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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual: Driving through water on roads

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Note the following to help prevent vehicle damage when driving through water, for example on flooded roads:

  • Check the depth of the water before driving through it. The water must not be any higher than the bottom of the vehicle body ⇒ , see dimensions⇒ Dimensions 
  • Do not drive faster than walking speed.
  • Never stop the vehicle, and do not drive in reverse or switch the engine off when driving through water.
  • Oncoming vehicles may create waves that raise the water level and make it too deep for your vehicle to drive through safely.
  • After driving through water, have the vehicle drive train and electrical system thoroughly inspected for damage by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or an authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.


After driving through water, mud, sludge, etc., the brakes react slower and need longer stopping distances.
  • Always dry the brakes and clean off any ice coatings with a few careful applications of the brake. Make sure not to endanger other motorists or cyclists or disobey legal requirements.
  • Avoid abrupt or sudden braking maneuvers immediately after driving through water.


  • Vehicle components such as the engine, transmission, suspension or electrical system may be severely damaged by driving through water. To help prevent damage to these components, have your vehicle inspected by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or an authorized Volkswagen Service Facility after driving through water.
  • Never drive through salt water. Salt causes vehicle corrosion. Thoroughly rinse with fresh water all vehicle parts that were exposed to salt water.
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