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Volkswagen Golf Owners Manual: Notes on towing

First read and observe the introductory information and safety warnings

Tow rope or tow bar

It is easier and safer to tow a vehicle with a tow bar. Only use a tow rope if you do not have a tow bar.

The tow rope should be slightly elastic to reduce the strain on both vehicles. It is advisable to use a tow rope made of synthetic fibre or similarly elastic material.

Only attach the tow rope or tow bar to the specially provided towing eyes or to the towing bracket.

Vehicles with a factory-fitted towing bracket must use only tow bars that are specially designed for fitting to a ball coupling.

When your vehicle with a manual gearbox has to be towed:

Check whether the vehicle can be towed

When your vehicle with an automatic gearbox has to be towed:

Check whether the vehicle can be towed

Towing vehicles with four-wheel drive (4MOTION)

Vehicles with four-wheel drive (4MOTION) may be towed with a tow bar or tow rope. If the vehicle is towed with the rear or front axle raised, the engine must be switched off otherwise the drive train could be damaged.

In vehicles with a dual clutch gearbox DSG® read and observe the information on towing vehicles with an automatic gearbox .

When should your vehicle not be towed?

Please comply with the following when towing another vehicle:

The vehicle can only be towed when the electronic parking brake is switched off and, if applicable, when the electronic steering column lock is released. If the power supply fails or if there are faults in the electrical system, you may need to use jump leads to start the engine to release the electronic parking brake and the electronic steering column lock.

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