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When you are done adding oil, the oil level should be in the center of area fig. 176 . The engine oil level must not be in the area fig. 176
5. If you accidentally add too much engine oil and the engine oil level is in area fig. 176
, do not start the engine
. Contact an authorized Volkswagen
dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.
6. Close the cap on the engine oil filler when you are done adding engine oil.
7. Insert the oil dipstick all the way into the guide tube. If there is an alignment tab on the top of the engine oil dipstick, make sure it lines up with the notch in the
guide tube, and that the dipstick goes all the way in.
8. Close the hood.
CAUTION
If the engine oil level is too high after refilling, this can cause engine damage.
Do not start the engine, and seek professional assistance.
NOTICE
Using incorrect fluids can result in malfunctions and engine damage.
When topping up fluids, make sure the correct fluids are added to the correct reservoirs.
Volkswagen recommends using the approved engine oils in accordance with the respective VW standard.
If you are not sure where the cap and the oil dipstick are located, contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for
assistance. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Troubleshooting
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Safety precautions for working in the engine compartment .
Engine oil pressure too low
The red warning light blinks. A message is shown in the instrument cluster display.
Do not continue driving! Engine damage could result.
1. Stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so
Parking.
2. Stop the engine.
3. Check the engine oil level Checking the engine oil level and adding oil .
4. If the warning light flashes, do not continue driving or let the engine run, even if the oil is at the correct level. Engine damage could result. Contact an authorized
Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.
Engine oil level very low
The red warning light blinks. A message is shown in the instrument cluster display.
Do not continue driving! Engine damage could result.
1. Stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so
Parking.
2. Stop the engine.
3. Check the engine oil level Checking the engine oil level and adding oil .
4. If necessary, top up the engine oil gradually in small quantities (not more than 0.5 l (0.5 qt) in total) or observe the top-up recommendation in the display of the
Volkswagen Digital Cockpit.
5. If the warning light lights up, do not continue driving or let the engine run, even if the oil is at the correct level. Engine damage could result. Contact an
authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.
Engine oil level too low
The yellow indicator light turns on. A message is shown in the instrument cluster display.
1. Stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so
Parking.
2. Stop the engine.
3. Check the engine oil level Checking the engine oil level and adding oil .
4. If necessary, top up the engine oil gradually in small quantities (not more than 0.5 l (0.5 qt) in total) or observe the top-up recommendation in the display of the
Volkswagen Digital Cockpit.
5. If the indicator light comes on, do not continue driving or let the engine run, even if the oil is at the correct level. Engine damage could result. Contact an
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authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.
Engine oil level too high
The yellow indicator light turns on. A message is shown in the instrument cluster display.
1. Stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so
Parking.
2. Stop the engine.
3. Check the engine oil level Checking the engine oil level and adding oil .
4. If the engine oil level is too high, do not drive any further or leave the engine running. Engine damage could result. Contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or
authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.
or
Engine oil system malfunction
The indicator light flashes yellow. A message is shown in the instrument cluster display.
1. Contact a suitably qualified professional. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Engine coolant
Introduction
Only perform work on the engine cooling system if you are familiar with the necessary activities and the general safety precautions, and if the correct operating
equipment, fluids and suitable tools are available. Work performed incorrectly can result in serious injuries
. Have all work performed by suitably qualified
professionals if necessary. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Information about warning and indicator lights can be found in the troubleshooting section at the end of the chapter
Troubleshooting.
WARNING
Engine coolant is poisonous!
Only store engine coolant in the sealed original container and in a secure place.
Never use empty food cans, bottles, or other containers to store engine coolant, because someone could drink the engine coolant by mistake.
Store engine coolant out of the reach of children.
Make sure that the correct proportion of engine coolant additive is provided based on the lowest ambient temperature in which the vehicle will be
operated.
In extremely low temperatures, the coolant can freeze and the vehicle could break down. Because the heater will also no longer function in that situation,
vehicle occupants could die of exposure if they do not have sufficient warm clothing.
Coolant and coolant additives can pollute the environment. Catch any leaking operating fluids and dispose of them correctly according to environmental
regulations.
Engine coolant specifications
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Safety precautions for working in the engine compartment .
The cooling system is filled at the factory with a mixture of specially prepared water and at least 40% coolant additive G12evo (TL 744-L).
To protect the engine cooling system, there must always be at least a 40% proportion of coolant additive. If greater freeze protection is needed due to the climate,
the proportion of coolant additive can be increased. However, the proportion of coolant additive must not exceed 55 %, because otherwise the freeze protection will
be reduced and the cooling effect will be decreased.
The engine coolant additive can be recognized by its violet color. The mixture of water and coolant additive provides freeze protection down to -13 °F (-25 °C),
protects the aluminum alloy parts of the cooling system from corrosion, prevents limescale deposits, and increases the boiling point of the coolant.
If the engine coolant is being topped up, a blend of distilled water and at least 40% of the G12evo engine coolant additive must be used to ensure optimum
corrosion protection
CAUTION
Insufficient freeze protection in the cooling system can cause engine malfunctions, which can result in injuries.
Only use coolant additive approved by the manufacturer.
Make sure the coolant additive is adjusted according to the ambient temperature.
In extremely low temperatures, the coolant can freeze and the vehicle could break down. Because the heater will also no longer function in that situation,
vehicle occupants could die of exposure if they do not have sufficient warm clothing.
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NOTICE
The coloring of the engine coolant results from the mixture of the purple coolant additive and distilled water. If the fluid in the coolant expansion tank is not
purple, but for example brown, the engine coolant has been mixed with another non-suitable coolant.
Serious malfunctions or damage to the engine and cooling system could occur!
Immediately have the engine coolant changed by suitably qualified professionals. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer
or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Never mix Genuine Volkswagen coolant additives with coolants that are not approved by Volkswagen when topping up.
Engine coolant and coolant additives can harm the environment. Catch any leaking operating fluids and dispose of them correctly according to environmental
regulations.
Checking and filling engine coolant
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Safety precautions for working in the engine compartment .
Preparations
1. Parking the vehicle on a level, secure surface.
2. Allow the engine to cool
3. Open the hood.
The coolant expansion tank is identified with the
red symbol on the cap fig. 177.
Fig. 177 In the engine compartment: cap on the engine coolant expansion tank.
WARNING
Hot steam and hot engine coolant can cause serious burns.
Never open the engine hood if you can see or hear steam or coolant escaping from the engine compartment. Wait until you can no longer see or hear
steam or coolant escaping. Hot components can cause burns if touched.
WARNING
The engine cooling system is under pressure when the engine is hot. Never open the cap on the coolant expansion tank when the engine is hot. Engine coolant
could spray out and cause serious burns or other injuries.
Slowly and very carefully turn the cap counterclockwise while pressing down lightly on the cap.
Always protect your face, hands, and arms from hot coolant or steam by placing a large, thick cloth on the coolant expansion tank cap.
Checking the coolant level
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Fig. 178 In the engine compartment: markings on the engine coolant expansion tank.
When new vehicles are delivered or after repairs to the cooling system, the coolant level may be above the marked area. This is normal. The coolant does not need
to be extracted.
The coolant level cannot be checked exactly for every model, because the view of the fluid level in the coolant expansion tank may be obstructed. If you cannot rea
off the engine coolant level accurately, contact a suitably qualified professional. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or
authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
1. When the engine is cold, check the coolant level using the markings on the side of the engine coolant expansion tank fig. 178.
The coolant level must be between the markings.
2. If the fluid level in the coolant expansion tank is below the minimum mark (“min”), have coolant added.
When the engine is warm, the engine coolant level may be slightly above the upper marking.
3. If no coolant is visible in the coolant expansion tank, do not add coolant
Filling the coolant
1. Carefully unscrew the cap
2. Only add new coolant that conforms to the Volkswagen specification Engine coolant specifications.
If there is no engine coolant available that conforms to the required specification, initially only top up with distilled water. Then have the correct mixture ratio
using the specified coolant additive restored as soon as possible by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen
recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility
3. Top up the engine coolant to the upper fill level marker.
After topping up the engine coolant, the coolant level must be between the markings on the coolant expansion tank fig. 178.
4. Install the cap securely.
5. Check the coolant level after one day. If the level of the engine coolant tank drops below the “min” minimum marking again, contact an authorized Volkswagen
dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility and have the cooling system checked. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer
or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
6. If there is no engine coolant available that conforms to the specification, do not use any other engine coolant additive in an emergency
NOTICE
If there is too much engine coolant, it will escape from the cooling system under high pressure when the coolant warms up, which can result in damage.
Do not refill the system with engine coolant above the upper edge of the marked area.
