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Seat Automatic Transmission Problems and Solutions

Have troubles with the transmission of your Seat? Learn the most common problems of a bad transmission and possible solutions to fix the problem. This guide will discuss some of the most common problems that affect Seat vehicles such as SEAT Tarraco, Ateca, Arona, Leon, and Ibiza equipped with automatic transmission.

Delays while shifting gears, failed TCC engagement.

Seat Leons that use 6-speed automatic transmission variants, designated as 09G, 09M, or 09K, can suffer from several specific gear shift issues. The most usual scenarios include delays during gear shifts, erratic gear changes, or shift flares while accelerating. Sometimes, the torque converter will fail to lock up, resulting in burnt clutches. These symptoms are usually intermittent, and there will be no other symptoms or warning lights.

Possible causes

  • Due to component movement and fluid flow, worn end plug bores happen with time. As these plugs prevent pressure loss by capping the bore, this results in the loss of hydraulic pressure and delays or failed TCC lockup. Being a well-known problem, several upgrade kits are available on the market.
  • Worn bores inside the valve body, causing either pressure drops or obstructions of the solenoid movement. This results in shift flares on acceleration and when coming to a stop. Replacing the whole valve body is the only solution, but because this is a well-known problem, there are many specialized workshops that sell rebuilt ones.

Hesitation and gear hunting

Seat Exeo that uses a Multitronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) transmission can have issues that show up as a lack of response. This can happen when setting off from a stationary position or accelerating at motorway speeds. In many cases, the driver may experience a feeling of gear-hunting and slippage. In the initial phases, the problem will be present only when driving more aggressively.

Possible causes

  • An outdated or inadequate version of TCU software can cause incorrect transmission behavior. It is possible to update the software using a suitable diagnostic tool or initiate a relearn procedure following the steps described below.
  • Worn clutch packs, which happen as a result of normal wear-and-tear or too aggressive driving style. The tell-tale symptom is the metal shavings found within the oil filter. Replacing the clutch pack is the only solution. As this is a widespread issue, different upgraded kits are available on the market.

Judder and rattle while idling or shifting gears

Seats that use 7-speed DSG transmissions can have issues with juddering and shaking under different conditions. In most cases, this will happen just after the engine starts, and it comes in combination with a loud rattle. Another possibility is that the judder happens while shifting gears, with low gear shift being more noticeable.

Possible causes

  • Excessive play within the dual-mass flywheel is caused by wear and aggressive driving. This results in a strong metallic rattle on idle. When checking the condition of the flywheel, look for any movement between two plates and replace them if there is any.
  • Excessive wear of the dual-clutch assembly or certain parts inside it is caused by normal wear-and-tear. However, replacing single parts with various repair kits and replacing the clutch assembly as a whole unit is recommended.

Transmission switching to limp mode

Seat cars that use a 6-speed DSG transmission can sometimes jump into limp mode. In most scenarios, this will occur suddenly, and the transmission will remain in third gear only. When this happens, there will be warnings on the dashboard, such as a flashing ‘PRNDS’ light. This also indicates there will be codes stored in the vehicle’s DTC memory, which will help track down the problem.

Possible causes 

  • Worn clutch plate exceeding allowable clutch travel. This will trigger codes around ‘clutch limits’ or ‘clutch adaptation.’ Still,  resetting the transmission may help in some cases, as it forces it to reconfigure the clutch actuation procedure. Doing this is possible using a VAG diagnostic tool or by performing the process described below.
  • Various sensor failures will trigger a corresponding code or several of them. Based on the provided error codes, check the suspected sensor with connectors and wirings, and replace it if needed.
  • Failure of the mechatronic unit causes numerous different codes, including sensors and implausible gear ratios. As there is no possibility of repairing this unit as a DIY, it can be replaced or repaired by a specialist.

Harsh shifting

Seat models with a classic 5-speed automatic transmission, designated as 09A, can have several different shift issues. In most cases, gear shifts on accelerations will be harsh and rough. Also, drivers notice lurches that happen when shifting from Neutral to Drive or Reverse. This usually affects higher mileage vehicles or if the maintenance is neglected. In the initial phases, the problem is only present while the car is cold and will not trigger any warning lights.

Possible causes

  • Solenoids within the valve body that are leaking or sticking. While leaks usually happen due to normal wear, movement obstructions result from build-ups caused by skipping fluid changes. The resulting lack of smooth and controlled solenoid control causes harsh gear shifts. Although solenoids may be cleaner or replaced one by one, renewing them all at once is the best solution.

Reset Seat Transmission

Method 1

  1. Turn on the ignition, but don’t start the engine.
  2. Press the accelerator and keep it like that
  3. Turn off the ignition.
  4. Wait until you hear a clicking sound, and then release the accelerator.
  5. Release the accelerator
  6. Turn on the ignition and start the engine.

Method 2

  1. Turn on the ignition, but don’t start the engine.
  2. Press the accelerator and keep it like that for ten seconds
  3. Turn off the ignition.
  4. Release the accelerator
  5. Remove the key from the ignition.
  6. Press the accelerator and keep it like that for ten seconds
  7. Release the accelerator
  8. Turn on the ignition and start the engine.

The reset methods may not work on all Seat models. Performing the reset does not damage the transmission. It only resets the shift points to factory settings.

We hope you find the Seat Automatic Transmission Problems and Solutions guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Seat.


  • Rushit Hila • ASE Certified

    Rushit Hila, an ASE-certified engineer (G1 Automotive Maintenance and Repair), brings over two decades of hands-on experience in the automotive world to his writing. With a strong educational background, including a Master of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, he has honed his skills and expertise through years of practical work. As a respected authority in the field, Mr. Hila is dedicated to offering insightful and valuable content that resonates with both vehicle owners and mechanics.

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