Audi Transmission ECU Adaption Reset Procedure

Audi owners may complain that the transmission is not shifting properly or very responsive when you press the gas pedal.

Est. Time: 5 min
Difficulty: Very Easy

 

In extreme cases, your Audi may even go into limp mode and no longer change gears.

If your Audi automatic transmission has been having problems changing gears or never seems to know which gear it should be in, you should try to reset the transmission setting to factory defaults.

reset audi transmission

If your Audi is an older model year, disconnecting the battery will reset the ECU and Transmission modules.

Disconnecting the battery will not reset your ECU and transmission on newer vehicles. Instead, try the following procedure. 

Reset Audi ECU / Transmission

The next simple step is to reset Audi by pressing the gas pedal.

  1. Press the gas pedal to the floor.
  2. Turn on the ignition but do not start the engine. Suppose your car has Start/Stop press the gas pedal but not press the brake pedal. Only press the START button.
  3. Keep the gas pedal pressed for at least 15 seconds.
  4. Turn off the ignition. Release the gas pedal. Wait a couple of minutes and restart the engine.
  5. Drive your Audi carefully and allow it to change gears at low RPM for the first 10 minutes.

If the method above does not work on your Audi, the only way to reset the transmission would be with a diagnostic scanner.

Below you will find instructions on how to reset Audi transmission settings using various tools.

Reset Audi Transmission using VAG-COM VCDS

 

The best way to reset Audi transmission adaptation values is to use an OBD2 scanner designed for Audi / VW vehicles.

Below you will find instructions on how to reset Audi transmission using VAG-COM and VCDS software on eBay.

Make sure there are no fault codes stored in the ECU or transmission module.

In summary, you will need to go under Engine [01] and Transmission [02], go to Basic Settings and reset both Kick Down Alignment and Throttle Body Alignment.

  1. Turn on the ignition but not start the engine. Do not press the gas pedal yet.
  2. Go to [02 - Auto Trans]
  3. [Basic Settings - 04] or [Basic Settings - 01] for 09G Trans
  4. Set Group to "000" or "060"
  5. Select Go and press the gas pedal all the way down. Keep gas pedal pressed for at least 4 seconds—no need to press the gas pedal on 09G.
  6. Hit DONE and release the gas pedal.

Alternative method

  1. Turn on ignition.
  2. Load your VCDS software.
  3. Select [01 - Engine]
  4. Go to [Basic Settings - 04]
  5. Set Group to "063" and "060"
  6. Press GO and wait for the ADP. OK to display under Throttle Body Alignment Status.
  7. Go back and release the gas pedal.

After Your Reset Audi Transmision

Once the Audi adaptation reset procedure has been completed, drive your Audi carefully for the next few miles.

  1. Drie the car for a couple of minutes without any hard acceleration.
  2. Stop the vehicle and switch the shifter from Neutral to Drive to Reverse a few times.
  3. Drive your Audi for another 15 minutes with minimal load on the engine. Be easy on the gas pedal. Shifting between gears should happen at low RPMs.

This procedure will return the ECU and transmission to factory settings.

While carrying the reset will not cause any damage, do not expect it to cure all problems. 

You may still experience problems after the transmission has been reset to factory settings.

It is worth considering updating the software for the transmission control module.

It can sometimes resolve erratic shifting. This is a procedure that needs to be performed by your Audi dealer.

If the problem persists, have a mechanic diagnose your Audi automatic transmission.

It may be low in transmission fluid, have worn clutches, or have a faulty valve body. 

These instructions work on various Audi models, including A1 A3, A4 A5, A6 A7 Q3 Q5 Q7 TT but not all model years. 

