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Volkswagen Polo Owners Manual: Manual gearbox: selecting a gear

Fig. 110 Gear shift pattern of a 5 or 6-speed manual gearbox

First read and observe the introductory information and safety warnings

The positions of the individual driving gears are shown on the gearshift lever  .

In some countries, the clutch pedal will have to be depressed fully in order to start the engine.

Selecting reverse gear

Shifting down

You should always select the next immediate gear when shifting down a gear whilst the vehicle is in motion. The engine revs should not be too high when doing this  . Damage to the clutch and the gearbox can occur if one or more gears are skipped when shifting down a gear at high speeds or high engine revs, even if the clutch is not released in the process  .

WARNING

When the engine is running, the vehicle will start to move as soon as a gear is engaged and the clutch released. This also applies when the handbrake is on.

WARNING

Shifting gears incorrectly to a lower gear can lead to a loss of control of the vehicle, which can cause accidents and serious injuries.

NOTICE

Serious damage to the clutch and gearbox can occur if the gear stick on the manual gearbox is shifted to too low a gear when travelling at high speeds or at high revs. This also applies if the clutch remains depressed and the gears do not engage.

NOTICE

Please note the following to help avoid damage and premature wear:
Pedals
Fig. 108 Pedals in vehicles with a manual gearbox: ① accelerator, ② brake pedal, ③ clutch pedal Fig. 109 Pedals in vehicles with an automatic gearbox: ① accelerator, ② brake pedal Fi ...

Automatic gearbox: selecting a gear
Fig. 111 Left-hand drive vehicles: selector lever for automatic gearbox with lock button (arrow) Fig. 112 Right-hand drive vehicles: selector lever for automatic gearbox with lock button (arrow) ...

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