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Wheels

Tyre life

Fig. 295 

Position of tyre pressure specification

plate

Correct inflation pressures and sensible driv-
ing habits will increase the useful life of your
tyres.

Check tyre pressure at least once a month,

and also prior to any long trip.

The tyre pressure should only be checked

when the tyres are 

cold

. Do not reduce the

pressure of warm tyres.

Adjust tyre pressure to the load being car-

ried by the vehicle 

››› 

Fig. 295

.

Avoid fast cornering and hard acceleration.

Inspect the tyres for irregular wear from

time to time.

Tyre pressure

The correct tyre pressures for tyres fitted at
the factory is shown on a label and is valid for
summer and winter tyres. This label

››› 

Fig. 295

 is either on the driver door strut or

inside the fuel tank flap.

Insufficient or excessive pressure greatly re-
duces the useful life of the tyres and adverse-
ly affects vehicle performance and ride. Cor-
rect inflation pressures are very important,
especially at 

high speeds

.

The tyre pressure must be adjusted accord-
ing to the load the vehicle is carrying. If the
vehicle is going to carry the maximum load,
the tyre pressure should be increased to the
maximum value indicated on the sticker

››› 

Fig. 295

.

Driving style

Fast cornering, heavy acceleration and hard
braking (squealing tyres) all increase tyre
wear.

Wheel balance

The wheels on new vehicles are balanced.
However, certain circumstances may lead to
imbalance (run-out), which is detected as vi-
brations in the steering wheel.

Unbalanced wheels should be rebalanced,
as they otherwise cause excessive wear on
steering, suspension and tyres. A wheel must
also be rebalanced when a new tyre is fitted
or if a tyre is repaired.

Incorrect wheel alignment

Incorrect running gear alignment causes ex-
cessive tyre wear, impairing the safety of the
vehicle. If you notice excessive tyre wear, you
should check wheel alignment at a SEAT Of-
ficial Service.

WARNING

Unsuitable handling of the wheels and
tyres may lead to sudden tyre pressure los-
ses, to tread separation or even to a blow-
out.

The driver is responsible for ensuring that

all of the vehicle tyres are correctly infla-
ted to the right pressure. The recommen-
ded tyre pressure is indicated on the label

››› 

Fig. 295

.

Check tyre pressures regularly and en-

sure they are maintained at the pressures
indicated. Tyre pressure that is too low
could cause overheating, resulting in tread
detachment or even burst tyres.

When the tyres are cold, tyre pressure

should be that indicated on the label

››› 

Fig. 295

.

Regularly check the cold inflation pres-

sure of the tyres. If necessary, change the

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331

Practical tips

tyre pressure of the vehicle tyres while they
are cold.

Regularly check your tyres for damage

and wear.

Never exceed the maximum permitted

speed or loads specified for the type of
tyre fitted on your vehicle.

For the sake of the environment

Under-inflated tyres will increase fuel con-
sumption.

Tread wear indicators

Fig. 296 

Tyre profile: tread wear indicators.

Fig. 297 

Interchanging tyres.

Wear indicators around 1.6 mm high can be
found on the base of the original tyre treads,
ordered at regular intervals and running
across the tread 

››› 

Fig. 296

. The letters "TWI"

or triangles on the sidewall of the tyre mark
the position of the wear indicators.

The minimum permitted profile depth

1)

 have

been reached when the tyres have worn
down to the wear indicators. Replace the
tyres with new ones 

››› 

.

Changing wheels around

To ensure that the wear is equal on all tyres
the wheels should be changed round from
time to time according to the system

››› 

Fig. 297

. The useful life of all the tyres will

then be about the same time.

WARNING

The tyres must be replaced at the latest
when the tread is worn down to the tread
wear indicators. Failure to follow this in-
struction could result in an accident.

Particularly in difficult driving conditions

such as wet or icy roads. It is important that
the tyre tread be as deep as possible and
be approximately the same on the tyres of
both the front and the rear axles.

The scant driving safety due to insuffi-

cient tread depth is particularly evident in
vehicle handling, when there is a risk of
“aquaplaning” in deep puddles of water
and when driving through corners, and
braking is also adversely affected.

The speed has to be adapted according-

ly, otherwise there is a risk of losing control
over the vehicle.

Wheel nuts

The 

wheel nuts

 are matched to the rims.

When installing different wheels (for instance
alloy wheels or wheels with winter tyres) it is
important to use the correct wheel nuts with
the right length and correctly shaped bolt

1)

Follow the regulations of the country you are

driving in.

332

Wheels

heads. This ensures that wheels are fitted se-
curely and that the brake system functions
correctly.

The wheel nuts must be clean and turn easily.

A special adapter is required to remove the
anti-theft wheel bolts 

››› 

page 46

.

