Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide



See Figures 1 and 2

Your vehicle is equipped with a single post, crank handle jack which fits the jacking points behind the front wheel and in front of the rear wheel. These are usually marked with triangular sections of the body stamping. Never use the tire changing jack for anything other than that. If you intend to use this guide to perform your own maintenance, a good hydraulic floor jack and two sturdy jackstands would be a wise purchase. Always chock the wheels when changing a tire or working beneath the vehicle. This cannot be overemphasized: CLIMBING UNDER A VEHICLE SUPPORTED ONLY BY THE JACK IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!

Follow these points when raising and supporting your vehicle.

  1. Always jack the vehicle on a level surface.
  3. Set the parking brake, and block the wheels which aren't being raised. This will keep the vehicle from rolling off the jack.
  5. During emergency tire changes, at least block the wheel diagonally opposite the one which is being raised.
  7. If the vehicle is being raised in order to work underneath it, support it with jackstands. Do not place the jackstands against the sheet metal panels beneath the vehicle, as the panels could become distorted.
  9. Do not use a bumper jack to raise the vehicle; the bumpers are not designed for this purpose.
  11. Do not use cinder blocks to support a vehicle. They could crumble with little or no warning, dropping the vehicle and possibly causing death or serious injury.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Jacking points are small triangular marks in the rocker panel

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Fig. Fig. 2: A common jack used for tire changing