NOTICE
If there is no more engine coolant in the coolant expansion tank, air can get into the cooling system. This could result in damage to the engine.
Stop driving and do not top up with engine coolant.
See an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.
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NOTICE
The chemical components contained in water that is not distilled can cause considerable corrosion damage in the engine. This can cause engine malfunctions.
Only use distilled water for refilling the system!
If water that is not distilled is added, have the fluid in the cooling system changed immediately by a qualified workshop. Volkswagen recommends
contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
NOTICE
The use of incorrect fluids can cause serious malfunctions and damage to the engine.
When topping up fluids, make sure the correct fluids are added to the correct reservoirs.
Troubleshooting
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Safety precautions for working in the engine compartment .
Engine coolant
The red warning light blinks. The coolant temperature is too high or the coolant level is too low.
Do not continue driving! Engine damage could result.
1. Stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so
Parking.
2. Stop the engine.
3. Allow the engine to cool.
4. Check the engine coolant level on the Coolant expansion tank Checking and filling engine coolant .
5. If the warning light does not turn off, do not continue driving or let the engine run, even if the engine coolant is at the correct level.
6. Contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.
Brake fluid
Introduction
Brake fluid absorbs moisture from the air over the course of time. Too much water in the brake fluid causes damage to the brake system. Water lowers the boiling
point of the brake fluid. If the water content in the brake fluid is too high, vapor lock may form in the brake system during heavy braking and full braking. Vapor lock
reduces the braking efficiency, increases the braking distance considerably, and can lead to a total failure of the brake system. Your own safety and the safety of
others on the road depends on your brake system functioning correctly at all times.
WARNING
Brake fluid is poisonous.
To reduce the risk of poisoning, never store brake fluid in beverage containers or other containers. A person could mistakenly drink from the container,
even if the container is marked.
Always store brake fluid in the sealed original container and keep it out of the reach of children.
NOTICE
Spilled or leaking brake fluid damages vehicle paint and tires.
Immediately wipe up any spilled or leaking brake fluid that comes into contact with vehicle components.
Brake fluid can pollute the environment. Collect spilled brake fluid and dispose of it correctly.
Brake fluid specifications
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Safety precautions for working in the engine compartment .
Volkswagen has developed a special brake fluid that is optimized for the vehicle's brake system. For optimum performance of the brake system, Volkswagen
recommends only using brake fluid that complies with the “VW standard 501 14”.
Before using brake fluid, check that the brake fluid specification on the bottle matches the vehicle requirements.
Brake fluid that complies with the VW standard 501 14 can be obtained from an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
If brake fluid that meets this specification is not available and another high-quality brake fluid must therefore be used, brake fluid that complies with the specification
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DIN ISO 4925 or the US Standard FMVSS 116 DOT 4 CLASS 6 can be used.
Not all brake fluids that comply with the requirements of DIN ISO 4925 or US Standard FMVSS 116 DOT 4 CLASS 6 have the same chemical composition. Some
of these brake fluids can contain chemicals that can destroy or damage components of the vehicle brake system over time.
To help ensure that the brake system functions correctly over the long term, Volkswagen recommends using a brake fluid that expressly conforms to the
“VW standard 501 14”.
Brake fluid that complies with the VW standard 501 14 meets the requirements of DIN ISO 4925 or the US Standard FMVSS 116 DOT 4 CLASS 6.
Checking the Brake Fluid
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Safety precautions for working in the engine compartment .
Preparations
1. Parking the vehicle on a level, secure surface.
2. Open the hood.
Checking the Brake Fluid Level
Fig. 179 In the engine compartment: cap on the brake fluid reservoir (version 1).
Fig. 180 In the engine compartment: cap on the brake fluid reservoir (version 2).
The brake fluid reservoir can be recognized by its cap fig. 179 or fig. 180.
The brake fluid level cannot be checked precisely on all models because the hood or engine components may obstruct the view of the fluid level in the reservoir. If
you cannot read the brake fluid level clearly, see an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance. Volkswagen
recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
The brake fluid level must always be between the MIN and MAX markings on the brake fluid reservoir
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The brake fluid level decreases slightly when the vehicle is being used as the brake pads wear and the brakes automatically adjust themselves.
Changing brake fluid
Have the brake fluid changed regularly. An authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility can provide information about the interval for
changing the vehicle brake fluid. Only have brake fluid added that meets the required specifications. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized
Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
WARNING
Low brake fluid, brake fluid that is too old, or using an incorrect type of brake fluid can cause brake malfunctions or reduced braking efficiency. Hard braking
when the brake fluid is old can cause vapor lock to form in the fluid due to absorbed moisture. Vapor lock reduces the braking efficiency, increases the braking
distance considerably, and can lead to a total failure of the brake system.
Have the brake system and brake fluid level checked or have the brake fluid changed regularly.
Only have new brake fluid added.
Be sure to use the correct brake fluid. Only use brake fluid that expressly complies with the VW standard 501 14. Any other brake fluid or brake fluid that
is not high-quality can impair the braking function and reduce the braking efficiency.
If brake fluid that complies with the VW standard 501 14 is not available and it is absolutely necessary to use a different brake fluid, only use a high-
quality brake fluid that complies with DIN ISO 4925 CLASS 6 or US standard FMVSS 116 DOT 4.
Troubleshooting
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Safety precautions for working in the engine compartment .
Brake fluid level
The red warning light turns on. The brake fluid level is too low.
Do not continue driving! This could result in the brake failing.
1. Stop the vehicle immediately as soon as it is safe to do so
Parking.
2. Check the brake fluid level.
3. If the brake fluid level is too low, contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
12 V vehicle battery
Introduction
The 12-volt vehicle battery is a component of the electrical system and serves to supply energy to the vehicle. During maintenance procedures, the 12 V vehicle
battery is checked and replaced if necessary.
You may only perform procedures on the electrical system yourself if you are familiar with the necessary activities and the general safety precautions, and if the
correct operating equipment and fluids and suitable tools are available. Work performed incorrectly can result in serious injuries
. Have all work performed by
suitably qualified professionals. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Information about warning and indicator lights can be found in the troubleshooting section at the end of the chapter
Troubleshooting.
Battery switch-off in an accident with triggering of the airbag
In vehicles with a 12 V vehicle battery in their vehicle interior or luggage compartment, the electrical connection to the 12 V vehicle battery is pyrotechnically
disconnected in an accident with airbag deployment. This prevents a short circuit. For more information on the installation location of the vehicle battery, refer to
section page , Checking the 12 V vehicle battery acid level .
Detailed warnings for the 12 V vehicle battery
Always wear eye protection. Battery acid is highly corrosive. Always wear protective gloves and eye protection.
Fire, sparks, open flame, and smoking
are forbidden. A highly explosive mixture of gases forms when charging the 12 V vehicle battery.
Always keep children away from battery acid and the 12
V vehicle battery. Always heed the Owner's Manual.
WARNING
Performing work on the 12 V vehicle battery and the electrical system can cause serious injuries, fires, or electric shocks.
Always read and observe the following warnings and safety precautions.
Before performing any work on the 12 V vehicle battery, switch off the ignition and all electrical equipment and disconnect the 12 V battery negative
cable.
Always keep children away from battery electrolyte and the 12 V vehicle battery.
Always wear eye protection and safety gloves.
When handling 12 V vehicle batteries, always protect your hands, arms, and face from spraying battery acid.
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Never short circuit the battery terminals.
Never use a damaged 12 V vehicle battery. Replace a damaged 12 V vehicle battery immediately.
Never use a frozen 12 V vehicle battery. A drained 12 V vehicle battery can freeze at temperatures around 32 °F (0 °C). Replace the 12 V vehicle battery
immediately.
WARNING
When working on 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 creating sparks when working with wires and electrical equipment or when discharging static electricity.
WARNING
California Proposition 65 Warning.
This product can expose you to chemicals including lead and lead components, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth
defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.
NOTICE
UV rays can damage the battery housing.
Do not expose the 12 V vehicle battery to direct sunlight for a long period of time.
NOTICE
The 12 V vehicle battery could freeze and be destroyed.
Protect the 12 V vehicle battery against freezing temperatures if the vehicle is parked for long periods of time.
After starting the engine when the 12-volt vehicle battery is severely drained or when it has been replaced or jump-started, the system settings (time, date,
personal convenience settings, and programming) and user profiles may be changed or erased. Check and correct the settings after the 12 V vehicle battery is
sufficiently recharged.
Checking the 12 V vehicle battery acid level
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Safety precautions for working in the engine compartment .