WARNING

Wheel nuts should never be greased or
oiled.

Use only wheel nuts which belong to the

wheel.

If the prescribed torque of the wheel nuts

is too low, they could loosen whilst the ve-
hicle is in motion. Risk of accident! If the
tightening torque is too high, the wheel nuts
and threads can be damaged.

CAUTION

See 

››› 

page 49

to find out the recommen-

ded tightening torque for wheel nuts for
steel and alloy rims.

Winter tyres

Winter tyres must be fitted 

on all four

wheels.

Only use winter tyres that are approved for
your vehicle.

Please note that the maximum permissible
speed for winter tyres may be lower than
for summer tyres.

Also note that winter tyres are no longer ef-
fective when the 

tread

 is worn down.

After fitting the wheels you must always
check the tyre pressures. When doing so,
take into account the correct tyre pressures
listed on the rear of the front left door frame

››› 

page 331

.

In winter road conditions winter tyres will con-
siderably improve vehicle handling. The de-
sign of summer tyres (width, rubber com-
pound, tread pattern) gives less grip on ice
and snow. This applies particularly to vehicles
equipped with 

wide section tyres

 or with

high speed tyres

 (code letters H, V or Y on

the sidewall).

Only use winter tyres of the correct type ap-
proved for your vehicle. The sizes of these
tyres are specified in the vehicle's documents
(e.g. EC Certificate of Conformity or COC

1)

).

The vehicle documentation varies depending
on the country of residence.

Winter tyres lose a great deal of their proper-
ties when the 

tread

 is worn down to a depth

of 4 mm.

The performance of winter tyres is also se-
verely impaired by 

ageing

, even if the tread is

still much deeper than 4 mm.

A code letter indicating the speed limit is
stamped on all winter tyres 

››› 

page 329

.

Vehicles capable of exceeding these speeds
must have an appropriate 

sticker

 attached

so that it is visible to the driver. Suitable stick-
ers are available from the SEAT Official Serv-
ice and specialised workshop. Please note
the regulations to this effect in your country.

Using winter tyres with V-rating

Please note that the generally applicable
240 km/h (149 mph) speed for winter tyres
with the letter V is subject to 

technical re-

strictions; the maximum permissible speed
for your vehicle may be significantly lower

.

The maximum speed limit for these tyres de-
pends directly on the maximum axle weights
for your car and on the listed weight rating of
the tyres being used.

It is best to contact a SEAT Official Service to
check the maximum speed which is permissi-
ble for the V-rated tyres fitted on your car on
the basis of this information.

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1)

COC = 

certificate of conformity

.

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Practical tips

WARNING

Exceeding the maximum speed permitted
for the winter tyres fitted on your car can
cause tyre failure, resulting in a loss of con-
trol of the vehicle – risk of accident.

For the sake of the environment

When winter is over, change back to sum-
mer tyres at an appropriate moment. In
temperatures above +7°C (+45°F), perform-
ance will be improved if summer tyres are
used. Fuel consumption, wear and noises
while driving will all be reduced.

Note

All-weather tyres can also be used instead
of winter tyres. Please note that only winter
tyres with the symbol 

 may be fitted in

some countries where winter tyres are
mandatory.

Snow chains

Snow chains must only be fitted 

to the front

wheels

, even on vehicles with 

four-wheel

drive

.

Check that they are correctly seated after

driving for a few yards; correct the position if
necessary, in accordance with the manufac-
turer's fitting instructions.

Keep your speed below 50 km/h (30 mph).

If there is a danger of being trapped de-

spite having mounted the chains, it is best to
disable the driving wheels (ASR) in the ESC

››› 

page 289, Connecting and disconnect-

ing the ASR

.

Snow chains will improve 

braking ability

 as

well as 

traction

 in winter conditions.

For technical reasons snow chains may only
be used with the following wheel rim/tyre
combination.

Tyres

Wheel rim

Chains

205/60 R16

6.5Jx16 ET33

Max. link 15 mm

Other dimensions do not allow chains

Remove any central wheel trims and the rim
ring before fitting snow chains.

WARNING

The use of unsuitable or incorrectly fitted
chains could lead to serious accidents and
damage.

Always the appropriate snow chains.

Observe the fitting instructions provided

by the snow chain manufacturer.

Never exceed the maximum permitted

speeds when driving with snow chains.

CAUTION

Remove the snow chains to drive on

roads without snow. Otherwise they will im-
pair vehicle handling, damage the tyres
and wear out very quickly.

Wheel rims may be damaged or scratch-

ed if the chains come into direct contact
with them. SEAT recommends the use of
covered snow chains.

Tyre pressure monitor sys-
tem

Control lamp

Blinks or lights up

The tyre pressure of a wheel has dropped considera-

bly compared to the pressure set by the driver.

