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Mazda Manual Override Shifter Stuck in Park, Won't go into gear

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Learn how to manually move the shifter on Mazda vehicles if your Mazda won't go into gear. If your Mazda is stuck in park, common causes include bad shifter assembly, shift interlock solenoid going bad or a defective brake switch.

In this guide, we will show you how to manually get your Mazda out of Park and into Drive or Reverse. These instructions will help owners of Mazda 3, 5,6  Mazda CX-5 CX-7 CX-9.

Manual Override - Mazda Stuck in Park


Step 1

Set the emergency brakes on your Mazda.

Insert the key into the ignition of your Mazda. Turn the key to ON position.

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Step 2

Locate the shift override slot next to the shifter of your Mazda. Remove the plastic cover if your Mazda has one.

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Step 3

Insert a screwdriver into the slot and push down. Keep the brake pedal pressed as you try this. If you don't set the emergency brakes or aren't keeping the brakes pressed your Mazda may roll when you move the shifter from Park to Drive.

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Step 4

Move the shifter to any position. You should be able to move the shifter from Park to Reverse, Neutral, and Drive.

Intermittent Shifter Locked in Park


If your Mazda get stuck in park intermittently, one of the most common issues causing this problem is the shifter interlock solenoid. The brake switch could also be causing intermittent problems where your shifter gets stuck in park. Lastly, the shifter assembly itself could be the problem. The shifter may need to be replaced. At Mazda dealerships, a new shifter can cost anywhere from $500-$800. A cheaper alternative would be to install a used or aftermarket Mazda shifter assembly.