner, or other similar fluids.
If there is wax residue on the windshield and rear window from car wash systems and other products, this can cause the windshield wipers to rub. Remove any
wax residue with a special cleaner or cleaning towels.
Exterior lighting
Introduction
Before performing bulb replacement, check if it is an incandescent bulb or an LEDs light. Generally, light bulbs can be replaced by yourself. If the exterior lighting on
your vehicle is equipped with LED technology, it is not possible to change LED lights or individual LEDs by yourself. The malfunction of individual LEDs may be an
indication that more LEDs will malfunction. If this is the case, have the LEDs checked and/or replaced if necessary by suitably qualified professionals. Volkswagen
recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Driving with exterior lighting that is inoperative may be against the law.
Additional bulb specifications
Some bulbs may have certain manufacturer specifications that differ from conventional light bulbs. The respective name will be on the bulb socket or glass bulb.
WARNING
Accidents can occur if the road is not well lit and the vehicle cannot be seen by others on the road, or is very difficult to see by others.
WARNING
Changing the bulbs incorrectly can cause accidents and serious injuries.
Always read and observe the warnings before performing any work in the engine compartment
Safety precautions for working in the engine
compartment. The engine compartment in any motor vehicle is a potentially dangerous area that can cause serious personal injury.
Be aware that halogen bulbs are under pressure and can break during bulb replacement.
Only change affected bulbs when they have cooled down completely.
Never perform a bulb replacement if you are not familiar with the required activities. If you are not sure what to do, have the work performed by an
authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility qualified in this respect. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized
Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Components with sharp edges are located on the headlight housing and on the taillight housing. Protect your hands during bulb replacement.
NOTICE
Water entering the headlight housing can damage the electrical system.
After a bulb replacement, always fit the covers on the headlight housing.
Always check that the covers have been fitted correctly.
Information on bulb replacement
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
Always perform the following activities for bulb replacement in the specified sequence
:
1. Park the vehicle a safe distance away from moving traffic on level and solid ground as soon as possible.
2. Set the electronic parking brake.
3. Switch the lights off.
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4. Turn off the turn signal if it is activated.
5. Vehicles with an automatic transmission: Engage the parking lock
6. Switch the ignition off.
7. Allow the orientation lighting to turn off.
8. Allow the affected light bulbs to cool down.
9. Check if you can see that a fuse is burnt out
Introduction.
10. Change the affected light bulb according to the instructions
A light bulb may only be replaced with the same type of light bulb. The respective name will be on the bulb socket or glass bulb.
Never touch a glass light bulb with bare hands. The fingerprints left behind would vaporize from the heat when the bulb is switched on and condense on the
reflector, which would then reduce the headlight brightness.
11. Check the bulb function after a bulb is changed.
If the bulb does not function, the bulb may not have been inserted correctly, may have fallen out, or the connector may not have been plugged in correctly.
12. After every bulb replacement in the front of the vehicle, have the headlight adjustment checked by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen
Service Facility. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
WARNING
Failing to heed these instructions that are provided for your own safety can cause accidents and serious injuries.
Always follow the activities in the instructions and follow the general safety precautions.
NOTICE
Removing and inserting trim panels and headlights incorrectly can damage the vehicle paint and body.
When removing and inserting the headlight, be careful not to damage the vehicle paint and body.
Replacing bulbs in LED headlights
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
Preparations
Only perform these activities in the specified order:
1. Observe the information on bulb replacement and perform the activities.
2. Open the hood.
The headlight does not need to be removed for bulb replacement.
Replacing a bulb in a turn signal
Fig. 174 In the right-side of the engine compartment: Rear side of the headlights.
Turn signal bulb holder cover.
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Turn signal bulb holder.
1. Remove the rubber cover fig. 174
2. Pull out the lamp holder by the handle in the direction of the arrow fig. 174 . At the same time, press the handle slightly up and down alternately, in order to
aid removal.
