Audi Q3 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi Q3: Accelerator pedal

You can accelerate the vehicle using the accelerator pedal.

Maximum acceleration

If you press the accelerator pedal all the way down, the motor's full power will be used and you will reach maximum acceleration, also called "kick-down".


The driving wheels could spin and the vehicle could swerve on slick or slippery road surfaces when using kick-down, which increases the risk of an accident.

Manually releasing the parking lock

When driving
Fig. 84 Selector lever: removing the shifter boot

The emergency release is located under the selector lever shift gate. Using the emergency release can be complicated. See an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility for assistance.

You will need the screwdriver from the vehicle tool kit to release it. Use the flat side of the reversible screwdriver blade. You might also need a very long screwdriver.

Removing the shifter boot

  • Secure the vehicle against rolling.
  • Switch the ignition off.
  • To loosen the shifter boot, carefully insert the flat side of the screwdriver sideways into the slit near the shifter boot fig. 85.
  • Carefully pry the shifter boot out with the screwdriver while gripping the boot at the fold with your hand and pulling it upward and out until all four corners are released fig. 86.
  • Fold the shifter boot up around the shifter knob.
  • Applies to: right-hand drive vehicles: Remove the gear trim and let it hang down to the side while still connected to the cable.

Releasing the parking lock using the emergency release

  • Operate the emergency release.

Attaching the shift cover

  • Applies to: right-hand drive vehicles: Place the gear trim back into the shift gate.
  • Clip the shift cover back into the shift gate.


  • 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.
  • To reduce the risk of an accident, you must not drive when the emergency release is activated.


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