 

Stop the vehicle!

 Stop the vehicle safely as soon

as possible. Avoid sudden manoeuvres and braking!

Check all tyres and pressures. Replace any dam-
aged tyres.

System fault
Consult a specialised workshop if the tyre pressure is

correct and the lamp remains lit after switching the

ignition off and back on again.

Several control and warning lamps light up
for a few seconds when the ignition is switch-
ed on while the function is verified. They will
switch off after a few seconds.

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Wheels

WARNING

Observe the safety warnings 

››› 

 in Con-

trol and warning lamps on page 88

.

Tyre pressure monitor indicator

Fig. 298 

Centre console: tyre pressure loss in-

dicator button.

The tyre pressure monitor indicator compares
wheel revolutions and, with this information,
the tread of each wheel using the ABS sen-
sors.

The tyre pressure monitor indicator warns the
driver if it detects a considerable drop in tyre
pressure of one or several tyres while driving.
Loss of tyre pressure will be indicated by the
indicator 

 as well as an audible warning

and sometimes a text message on the instru-
ment panel display.

Wheel tread change

The wheel diameter changes when:

Tyre pressure is changed manually.

Tyre pressure is insufficient.

The tyre structure is damaged.

The vehicle is unbalanced because of a

load.

The wheels on an axle are subject to a

heavier load (e.g. with a heavy load).

The vehicle is fitted with snow chains.

The temporary spare wheel is fitted.

The wheel on one axle is changed.

There may be a delay in the reaction of the
tyre pressure monitoring indicator 

 or it may

not indicate anything under certain circum-
stances (e.g. sporty driving, snow-covered or
unpaved roads, or when driving with snow
chains).

Calibrate the tyre pressure monitoring in-
dicator

After changing the tyre pressure or replacing
one or more wheels, the tyre pressure moni-
toring indicator must be recalibrated. Do the
same, for example, when the front and rear
wheels are swapped.

Switch the ignition on.

Press and hold down the 

 



 

››› 

Fig. 298

button until an audible signal is heard.

When driving, the system self-calibrates the
tyre pressure provided by the driver and the
wheels fitted. After a long journey with varied
speeds the programmed values are collected
and monitored.

With the wheels under very heavy loads, the
tyre pressure must be increased to the total
recommended tyre pressure before calibra-
tion 

››› 

Fig. 295

.

If the tyre monitor system button is pressed
down, the new tyre pressures are confirmed.

WARNING

When the tyres are inflated at different
pressures or at a pressure that is too low
then a tyre may be damaged resulting in a
loss of control of the vehicle and a serious
or fatal accident.

If the lamp 

 lights up, reduce speed im-

mediately and avoid any sudden turning or
braking manoeuvre. Stop when possible,
and check the tyre pressure and status.

The tyre monitoring system can only op-

erate correctly if all of the tyres are infla-
ted to the correct pressure when cold.

If a tyre has not been punctured and it

does not have to be changed immediately,
drive to the nearest specialised workshop
at a moderate speed and have the tyre
checked and inflated to the correct pres-
sure.

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Practical tips

WARNING

Incorrect use of the tyre pressure monitor-
ing indicator set button could result in the
indicator giving incorrect warnings or pre-
vent it from indicating the danger caused
by very low tyre pressure 

››› 

Fig. 298

.

Note

Driving for the first time with new tyres at

a high speed can cause them to slightly ex-
pand, which could then produce an air
pressure warning.

Do not only rely on the tyre monitoring

system. Regularly check your tyres to en-
sure that the tyre pressure is correct and
that the tyres are not damaged due to
puncture, cuts, tears and impacts/dents.
Remove objects from the tyres only when
they have not pierced the tyres.

The tyre pressure monitoring indicator

does not function when there is a fault in
the ESC or ABS 

››› 

page 288

.

An incorrect warning may be given when

snow chains are in use because the chains
increase the tread of the wheel.

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SEAT Maintenance Programme

Maintenance

SEAT Maintenance Pro-
gramme

Service intervals

Service work and the Digital Main-
tenance Plan

Log of services performed (“Digital Main-
tenance Plan”)

The SEAT dealership or a specialised work-
shop records Service receipts in a central
system. Thanks to this comprehensive docu-
mentation of the service history, it is possible
to reproduce the services performed any
time. SEAT recommends requesting a Service
receipt after every service carried out con-
taining all the services carried out on the sys-
tem.

Whenever there is a new service the receipt is
replaced with a current one.

The Digital Maintenance Plan is not avail-
able in some markets. In this case, your
SEAT dealer will inform you about the cur-
rent documentation of the work.

Service works

In the Digital Maintenance Plan, your SEAT
authorised service or specialised workshop
documents the following information:

When each one of the services was carried

out.