Check the acid level of the 12 V vehicle battery regularly if mileage is high, in countries with warm climates, or if the 12 V vehicle battery is old. Otherwise, the 12 V
vehicle battery is maintenance-free.
12 V vehicle battery location
The 12 V vehicle battery is located in the engine compartment.
Preparations
1. Prepare the vehicle for work in the engine compartment.
2. Wear suitable eye protection and safety gloves.
3. Open the hood.
Checking the battery acid level
WARNING
Performing work on the 12 V vehicle battery can cause serious injuries to skin and eyes, explosions or electric shocks.
Never use open flames or smoldering objects to provide lighting.
When handling 12 V vehicle batteries, always protect your hands, arms, and face from spraying battery acid.
Never open a 12 V vehicle battery.
Never tilt the 12 V vehicle battery. Acid can leak out of the vent openings.
If battery acid comes into contact with the skin or eyes, rinse the affected area immediately with cold water for several minutes. Then consult a doctor
immediately.
Consult a doctor immediately if battery acid is swallowed.
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Depending on the vehicle equipment, an additional bracket must be removed to see the viewing window. An additional tool that is not available in the vehicle tool ki
is required to do this. Always have the acid level of 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.
Fig. 181 On the top of the 12 V vehicle battery: Window (general example).
Make sure there is enough lighting to clearly see the color indicator in the circular window on the top of the 12 V vehicle battery fig. 181.
The color indicator in the circular window changes depending on the acid level in the 12 V vehicle battery.
Light yellow or colorless
The 12 V vehicle battery acid level is too low. Have the 12 V vehicle battery replaced by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized
Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Blac
The 12 V vehicle battery acid level is OK.
The acid level of 12 V vehicle batteries labeled AGM cannot be checked for technical reasons. Suitably qualified professionals can inspect the battery. Volkswagen
recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Charging, replacing, disconnecting, or connecting the 12 V vehicle battery
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Safety precautions for working in the engine compartment .
If you suspect that the 12 V vehicle battery is damaged or malfunctioning, see suitably qualified professionals to have the 12 V vehicle battery checked. Volkswagen
recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Charging the 12 V vehicle battery
The 12 V vehicle battery should be charged by suitably qualified professionals because the 12 V vehicle battery that is installed at the factory requires a charging
process where the voltage is limited . Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Replacing the 12 V vehicle battery
The 12 V vehicle battery is designed to fit the location where it is installed and is equipped with safety features. If a 12 V vehicle battery needs to be replaced, have
the replacement part fitted by qualified professionals. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service
Facility. Check with qualified professionals to find out the component information regarding size and the required maintenance, performance, and safety features.
They must possess the necessary technical documentation and equipment. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized
Volkswagen Service Facility. The vent opening on the 12 V vehicle battery must always be located on the negative terminal side. The vent opening on the positive
terminal side must always be sealed
Only use a maintenance-free 12 V vehicle battery that conforms to the TL 825 06 and VW 7 50 73 standards. These standards must be from October 2014 or later.
Always have the 12 V vehicle battery replaced by qualified professionals because the vehicle electronics must be adapted as part of the replacement. Only qualified
professionals have the necessary equipment to perform the adaptation and have access to the correct replacement batteries.
Disconnecting the 12 V vehicle battery
If the 12 V vehicle battery must be disconnected from the vehicle electrical system, note the following:
1. Switch off all electrical consumers.
2. Unlock the vehicle before disconnecting the battery. Otherwise, the anti-theft alarm system will be triggered.
3. Disconnect the negative cable first, and then the positive cable
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Connecting the 12 V vehicle battery
If the 12 V vehicle battery must be connected to the vehicle electrical system, note the following:
1. Switch off all electrical consumers.
2. Connect the positive cable first, and then the negative cable
Various indicator lights may turn on after connecting the 12 V vehicle battery and switching the ignition on. They will turn off after driving a short distance at a speed
of approximately 10-12 mph (15-20 km/h). If the indicator lights light up and remain on, contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen
Service Facility and have the vehicle checked. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
If the 12 V vehicle battery was disconnected for a long period of time, the next scheduled maintenance may not display correctly or it may not be calculated correctl
Service interval display. Follow the maximum permissible maintenance interval Maintenance.
Vehicles with a starter button: If the ignition cannot be switched on after connecting the 12 V vehicle battery, carry out the following activities:
1. Lock and unlock the vehicle from the outside.
2. Try to switch the ignition on again.
3. If the ignition will not switch on, see an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.
Automatic equipment deactivation
If the ignition is switched on for a very long time when the engine is off or the parking light is switched on when parking for a very long time, the intelligent power
management cannot always prevent the 12 V vehicle battery from being drained.
If the 12 V vehicle battery is under a heavy load, the intelligent power management will automatically begin certain measures to prevent the 12 V vehicle battery
from draining.
The idle speed will be increased so that the alternator delivers more power.
If necessary, equipment that uses a lot of power will have its performance limited or will be switched off.
The power supply to the 12 V socket will be interrupted temporarily when the engine is started.
12 V Vehicle Battery Draining
If the battery is drained, it may not be possible to start the engine. The 12 V vehicle battery will be drained in the following situations:
If the vehicle is parked for long periods of time without running the engine, especially if the ignition is on.
If electrical equipment is used when the ignition is switched off.
WARNING
Securing the vehicle battery incorrectly or using the wrong 12 V vehicle battery can cause short circuits, fires, and serious injuries.
Always use maintenance-free and leak-proof 12 V vehicle batteries that have the same characteristics, specifications, and dimensions as the 12 V
vehicle battery that was installed at the factory.
WARNING
A highly explosive mixture of hydrogen gas can form when charging the 12 V vehicle battery.
Only charge 12 V vehicle batteries in well-ventilated areas.
Never charge a frozen or thawed 12 V vehicle battery. A drained 12 V vehicle battery can freeze at temperatures around 32 °F (0 °C).
Always replace the 12 V vehicle battery if it freezes.
WARNING
A highly explosive mixture of gas forms in the 12 V vehicle battery when operating the vehicle.
For vehicles with the 12 V vehicle battery in the vehicle interior or luggage compartment, ensure that the degassing hose is connected to the 12 V vehicle
battery correctly. The degassing hose must always be connected to the negative terminal side of the 12-volt vehicle battery. If there is an opening on the
positive terminal side of the 12-volt vehicle battery, it must always be capped.
CAUTION
Cables that are connected incorrectly can cause a short circuit. This may damage the on-board electronics.
Connect the positive cable first and then the negative cable.
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NOTICE
The electrical system or electrical components could be damaged and electrical malfunctions could result.
Never connect or disconnect the 12 V vehicle batteries when the ignition is on or the engine is running.
Never connect accessories that provide power, such as solar panels or battery chargers, to the 12 V socket in order to charge the 12 V vehicle battery.
Never use a 12 V vehicle battery that does not conform to the vehicle specifications.
12 V vehicle batteries can contain toxic substances such as sulfuric acid and lead. Dispose of 12 V vehicle batteries correctly.
Battery acid can pollute the environment. Collect spilled battery acid and dispose of it correctly.
Troubleshooting
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Safety precautions for working in the engine compartment .
12-volt power supply
The red warning light turns on. A message is shown in the instrument cluster display.
Do not continue driving! Possible failure of the electrical system.
1. Stop the vehicle immediately and park it safely.
2. Turn off electrical equipment that is not needed.
3. Switch the ignition off.
4. Contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.
If the red warning light comes on, the start-stop system is switched off. The start-stop system will only be automatically switched on again after the engine is
restarted.
12-volt power supply
The yellow indicator light turns on. A message is shown in the instrument cluster display.
Messages about the battery charge level of the 12 V vehicle battery.
1. Let the engine run so that the 12 V vehicle battery can be recharged.
2. If the message about the battery charge level of the 12 V vehicle battery does not turn off after a few minutes despite the measures having been taken, then
contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Messages about the 12 V power supply.
1. Contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.
If the yellow indicator light lights up, the start-stop system will not be able to start the engine. If the yellow indicator light has turned off, the 12 V vehicle battery has
sufficient battery charge level to automatically restart the engine.
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Wheels and tires
Introduction
Tires are the part of the vehicle that are under the most demand yet are the most underestimated. Tires are extremely important, because the small running surface
on the tires is the only point of contact that the vehicle has with the road.
The tire and rim combinations approved by Volkswagen are specifically designed for each other.
The service life of the tire depends on the tire pressure, the driving style, the way the tires are handled, and correct mounting of the tire.
