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Free videos for the 2013-2016 VW Golf on Haynes’ YouTube channel

What VW Golf to buy

Step-by-step video tutorials for your Volkswagen Golf (2013-2016)

Trying to work out where the coolant is in a VW Golf? Can't open the VW Golf bonnet? Maybe you're just trying to work out which VW Golf to buy and are wondering how to maintain it yourself – Haynes has all the answers. 

At Haynes, we have an extensive range of Volkswagen repair manuals and online maintenance procedures available for professional mechanics and DIY enthusiasts. Our Volkswagen Golf repair manuals are here to help you through every stage of servicing or fixing your car.

Haynes has also just added 15 videos to the YouTube channel that show you, step by step, how to carry out popular jobs on your Golf.

Our YouTube playlist shows you:

  • How to replace the air filter on a VW Golf
  • How to change the auxiliary drivebelt on a VW Golf
  • How to fit a new battery on a VW Golf
  • How to change the pollen filter on a VW Golf
  • How to fit a new driveshaft to a VW Golf
  • How to replace the front brake pads on a VW Golf
  • How to change the fuel filter on a VW Golf
  • How to fit a new fuel pump on a VW Golf
  • How to change the rear brake pads on a VW Golf
  • How to drain the engine oil and fit a new filter on a VW Golf
  • How to change the coolant on a VW Golf
  • How to renew the headlight bulbs on a VW Golf (shown below)
  • How to change a rear light bulb on a VW Golf
  • How to fit new rear shock absorbers on a VW Golf
  • How to change the wiper blades on a VW Golf

The videos are designed to complement our print and online manuals for the VW Golf with the 1.2, 1.4 and 2.0-litre petrol engines and the 1.6 and 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines.

A Haynes Online Manual gives you all the trusted content of a printed manual, with additional features to help you get the job done. Take your entire manual with you on every journey.

Key features:

  • You get to keep it forever
  • All colour step-by-step guides for over 200 jobs with 700+ photos
  • Image zoom feature for close-up view of jobs
  • Brand-new “how to” video tutorials covering key repair tasks
  • Print complete sections to take with you into the workshop
  • Troubleshooting section – quickly find the cause of a problem
  • Colour wiring diagrams help track problems quickly and easily
  • Easy search feature – find your job fast
  • Dictionary of automotive terms
  • Quick links to popular DIY tasks and other jobs linked to your task
  • Conversion calculator – imperial and metric units
  • Does NOT cover 1.0 litre 3-cylinder or 1.6/1.8 litre 4-cylinder petrol engines, all-electric or hybrid models, convertible, Clubsport S, Golf R or dual fuel models. Does NOT cover facelifted Golf range introduced for 2017.


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Written from hands-on experience gained from the complete strip-down and rebuild of a Volkswagen Golf, Haynes can help you understand, care for and repair your car. We do it ourselves to help you do-it-yourself, and whatever your mechanical ability, the practical step-by-step explanations, linked to over 900 photos, will help you get the job done right. Regular servicing and maintenance of your VW Golf can help maintain its resale value, save you money, and make it safer to drive.

Get the full print or online manual here

Here’s the Golf headlight bulb change video from YouTube:

Buyer’s guide: the VW Golf story

The Golf Mk7 is available in three body styles: 3 door hatchback, 5 door hatchback and an estate version. A convertible model (based on the Mk6 Golf) is also available, but is not covered by this manual. All versions are based on the modular 'MQB' Volkswagen group platform that forms the basis for several models within the Volkswagen Group. 

Models are available with a range of petrol or diesel engines. Petrol engines range in size from 1.0 litres to 2.0 litres, but note that only the popular 1.2 litre, 1.4 and 2.0 litre petrol engines are covered by this manual. Diesel engines range in size from 1.6 litre to 2.0 litre. These are all 'Common Rail' (CR) engines. On CR engines the injectors are supplied with high-pressure fuel from a reservoir (the 'common rail'). All the engines are of a well-proven design and, provided regular maintenance is carried out, are unlikely to give trouble. 

Fully independent front suspension is fitted, with a classic MacPherson strut layout, complete with an anti-roll bar on all models. All of the front suspension components (apart from the struts) are attached to a subframe assembly. The rear suspension uses trailing arms together with multi-link transverse arms on higher-powered models (those with an output of greater than 90 Kw), while lower-powered models (up to 89 Kw) have a simpler torsion beam axle fitted.  

A five or six-speed manual gearbox is fitted, with a six or seven-speed 'DSG' (Direkt-Schalt-Getriebe) semi-automatic transmission also available.  

A wide range of standard and optional equipment is available within the model range to suit most tastes, including air conditioning (with manual or fully automatic climate control).