Seat Leon >> Towing and being towed

Front towing eye

  • The cover of the bumper is raised by pressing slightly -arrow-.
  • Carefully remove the cover in -direction of arrow-.
  • Screw-in the towing eye all the way into the threaded hole.
  • After use, remove the towing eye and store back in the tool mount.


Rear towing eye

NOTICE Vehicles fitted with towing hitch ex-factory are not equipped with a thread for the towing eye. In this case, the towing rope / the towing rod should be placed on the installed towing hitch.

  • The cover of the bumper is raised by pressing slightly -arrow-.
  • Carefully remove the cover in -direction of arrow-.
  • Screw-in the towing eye all the way into the threaded hole.
  • After use, remove the towing eye and store back in the tool mount.

Tow-starting/ towing the vehicle

NOTICE A tow rope or towing bar may only be coupled to the above mentioned towing eyes.

The tow rope should be slightly elastic to reduce the risk of damage to both vehicles. It is advisable to only use synthetic fibre ropes or ropes of similar elastic material. However, it is safer to use a tow bar.

Avoid excessive towing forces and do not jerk. During towing operations on unsurfaced roads there is always a danger that the attachment parts will be over-stressed and damaged.

The vehicle should only be tow-started if it is not possible to start the engine using jump leads.

If the vehicle has to be towed or tow-started, please note the following points:

  • Legal regulations concerning towing must be observed.
  • Both drivers must be familiar with towing procedures. Inexperienced drivers should not attempt to tow-start or tow.
  • When using a tow rope, the driver of the towing vehicle must engage the clutch very gently when moving off and changing gear.
  • The driver of the vehicle being towed must take care that the tow rope is always tense.
  • Both vehicles must switch on their hazard warning lights, unless otherwise specified by local regulations.
  • The ignition must be switched on so that the steering wheel is free and the turn signals, horn and windscreen wiper and washer system can be used.
  • Because the brake servo only works when the engine is running, considerably more pressure is required on the brake pedal when the engine is not running.
  • As power-assisted steering does not work when the engine is not running; more force is therefore required to turn the steering wheel, when the engine is off.
  • If there is no lubricant in the manual or automatic gearbox, the vehicle must be towed with the driven wheels raised off the ground.

Important notes on tow-starting:

In general it is recommended not to tow-start vehicles. Instead you should use jump leads.

There are several reasons why tow-starting should be avoided:

  • Tow-starting involves a high risk of accidents, e.g. collision with towing vehicle.
  • On vehicles with petrol engine, unburnt fuel could enter the catalytic converter and cause damage.
  • For technical reasons, it is not possible to tow-start a vehicle with an automatic gearbox.

If you should decide to tow-start although it is not recommended, please note the following:

  • Before starting the towing, engage 2nd or 3rd gear, press clutch pedal and hold.
  • Switch on the ignition.
  • When both vehicles are moving, release clutch pedal.
  • As soon as engine starts, depress clutch and move gear stick into neutral to avoid running into the towing vehicle.

NOTICE Vehicles with a catalytic converter (petrol engines only) must not be tow-started over a distance of more than 50 m with the catalytic converter at operating temperature. Otherwise, unburnt fuel may enter the catalytic converter and cause damage.

When towing vehicles with automatic gearbox, please also note the following:

  • Selector lever must be in position "N".
  • Do not tow at more than 50 km/h.
  • The maximum towing distance is 50 kilometres.

If towing over greater distances, the vehicle must be lifted at the front.

Reason: When the engine is not running, the gearbox oil pump does not work, therefore the gearbox is not sufficiently lubricated for high speeds and long distances.

When using a breakdown vehicle, the vehicle can only be towed with the front wheels raised.

Reason: If raised at the rear, the drive shafts turn backwards. As a result, the planetary gears in the automatic gearbox will then turn at such high speeds that the gearbox will be severely damaged in a short time.

NOTICE If it is not possible to tow the vehicle normally, it must be transported by a special transporter or trailer. This also applies to distances greater than 50 kilometres.

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