Rims, tires and wheel bolts
Rims, tires, and wheel bolts are determined based on the vehicle model. Whenever another rim is installed, the wheel bolts to be used must have the correct length
and bolt head shape. This ensures that the brakes can work correctly and that the vehicle drives smoothly and safely. For technical reasons, standard rims from
other vehicles cannot be used. Under certain circumstances, this may even apply to rims for the same vehicle model. You must consult a suitably qualified
professional to replace rim/tire combinations. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
The correct wheel bolts must always be used for each vehicle model, and these bolts must always be tightened to the correct torque
Wheel bolts.
WARNING
New tires or tires that are old, worn, or damaged cannot provide the maximum vehicle control and braking effect.
Handling wheels and tires incorrectly can reduce driving safety and cause accidents and serious injuries.
For all four wheels, use only radial tires of the same design, size (rolling circumference), and tread pattern.
You must break in new tires because they have reduced traction and braking efficiency when they are new. To reduce the risk of accidents and serious
injuries, drive carefully during the first 370 miles (600 km).
Regularly check the tire pressure when the tires are cold and always maintain the specified pressure. If the tire pressure is too low, the tire can heat up so
much while driving that the tread separates or the tire ruptures.
Check the tires regularly for damage and wear.
Never drive with tires that are damaged (punctured, cut, cracked, or bulging) or worn. Driving with tires in this condition can cause tire blowouts,
accidents, and serious injuries. Replace worn or damaged tires immediately.
Never exceed the maximum permissible speed and tire load specified for the tires fitted to your vehicle.
The effectiveness of the driver assistance systems and the braking assistance systems depends on tire traction.
If there are unusual vibrations or if the vehicle pulls to one side while driving, stop immediately and check the wheels and tires for damage.
To reduce the risk of loss of vehicle control, accidents, and serious injuries, never loosen the bolts on rims with a bolted rim ring.
Do not use any wheels or tires if you do not know how they have been used in the past. Used wheels and tires may be damaged, even if this damage is
not visible, and could lead to tire damage, tire failure or loss of vehicle control.
Old tires can lose pressure suddenly at high speeds or fail and cause accidents and serious injuries. This is true even if the tires have not been used yet.
Only use tires that are more than six years old if absolutely necessary and drive with extreme caution if doing so.
WARNING
If the wheel bolts are not tightened correctly or are missing, the wheels could become loose and lead to loss of vehicle control, accidents, and serious injuries.
Never drive with missing or loose wheel bolts.
Always use wheel bolts that are correct for the rim and the vehicle model.
Always tighten the wheel bolts to the correct tightening torque. If you do not have a torque wrench, tighten the wheel bolts with the lug wrench and then
have the tightening torque checked as soon as possible by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen
recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
WARNING
Improper installation of the tires on the rim can cause tires to suddenly lose air or go flat while driving and damage the rim. This can cause accidents and fatal
injuries.
Always have tires installed on the rim by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen recommends
contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
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Handling tires
Preventing damage to the tires
Always drive over curbs and other low obstacles slowly and at a right-angle so that both front wheels come into contact with the obstacle at the same time.
Check the tire pressure regularly.
Check tires regularly for damage, e.g. punctures.
Never exceed the load index and maximum speed of the tire Tire labeling and tire classifications.
Have damaged or worn rims replaced immediately Troubleshooting.
Protect tires from coming into contact with corrosive materials such as grease, oil, gasoline, and brake fluid
Replace missing dust caps on the valves immediately.
Remove any objects provided they have not punctured the inside of the tire Troubleshooting.
Pay attention to all warnings issued by the Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Troubleshooting the Tire Pressure Monitoring System .
WARNING
Corrosive fluids and materials can cause visible and invisible damage to the tires, which can cause the tires to fail.
Always keep chemicals, oils, grease, fuel, brake fluid, and other corrosive materials away from the tires.
Storing tires
Only store tires in a cool, dry location that is as dark as possible.
Do not stand tires that are mounted on rims up vertically.
Protect tires that are not mounted on rims from dirt with suitable covers and store them standing on the tread surface.
Tires that are more than six years old
Tires age due to physical and chemical processes that affect their function. Tires that have been stored and unused for long periods of time age more quickly than
tires that are used continuously.
Volkswagen recommends replacing tires that are more than six years old with new tires. This even applies to tires that may appear to be usable and whose tread
depth is still greater than the minimum requirement
Winter and all season tires lose their characteristics to a large extent due to aging, regardless of the remaining tread depth.
The age of the tire can be determined based on the production date Tire labeling and tire classifications.
WARNING
Old tires can lose pressure suddenly at high speeds or fail and cause accidents and serious injuries. This is true even if the tires have not been used yet.
Only use tires that are more than six years old if absolutely necessary and drive with extreme caution if doing so.
New tires
Drive particularly carefully during the first 370 mi (600 km) with new tires because they must be broken in. Tires that have not been broken in yet have reduced
gripping abilities and braking efficiency
Only use tires with the same design and as close to the same construction, size (rolling circumference) and tread pattern as possible on all four wheels.
The tread depth of new tires may vary between tire models and manufacturers due to different design features and tread designs.
WARNING
New tires must be broken in because they have reduced traction and braking efficiency when they are new.
To reduce the risk of accidents and serious injuries, drive carefully during the first 370 miles (600 km).
The size specifications for new tires may vary significantly from the actual tire dimensions for different tire brands.
Replacing tires
At the factory, the vehicle can be equipped with reduced rolling resistance tires. The specified fuel consumption values can only be achieved using these tires.
When purchasing new tires, always make sure the tires are optimized for rolling resistance Eco tips.
Before buying new reduced rolling resistance tires, seek advice from an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen
recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
At a minimum, replace both tires on a single axle.
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Only replace old tires with tires that have been approved by Volkswagen for your vehicle model.
Never use tires whose size exceeds the measurement of tires that are approved by Volkswagen
Recalibrating the Tire Pressure Monitoring System
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System must be recalibrated each time one or more wheels is replaced. This also applies if the tires are rotated, for example from fron
to back Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
WARNING
Tires must have enough clearance from vehicle components. If there is not enough clearance, tires could rub against components of the suspension, the body,
and the brake lines, which can cause the brake system to fail, the tread to separate, and the tire to fail.
The actual dimensions of the tires must not exceed the dimensions of the tire manufacturers approved by Volkswagen, and the tires must not rub against
other components of the vehicle.
NOTICE
Avoid strong impacts and drive around obstacles where possible. The risk of tire damage is especially great if driving over potholes and curbs. Damage to the
tires and rims can result.
NOTICE
Do not damage the valves when replacing tires. Never drive without caps on the valves. The valves could be damaged.
Always dispose of old tires correctly and according to regulations.
If the spare wheel is different from the regular vehicle wheels, e.g. in the case of winter tires or a temporary spare wheel, only use the spare wheel temporarily
and in the event of a breakdown, and drive especially carefully. Replace the compact spare wheel with a regular wheel as soon as possible.
Using tires approved by Volkswagen ensures that the dimensions will fit correctly on your vehicle. If other tires are used, the seller must provide a certificate
from the tire manufacturer stating that the tires are suitable for the vehicle. Keep the certificate stored safely in the vehicle.
Handling rims
Preventing damage to the rims
Missing hubcaps can cause damage to the rims and wheel bolts.
Missing hubcaps can cause damage to the rims and wheel bolts.
Always install missing hubcaps before driving.
Always drive over curbs and other low obstacles slowly and at a right-angle so that both front wheels come into contact with the obstacle at the same time.
Replace missing dust caps on the valves immediately.
Check the tire pressure regularly.
Rims with bolted rim ring or accent elements
Rims with a bolted rim ring or accent element consist of multiple pieces. These pieces are connected together with special bolts. Damaged rims must be replaced
and may only be repaired by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized
Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Rim identification
In some countries, new rims must include information about certain properties. The following information may be on the rim:
Seal of conformity
Rim size
Manufacturer or brand name
Production date (month/year)
Country of origin
Serial number
Raw material batch number
Commodity code
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Using unsuitable or damaged rims can impair driving safety and cause accidents and serious injuries.
Only use rims permitted for the vehicle.
Check the rims regularly for damage and replace them if necessary.
WARNING
Loosening and tightening bolts incorrectly on rims with bolted rim rings can cause accidents and serious injuries.
Never loosen the bolts on rims with a bolted rim ring.
Have all procedures on rims with bolted rim rings performed by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen
recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Maintaining wheels and tires
Tire pressure
Checking the tire pressure
Check the tire pressure at least once a month.
Check the tire pressure only when tires are cold. The specified tire pressure only applies to a cold tire. The tire pressure on warm tires is higher than on cold
tires. Therefore, never release air from a warm tire to adjust the tire pressure.