Whether a specific repair has been sugges-

ted, e.g. changing the brake pads in the near
future.

If you have expressed a special request for

the maintenance. Your Service Advisor will
write the work order.

The components or fluids that were

changed.

The date of the next service.

The Long Life Mobility Warranty is valid until
the next inspection. This information is docu-
mented in all checks performed.

The type and the volume of the service may
vary from one vehicle to another. A special-
ised workshop will be able to provide specific
information on the jobs for your vehicle.

WARNING

If the services are insufficient or not per-
formed and if the service intervals are not
observed, the vehicle may be immobilised
in traffic cause an accident and severe in-
juries.

Make sure that any repairs are carried

out by a SEAT authorised service or speci-
alised workshop.

CAUTION

SEAT cannot be held liable for any damage
to the vehicle due to insufficient work or of
lack of availability of spare parts.

Note

Regular services on the vehicle not only
maintain its value, but also its correct oper-
ation and road safety. For this reason, con-
duct the services in accordance with SEAT
guidelines.

Set Service or Flexible Service In-
tervals

Services are classified as 

oil change service

and 

inspection

. The service interval display

on the instrument panel display serves as a
reminder of the next service.

Depending on the features, the engine and
the conditions of use of the car, either the

Fixed service

 or the 

Flexible service

 will be

applied for an oil change service..

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337

Maintenance

How to know which type of service needs
to his vehicle

Check the tables below:

Oil change service

a)

PR No.

Type of
service

Service interval

QI1

Fixed

Every 

5000 km

 or after

1 year

b)

QI2

Every 

7500 km

 or after

1 year

b)

QI3

Every 

10000 km

 or after

1 year

b)

QI4

Every 

15000 km

 or after

1 year

b)

QI6

Flexible

According to the service in-
terval display

a)

The data are based on normal conditions of use.

b)

Whatever happens first.

Inspection Service

a)

According to the service interval display

a)

The data are based on normal conditions of use.

Particular characteristics of the Flexible
Service

Regarding the 

Flexible Service

, the oil

change service only has to be performed
when the vehicle needs it. To calculate when

you have to carry out this service, take into
account the individual conditions of use and
personal driving style. A major component of
the flexible service the use of LongLife oil in-
stead of conventional engine oil.

Bear in mind the information about the speci-
fications of the engine oil according to the
VW standard 

››› 

page 318

.

If you do not want to the flexible service
you can select the fixed service However,
a fixed service may affect service costs

The Service Advisor will gladly advise you.

Service interval display

At SEAT, the dates of the services are indica-
ted by the service interval display on the in-
strument panel display 

››› 

page 83

.

The service interval display gives information
for service dates that involve an engine oil
change or an inspection. When the time for
the corresponding service comes, additional
work required, such as the change of brake
fluid and the spark plugs, can be carried out.

Information about the terms of use

The service intervals and groups are usually
based on 

normal conditions of use

.

If, on the other hand, the vehicle is under 

ad-

verse conditions of use

, some of the work

must be carried out before the next service
period or even between service intervals.

Conditions of use adverse include:

The use of fuel with a high sulphur content.

Frequent short trips.

Letting the engine idle for a long period of

time, as in the case of taxis.

Using the vehicle in areas with thick dust.

Frequent driving with a trailer (depending

on equipment).

Using the vehicle mostly in situations with a

lot of traffic and stops (e.g. in a city).

Using the vehicle mostly in winter.

This applies especially for the following
parts (depending on equipment):

Dust and pollen filter

Air Care allergen filter

Air filter

Toothed chain

Particulate filter

Engine oil

The Service Advisor of your specialised
workshop will gladly inform you

 about the

need of performing service work between
normal service intervals, always considering
the conditions of use of your vehicle.

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SEAT Maintenance Programme

WARNING

If the services are insufficient or not per-
formed and if the service intervals are not
observed, the vehicle may be immobilised
in traffic and cause accidents and severe
injuries.

Have the services conducted at author-

ised SEAT services or specialised work-
shops.

CAUTION

SEAT cannot be held liable for any damage
to the vehicle due to insufficient work or of
lack of availability of spare parts.

Service sets

Sets of services include all the 

maintenance

works

 needed to ensure the safety and the

smooth running of the vehicle (

depending on

the conditions of use and the features of
the vehicle

, such as the engine, gearbox, or

operating fluids). Maintenance services are
divided into 

inspection

 and 

review

 services.

Consult the details of the jobs required for
your vehicle at:

Your SEAT authorised service

Your specialised workshop

Due to technical reasons (continuous devel-
opment of components) the sets of services

may vary. Your SEAT authorised service or
specialised workshop is always receiving up-
dates in time.