3. Replace the burned out bulb with a new bulb that is identical to the one being replaced.
4. Carefully insert the lamp holder in the headlight and press it forwards until it perceptibly engages fig. 174
5. Press around the circumference of the rubber cover.
6. Close the hood.
The figures show the right headlight. The left headlight is structured as its mirror image.
Replacing bulbs in the vehicle body
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
Preparations
Only perform these activities in the specified order:
1. Refer to the information on bulb replacement and carry out the activities.
2. Open the trunk lid.
3. Remove the taillight from the vehicle body.
A screwdriver with the corresponding plug-in blade is required for removal.
Replacing bulbs
Fig. 175 Side of the luggage compartment: removing the taillight.
Fuse for taillight connector.
Connector for taillight.
Fixing screw for taillight.
Removing the taillight
1. Use a screwdriver to lever off the ventilation grille at the recess and remove it in the direction of the arrow fig. 175.
2. Remove the red locking mechanism fig. 175
on the connector.
If necessary, use a suitable screwdriver to loosen the red locking mechanism.
3. Release the connector fig. 175
and disconnect it.
4. Remove the screw counterclockwise fig. 175
5. Carefully pull the taillight toward the rear and out of the body.
6. Remove the taillight and place it on a clean, flat surface.
Replacing bulbs
1. Turn the bulb holder counterclockwise until it stops and then remove it carefully from the taillight with the bulb.
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2. Replace the burned out bulb with a new bulb that is identical to the one being replaced.
3. Insert the bulb holder carefully in the taillight and turn clockwise until the bulb holder locks into place.
Installing the taillight
1. Insert the taillight carefully into the opening on the body.
2. Hold the taillight in the installation position with one hand and tighten the screw with the other hand fig. 175
3. Make sure the taillight is installed correctly and is secure.
4. Connect the connector to the bulb holder and press in the red securing clip fig. 175
5. Close the section of the side trim panel in the luggage compartment near the taillight in the opposite direction of the arrow.
6. Close the trunk lid.
The illustration shows the left taillight. The right taillight housing is a mirror image of the left.
There are different versions of the taillights. The locations and versions of the bulb holders and bulbs may vary from the images.
Replacing fuses
Introduction
Due to the constant development of the vehicle, equipment-dependent fuse allocations, and the combined protection of multiple electrical equipment items using
one fuse, a complete overview of the fuse layout is not available at the time of print. Detailed information about fuse allocations can be obtained from suitably
qualified professionals. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Generally, multiple electrical equipment items can be protected together through by fuse. On the other hand, some equipment items may use multiple fuses.
Only replace fuses if the cause for the malfunction has been fixed. If a new fuse blows again after a short time, the electrical system must be checked by suitably
qualified professionals. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
WARNING
High voltage in the electrical system can cause electric shocks, serious burns, and fatal injuries.
Never touch the electrical wires in the ignition system.
Avoid short circuits in the electrical system.
WARNING
Using unsuitable fuses, repairing fuses, and bridging a power circuit without fuses can causes fires and serious injuries.
Never install fuses that have a higher amp rating.
Replace fuses only with fuses of same rating and size. Make sure that the color and label are identical to the faulty fuse.
Never repair fuses.
Never use metal strips, paper clips or similar objects as substitutes for fuses.
NOTICE
To prevent the risk of damaging the electrical system in the vehicle, the ignition, the lights, and all electrical equipment must be switched off before a fuse can be
replaced.
Make sure that the ignition cannot be switched on while a fuse is being replaced.
NOTICE
If a fuse is replaced by another fuse with a higher amp rating, this could also damage the electrical system in another location.
NOTICE
Dirt and moisture in the fuse boxes can damage the electrical system.
Protect open fuse boxes from dirt and moisture.
NOTICE
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To reduce the risk of vehicle damage, observe the following:
Carefully remove and correctly re-mount the covers of the fuse boxes.
There are more fuses in the vehicle than are specified in this chapter. These should only be replaced by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized
Volkswagen Service Facility qualified in this respect. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service
Facility.