Always adjust the tire pressures to the vehicle load
After adjusting tire pressures, always screw the caps on the valves and note the information about the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Always use the tire pressures specified on the label. Never exceed the maximum tire pressure specified on the side of the tire.
Fig. 182 On the driver door pillar: Tire inflation pressure label.
The correct tire pressure for the tires fitted at the factory can be found on a label on the B-pillar of the driver door fig. 182. The factory-installed tires can be winter
summer or all-season tires.
An incorrect tire pressure can cause increased tire wear, negatively affect driving behavior and damage tires. Compliance with the correct tire pressure is very
important, particularly when driving at high speeds.
The specified tire pressure is given for a cold tire. For warm tires, the pressure is higher.
Never reduce the pressure of a warm tire in order to reach the specified value. This will cause the actual pressure when the tire is cold to be too low.
WARNING
Incorrect tire pressures can cause tires to suddenly lose air or go flat while driving. This can cause accidents and fatal injuries.
If the tire pressure is too low, the tire can heat up so much while driving that the tread separates or the tire ruptures.
Excessive speeds and vehicle loads can cause overheating, sudden tire damage (including tire blow-outs), and separation of the tread, which can then
result in loss of vehicle control.
An incorrect tire pressure shortens the service life of the tire and negatively affects driving behavior.
Check the tire pressures regularly, at least once a month and also before driving long distances.
All tires must always be inflated to the correct pressure based on the load.
Never reduce the tire pressure when tires are warm.
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When positioning the tire pressure gauge, make sure it is not tilted at the valve stem. If it is, it could damage the tire valve.
Always make sure all valve caps are fully tightened when driving.
Tire pressures that are too low increase fuel consumption.
Tire inflation pressure for cold tires
Tire pressure
Engine
Size designation
PSI/kPa
245/60 R 18
36 / 250
2.0 l/238 hp (175 kW)
255/50 R20
36 / 250
265/45 R21
36 / 250
245/60 R 18
36 / 250
3.6 l/280 hp (206 kW)
255/50 R20
36 / 250
265/45 R21
36 / 250
Spare wheel
T165/80 R 17
60 / 420
Details of the correct tire pressure are located on the tire pressure label on the driver's door pillar. If the details on the tire pressure label differ from the details in the
Manual, the details on the tire pressure label apply.
Monitoring the tightening torque
The correct wheel bolts must always be used for each vehicle model, and these bolts must always be tightened to the correct torque. The wheel bolt tightening
torque must be checked regularly with a functional torque wrench. In addition, the tightening torque must be checked immediately after each wheel change with a
functional torque wrench. If the wheel bolts are not tightened enough to meet the specification, the wheel bolts and rims could come loose while driving. Exceeding
the tightening specification could damage the wheel bolts and threads.
Wheel bolts that are corroded and difficult to turn must be replaced and the threads in the wheel hub must be cleaned before checking the tightening torque. Never
grease or oil the wheel bolts and the threads in the wheel hub.
Wheel bolt tightening specification
The tightening torque of the wheel bolts is specified in the chapter on replacing wheels page , Wheel bolts.
WARNING
If the wheel bolts are not tightened correctly or are missing, the wheels could become loose and lead to loss of vehicle control, accidents, and serious injuries.
Never drive with missing or loose wheel bolts.
Always use wheel bolts that are correct for the rim and the vehicle model.
Always tighten the wheel bolts to the correct tightening torque. If you do not have a torque wrench, tighten the wheel bolts with the lug wrench and then
have the tightening torque checked as soon as possible by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen
recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Never grease or oil the wheel bolts and the threads in the wheel hub. Even when tightened to the specification, they could become loose while driving.
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Fig. 183 General example: Diagram for rotating the wheels.
To ensure that the tires wear evenly, rotating the tires regularly according to the diagram is recommended fig. 183. This will allow the tires to have approximately t
same length of service life.
Volkswagen recommends having the wheel replacement carried out by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen
recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Monitoring the tread depth
Tread depth
Most driving situations require a tire tread that is as deep as possible. All tires, or at least tires on the same axle, must have an even tread depth
. This app
in particular to wet or wintry road conditions.
In most countries, the legal minimum tread depth is 1/16 of an inch (1.6 mm). This is measured in the tread grooves next to the wear indicators. Observe any other
legal regulations in force in the country in which you are driving.
Note the legal requirements in the applicable country for minimum tread depths on winter tires and all-season tires.
Tire wear
Tire wear depends on various factors:
Driving style.
Wheel balancing.
Running gear alignment.
Driving quickly around curves, rapid acceleration, and heavy braking increase tire wear.
An imbalance can occur while driving, which can be noticed by uneven steering. Tire imbalances also affect tire wear. In these situations, have the wheels balanced
again.
Incorrect wheel alignment impairs driving safety and increases tire wear. If there is high degree of tire wear, have the wheel alignment checked by an authorized
Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen
Service Facility.
Tread wear indicator in tires
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Fig. 184 Tire tread: tread wear indicator.
The tread wear indicator indicates if a tire is worn out. At the latest, the tire must be replaced if the tread depth is worn down to the tread wear indicator.
The tread wear indicator is 1.6 mm (1/16 in) above the base of the tread fig. 184. Markings on the sides of the tire indicate the location of the tread wear indicator
fig. 184.
WARNING
Worn tires are a safety risk and can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle and lead to serious injuries.
You must replace tires with new tires at the latest when the tires are worn down to the wear indicator.
Worn tires have significantly less grip, especially on wet roads, and the vehicle is more likely to “hydroplane”.
Worn tires reduce the driver’s ability to control the vehicle well in normal and difficult driving situations, and they increase the braking distance as well as
the risk of skidding.
Wheels and tires in snow and ice
Winter tires
Summer tires offer very little holding force on icy or snowy roads. Winter or all-season tires improve vehicle handling and braking performance in winter road
conditions. Volkswagen recommends using winter tires on the vehicle at temperatures below +45 °F (+7 °C) or in winter road conditions. This also applies to
vehicles with all-wheel drive (4MOTION).
The effectiveness of winter or all-season tires is greatly reduced when the tire tread is worn down to a depth of 3/16 in (4 mm).
The following applies when using winter tires:
Follow all applicable laws in the country of operation.
Use winter tires on all four wheels at the same time.
Only use in winter road conditions.
Only use the tire sizes permitted for the vehicle.
Only use winter tires that have the same belt construction, size, and tread pattern.
Follow the speed restriction based on the speed rating
Speed restriction
Winter tires have a speed restriction based on their speed rating Tire labeling and tire classifications.
A speed warning can be set in the Vehicle settings menu in the Infotainment System under the Tires menu.
On V winter tires, the speed restriction and required tire pressure depend on the engine. Always ask an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen
Service Facility about the permitted speed and required tire pressure. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized
Volkswagen Service Facility.
WARNING
Do not be tempted into taking safety risks due to the improved vehicle handling that the winter tires provide in winter conditions.
Exceeding the speed limit for the winter tires may lead to sudden tire failure and loss of vehicle control.
Never ignore the speed limit for the winter tires fitted to your vehicle, even if the permissible maximum speed for the vehicle is higher.
Never exceed the maximum load for the winter tires fitted to your vehicle.
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Adapt your speed and driving style to the visibility, weather, road and traffic conditions.
When temperatures are above +45 °F (+7 °C), summer tires provide better vehicle handling. There is less road noise, the tires wear more slowly, and economy
is better.
For vehicles with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, the system must be recalibrated after changing to winter tires
Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
You can contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for permitted winter tire sizes. Volkswagen recommends
contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Snow chains
Note the legal requirements and the permitted maximum speed when driving with snow chains.
Snow chains improve driving and braking handling when on roads covered with ice or snow.
Snow chains may only be mounted on the front wheels and only on the following tire/rim combinations:
Tire size
Rim
245/65 R 17
7 1/2 J x 17 ET 31
If possible, use fine-mesh snow chains that include a chain lock no larger than 13.5 mm (17/32 in).
Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for more information about wheel, tire, and snow
chain sizes. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Snow chains may only be used on tire and rim combinations that are approved for snow chain operation.
If using snow chains, remove the wheel covers and rim accent rings before mounting the snow chains. However, the wheel bolts must be covered with caps for
safety reasons. Caps can be obtained from an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen recommends contacting an
authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Using snow chains on the compact spare tire or collapsible spare tire
Using snow chains on the compact spare tire or collapsible spare tire is not permitted for technical reasons.
1. If a front tire is flat, mount the compact spare tire or collapsible spare tire on the rear axle.
2. Replace the damaged front wheel with the removed rear wheel. Pay attention to the running direction when doing this.
Volkswagen recommends attaching the snow chains before mounting the wheel.