Additional service offers

Approved spare parts

Original SEAT Spare Parts have been con-
ceived for their vehicles and approved by
SEAT S.A., with a special emphasis on safety.
These parts correspond exactly to the manu-
facturer's requirements in terms of design,
accuracy of the measurements and materi-
als. The original SEAT Spare Parts have been
conceived exclusively for your vehicle. For this
reason, we always recommend the use of
Original SEAT Spare Parts. SEAT S.A. cannot
be held liable for the safety and suitability of
parts from other manufacturers.

Approved spare parts

Approved spare parts, following the manu-
facturer's requirements, are an additional
service to you, offering the possibility of re-
placing complete sets, such as: light engine,
gearboxes, heads, control units, electrical
components, etc.

These parts are, 

approved parts

, and are the

same as the factory parts, which are also ap-
proved spare parts.

Original accessories

We recommend you only use SEAT Original
Accessories and SEAT approved accessories
for your vehicle. The reliability, safety and
suitability of these accessories have been in-
spected specifically for this type of vehicle.
SEAT cannot be held liable for the safety and
suitability of parts from other manufacturers.

SEAT Service Mobility

Since the moment you purchase your SEAT
vehicle you will be able to enjoy the benefits
and coverage of the SEAT Mobility Service.

For the first two years after the purchase,
your new SEAT vehicle is automatically cov-
ered by the SEAT Mobility Service without ad-
ditional costs.

If you wish to enjoy this service after this peri-
od, you can extend SEAT Mobility as long as
you carry out the recommended Inspection
and Maintenance Services at a SEAT Author-
ised Service.

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Maintenance

If your SEAT vehicle is immobilised due to a
fault or an accident, our assistance services
will help you keep moving.

Take into account that the SEAT Mobility
Service differs depending on the country in
which the vehicle was purchased. For further
information ask your SEAT dealership or the
SEAT website in your country.

Warranty

Fault-free operation warranty

SEAT Authorised Services ensure the perfect
condition of new vehicles. Check the pur-
chase agreement or complementary addi-
tional documentation provided by your Tech-
nical Service to see the conditions and the
terms of the warranty. Consult further infor-
mation in this regard in your SEAT Official
Service.

Vehicle maintenance

Maintenance and cleaning

Basic observations

Regular and careful care helps to maintain
the value of your vehicle. In addition, it may
become a prerequisite to demand the war-
ranty in the event of corrosion damage and
deficiencies in the paint coat of the body-
work.

Specialised workshops have the necessary
care products. Please follow the instructions
for application on the packaging.

WARNING

Cleaning products and other materials

used for car care can be damaging to your
health if misused.

Always keep care products in a safe

place, out of the reach of children. Danger
of poisoning!

For the sake of the environment

When purchasing car care products,

chose products that are compatible with
the environment.

The waste from car-care products should

not be disposed of with ordinary household
waste.

Washing the vehicle

The longer you take to clean the tanks, e.g.
remains of insects, bird excrements, tree resin
or anti frost salt adhered to your vehicle, the
more damage it can cause to the surface.
High temperatures, for instance strong sun-
light, further intensify the damage.

Before washing the car, soften the dirt using
plenty of water.

To remove encrusted dirt such as insects, bird
droppings or tree resin, use a lot of water and
a microfibre cloth.

Have the underside of the vehicle washed af-
ter the end of the anti frost salts in winter.

High pressure cleaning equipment

When washing the vehicle with a high-pres-
sure cleaner, always follow the operating in-
structions for the equipment. This applies
particularly to the operating pressure and the
distance between the spraying water. Do not
aim the jet directly to the side window gas-
kets, doors, covers or the panoramic sunroof;
the same applies to tyres, rubber hoses,
soundproofing material, sensors or camera
lenses. Keep a distance of at least 40 cm.

Do not remove snow and ice with a high-
pressure cleaner.

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Do not use a nozzle that sprays the water out
in a direct stream or one that has a rotating
jet for forcing off dirt.

The water temperature must not exceed
60°C.

Automatic car washes

Spray the vehicle before starting the car
wash.

Make sure that the windows and the panor-
amic sunroof are closed and the windscreen
wipers are deactivated. Bear in mind the in-
structions of the car wash tunnel operator,
especially if your vehicle has detachable
parts.

Use of car washes without brushes if possible.

Washing by hand

Clean your vehicle from top to bottom with a
soft sponge or with a brush. Only use clean-
ing products that do not contain solvents.

Washing vehicles with a matte paint by
hand

To prevent damage to the vehicle when
washing it, first remove the thicker dust and
dirt. To remove traces of insects, grease and
fingerprints, it is best to use a special cleaner
for matte paint.

Apply the product with a microfibre cloth. To
avoid damaging the surface of the paint, do
not apply too much pressure.

