Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide
Do keep a fire extinguisher and first aid kit within easy reach.
Do wear safety glasses or goggles when cutting, drilling, grinding or prying. If you wear glasses for the sake of vision, wear safety goggles over your regular glasses.
Do shield your eyes whenever you work around the battery. Batteries contain sulfuric acid; in case of contact with the eyes or skin, flush the area with water or a mixture of water and baking soda and get medical attention immediately.
Do use safety stands for all under-vehicle service. Jacks are for raising vehicles; safety stands are for making sure the vehicle stays raised until you want it to come down. Whenever the vehicle is raised, block the wheels remaining on the ground and set the parking brake.
Do use adequate ventilation when working with any chemicals. Asbestos dust resulting from wear of some brake linings can cause cancer.
Do disconnect the negative battery cable when working on the electrical system. On most vehicles, the radio is equipped with a theft protection feature. Make sure the security code is available before disconnecting the battery.
Do follow manufacturer's directions whenever working with potentially hazardous materials. Both brake fluid and most antifreeze is poisonous if taken internally.
Do properly maintain your tools. Loose hammerheads, mushroomed punches and chisels, frayed or poorly grounded electrical cords, excessively worn screwdrivers, spread wrenches (open end), cracked sockets, slipping ratchets, or faulty droplight sockets can cause accidents.
Do use the proper size and type of tool for the job being done.
Do, when pulling or pushing a wrench, adjust your stance to prevent a fall. Hold the wrench with an open hand when pushing to avoid smashed knuckles.
Do be sure that adjustable wrenches are tightly adjusted on the nut or bolt and the fixed jaw is doing the work.
Do select a wrench or socket that fits the nut or bolt. The wrench or socket should sit straight, not cocked.
Do strike squarely with a hammer to avoid glancing blows.
Do set the parking brake and block the drive wheels if the work requires that the engine be running.
Do properly dispose of used engine oil and coolant at a recycling center.