Service to VW owners is of top priority to the Volkswagen organization and has always included the continuing development and introduction of new and expanded services.
For the VW owner with mechanical skills and for independent garages, this Manual gives all the specifications that are available in a VW workshop. In addition, a VW owner who has no intention of working on his or her vehicle will find that reading and owning this Manual will make it possible to discuss repairs intelligently with a professonal mechanic. The aim throughout has been simplicity, clarity, and completeness with step-by-step procedures and accurate specifications.
If you are a professional mechanic already working on imported vehicles, you may have the VW special tools that are shown in some of the illustrations in this Manual. If you have previously worked only on vehicles built to the old U.S. Standard of inch and foot measurements, you will not have to replace your expensive micrometers, vernier calipers, and other precision tools because specifications are given both in millimters and in inches, except when special VW metric tools are indispensible (these measurements are given only in millimeters).
Volkswagens are constantly being improved and sometimes these changes—both in parts and in specifications—are made applicable to older VWs. Thus, a replacement part to be used on an older VW may not be the same part as the part used in the original installation. These changes are noted by this Manual