Rinse with plenty of water. Then clean it with
a neutral cleaning product and a soft microfi-
bre cloth.

Rinse the vehicle again with plenty of water
and then leave it to dry. Remove traces of
water with a leather cloth.

WARNING

Only wash the vehicle with the ignition

switched off or according to the specifica-
tions of the car wash tunnel operator. Risk
of accident!

When cleaning the underbody or the in-

side of the wheel arches, protect yourself
from sharp or pointy metal parts. Risk of
cut!

After cleaning the brakes could act more

slowly due to moisture or, in winter, the ice
on the brake discs and pads. Risk of acci-
dent! In this case the brakes should be
dried by pressing the brake pedal several
times.

CAUTION

Before washing the vehicle in an auto-

matic car wash, please make sure to re-
tract the exterior mirrors to prevent them
from being damaged. The electric folding

exterior mirrors should only be folded elec-
tronically!

Do not wash the vehicle in direct sunlight.

Risk of damaging the paint job!

Do not use sponges, abrasive household

sponges or similar to clean insect remains.
Risk of damaging the surface!

Vehicle parts with matte paint:

Do not use polish or hard wax. Risk of
damaging the surface!

Never select washing programs that in-
clude the use of wax. This could dam-
age the appearance of matte paint.

Do not put stickers or magnets on parts
with matte paint, as removing them
may damage the paint.

For the sake of the environment

The car should only be washed in special
wash bays. These places are prepared to
prevent oily water from getting into the
public drains.

Cleaning and maintenance instruc-
tions

The cleaning and maintenance of individual
components of the vehicle can be checked in
the following tables. The contents should be
understood merely as a recommendation. Go
to your specialised workshop if you have

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special questions or parts that are not listed.
Take he general considerations into account

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Cleaning the exterior

Windscreen wipers

Problem

Solution

Dirt

Soft cloth with wipers

Headlights / Tail lights

Problem

Solution

Dirt

Soft sponge with neutral soap

solution

a)

a)

Neutral soap solution: two tablespoons maximum in

1 litre of water

Sensors / Camera lenses

Problem

Solution

Dirt

Sensors

: soft cloth with a sol-

vent-free cleaning product

Camera lenses

: soft cloth with

an alcohol-free cleaning prod-

uct

Snow/ice

Hand brush/Anti frost spray
with no solvents

Wheels

Problem

Solution

Antifreeze salt

Water

Brake abrasion

dust

Acid-free special cleaning

product

End exhausts

Problem

Solution

Antifreeze salt

Water, if a steel cleaning prod-

uct is required

Covers / Trims

Problem

Solution

Dirt

Neutral soap solution

a)

, if a

steel cleaning product is re-
quired

a)

Neutral soap solution: two tablespoons maximum in

1 litre of water

Paint

Problem

Solution

Paint flaws

Check the paint's colour code
in an authorised service and re-
store with a touch-up pencil

Spilled fuel

Immediately rinse with water

Environmental rust
tank

Apply rust remover and then
apply hard wax. Go you your
specialised workshop if you
have any queries

Problem

Solution

Corrosion

Have your specialised work-
shop take care of this

The water does
not create drop-

lets on the clean

paint

Maintain with hard wax (at
least 2 times a year)

No shine de-
spite sober main-

tenance/paint

Treat with suitable wax and ap-

ply paint preservative after-
wards if the wax used does not
contain preservative ingredi-
ents

Tanks, e.g. insect

remains, bird
droppings, tree

sap, road salt

Immediately soften with water
and remove with a microfibre

cloth

Fat-based dirt,
e.g. cosmetic
products or

sunscreen

Delete immediately with a neu-
tral soap solution

a)

 and a soft

cloth

a)

Neutral soap solution: two tablespoons maximum in

1 litre of water

Carbon fibre parts

Problem

Solution

Dirt

Clean the same way as pain-
ted parts 

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Vehicle maintenance

Decoration slides

Problem

Solution

Dirt

Soft sponge with neutral soap

solution

a)

a)

Neutral soap solution: two tablespoons maximum in

1 litre of water

Interior cleaning

Windows

Problem

Solution

Dirt

Apply windscreen cleaner and
then dry with a cloth

Covers / Trims

Problem

Solution

Dirt

Neutral soap solution

a)

a)

Neutral soap solution: two tablespoons maximum in

1 litre of water

Plastic parts

Problem

Solution

Dirt

Damp cloth

Encrusted dirt

Neutral soap solution

a)

, if pos-

sible solvent-free plastic clean-
er

a)

Neutral soap solution: two tablespoons maximum in

1 litre of water

Displays/instrument panel

Problem

Solution

Dirt

Soft cloth with a liquid crystal

display cleaner

Control panels

Problem

Solution

Dirt

Soft brush, then soft cloth with
neutral soap solution

a)

a)

Neutral soap solution: two tablespoons maximum in

1 litre of water

Seat belts

Problem

Solution

Dirt

Neutral soap solution

a)

, al-

lowed to dry before retracting

a)

Neutral soap solution: two tablespoons maximum in

1 litre of water

Fabrics, artificial, Alcantara leather

Problem

Solution

Particles of dirt
stuck to surfaces

Vacuum cleaner

Water-based dirt,
e.g. coffee, tea,

blood etc.