WARNING
Using unsuitable snow chains or installing snow chains incorrectly can cause accidents and serious injuries.
Always use the correct snow chains.
Follow the installation instructions provided by the snow chain manufacturer.
Never drive faster than permitted when snow chains are mounted.
NOTICE
Remove snow chains when driving on roads without snow. Otherwise, snow chains can impair handling and damage the tires, and the chains will quickly
be destroyed.
Snow chains that come into contact with the rim directly can scratch or damage the rim. Volkswagen recommends using snow chains with integrated rim
protection.
On vehicles with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, the system must be reprogrammed after snow chains are mounted
Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
Troubleshooting
Damage to tires and rims can often occur where it is not visible
If you suspect that a wheel is damaged, slow down and stop as soon as traffic allows and it is safe to do so.
Vehicle pulls to one side or unusual vibrations
The vehicle pulls to the left or right when driving, or there are unusual vibrations. This could indicate tire damage or too low a tire inflation pressure.
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Slow down immediately and stop the vehicle as soon as the traffic situation allows and it is safe to do so.
1. Check the tires and rims for damage.
2. Do not continue driving if there is tire damage.
3. Replace the damaged wheel
Introduction. If necessary, contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for
assistance.
4. If no exterior damage is visible, drive slowly and carefully to the nearest authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility to have the
vehicle checked. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Foreign object stuck in the tire
A foreign object is stuck in the tire or between the tread segments.
On vehicles with run-flat tires (AirStop® tires): leave the object in the tire and contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Sealant that has been applied to the inside of the
tire running surface will surround the object and seal the tire temporarily.
1. If an object has punctured through to the inside of a tire, leave the object in place. Objects stuck between the tire tread segments can be removed.
2. Replace the damaged wheel
Introduction. If necessary, contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for
assistance.
3. Check and adjust the tire pressure.
4. Contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or
authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Tires lose traction
The vehicle loses traction when driving along curved stretches, and swerves. The braking distance is longer and the anti-slip regulation (ASR) and the anti-lock
brake system (ABS) take control earlier.
The tire may be too worn down to guarantee sufficient traction Monitoring the tread depth.
1. Go slowly and carefully to the nearest suitably qualified professional to have the vehicle checked. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized
Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Wheel bolts can only be undone with difficulty
Wheel bolts can corrode over time. This may mean that the wheel bolts can only be undone with difficulty.
1. Contact professional assistance, or drive slowly and carefully to the nearest qualified professional to have the vehicle checked. Volkswagen recommends
contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
WARNING
Unusual vibrations or the vehicle pulling to one side while driving may indicate tire damage.
Slow down immediately and stop the vehicle as soon as the traffic situation allows and it is safe to do so.
Check the tires and rims for damage.
Never continue driving with damaged tires or rims. Instead, seek professional assistance.
If no exterior damage is visible, drive slowly and carefully to the nearest authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility to have
the vehicle checked. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Introduction
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System
(TPMS) warns the driver if tire pressures
are too low.
The following Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) are available for this vehicle:
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Monitors various parameters, including rolling circumference, of all four tires using ABS sensors (indirect measurements) while the vehicle is in motion.
The reference pressure for the Tire Pressure Monitoring System is the recommended tire pressure for the tires installed at the factory when the tires are cold at
maximum load. The reference pressure corresponds to the details on the tire pressure label Tire pressure.
If the tire pressure has been correctly adjusted on all four tires, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System must be re-calibrated
Tire Pressure Monitoring System . Th
adapts the reference pressure to the current tire pressure.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System
may not react at first or may not react at all when you are driving in a sporty manner, or on snow-covered or unpaved
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roads, when you are driving with snow chains, or in certain other situations. A change in the tread circumference of a tire is signaled by the Tire Pressure Monitoring
System indicator in the instrument cluster (telltale).
The tire pressure recommended for the tires originally installed on the vehicle is on a sticker on the driver door jamb.
Each tire, including the spare (if provided), should be checked monthly when cold and inflated to the inflation pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer
on the vehicle placard or tire inflation pressure label. (If your vehicle has tires of a different size than the size indicated on the vehicle placard or tire inflation pressu
label, you should determine the proper tire inflation pressure for those tires).
As an added safety feature, your vehicle has been equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) that illuminates a low tire pressure telltale when one or
more of your tires is significantly under-inflated. Accordingly, when the low tire pressure telltale illuminates, you should stop and check your tires as soon as
possible, and inflate them to the proper pressure. Driving on a significantly under-inflated tire causes the tire to overheat and can lead to tire failure. Under-inflation
also reduces fuel efficiency and tire tread life, and may affect the vehicle's handling and stopping ability.
Please note that the TPMS is not a substitute for proper tire maintenance, and it is the driver's responsibility to maintain correct tire pressure, even if under-inflation
has not reached the level to trigger illumination of the TPMS low tire pressure telltale.
Your vehicle has also been equipped with a TPMS malfunction indicator to indicate when the system is not operating properly. The TPMS malfunction indicator is
combined with the low tire pressure telltale. When the system detects a malfunction, the telltale will flash for approximately one minute and then remain continuousl
illuminated. This sequence will continue upon subsequent vehicle start-ups as long as the malfunction exists.
When the malfunction indicator is illuminated, the system may not be able to detect or signal low tire pressure as intended. TPMS malfunctions may occur for a
variety of reasons, including the installation of replacement or alternate tires or wheels on the vehicle that prevent the TPMS from functioning properly. Always
check the TPMS malfunction telltale after replacing one or more tires or wheels on your vehicle to ensure that the replacement or alternate tires and wheels allow th
TPMS to continue to function properly.
WARNING
The intelligent technology of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) cannot overcome the natural laws of physics and it can only operate within the limits
of the system. Handling wheels and tires incorrectly can result in a sudden loss of tire pressure, tread separation, and ruptured tires.
Check the tire pressure regularly and always maintain the specified values
Tire pressure. If the tire pressure is too low, the tire can heat up so much
that the tread separates or the tire ruptures.
Always inflate the tires to the correct tire pressure when the tires are cold according to the tire inflation pressure label
Tire pressure.
Check the tire pressure regularly when the tires are cold. If necessary, adjust the tire pressure when the tires are cold so that it is suitable for the tires
installed on your vehicle Tire pressure.
Check the tires regularly for signs of wear or damage.
Never exceed the maximum permissible speed and tire load specified for the tires fitted to your vehicle.
WARNING
Different tire pressures or low tire pressure can cause tire damage, tire failure, loss of vehicle control, crashes, serious injuries, and death.
If the
warning light turns on, stop the vehicle immediately and check all of the tires
Troubleshooting.
Different tire pressures or low tire pressure can increase tire wear, decrease vehicle stability, and increase braking distance.
The driver is responsible for maintaining the correct tire pressure in all tires on the vehicle. The recommended tire pressure can be found on a label
Tire pressure.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can only function correctly when all tires are inflated to the correct pressure when they are cold.
All tires must always be inflated to the correct pressure based on the load
Tire pressure.
Inflate all tires to the correct tire pressure before every drive
Tire pressure.
When the tire pressure is too low, the tire must flex more when driving. This could cause the tire to become so hot that the tread could separate, the tire
could rupture, and you could lose control of the vehicle.
Driving at high speeds and excessive vehicle load can cause a tire to become so hot that the tire could rupture and you could lose control of the vehicle.
Tire pressure that is too high or too low shortens the service life of the tire and affects driving behavior.
If the tire is not “flat” and the tire does not need to be replaced immediately, drive slowly to the nearest authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized
Volkswagen Service Facility to have the tire pressure checked and corrected Troubleshooting. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized
Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System must always be correctly calibrated.
Low tire pressure increases fuel consumption and tire wear.
New tires may expand slightly the first time they are driven at high speeds, which can trigger a tire pressure warning.
Only replace old tires with tires that have been approved by Volkswagen for the vehicle model.
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Do not rely on the Tire Pressure Monitoring System alone. Inspect the tires regularly to make sure the tire pressure is correct and check the tires for any signs of
damage, such as punctures. Remove any objects stuck in the tire tread as long as they have not punctured the inside of the tire.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Introduction.
Function description
Using the ABS sensors, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System compares the RPM and thus the rolling circumference of the individual tires.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System will not work if the ESC or ABS is malfunctioning
Troubleshooting.
The rolling circumference can change if:
The tire pressure has changed
The tire pressure is too low
The tire has structural damage
One side of the vehicle has a heavier load than the other
Snow chains are installed on the tires
A compact spare wheel has been installed
Only one wheel was replaced on each axle
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System
may be delayed or not be displayed at all when driving with a sporty style, on winter or unpaved roads, or when driving
with snow chains.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System shows a change in the rolling circumference of the tires via the
warning light in the instrument cluster.
