Hyundai Stuck in Park Manual Shifter Release

Hyundai shifter may get stuck in Park and refuse to come out of P or move to Drive. In order to manually move the shifter to Drive follow these instructions. 

Manually move / release Hyundai shifter

  1. Engage the emergency brakes. HYUDNAI STUCK IN PARK
  2. Locate shift lock override and remove the cap. Insert a flat screwdriver into the access hole and press down. HYUNDAI ELANTRA SONATA SEDONA AZERA ACCENT STUCK IN PARK
  3. Move the shifter out of park. 

Follow these instructions to get your Hyundai out of Park. These instructions apply to Hyundai Elantra, Sonata, Entourage, Accent, Veloster, Excel, i30, Azera, Sedona etc. 

Common Causes

If your Hyundai is stuck in Park (P) it can due to several factors. Here is a list of the most common issues that can cause Hyundai cars to be stuck in park. 

  • Dead car battery
  • Defective brake light switch
  • Bad ignition switch 
  • Defective cable between the ignition switch and shifter 
  • Defective key interlock system. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

If the shift lever of a Hyundai Sonata, Elantra, Sonata, Azera, Santa Fe, Elantra or Entourage won't shift into or out of Park check to make sure that the brake light switch is working properly. This is one of the most common problems that will make a Hyundai vehicle get stuck in Park.

This can be due to a defective ignition interlock mechanism or cable.

Since the brake light switches are so inexpensive it may be a good idea to replace it with a new one, if you are having problems with your Hyundai getting stuck in Park. You can also test the operation of the brake light switch using a multimer or a diagnostic scanner. Instructions can be found here:


Jennifer, 2017-09-01

All the lights came on the dash. Then it wont go into gear

Mark, 2018-05-10

In older cars without the shift lock bypass switch (2002), you can push thru it.

H Edward Ewings, 2018-05-10

Experienced dead Battery and lost complete power. Battery was replaced and I regained power. However car was stuck in park until I depressed release. What is the sustainable solution?

Danf, 2019-03-09

If your car won't come out of park it could be the break light fuse. Check that your rear light come on when the peddle is pressed if not the fuse may be blown. Look for the fuse STOP and replace the fuse (use the cigarette fuse for a quick fix)

Filipino.flowe…, 2019-05-26

Is this situation going to be a recall. I'm sick and tired of this defect preventing me from getting to work or home at night?

Doug Scruton, 2019-06-25

This only happens on very hot days. How do I fix this?

Kate, 2019-07-10

This also is happening to our 2014 Elantra on the hottest of days.

Linda, 2019-07-11

2011 Hyundai Sonata I am getting sick of this happening we are getting ready to put another new one this will be the second one within a month. The other day we went to go to Church and stuck the screw driver in and the car would not come out of park. I only have 80,000 miles on this car and in all my 71 years have I had so many recalls or extended warranties on any vehicles I have owned.

Nick t, 2019-07-14

In my case, my 2011 elanta wont fo out of park and it has the traction control, abs,emergency brake, eps, and tire pressure lights all stay on on the dashboard.

Visitor, 2019-08-10

Hyundai Ioniq transmission stuck in park (2019 with 4000 miles) got it to dealer got it fixed, picked it up and an hour later it was stuck again

John.c.o, 2019-08-26

My hyundai sonata 2012 korea is stuck in park when abs and brake is showing on affects temperature,air condition to stop working until abs and brake light vanishes now everything will come back to work in normal

Robert Russ, 2019-09-08

i have a 2015 Sonata.. my first and my last, never again hyundai.. since when are all your parts dealer only....who does this.. i replaced the brake light switch, then replaced the shifter, and still no shift... my car also sometimes get stuck in limp mode and the riverside hyundai dealership still doesnt know why.... engine recall at 150k miles... i should have traded it in then,,, so many problems so many issues... after i pay it off im driving it to the wrecking yard so no one else gets this piece of shit..... hyundai is a joke.... ... please dont buy another sonata no matter what year,, it will give you nothing but problems.... im so tired of sticking a screw driver into that slot almost 8 months now....... id like to drive it through the window of a dealership.. so they can have this junky car back

James kid, 2019-10-24

My Hyundai sonata y20 2012 the lights came on the dash Abs light and brake light . Then it wont go into gear .
My battery is good, key ignition is good, brake light come on .. plz help any advice

Deshawna Hill, 2019-11-19

If you own a Hyundai Sonata and want to find out more, call Hyundai customer service at 800-633-5151 and give them recall number 119.

Read what owners complain about the most about their Hyundai Sonata.

By YOUCANIC on Apr 3, 2019


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