Volkswagen Air-Cooled 1970-1981 Repair Guide



A vehicle equipped with an automatic or Automatic Stick Shift cannot be pushed or tow started. To push start a vehicle with a manual transmission, switch on the ignition, select the highest forward gear, and keep the clutch pedal depressed until suitable speed has been provided by pushing the vehicle. When the vehicle is going about 15 mph, slowly release the clutch to start the engine.

There are two towing eyes on all models except the 1973-74 Type 4. The front eye is located on the lower right front and the rear eye is located under the right rear bumper bracket. Tow the vehicle with the transmission in Neutral and the brakes off. Tow the 1973-74 Type 4 by its bumper bracket.

When towing an automatic transmission vehicle, it is always wise to tow with the drive wheels in a towing cradle or off the ground to avoid damage to the transmission.