The recommended tire pressure for the tires installed at the factory is specified on the tire pressure sticker on the driver door pillar
Tire pressure.
The tire pressure of all tires, including the spare wheel or temporary spare wheel, must be checked once a month when the tires are cold and must correspond to th
vehicle manufacturer's specifications on the tire pressure sticker. If the size of the tires installed at the factory differs from the details on the identification label or on
the tire pressure label, the correct tire pressure must be determined.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System is not intended to replace regular inspection and maintenance of the tires. The driver is responsible for ensuring that the
correct tire pressure is used at all times, even if the Tire Pressure Monitoring System is not showing a warning that the tire pressure is too low.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System also has a malfunction display that is accompanied by the
warning light. In the event of a malfunction in the Tire Pressure
Monitoring System, after switching on the ignition, the
warning light blinks for around one minute and then stays on.
If the Tire Pressure Monitoring System displays a malfunction, the tire pressure cannot be monitored correctly. A malfunction in the Tire Pressure Monitoring System
can have a number of causes, e.g. a wheel or a tire being replaced. After replacing a wheel or tire, you must check whether the
warning light displays a system
malfunction to make sure that the Tire Pressure Monitoring System is working properly Troubleshooting the Tire Pressure Monitoring System .
Calibrating the Tire Pressure Monitoring System
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System must be recalibrated under the following conditions:
If the tire pressures were adjusted.
If one or more wheels were changed.
If one or more wheels were repaired.
If the wheels were rotated, for example from front to rear.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System must only be recalibrated if all tires are inflated to the correct pressure when they are cold. In order to measure the tire
pressure on cold tires, the vehicle must be left to stand for 3 hours or only be driven slowly over short distances during this time.
After being warned about a low tire pressure, switch the ignition off and back on. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System can only be recalibrated after this is
done.
1. Switch the ignition on.
2. Depending on the vehicle equipment, press the
button or function key and open the Vehicle menu in the Infotainment system
Vehicle settings menu
Or: depending on the vehicle equipment, press the
button or function key.
3. Depending on how your vehicle is equipped, tap the Setup function key.
4. Tap the Tires function key.
5. Tap the SET function key.
6. If all four tires meet the required tire pressure values, tap the Confirm function key.
After longer trips (at least 20 minutes) and different vehicle speeds, the system adapts to the new values and monitors them.
Or: Tap Cancel to cancel the process.
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The current tire pressure is not saved and the system is not reprogrammed.
Troubleshooting the Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Introduction.
Tire pressure low
The yellow indicator light turns on.
The tire pressure of one or more tires has decreased or the tire is structurally damaged.
1.
Do not continue driving!
2. Check and correct all tire pressures Tire pressure.
3. Replace damaged tires.
4. Recalibrate the Tire Pressure Monitoring System Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
5. If the malfunction persists, contact a suitably qualified professional. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized
Volkswagen Service Facility.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System malfunction
The yellow indicator light flashes for approximately one minute and then stays on.
There is a system malfunction.
1.
Do not continue driving!
2. Switch the ignition off and back on again.
3. Recalibrate the Tire Pressure Monitoring System Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
4. If the malfunction persists, contact a suitably qualified professional. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized
Volkswagen Service Facility.
Driving on unpaved roads for a long period of time or sporty driving can deactivate the Tire Pressure Monitoring System temporarily. If there is a malfunction,
the indicator light flashes for approximately one minute and then stays on. However, the indicator light will turn off if the road conditions or driving style
changes.
Wheel covers
Wheel covers
Removing the wheel hub cover
Fig. 185 Remove the wheel hub cover.
The full wheel covers protect the wheel bolts and must be reattached after a wheel change.
1. Take the extraction hook out of the vehicle tool kit Vehicle tool kit components.
2. Engage the extraction hook in one of the openings on the wheel hub cover.
3. Remove the wheel hub cover with extraction hook in the direction of the arrow. If necessary, use a lug wrench for removal fig. 185.
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Installing the full wheel cover
1. Press the full wheel cover onto the rim so that the opening for the valve aligns with the tire valve. Make sure that the entire outer edge of the cover is secured.
WARNING
Unsuitable wheel covers and assembling wheel covers incorrectly can cause accidents and serious injuries.
Wheel covers that are installed incorrectly can loosen while driving and endanger other road users.
Do not use damaged hubcaps.
Always make sure that the air supply to cool the brakes is not blocked or reduced. This also applies when wheel covers are retrofitted. An insufficient air
supply can cause the braking distance to increase significantly.
NOTICE
The wheel cover may be screwed tightly and must not be removed with force.
Wheel bolt caps
Fig. 186 Remove the caps from the wheel bolts.
The caps are for protecting the wheel bolts and must be completely reattached after a wheel change.
Removing and attaching caps
1. Removing: Take the extraction hook out of the vehicle tool kit Vehicle tool kit components.
2. Insert the extraction hook through the opening in the cap fig. 186 and pull in the direction of the arrow.
3. Attaching: push the cap all the way on the wheel bolts.
Wheel change
Introduction
Only change the wheel yourself if the vehicle is parked securely, you are familiar with the safety precautions and the necessary procedures and you have the
necessary tools. Some vehicles are delivered from the factory without a vehicle jack and lug wrench. In such cases, have the wheel changed by an authorized
Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen
Service Facility.
The vehicle jack supplied by the factory is only designed for changing one wheel that has a damaged tire and must be replaced. If both tires on one side of the
vehicle, both tires on one axle, or all tires are damaged, contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.
Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
WARNING
Changing a wheel can be dangerous, especially when done on the side of the road. To reduce the risk of serious injuries, observe the following:
Stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. Park the vehicle a safe distance away from moving traffic to change the wheel.
All passengers, especially children, must keep a safe distance and be outside of the work area when changing a wheel.
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Switch on the emergency flashers to warn other road users.
Make sure the vehicle is on level and solid ground. If necessary, place a large, stable surface under the jack.
Only carry out the wheel change yourself if you are familiar with the necessary steps. Instead, seek assistance from an authorized Volkswagen dealer or
authorized Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service
Facility.
Only use suitable and undamaged tools for wheel changes.
Always switch off the engine and move the selector lever to the P position to reduce the risk of the vehicle moving unintentionally.
Set the electronic parking brake.
After changing a wheel, immediately check the tightening torque of the wheel bolts with an undamaged torque wrench that is functioning correctly.
If your vehicle is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, you must recalibrate the system immediately after a wheel is changed
Tire
Pressure Monitoring System.
Preparations for changing a wheel
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Introduction.
Checklist
Always perform the following steps in the specified order to prepare for a wheel change
:
1. If the vehicle has a flat tire, 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. Automatic transmission: move the selector lever into the P position.
4. Stop the engine and switch the ignition off.
5. Remove the vehicle key from the ignition lock.
6. Have all vehicle occupants exit the vehicle on the side facing away from traffic and move to a safe area.
7. Turn on the emergency flashers and set up the warning triangle Securing yourself and the vehicle. Follow any applicable laws.
8. Block the tire that is diagonal from the one you will be changing with a stone, chocks, or another suitable object.
9. In trailer mode: Disconnect the trailer from the towing vehicle and park it
Trailer towing.
10. If the luggage compartment is full: remove the contents from the luggage compartment.
11. Where applicable, remove the subwoofer Subwoofer.
12. Remove the collapsible spare wheel, full-size spare wheel or compact spare wheel and the vehicle tool kit from the luggage compartment.
13. Remove the wheel covers Wheel covers.
WARNING
Failing to heed this checklist that is provided for your own safety can cause accidents and serious injuries.
Always follow the tasks in the checklist.
Observe the general safety precautions.
Wheel bolts
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Introduction.
Two-piece wheel bolts
Two-piece wheel bolts must be used. Two-piece wheel bolts have the bolt connected loosely to the head.
Do not use single piece wheel bolts. If you are not sure which wheel bolts to use for your vehicle, consult an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized
Volkswagen Service Facility. Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.
Loosening wheel bolts
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Fig. 187 Changing a tire: loosening the wheel bolts.
Use a suitable lug wrench to loosen the wheel bolts.
Only loosen the wheel bolts a few turns while the vehicle is not raised with the vehicle jack.
1. Slide the lug wrench all the way onto the wheel bolt fig. 187.
2. Hold the end of the lug wrench and turn the wheel bolt about one turn counterclockwise
Or: if a wheel bolt cannot be loosened, carefully press on the end of the lug wrench using your foot. Hold onto the vehicle firmly while doing this and make sure
you have secure footing.