Fuses in the engine compartment
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
Opening the fuse box in the engine/motor compartment
Fig. 176 In the engine compartment: Fuse box.
Fuse box cover.
The plastic pliers fig. 176 for removing fuses can be found on the inside of the fuse box cover or on the fuse panel.
Removing the cover
1. Open the hood.
2. Press the catches in the direction of the arrow to unlock the fuse box cover fig. 176
3. Remove the cover upward.
Fitting the cover
1. Place the cover onto the fuse box.
2. Push the cover downwards until it audibly clicks into place on both sides.
Fuse table for fuses in the engine compartment
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
The list shows the fuse locations for the equipment relevant to the driver. The first column of the table contains the fuse location; the other columns include the rated
current, fuse version, and the protected electrical equipment.
Depending on the market and the vehicle equipment, there may be differences from the fuse numbers and fuse slots listed in the table. If necessary, ask for the
exact fuse assignment from suitably qualified professionals. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen
Service Facility.
Fuse assignment
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Fig. 177 Fuse locations in the engine compartment.
Fuse location fig. 177:
F6
7.5 Amp, ATO®, brake light sensor.
F15
15 A, ATO®, horn.
F19
30 Amp, ATO®, windshield wipers.
Fuses in the instrument panel
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
Open and close the fuse box in the instrument panel
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Fig. 178 On the driver side in the instrument panel: fuse box cover.
Stop.
Removing the cover
1. Open the storage compartment on the driver's side and empty it, if necessary.
2. Push as far upwards as possible fig. 178
and open the driver side stowage compartment again in the direction of the arrows and pull off.
Fitting the cover
1. Press the storage compartment into the mounts in the instrument panel until you hear the catch engage on both sides.
2. Close the storage compartment.
Fuse table for fuses in the instrument panel
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
The list shows the fuse locations for the equipment relevant to the driver. The first column of the table contains the fuse location; the other columns include the rated
current, fuse version, and the protected electrical equipment.
Depending on the market and the vehicle equipment, there may be differences from the fuse numbers and fuse slots listed in the table. If necessary, ask for the
exact fuse assignment from suitably qualified professionals. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen
Service Facility.
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Fig. 179 Fuse assignment in the instrument panel.
Fuse locations fig. 179:
F4
7.5 Amp, MINI®, anti-theft alarm system.
F6
10 A, ATO®, automatic transmission selector mechanism.
F7
10 amp, MINI®, control for the air conditioner, rear window defroster relay.
F8
7.5 Amp, MINI®, dipped beam light switch, rain/light sensor, electronic parking brake.
F10
7.5 Amp, MINI®, Display, Infotainment system control panel.
F11
40 Amp, ATO®, exterior lighting on the left side.
F12
20 Amp, ATO®, Infotainment system.
F14
40 Amp, ATO®, blower regulator.
F16
7.5 Amp, MINI®, telephone.
F23
20 Amp, JCASE®, power sunroof.
F24
40 Amp, ATO®, exterior lighting on the right side.
F26
30 Amp, ATO®, seat heating.
F27
30 Amp, ATO®, interior lighting.
F40
20 Amp, ATO®, cigarette lighter, sockets. Note the installation position, factory-standard fuse location as shown in the illustration.
F42
40 Amp, ATO®, central locking system.
F47
15 Amp, ATO®, rear window wiper.
F51
25 Amp, ATO®, rear seat heating.
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F53
30 Amp, ATO®, rear window defroster.
Fuse locations for vehicles with a factory-installed trailer hitch.
F22
15 amp, ATO®, trailer charging cable.
F28
25 Amp, ATO®, left trailer control module.
F38
25 Amp, ATO®, right trailer control module.
F44
15 Amp, ATO®, trailer control module.
Power windows and seats can be protected by circuit breakers or control modules, which switch back on automatically several seconds after correcting the
overload, for example when door windows are frozen shut.