Absorbent cloth and neutral
soap solution

a)

Problem

Solution

Grease-based
dirt, e.g. oil, make-
up, etc.

Apply a neutral soap solution

a)

.

Absorb the dissolved grease
and paint particles drying with
an absorbent cloth, in case you

must treat it with water after-

wards

Special dirt, e.g.
pens, nail polish,
dispersion paint,
shoe cream etc.

Special stain remove: dry with
an absorbent cloth, if applica-
ble, apply neutral soap solution
afterwards

a)

a)

Neutral soap solution: two tablespoons maximum in

1 litre of water

Natural leather

Problem

Solution

Recent dirt

Cotton cloth with neutral soap

solution

a)

Water-based dirt,

e.g. coffee, tea,
blood etc.

Recent stains: absorbent cloth

Dry stains: stain remover suita-
ble for leather

Grease-based

dirt, e.g. oil, make-

up, etc.

Recent stains: absorbent cloth
and suitable stain remover for
leather

Dry stains: grease solvent
spray

Special dirt, e.g.
pens, nail polish,
dispersion paint,
shoe cream etc.

Stain remover suitable for
leather

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Maintenance

Problem

Solution

Care

Apply preservative cream regu-
larly to protect from sunlight.
Use a colour preservative if re-
quired

a)

Neutral soap solution: two tablespoons maximum in

1 litre of water

Carbon fibre parts

Problem

Solution

Dirt

Clean like plastic parts

Take special care with...

Headlights/tail lights

Do not clean the headlights/tail lights with

a dry cloth or sponge.

Do not use cleaning products that contain

alcohol. Risk of cracks!

Wheels

Do not use for paint wax or other abrasive

products.

If the protective coating on the paint of the

rim has been damaged due to stone impacts,
scratches, etc., the damage should be re-
paired immediately.

Camera lenses

Do not use hot or warm water to remove ice

or snow from the camera lenses. Risk of
cracking the lens!

To clean the camera lens, never use abra-

sive cleaning products or products with alco-
hol. Risk of scratches and cracks!

Windows

Remove snow and ice from windows and

exterior mirrors with a plastic scraper only. To
avoid scratches, the scraper should only be
pushed in one direction and not moved to
and fro.

Never remove snow or ice from windows

and rearview mirrors with warm or hot water.
Risk of cracks on the windows!

To prevent damage to the heating of the

rear window, do not put stickers over the
heating elements.

Covers/trims

Do not use cleaning products or chrome

based cleaning agents.

Paint

The vehicle must be free from dirt and dust

before applying wax or care products. Risk of
scratches!

Do not apply wax or care products if the

vehicle is exposed to direct sunlight. Risk of
damaging the paint job!

The ambient rust deposits must not be re-

moved through friction. Risk of damaging the
paint job!

Remove cosmetic products and sunlight

immediately. Risk of damaging the paint job!

Displays/instrument panel

The screens, the instrument panel and the

trim around it must not be cleaned dry. Risk of
scratches!

Make sure that the instrument panel is

switched off and cooled down before clean-
ing.

Make sure that no liquid leaks between the

instrument panel and the trim. Risk of dam-
age!

Control panels

Make sure that no liquid leaks into the con-

trol panels. Risk of damage!

Seat belts

Do not remove the seat belts to clean them.

Seat belts and their components must nev-

er be cleaned with chemical products, nor
should they be allowed to come into contact
with corrosive liquids, solvents or sharp ob-
jects. Risk of damaging the fabric!

If you find any damage to the belt webbing,

belt fittings, the belt retractor or the buckle,
ask your specialised workshop to replace the
belt in question.

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Accessories and modifications to the vehicle

Fabrics/artificial leather/Alcantara leath-
er

Do not treat artificial leather/Alcantara

leather with leather cleaning products, sol-
vents, wax polish, shoe cream, stain removers
or similar products.

If the stain is very hard to remove, take the

vehicle to a specialised workshop to have it
removed there. This will prevent damage.

Do not use steam cleaners, brushes, hard

sponges, etc. to clean.

Do not turn on seat heating to dry the

seats.

Sharp objects on clothing, such as zips, riv-

ets or belts can damage the surface.

Open Velcro, e.g. on clothes can damage

the seat upholstery. Make sure that Velcro
fasteners are closed.

