Hyundai Stuck in Park,  Manual Shifter Release

Hyundai Stuck in Park Manual Shifter Release

Last Updated on Friday May 18, 2018

Hyundai Car Stuck In Park
How to get your Hyundai car out of park and into Drive or Neutral using manual shifter release switch. Works on Hyundai Elantra, Sonata, Entourage, Accent, Veloster, Excel, i30

How to manually get Hyundai 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. 

Under normal operating conditions your Hyundai should get out of park if you do the following. 

Step 1: Press the brake pedal. 

Step 2: Turn ignition to ON position and start car. 

Step 3: Move gear shifter to Drive, Reverse, or Neutral. 

In a few cases 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 shifter to Drive / Neutral / Reverse

Step 1: Engage the emergency brakes. 

HYUDNAI STUCK IN PARKStep 2: Locate shift lock override and remove the cap. 

Step 3: Insert a flat screwdriver into the access hole and press down. 


Hyundai Stuck in Park 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. 

Hyundai Stuck in Park issues can affect the following models.

  • Hyundai gear shift is stuck in Park. 
  • Hyundai Veloster stuck in park
  • Hyundai excel stuck in park
  • Hyundai sonata stuck in park
  • Hyundai Elantra stuck in park
  • Hyundai Accent stuck in park

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:


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