If you are experiencing a problem with your SEAT Ateca gearbox, chances are you’ll receive a dashboard warning light along with a message in the display panel. The cog containing an exclamation mark in red or yellow indicates a gearbox fault. There are several meanings for the warning light, all of which are detailed below.
Gearbox Backup Programme
If a fault has been detected with the automatic gearbox, the SEAT Ateca has a backup programme that will be used and is a safety feature that helps to prevent damage or further damage to the vehicle gearbox. When the backup programme is activated, the vehicle can still be driven, though only at low speeds and within a selected range of gears that the backup programme permits. Selecting reverse gear for example, may not be possible.
On the instrument panel display, if all the gear selector lever positions are shown over a light background, then a problem has been detected and the backup programme is activated, have your vehicle checked and repaired by a qualified SEAT engineer as soon as possible.
SEAT Ateca Gearbox Faults
|Clutch overheating! Please stop!
This warning light and message indicates the clutch has overheated and could be damaged. To prevent further damage, stop the vehicle and wait for the gearbox to cool down. Keep the engine running at idle and place the gear selector into position P. Wait for the warning light and message to switch off before continuing your journey. Have fault corrected as soon as possible. If the warning light and message do not switch off, do not continue your journey. Seek specialist assistance.
|Gearbox: Fault! Stop the vehicle and place the lever in the position P.
There is a fault detected int he gearbox. Pull over when safe to do so, switch off the engine and do not continue driving. Seek specialist assistance.
|Gearbox: System fault! You may continue driving.
This is a non-critical fault where you may continue driving. Have the fault diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible.
|Gearbox: System fault! You can continue driving with restrictions. Reverse gear disabled.
Seek specialist assistance as soon as possible. Reverse gear has been disabled by the backup programme.
|Gearbox: System fault! You can continue driving in D until switching off the engine.
Find a safe place to stop the vehicle well away from moving traffic. Seek specialist assistance.
|Gearbox: too hot. Adapt your driving accordingly.
Slow down and continue driving at moderate speeds. When the warning light switches off, you can continue driving as normal.
|Gearbox: press the brake and engage a gear again.
If the warning was caused by an overheated gearbox, this is the message you'll receive when the gearbox has cooled down.
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