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VW Passat B8 Owner's Manual ➜ Manual gearbox

engine menu is not too high ÿ . Downshifting by  
skipping one or more gears at high speeds or at  
Manual shift  
high engine speeds can cause damage to the clutch  
and gearbox, even if the clutch is held down ÿ .  
Shift gear: manual shift  
Rapid acceleration can cause you to lose traction  
and cause the vehicle to skid, especially on  
slippery roads. This could cause loss of vehicle  
control, accidents and serious injury.  
· Only accelerate quickly if conditions  
Visibility, weather, road and traffic conditions  
allow it, and if you do not endanger other road  
users with this acceleration and driving style.  
· Always adapt your driving style to the traffic.  
Fig. 124 Diagram of the gears of a 6-speed manual  
· When the ASR is switched off, the drive wheels  
can spin, especially if the road surface is wet,  
slippery or dirty. This can cause the vehicle to  
be unable to steer or control.  
Depending on the equipment, the vehicle may be  
equipped with a 5-speed manual gearbox.  
Engaging forward gears The  
position of the individual gears is represented on  
the gear lever ÿ fig. 124.  
If the engine is running, the vehicle starts moving  
as soon as a gear is engaged and the clutch pedal  
— Fully depress the clutch pedal and hold it  
stepped on  
is released. This also happens if the electronic  
parking brake is on.  
— Move the gear lever to the desired position gives  
ÿ .  
— Release the clutch pedal to engage the clutch.  
· Never engage reverse gear while the vehicle is  
— In some countries the clutch pedal has to be  
fully depressed for the engine to start.  
If you downshift improperly by engaging too low  
Engage reverse gear  
a gear, you may lose control of the vehicle and  
cause an accident and serious injury.  
— Engage reverse gear only when the vehicle is  
— Fully depress the clutch pedal and hold it down  
ÿ .  
Engaging too low a gear while driving at high  
speed or at high engine speeds can cause  
considerable damage to the clutch and gearbox.  
This can occur even when the clutch pedal is held  
down and does not engage.  
— Place the gear lever in neutral and push it  
— Move the gear lever all the way to the left and  
then forward to the reverse gear position ÿ fig.  
124 r.  
— Release the clutch pedal to engage the clutch.  
Please note the following to prevent damage and  
premature wear:  
While driving, the change to a lower gear must  
always be done progressively, that is to say, to the  
gear immediately below, and when the regi  
· While driving, do not leave your hand on the pa  
gear stick. The pressure exerted by the hand is  
transmitted to the shift forks.  
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Operation of the change of  
· Make sure the vehicle is at a complete stop  
before engaging reverse gear.  
DSG® dual clutch  
· When changing gear, always depress the clutch at  
The vehicle is equipped with a DSG® dual clutch  
transmission .  
· Do not hold the vehicle stopped uphill with the  
clutch “slipping” and the engine running.  
The DSG® dual-clutch gearbox is a gearbox with  
dual-clutch technology that changes gears  
automatically. A double clutch and two mutually  
independent partial transmissions allow very fast gear  
changes without loss of tractive power. The DSG®  
dual-clutch gearbox thus combines the power and  
economy of a manual gearbox with the comfort and  
convenience of a conventional automatic gearbox.  
Upshifting early helps reduce fuel consumption  
operating noises.  
Problems and solutions  
The clutch “slips”  
While driving, the power from the engine is transmitted  
to the drive axle via the gearbox. To change gear, the  
power transmission between the engine and the  
transmission must be interrupted. This is the function  
of the clutch.  
The control indicator lights up yellow.  
The clutch does not transmit all the torque of the engine.  
— If necessary, remove your foot from the clutch pedal.  
The clutch has overheated  
In the case of the DSG® dual clutch transmission  
While driving, the power of the engine is always  
The control indicator lights up yellow.  
transmitted without interruption via one of the two  
partial transmissions. Before making a gear change,  
the next higher or lower gear in the transmission that  
is not active is preselected.  
An acoustic warning signal may also sound ÿ p. 146.  
The clutch can become excessively hot if, for example,  
you pull off repeatedly, let the vehicle creep for a long  
time without accelerating, or pull off and brake  
Then the clutch of the preselected gear closes and  
at the same time the one of the gear that was  
selected opens. This allows very fast gear changes.  
continuously in heavy traffic.  
Thanks to its design, the DSG® dual-clutch gearbox  
This overheating is indicated by this warning lamp  
and, if necessary, additional warning lamps and a  
message in the instrument cluster display.  
is more efficient than an automatic gearbox.  
While the torque converter of an automatic  
transmission is always running, the DSG® dual-clutch  
transmission can open the clutch at idle speed and  
— It is possible to continue the march.  
thus save fuel. Due to its efficiency, low weight and  
intelligent management, the DSG® dual-clutch gearbox  
The clutch has a fault  
generally achieves the same or lower fuel consumption  
than a manual gearbox.  
The control indicator lights up yellow.  
The clutch has a fault.  
As in the case of the manual transmission, the clutch  
Proceed with caution!  
of the DSG® dual-clutch transmission also suffers  
from wear. Depending on the type of DSG® dual  
clutch transmission in question, periodic maintenance  
will be required. For more information on this ÿ p. 366.  
If one of the partial transmissions fails, the DSG® dual-  
clutch transmission also offers the possibility of  
disengaging one of them and continuing with the other  
ÿ p. 152. In this case, go immediately  
— Request the help of specialized personnel.  
Otherwise considerable damage to the clutch may  
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