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Audi A4: Manually releasing the parking lock

Audi A4 (B9) 2016-2023 Owner's Manual / Starting and driving / Driving / Manually releasing the parking lock

When driving
Fig. 98 Front cup holder: removing the cover

When driving
Fig. 99 Front cup holder: parking lock emergency release

The emergency release is located in the front cup holder under a cover.

You will need the screwdriver and the socket wrench from the vehicle tool kit in order to release. Use the flat side of the reversible screwdriver blade.

Releasing the parking lock using the emergency release

  • Secure the vehicle against rolling.
  • Remove the rubber mat.
  • Pry the cover off the opening using the screwdriver inserted in the slot.
  • Insert the socket wrench from the vehicle tool kit into the opening.
  • Turn the socket wrench clockwise until it stops 1 and press it downward until it locks into place 2.
  • Leave the socket wrench inserted.

Resetting the parking lock

  • Press the brake pedal and start the engine.
  • Keep the brake pedal pressed and engage the following selector lever positions one after the other: "N", "D", and back to "N".
  • Turn the engine off again.
  • Grasp the socket wrench with both hands and carefully pull it upward to remove.
  • Reinsert the cover and rubber mat.

WARNING

  • Only use the parking lock emergency release if the vehicle is secured against rolling. An unsecured vehicle may roll, which increases the risk of an accident.
  • Only activate the emergency release while on a level surface or a slight slope.
  • o reduce the risk of an accident, you must not drive when the emergency release is activated.

Note

Due to the risk of damage, carefully remove the socket wrench when you reset the parking lock.

Messages

The following messages may appear depending on the vehicle equipment:

Transmission: malfunction! Safely stop vehicle

Do not continue driving. Stop the vehicle as soon as possible in a safe location and secure it so it does not roll. See an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility for assistance.

Transmission: too hot. Please stop vehicle

Do not continue driving. Select "P" and contact an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility for assistance.

Transmission: too hot. Please adapt driving style

The transmission temperature has increased significantly.

Drive very cautiously or take a break from driving until the temperature returns to the normal range and the indicator light turns off.

Transmission: malfunction! You can continue driving. See owner's manual

There is a system malfunction in the transmission.

You may continue driving. Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility soon to have the malfunction corrected.

Transmission: malfunction! You can continue driving with limited function. Please contact Service

There is a system malfunction in the transmission.

The transmission is switching to emergency mode. This mode only shifts into certain gears or may no longer shift at all. The engine may stall.

Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility immediately to have the malfunction corrected.

Transmission: malfunction! You can continue driving with limited function. No reverse gear

There is a system malfunction in the transmission.

The transmission is switching to emergency mode. This mode only shifts into certain gears or may no longer shift at all. The engine may stall.

You cannot engage the reverse gear. Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility immediately to have the malfunction corrected.

Transmission: malfunction! You can continue driving in D until engine is off

There is a system malfunction in the transmission.

The transmission is switching to emergency mode. If you turn the engine off, you will not be able to select any other gears after restarting the engine. Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility immediately to have the malfunction corrected.

Danger of rolling away! P not possible.

Please apply parking brake

  • The parking lock was released using the emergency release. Or
  • The parking lock can no longer be engaged.

    Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility immediately to have the malfunction corrected. Secure the vehicle against rolling before exiting the vehicle.

Selector lever: malfunction! Gear change only possible using both shift paddles.

There is a system malfunction in the selector lever.

You can continue driving with restricted function.

The selector lever is not working. Gears can only be selected by tapping both shift paddles at the same time when the vehicle is stationary. The "P" gear is automatically engaged when you turn off the engine. Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility immediately to have the malfunction corrected.

Selector lever: malfunction! You can continue driving. Please contact Service

There is a system malfunction in the selector lever.

Drive immediately to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility to have the malfunction repaired.

P button: malfunction! Auto P when engine off. Please contact Service

There is a malfunction in the "P" button on the selector lever. The "P" gear is automatically engaged when you turn off the engine. Drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility immediately to have the malfunction corrected.

Move selector lever to automatic position

There is a malfunction in the tiptronic mode. End tiptronic mode by pushing the selector lever to the left into the "D/S" position.

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