Wheel bolt tightening specification
Tightening specification for wheel bolts in steel and aluminum alloy rims:
88 ft-lbs (120 Nm).
Wheel bolts that are corroded and difficult to turn must be replaced and the threads in the wheel hub must be cleaned before checking the tightening torque.
Never grease or oil the wheel bolts and the threads in the wheel hub.
Check the tightening torque using a functioning torque wrench immediately after changing a wheel.
WARNING
Wheel bolts that are tightened incorrectly can loosen while driving and cause accidents, serious injuries, and loss of vehicle control.
The wheel bolts and threads in the wheel hub must be clean, easy to move, and free of oil and grease.
Always use only the lug wrench to loosen and secure the wheel bolts that have been attached to the vehicle at the factory.
Only loosen the wheel bolts about one turn while the vehicle is not lifted with the jack.
Never grease or oil the wheel bolts and the threads in the wheel hub. Even when tightened to the specification, they could become loose while driving.
Never loosen the bolts on rims with a bolted rim ring.
Check the tightening torque regularly with a torque wrench. If the wheel bolts are not tightened enough to meet the specification, the wheel bolts and rims
could come loose while driving. Exceeding the tightening specification could damage the wheel bolts and threads.
WARNING
Incorrect wheel bolts can loosen while driving and cause accidents, serious injuries, and loss of vehicle control.
Only use wheel bolts that are intended to be used with the rim.
Never use different wheel bolts.
Use only two-piece wheel bolts on vehicles with two-piece wheel bolts.
Subwoofer
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Introduction.
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Fig. 188 Removing the subwoofer.
Fig. 189 Leaning the subwoofer.
Before you can remove the spare wheel, you must remove the subwoofer and lean it in the luggage compartment.
Removing the subwoofer
1. Open the trunk lid and hook the floor covering onto the upper edge of the luggage compartment.
2. Turn the handwheel counterclockwise.
3. Lift the subwoofer out carefully.
4. Lift out the subwoofer and lean it against the side panel of the luggage compartment, ensuring that the subwoofer cannot tip or fall fig. 189.
Installing the subwoofer
1. Place the subwoofer carefully in the rim well. The point of the “FRONT” arrow symbol on the subwoofer must face forward.
2. Screw the handwheel clockwise until the subwoofer is securely in place.
3. Unhook the floor covering and fold it back into place on the luggage compartment floor.
NOTICE
If the subwoofer connector becomes loose or the cable is trapped or kinked, the subwoofer may be damaged.
Spare wheel or compact spare wheel
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Introduction.
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Fig. 190 In the luggage compartment: handle to secure the compact spare wheel.
Removing the spare wheel or compact spare wheel
1. Open the trunk lid.
2. Lift up or remove the luggage compartment floor Opening and closing the luggage compartment floor .
3. If necessary, lift up and remove the carpet.
4. Remove the vehicle tool kit with the container.
5. If necessary, remove the subwoofer Subwoofer.
6. Remove the locking wedge fig. 190
upward.
7. Turn the handwheel in the center of the spare wheel fig. 190
all the way counterclockwise.
8. Remove the spare wheel or compact spare wheel.
Stowing the removed tire
1. Open the trunk lid.
2. Lift up or remove the luggage compartment floor Opening and closing the luggage compartment floor .
3. If necessary, lift up and remove the carpet.
4. If the removed wheel fits in the spare wheel well: place the removed wheel with rim down into the spare wheel well so that the center hole on the rim is directly
above the hole or the threaded pin.
5. Turn the handwheel clockwise on the threaded pin until the removed wheel is securely fastened.
6. Position the locking wedge fig. 190
in the slot on the threaded pin so that the handwheel cannot turn.
7. Place the vehicle tool kit back in the container and stow it in the luggage compartment.
8. If necessary, place the carpet in the luggage compartment.
9. Reinsert the luggage compartment floor or fold back down Opening and closing the luggage compartment floor .
10. Close the trunk lid.
If the removed wheel does not fit in the spare wheel well, the wheel must be securely stowed in the luggage compartment on the luggage compartment floor.
If the spare wheel is different from the regular tires
If the spare wheel is different from the regular wheels, then the spare wheel must only be used in the event of a vehicle breakdown and only for a short period of
time
Note the driver information:
Do not drive faster than 50 mph (80 km/h).
Avoid hard acceleration, heavy braking, and fast cornering.
Do not use snow chains on the compact spare wheel Snow chains.
After installing the spare wheel or compact spare wheel, check the tire pressure as soon as possible
Tire pressure.
The tire pressure of the spare wheel, compact temporary spare wheel or temporary spare wheel must be checked every time the tire pressure of the regular wheels
is taken, or at least once a month. The tire pressure of the spare wheel, compact spare wheel or temporary spare wheel when the tires are cold must correspond to
the details on the tire inflation pressure label Tire pressure.
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WARNING
Incorrect handling of the spare wheel or compact spare wheel can result in loss of vehicle control, collisions, or other accidents, and serious injuries.
Never use the spare wheel or compact spare wheel if it is damaged or if it is worn down to the wear indicator.
Some vehicles may be equipped with a compact spare wheel instead of a spare wheel. The compact spare wheel can be identified by a label stating
“80 km/h” or “50 mph”. This label indicates the permitted maximum speed at which the tire may be driven. Do not cover the sticker while the wheel is in
use.
Never drive faster than 50 mph (80 km/h).
Never drive more than 125 miles (200 km) with a temporary compact spare wheel fitted to the drive axle.
Avoid hard acceleration, hard braking, and driving fast around curves.
Replace the compact spare wheel as soon as possible with a regular wheel. The spare wheel is only intended for short-term use.
Always secure the compact spare wheel with the wheel bolts supplied by the factory.
Never drive with more than one spare wheel that differs from the regular tires.
After mounting the compact spare wheel,check the tire pressure as soon as possible
Tire pressure.
Do not use snow chains on the compact spare wheel.
Never mount a compact spare wheel on the rear axle when in trailer mode
Trailer towing.
Raising the vehicle with the vehicle jack
Please read the introductory information and heed the Warnings and Notice
Introduction.
Lift points
Fig. 191 Lift points for the vehicle jack (general example).
The vehicle jack must only be positioned at the reinforced areas on the underbody that are located behind the markings on the vehicle body fig. 191. The lift point
that is nearest the affected tire should be used
Positioning the vehicle jack
Fig. 192 Correct jack setup.
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Fig. 193 Xack is positioned on the left side of the vehicle at the rear.
Checklist
For your own safety, follow the points below in the order they are given
:
1. Select an area where the ground is level and firm for raising the vehicle.
2. Adjust the steering wheel so that the wheels are not pointing straight forward.
3. Stop the engine.
4. Move the selector lever of the automatic transmission into the P position.
5. Set the electronic parking brake.
6. Block the tire that is diagonal from the one you will be changing with chocks or other suitable objects.
7. If you are towing a trailer
Introduction: disconnect trailer from the vehicle and park it.
8. Loosen the wheel bolts Wheel bolts.
9. Position the hand crank in the mount on the jack.
10. Find the vehicle lift point fig. 191 under the vehicle that is closest to the wheel you will be changing.
11. Crank the jack upward so that it is still positioned under the vehicle lift point.
12. Make sure the entire base of the jack is seated securely on the ground and that the base of the jack is located exactly directly below the lift point fig. 192 and
fig. 193.
13. Straighten the jack and continue cranking the claw on the top of the jack upward until the claw is positioned on the jacking point under the vehicle fig. 193.
14. Continue raising the vehicle jack until the wheel is lifted off the ground.
WARNING
Using the vehicle jack incorrectly can result in the vehicle slipping from the jack and causing serious injuries. To reduce the risk of injuries, observe the following:
Never raise the vehicle if more than one tire is damaged.
Never raise the vehicle while the engine is running or while the vehicle is on ground that is tilted to the side or sloping.
Never allow the engine to be started if the vehicle is raised. Engine vibrations could cause the vehicle to fall off the jack.
Only place the vehicle jack at the lift points described. The bracket on the vehicle jack must firmly grip the sill fig. 193.
Only use jacks that are approved by Volkswagen for the vehicle. Other vehicle jacks, including those approved for other Volkswagen models, could slip.
The ground must be level and firm. Sloped or soft ground can cause the vehicle to slip off the jack. If necessary, place a large, stable surface under the
jack.
If you are on a slippery surface such as tile, place a non-slippery object such as a rubber mat on the ground to prevent the jack from slipping.
Never place any part of your body, such as your arm, under the vehicle when it is supported only by the jack.
If you must work underneath the vehicle, additionally support the vehicle securely with suitable stands.
WARNING
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