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Volkswagen Golf Owners Manual: Starting the engine

First read and observe the introductory information and safety warnings

The steps should only be carried out in the specified order.
Step Vehicles without Keyless Access Vehicles with Keyless Access
1. Depress the brake pedal and hold it until step 5 has been completed.
1 a. Vehicles with a manual gearbox: fully depress the clutch pedal and hold it until the engine has been started.
2. Select the neutral position or move the selector lever to P or N.
3. Only vehicles with diesel engines: to preheat the engine, turn the vehicle key to position  . The indicator lamp  in the instrument cluster lights up.  
4. Turn the vehicle key in the ignition lock to position   – do not depress the accelerator. Press the starter button briefly   without depressing the accelerator. There must be a valid vehicle key in the vehicle before the engine can be started.
5. Release the vehicle key once the engine has started. Once released, the vehicle key moves back to position  .  
6. If the engine does not start, stop the procedure and repeat it after approximately one minute. If the engine does not start, stop the procedure and repeat it after approximately one minute. If necessary, use the emergency start function   .
7. Switch off the electronic parking brake if you wish to pull away   .

WARNING

Never leave the vehicle with the engine running. The vehicle could move suddenly, particularly if a gear or position is selected, and cause accidents and serious injuries.

WARNING

Start boosters may explode or suddenly cause the engine to run at high revs.

NOTICE

Do not warm up the engine by running it while the vehicle is stationary. Instead, pull off as soon as there is good visibility through the windows. This helps the engine to reach operating temperature more quickly and reduces emissions.

Components with a high power consumption are switched off temporarily when the engine is started.

When starting from cold, the engine may be a little noisy for the first few seconds. This is quite normal, and no cause for concern.

At outside temperatures of less than +5°C (+41°F), fumes may be detected under a vehicle with a diesel engine if the fuel-powered supplementary heater is switched on.

A set operating temperature is required to start a multi-fuel engine with bioethanol E85. The engine will have to be preheated if necessary   . Refer to the information on bioethanol   .

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Fig. 129 In the lower part of the centre console: starter button for the Keyless Access locking and starting system Fig. 130 Emergency start function in vehicles with Keyless Access First read ...

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