Natural leather

Never use solvents, wax polish, shoe cream,

spot removers or similar products on leather.

Sharp objects on clothing, such as zips, riv-

ets or belts can damage the surface.

Do not use steam cleaners, brushes, hard

sponges, etc. to clean.

Do not turn on seat heating to dry the

seats.

Avoid exposing leather to direct sunlight for

long periods, otherwise it may tend to lose
some of its colour. If the car is left for a pro-

longed period in the bright sun, it is best to
cover the leather.

WARNING

Do not use water-repellent coatings on the
windscreen. In bad visibility conditions
such as humid weather, darkness or when
the sun is in its lowest point, visibility may
be impacted. Risk of accident! Such coat-
ings can also cause the windscreen wiper
blades to make noise.

Note

Remains of insects can be removed much

more easily with previously treated paint.

Regular car care treatments can prevent

deposits of ambient rust.

Remove the vehicle from traffic

If you want to leave your vehicle stationary
for a long period of time, contact a qualified
workshop. They will gladly inform you about
the necessary measures, such as anti-corro-
sion protection, Service and storage.

Also take into account instructions regarding
the vehicle's battery 

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Accessories and modifi-
cations to the vehicle

Accessories, spare parts and
repair work

Introduction

Always ask your dealer or specialist retailer
for advice before purchasing accessories
and replacement parts.

Your vehicle is designed to offer a high stand-
ard of active and passive safety. For this rea-
son, we recommend that you ask a SEAT Offi-
cial Service for advice before fitting accesso-
ries or replacement parts. Your SEAT Official
Service has the latest information from the
manufacturer and can recommend accesso-
ries and replacement parts which are suita-
ble for your requirements. They can also an-
swer any questions you might have regarding
official regulations.

We recommend only using 

SEAT accesso-

ries

 and 

genuine SEAT parts®

. SEAT has

tested these parts and accessories for suita-
bility, reliability and safety. SEAT Official
Services have the necessary experience and
facilities to ensure that the parts are installed
correctly and professionally.

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Maintenance

Any 

retro-fitted equipment

 which has a di-

rect effect on the vehicle and/or the way it is
driven, such as a cruise control system 

or

electronically-controlled suspension

, must

be approved for use in your vehicle and bear
the 

e

 mark (the European Union's authorisa-

tion symbol).

If 

any additional electrical devices

 are fit-

ted which do not serve to control the vehicle
itself (for instance a refrigerator box, laptop
or ventilator fan, etc.), they must bear the 

sign (manufacturer conformity declaration in
the European Union).

WARNING

Accessories, for example telephone hold-
ers or cup holders, should never be fitted
on the covers, or within the working range
of the airbags. Otherwise, there is a danger
of injury if the airbag is triggered in an acci-
dent.

Technical modifications

Unauthorised modifications to the electronic
components, software, wiring or data transfer
in the vehicle may cause malfunctioning.

You will appreciate that your SEAT dealership
cannot be held liable for any damage
caused by modifications and/or work per-
formed incorrectly.

For this reason we recommend asking official
SEAT service centres to do any necessary
work using 

genuine SEAT parts®

.

WARNING

Incorrectly performed modifications or
other work on your vehicle can lead to mal-
functions and cause accidents.

Radio telephones and office equip-
ment

Radio transmitters (fixed installation)

Any retrofit installations of radio transmitters
in the vehicle require prior approval. SEAT
generally authorises in-vehicle installations
of approved types of radio transmitters provi-
ded that:

The antenna is installed correctly.

The aerial is installed on the exterior of the

vehicle (and shielded cables are used to-
gether with non-reflective aerial trimming).

The effective transmitting power does not

exceed 10 Watts at the aerial base.

A SEAT Official Service and specialised work-
shop will be able to inform you about options
for installing and operating radio transmitters
with a 

higher

 transmitting power.

Mobile radio transmitters

Commercial mobile telephones or radio
equipment might interfere with the electron-
ics of your vehicle and cause malfunctions.
This may be due to:

No external aerial.

External aerial incorrectly installed.

Transmitting power more than 10 W.

You must, therefore, do not operate portable
mobile telephones or radio equipment 

inside

the vehicle

 without a properly installed exter-

nal aerial 

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Please note also that the maximum range of
the equipment can only be achieved with an

external

 aerial.

Business equipment

Retrofit installation of business or private
equipment in the vehicle is permitted, provi-
ded the equipment cannot interfere with the
driver's immediate control of the vehicle and
that any such equipment carries the 

 mark.

Any retrofit equipment that could influence
the driver's control of the vehicle must have a
type approval for your vehicle and must carry
the 

e

 mark.

WARNING

Mobile telephones or radio equipment
which is operated inside the vehicle without

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