Replacing blown fuses
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
Preparations
1. Switch off the ignition, lights, and all other electrical equipment.
Detecting blown fuses
Fig. 180 Blown fuse (general example).
®
A blown flat connector fuse (ATO
, MINI®) has metal strips that have burned through, which you can see through the transparent housing from above and from
the side fig. 180
A blown block fuse (JCASE
®
) is recognizable by the melted metal strip seen through the transparent housing from above fig. 180
Fuse versions
Standard flat connector fuse (ATO®).
Small flat connector fuse (MINI®).
Block fuse (JCASE®).
Fuse color codes
Fuses (ATO® - MINI®).
Color
Current rating
Black
1 A
Purple
3 A
Orange
5 A
Brown
7.5 A
Red
10 A
Blue
15 A
Yellow
20 A
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25 A
White or clear
Green
30 A
Light green40 A
Fuses (JCASE®)
Blue
20 A
Pink
30 A
Green
40 A
Red
50 A
Yellow
60 A
Replacing fuses
Fig. 181 Remove or install a fuse with the plastic pliers (general example).
Plastic pliers.
1. Remove plastic tongs from either the fuse box or the cover of the fuse box fig. 181
2. Depending on the design of the fuse, slide the appropriately sized clamp on the plastic pliers onto the fuse from above or from the side fig. 181.
3. Remove the fuse.
4. If a fuse is blown, replace with a fuse with the same rating (same color and same label) and the same size
5. After inserting the new fuse, place the plastic pliers back in the cover, if necessary.
6. Reinstall the cover or close the fuse box cover.
NOTICE
If a fuse is replaced by a fuse with a higher current rating, this could damage the electrical system in another location.
Xump-starting
Introduction
For technical reasons the vehicle must not be tow-started
. If the engine cannot start because the 12 V vehicle battery is dead, the 12 V vehicle battery on
another vehicle can be used to start your vehicle.
For vehicles with a 12 V vehicle battery in the vehicle interior or luggage compartment, the jumper cables may only be connected to the jump-start points in the
engine compartment.
WARNING
Using jumper cables and performing a jump-start incorrectly can cause the 12 V vehicle battery to explode, which can cause serious injuries.
Always read and heed the warnings and safety precautions before working on the 12 V vehicle battery
Introduction.
Never confuse the positive battery terminal with the negative battery terminal.
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Never jump-start a vehicle with a frozen or thawed 12 V vehicle battery.
WARNING
When jump-starting the 12 V vehicle battery, a highly explosive mixture of gas builds up, which is flammable and can cause serious injuries. Sparks could form
and ignite the flammable gas that is released by the 12 V vehicle battery.
Always keep fires, sparks, open flames, and lit cigarettes far away from the 12 V vehicle battery.
Avoid discharging static electricity near the 12 V vehicle battery.
NOTICE
Tow-starting can cause damage to the vehicle.
Jump-start the vehicle to start the engine.
NOTICE
A drained 12 V vehicle battery can freeze at temperatures around +32°F (0 °C).
Always replace a frozen or thawed 12 V vehicle battery.
Ground jump-start point
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
Fig. 182 In the engine compartment: Negative terminal jump-start point.
The jump-start point (negative terminal) is for connecting the black jumper cable fig. 182.
The vehicle can give and receive a jump-start using this negative terminal jump-start point.
Preparing and Performing a Xump-start
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
Preparations
Observe the following for jump-starting:
Wear suitable eye protection and safety gloves
Pay attention to the operating instructions provided by the manufacturer of the jump-start cables.
Open the hood.
Always use a jumper cable with fully insulated terminal clamps and without any insulation defects for jump-starting
Ensure that there is sufficient distance between the vehicle providing the jump-start and the vehicle receiving the jump-start, otherwise current could already
flow when connecting the positive battery terminals.
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Make sure the terminal clamps have sufficient contact with metal.
Xumper cable
So that vehicles can be jump-started and can jump-start others, an appropriate jumper cable is required.
