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Helpful tips for the VW Golf
How do I release the boot?
Flip the VW badge
How do I release the fuel door?
There is no internal release - press the fuel door inward and it will open out.
How do I start the vehicle?
For manual transmission vehicles, simply put the key in the ignition and rotate. For automatic transmissions, ensure that the shift lever is in P, then firmly depress the brake pedal and turn the key in the ignition.
How do I engage/disengage the hand brake?
The hand brake is located below the gear lever. To disengage, put your foot on the brake and press the button so the light turns off. To engage, put your foot on the brake and pull the button up until the light turns on.
How do I disengage the steering wheel lock?
With your foot firmly on the brake, wiggle the steering wheel whilst turning the key.
How do I put vehicle into drive, reverse, and park?
Drive: Depress the brake pedal and move the shift lever to D (drive). Reverse: Depress the brake pedal and move the shift lever to R. Park: Depress the brake pedal and move the shift lever to P.
How do I adjust the wing mirrors?
The mirrors are adjusted using a joystick positioned above the window switches in the driver's door. The joystick can be twisted to adjust the left and right mirrors, then simply pushed to move the mirror in the corresponding direction.
How do I use headlights/turn signals?
To operate the headlights, use the round switch to the left of the steering wheel. 0 is for off, AUTO is for automatic headlight control. When an image of a side light illuminates, it indicatees that the side lights are switched on (they work with the ignition on or off). When an image of a headlight is illuminated, it indicates that the headlights are switched on. All the settings will switch off when the ignition is off apart from the sidelights. The indicator signal switch is to the left of the steering wheel. Push the switch down to indicate left and up to indicate right.
How do I use the windshield wipers?
To operate the windscreen wipers, use the lever to the right of the steering wheel. Push the lever up to engage the wipers and further up for faster speeds.
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