Visitor, April 4, 2019
My Audi A4 B8 1.8T 2008 model. The problem is the light shows mechanical fault at the gear level in the panel display. When the mechanic do the diagnostic it shows there are 'INPUT but NO OUTPUT'. My car was no power at my start moving like in 3rd gear not 1st gear. What should I do to my TCM wherether change or repair it?
Visitor, April 4, 2019
Dear Sir is it possible to reprogram Adaptation for Channel 17 instrument 07 control Head , 09 Cent Electric for my Audi A6 05 3,2
Visitor, April 4, 2019
My was from engine and turbocharger repairs . After repairs there was no reset done .when I drive it takes time to shift gears.when the engine is hot and gearbox is in nuetral it doesn't take a gear instead it cut off
Visitor, April 4, 2019
(How) does this work with a manual transmission?
Visitor, April 4, 2019
I have a 2006 A6 3.2L Quattro and I have a P0717 code which is a input turbine sensor if I'm not mistaken🥺 anyone that has any information pertaining to this please help! My local import shop wants to charge me 4,008 for transmission valve body! ..👎🏻 I personally don't think it's correct ie code P0717 Thanks 🙏
Visitor, April 4, 2019
Does this affect engine ecu too? Meaning a tune would be erased? Thanks
Visitor, April 4, 2019
Hi I have a 2002 6 speed tiltronic. I had an issue where there is a foot symbol between the Park and the Reverse and when the light would flicker the car wouldn't start. When the light was solid it would start. Eventually the light would always flicker and got told I had to replace the TCM (transmission control module) which cost $3000nz besides the car not starting the car worked perfectly. I got told also the the tcm was a plug in play (which was incorrect) Since getting the new tcm installed the car thuds on take off and slips gear. Also the tipronic doesn't work. I took it to the place I brought the tcm and told them the faults and they have now "coded it" Now the audi company I brought the new tcm off has told me that the new tcm I brought to fix my audi 2002 tiptronic won't show the gear numbers no more and D is acceptable for being tiptronic. Also the car runs even worse in tiptronic. Since putting this new tcm in I have had more problems and feeling like I got ripped off.
Visitor, April 4, 2019
Hello there.. I'm also having a problem with my car is not shifting at all.. My car is an audi a3 1.8t 2012 DSG gearbox 7 speed. I had a problem of the clutch I bought new clutch and replaced by group (gearbox center) which they only aligned the clutch for me and I put the gearbox by myself in the car everything is done perfectly I even filled the perfect oil which there is 2 types of oil and measured 1.8 in main gearbox and another 1liter in mechatronics.. After everything the car is not taking any gears. In my dashboard the beep is coming saying stabalisation program fault.
Visitor, April 4, 2019
Are you REALLY asking that question seriously!?!?
Visitor, April 4, 2019
Also me too "Allie ".my car is Audi a3 2014 7speed dsg automatic transmission.
Kay, September 15, 2020

Hello I have a 2014 A4 Sline Quattro automatic the shifter is locked in neutral and I also cannot take the key fob out of ignition?

From what you describe it seems like the valve body is the fault. It would have helped to have the actual codes though. If it is the valve body, you can take it off and get it to rebuild by a transmission shop or maybe even your mechanic can do it. The other option is to install a used valve body. Having the codes would really help on figuring out what is really wrong. 

Visitor, January 30, 2021

My problem is similar, but not the same. My cars (Audi A8 W12 2004 - D3) automatic gearbox behaves a bit strange; it changes gears very smoothly but for some reason it seems to lock the turbine at 65 km/h. If I drive slower than that, the car is rolling freely in downhills, but if the speed exceeds that speed, it is like the car is using "engine break" (sorry, I dont know the right word in English) It does not roll freely in downhills, the speed drops quite heavily. So in order to keep the speed, I have to press the accelerator even in the downhills a bit. This is not so good for the fuel economy ;) Yes, I know - use the cruise control... :) It does not fix the problem, it only hides it. I have never seen an automatic gearbox behave like this. I am quite sure this is not a feature, it has to be some kind of problem. Any ideas?

JimiJames, February 16, 2021

Try the foot peddle reset.