The following jumper cable wire diameters must not be fallen short of by the vehicle providing the jump-start.
Vehicles with electric drivetrain: To jump-start the vehicle with a drained 12 V vehicle battery, the wire diameter of the jumper cable must be at least 25 mm
2
(0.038 in2).
Vehicles with hybrid drive: To jump-start the vehicle with a drained 12 V vehicle battery, the wire diameter of the jumper cable must be at least 25 mm
2
(0.038 in2).
Vehicles with a gasoline engine: To jump-start the vehicle with a drained 12 V vehicle battery, the wire diameter of the jumper cable must be at least 25 mm
2
(0.038 in2).
Vehicles with a diesel engine: To jump-start the vehicle with a drained 12 V vehicle battery, the wire diameter of the jumper cable must be at least 35 mm
2
(0.054 in2).
Vehicle Receiving the Xump-start
1. Check whether the discharged 12 V vehicle battery is properly connected to the 12 V vehicle electrical system.
2. If a 12 V vehicle battery with a viewing window has been installed, check the color of the viewing window. If the viewing window is light yellow or has no color,
do not perform a jump-start and contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Vehicle Providing the Xump-start
1. Pay attention to the operating instructions provided by the vehicle manufacturer.
2. Check whether the battery providing the jump-start has the same voltage (12 V) and approximately the same battery capacity as the dead 12 V vehicle battery.
Pay attention to the information printed on the battery of the vehicle providing the jump-start.
Xump-starting
Fig. 183 Diagram for connecting the jumper cables.
Positive battery terminal of the vehicle receiving the jump-start.
Positive battery terminal of the vehicle providing the jump-start.
Suitable negative terminal of the vehicle providing the jump-start: Preferably a jump-start point (negative connection), a large metal part that is bolted securely
to the engine block, or the engine block itself.
Jump-start point (negative terminal) of the vehicle receiving the jump-start.
Only connect the jumper cables in the sequence A - B - C - D fig. 183.
1. Switch the ignition off on both vehicles.
2. In the engine compartment, open the cover on the positive battery terminal (+) of the 12 V vehicle battery, if fitted.
3. Connect one end of the red jumper cable to the positive battery terminal (+) of the 12 V vehicle battery with the discharged 12 V vehicle battery fig. 183
4. Connect the other end of the red jumper cable to the positive battery terminal (+) on the vehicle providing current fig. 183
5. Connect one end of the black jumper cable preferably to the negative terminal (-) jump-start point on the vehicle with the 12 V vehicle battery providing current
fig. 183
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Or: If there is no negative terminal (-) jump-start point, connect the end of the black jumper cable to a large metal part that is bolted securely to the engine
block, or the engine block itself, on the vehicle with the 12 V vehicle battery providing current fig. 183
6. Connect the other end of the black jumper cable to the negative terminal (-) jump-start point on the vehicle with the discharged 12 V vehicle battery fig. 183
7. Route the jumper cables so that they cannot become caught in moving parts in the engine compartment.
Start the engine
1. Start the engine in the vehicle that is providing current and allow it to idle.
2. Wait a few minutes and then start the vehicle's engine with the discharged 12 V vehicle battery. If the engine does not start, stop the starting process after ten
seconds, and try again after approximately one minute.
If the engine still will not start, contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Removing the jumper cables
1. Before disconnecting the jumper cables, switch off the low beam headlight if necessary.
2. In the vehicle with the drained 12 V vehicle battery, switch on the blower for the air conditioner and the rear window defroster. This will reduce any voltage
surges that may occur when disconnected.
3. Once the vehicle has been jump-started, always disconnect the jumper cables in the order D - C - B - A fig. 183.
4. Close the cover of the positive terminal (+), if fitted.
After successful jump-starting, have the 12 V vehicle battery checked by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen
recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
WARNING
Performing a jump-start incorrectly can cause the 12 V vehicle battery to explode, which can cause serious injuries.
