Seat Leon >> Tow-starting

The use of jump leads is preferable to tow-starting.

We recommend that you do not tow-start your vehicle. Jump-starting is preferable.

However, if your vehicle has to be tow-started:
– Engage the 2nd or the 3rd gear.
– Keep the clutch pressed down.
– Switch on the ignition.
– Once both vehicles are moving, release the clutch.
– As soon as the engine starts, press the clutch and move the gear lever into neutral. This helps to prevent driving into the towing vehicle.


The risk of accidents is high when tow-starting. The vehicle being towed can easily collide with the towing vehicle.

When tow-starting, fuel could enter the catalytic converter and damage it.

    Towing eyes
    Fig. 181 The front right section of the vehicle: Fitting the front towing eye Fig. 182 Fitting the towing eye to the rear of the vehicle Please observe the following points if you use a tow ...

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