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Volvo Shifter Stuck In Park – Manual Release

If your Volvo shifter is stuck in the park, don’t panic. This article provides guidelines on overriding the Volvo shifter and manually getting the car out of Park.

Before you release the shifter, you must ensure the vehicle is secured; otherwise, the vehicle may roll and cause injuries or an accident. 

Symptoms

  • Volvo won’t go into Drive
  • Can’t get the Volvo shifter out of Park
  • Shifter won’t go into Reverse, Drive, or Park
  • Volvo gear shift is stuck and won’t move.

Manually Override Volvo that’s Stuck in Park

There are three shifter types. Scroll down until you find the shifter that looks like yours.

how to get volvo out of park

If your Volvo has a big gap in front of the shifter, the shifter release is located under the small storage pad, as shown in the picture.

  1. Set the parking brakes and keep the brake pedal pressed during this procedure—there is a risk of the vehicle rolling when you get it out of the park.
  2. Remove the plastic pad in the small storage compartment in front of the climate control/shifter.
  3. Remove the emergency key from your Volvo key, or use a flathead screwdriver to press down as you move the shifter out of the park.
volvo shifter unlock

On some Volvos, you will notice a small label that says SHIFT LOCK next to the shifter. You will use this to unlock the shifter.

  1. Set the emergency brakes. Keep the brake pedal pressed during this procedure. Risk of the vehicle rolling.
  2. Use a small flathead screwdriver to pop up the cap that says SHIFT LOCK.
  3. Insert the screwdriver into the exposed hole and press down.
  4. While you press down on the screwdriver and keep the brake pedal pressed, move the shifter from Park to Reverse, Neutral, or Drive.
how to get volvo out of park

In this Volvo, you don’t have a shifter release that is easily accessible. You will need to remove the shifter trim to get your Volvo out of Park or Neutral to Park.

  1. Set the emergency brakes and keep the brake pedal pressed during this procedure. Risk of the vehicle rolling when the shifter is moved out of Park.
  2. Use a dashboard removal trim to pop up the trim around the shifter. get volvo into netural
  3. On the driver’s side, on the shifter side, is a white tab, which is the SHIFTER RELEASE. Use a flathead screwdriver to press down.get volvo into netural or back into Park
  4. As you press down on the shifter release, manually move the shifter out of Park. This will allow you to move the shifter into Neutral.get volvo out of park

These instructions will manually override Volvo shifters on models such as:

  • XC70
  • V70
  • S60
  • S40
  • V40
  • V50
  • XC60
  • XC90
  • S60
  • S70
  • S80
  • C30

Causes

  • Defective brake light switch
  • Spilling fluid on the shifter
  • Defective shifter module

You may need to manually get your Volvo out of Park if you have to tow the car, want to move an inoperable car, the battery has died, or simply the shifter is stuck and won’t come out of the park. The shifter override methods described here will allow you to release the Volvo shifter on any model manually.

We hope you find the Volvo Shifter Stuck In Park – Manual Release guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Volvo.

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  1. Thank you for your expertise. This article was is helpful, clear and easy to understand. We were able to get my Volvo S60 out of park. You are a lifesaver.