Always wear suitable protective eyewear and protective gloves, and never bend over the 12 V vehicle battery.
Always connect the positive cable first and then the negative cable.
Never connect the negative terminal to parts of the fuel system or to the brake lines.
Ensure that there is no contact between the non-insulated parts of the terminal clamps.
Make sure the cable insulation is free from any defects.
Make sure that the cable that is connected to the positive battery terminal on the 12 V vehicle battery does not come into contact with any vehicle
components that conduct electricity.
NOTICE
A drained 12 V vehicle battery can freeze at temperatures around +32°F (0 °C).
Do not jump-start a frozen or thawed 12 V vehicle battery.
Towing
Introduction
Towing requires practice, particularly if a towing cable is used. Both drivers should be familiar with the special considerations when towing. Inexperienced drivers
should not tow.
Follow all applicable laws when towing.
Always make sure the towing force does not exceed the permitted level and there are no shock loading conditions. There is always the risk of the coupling becomin
overloaded when driving off-road.
WARNING
The vehicle handling and braking efficiency will change considerably when it is towed.
WARNING
Never tow a vehicle that has no electrical power.
Never turn off the ignition with the starter button while towing. Otherwise, the electronic steering column lock could engage suddenly. The vehicle cannot
be steered if this happens. This can result in crashes, serious injuries, and a loss of control of the vehicle.
Never remove the remote control vehicle key from the ignition lock while towing. Otherwise, the mechanical steering column lock or steering lock could
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engage suddenly. The vehicle cannot be steered if this happens. This can result in crashes, serious injuries, and a loss of control of the vehicle.
If the vehicle loses power while it is being towed, stop towing the vehicle immediately and see an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized
Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.
NOTICE
When pushing the vehicle by hand, the taillights, side spoiler on the rear window, and large sections of sheet metal could be damaged and the rear spoiler could
detach.
When pushing the vehicle by hand, do not press on the taillights, side spoiler on the rear window, large sections of sheet metal, or the rear spoiler.
Towing
Towing refers to using a vehicle to pull another vehicle that cannot be driven.
The vehicle can be towed using a tow bar or tow rope:
The maximum permissible speed is 30 mph (50 km/h).
The maximum permissible distance is 30 miles (50 km).
The easiest and safest way to tow is using a tow bar. You should use a towing cable only if a tow bar is not available. The towing cable should be elastic to protect
both vehicles. Use a cable made of synthetic rubber or a similar elastic material.
Towing with a tow truck
If your vehicle will be raised by one axle when towing, only the axle listed below may be raised, depending on the transmission and engine combination:
Front-wheel drive
Automatic transmission
Front axle
Manual transmissionFront axle
All-wheel drive (4MOTION)
Automatic transmission
Front axle
Manual transmission Front axle
WARNING
Vehicle components can be badly damaged by incorrectly attached tow ropes or tow bars. This increases the risk of accident and could result in serious injuries.
Only ever secure the vehicle to be recovered and towed at the points designed for this purpose.
Never secure the tow rope or the tow bar to axle or suspension components.
Contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility and have the vehicle taken away on a tow truck, if necessary.
Instructions for towing
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
A vehicle being towed can still signal a turn using the turn signals even if the emergency flashers are switched on. To do this when the ignition is switched on,
activate the turn signal for the desired direction. The emergency flashers will stop while the turn signal is active. The emergency flashers will automatically activate
again once the turn signal and high beam lever returns to the neutral position.
When may this vehicle not be towed?
The vehicle must not be towed in the following situations:
If the 12 V vehicle battery is drained.
The indicator in the instrument cluster display does not function perfectly.
If the towing distance is greater than 30 miles (50 km).
The selector lever of the automatic transmission cannot be moved to neutral (position N).
The electronic parking brake cannot be released.
The steering column lock cannot be released.
If the wheel clearance or the steering function can no longer be secured after an accident.
