Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide



A flat bed (roll back) truck is the most desirable way to tow your vehicle. The vehicle is safest and the wheels do not have to turn. It is also usually the most expensive way to tow and is not always available.

The second best way to tow your vehicle is with the drive wheels off the ground. Sometimes it may be impossible to tow the vehicle in this way. If this is the case, both manual and automatic models may be flat-towed short distances (provided the transaxle is in working order), but be aware that this is not legal in some states. Attach tow lines to the towing eye on the front suspension or the left or right bumper bracket at the rear. Automatic transaxle equipped vehicles must be towed in Neutral no farther than 30 miles (48 km) and no faster than 30 mph (48 kph), unless the front wheels are off the ground. The steering wheel must be secured in the straight ahead position. A special clamping device is made for this purpose. Do not use the steering column key lock, as this could cause damage to the lock and steering column.

Do not flat tow or tow automatic transaxle Quantum Syncro models with the front wheels on the ground. The center and rear differentials must be unlocked on all Quantum Syncro models during towing.

If the transaxle is known to be damaged, or if an automatic transaxle vehicle must be towed for a long distance, the drive wheels must be dollied and the vehicle towed with the rear wheels off the ground.