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How to Reset an Audi Transmission (TCM Relearn)

In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through the process of resetting your Audi’s TCM, explain what a TCM is, and discuss the benefits of performing this reset.

Whether you drive an Audi A1, A3, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q3, or Q5, this article will provide you with the knowledge and steps needed to reset your vehicle’s transmission control module.

What is an Audi Transmission Control Module (TCM)?


As an experienced mechanic, I’ve come across numerous Audi owners struggling with transmission issues such as jerking, stuttering, or delayed gear changes.

These problems can be frustrating and may lead you to believe that expensive repairs are necessary.

However, in many cases, resetting your Audi’s Transmission Control Module (TCM), also known as the gearbox computer, can help resolve these issues and improve your vehicle’s performance.

The Transmission Control Module (TCM) is a crucial component of your Audi’s gearbox system. It is responsible for controlling and monitoring various aspects of the transmission’s operation, including:

  • Gear shifts
  • Shift timing
  • Shift quality
  • Torque converter clutch engagement
  • Adaptive shifting

The TCM receives input from various sensors throughout the vehicle, such as the throttle position sensor, engine speed sensor, and vehicle speed sensor.

It then uses this information to determine the optimal gear selection and shift points based on driving conditions and driver input.

Why Reset Your Audi’s TCM?

Audi A3

Over time, your Audi’s TCM can accumulate data that may lead to poor performance or transmission issues.

Resetting the TCM can help clear out any stored error codes and allow the module to adapt to your driving style, resulting in smoother, more responsive gear changes.

You may want to consider resetting your Audi’s TCM if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Jerking or stuttering during gear changes
  • Delayed gear engagement
  • Rough or hard shifts
  • Transmission slipping
  • Limp mode or failsafe mode

Methods for Resetting Your Audi’s TCM

accelerator pedal method

There are three primary methods for resetting your Audi’s transmission control module:

  1. Manual reset using the gas pedal (Method 1)
  2. Using an OBD scanner (Method 2)
  3. Battery disconnect method (Method 3)

Method 1: Manual Reset Using the Gas Pedal

The manual reset method is a simple and effective way to reset your Audi’s TCM without any special tools. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Ensure the vehicle is parked safely and the engine is off
  2. Check oil levels
  3. Firmly press the gas pedal to the floor
  4. Turn on the ignition (accessory mode)
  5. Keep gas pedal depressed for 15 seconds
  6. Turn off ignition while keeping foot on gas pedal
  7. Release gas pedal and wait a few minutes
  8. Start the engine and test drive

Method 2: Using an OBD Scanner

If you have access to an OBD scanner, you can use it to reset your Audi’s TCM by following these steps:

  1. Plug the OBD scanner into your vehicle’s diagnostic port (usually located under the dashboard on the driver’s side)
  2. Turn on the ignition
  3. Navigate to the Transmission Control Unit menu on the scanner
  4. Select the “Reset” or “Relearn” option
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the reset process
  6. Turn off the ignition and unplug the scanner
  7. Start the engine and test drive

Method 3: Battery Disconnect Method

The battery disconnect method is a more comprehensive approach that resets not only the TCM but also other control modules in your Audi. To perform this reset:

  1. Locate your vehicle’s battery (consult your owner’s manual if necessary)
  2. Disconnect the negative battery terminal using a wrench
  3. Wait for 15-30 minutes to allow the system to fully discharge
  4. Reconnect the negative battery terminal
  5. Start the engine and test drive

It’s important to note that disconnecting the battery will reset other settings in your vehicle, such as the radio presets and clock. Be sure to have any necessary security codes on hand before performing this method.

Audi Models and Transmission Reset Compatibility

The TCM reset methods described in this article are generally compatible with the following Audi models:

Model Compatibility
Audi A1 Yes
Audi A3 Yes
Audi A5 Yes
Audi A6 Yes
Audi A7 Yes
Audi A8 Yes
Audi Q3 Yes
Audi Q5 Yes

However, it’s always a good idea to consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or a professional mechanic to confirm compatibility and any model-specific instructions.


Resetting your Audi’s Transmission Control Module can be an effective way to resolve transmission issues and improve your vehicle’s performance. By following the methods outlined in this guide, you can perform a TCM reset on your own, saving time and money that would otherwise be spent at a mechanic’s shop.

Remember to always prioritize safety when working on your vehicle and consult a professional if you’re unsure about any aspect of the process. With a little knowledge and effort, you can keep your Audi’s transmission running smoothly for years to come.

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