If the vehicle cannot be towed on its own wheels due to one of the conditions listed, contact professional assistance and have the vehicle transported by a tow truck
if necessary.
Towing
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Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
Secure the tow rope or tow bar only at the permitted points:
Towing lug.
Ball mount.
WARNING
Never secure the tow rope or the tow bar to axle or suspension components. They can be damaged and cause accidents and serious injuries.
Contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility and have the vehicle taken away on a tow truck, if necessary.
Preparations
Make sure the tow rope is not twisted. Otherwise it could disconnect from the towing eye while towing.
Switch the ignition and emergency flashers on in both vehicles. However, do not do this if it is prohibited by law.
Read and comply with the information and instructions for towing given in the Owner's Manual for the other vehicle.
Towing vehicle (front)
1. Only start to drive when the tow rope is taut.
2. Be especially careful when accelerating.
3. Avoid sudden braking and driving maneuvers.
4. Do not exceed the permitted towing weight of the vehicle.
Vehicle being towed (rear)
1. Make sure the ignition is always switched on so that the steering wheel is not locked and so that the turn signal and windshield wiper can be used if needed.
The brake booster and power steering only work when the engine is running. Otherwise, the brake pedal needs to be pressed much harder and more force is
required to steer.
2. Make sure the vehicle key is always in the vehicle during the towing process
Introduction.
3. For vehicles with an automatic gearbox: Select the selector lever position
4. Release the electronic parking brake.
5. Make sure the tow rope is always taut.
NOTICE
The vehicle can only be towed if the battery charge level of the 12 V vehicle battery is sufficient and the electronic parking brake and steering column lock can
be released. If there is a loss of power or the electrical system is malfunctioning, the engine may need to be jump-started or the vehicle's drive system may need
to be reactivated in order to release the electronic parking brake and steering column lock.
Installing the rear towing eye
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
and Introduction.
Depending on the country and vehicle equipment, the mount for the towing eye is situated behind the bumper cover.
1. Before having it towed, check that your vehicle has a threaded mount for the towing lug.
2. Read and heed the information about towing.
3. Otherwise, contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility and have the vehicle taken away by a tow truck if necessary.
The towing eye must always be kept in the vehicle
NOTICE
Using a towing eye that is not suitable for the vehicle can damage the vehicle.
When towing, always use the towing eye enclosed with your own vehicle in the vehicle tool kit, or another towing eye suitable for the vehicle.
Installing the rear towing eye
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Fig. 184 In the right rear bumper: Remove cover.
Fig. 185 In the right rear bumper: Screw in towing eye.
1. Remove the towing eye from the vehicle tool kit in the luggage compartment.
2. Press on the marked area of the cover in the direction of the arrow to release the catch on the cover fig. 184.
3. Remove the cover, let it hang from the vehicle or place it in the vehicle if necessary
4. Rotate the towing eye in the direction of the arrow as far as possible to install it in the mount fig. 185 , . Use a suitable object to tighten the towing eye
completely and securely in the mount.
5. After the vehicle has been towed, unscrew the towing eye with a suitable object in the opposite direction to the arrow.
6. Insert the cap into the respective opening and press in until it engages.
7. If necessary, clean the towing eye and return it to the vehicle tool kit in the luggage compartment.
NOTICE
Removing and installing the towing eye and the cover can cause vehicle damage, such as paint damage.
Remove and install the towing eye and cover carefully to reduce the risk of vehicle damage.
NOTICE
If the towing eye is not fully and tightly screwed into the mount, it may tear out of the mount when tow-starting or towing the vehicle.
Always screw the towing eye completely and securely into the mount.
Vehicles with a trailer hitch
In vehicles with a factory-equipped trailer hitch, there is no mount for the threaded towing eye behind the cover.
1. To tow, swivel the ball hitch out or mount and use it.
NOTICE
Using an unsuitable towing bar could damage the ball hitch and the vehicle. Vehicles with a factory-installed trailer hitch may only tow other vehicles with a
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