Volvo Gear Shift Override Instructions

In this guide, you will learn how to override Volvo shifter and manually get the car out of Park. You can use the same method to override Volvo shifter that is stuck in Neutral.

For example, you may need to manually get your Volvo out of Park if you have to tow the car, want to move a car that is inoperable, the battery has died and the shifter is stuck. Use the manual override methods described here to manually release Volvo shifter



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


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

Volvo Shift Lock Override Instructions

There are three different ways to override a Volvo shifter. We will take a look at all of the different methods. 

how to get volvo out of park

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

  1. Set the parking brakes and keep the brake pedal pressed during this procedure. Risk of the vehicle rolling when you get it out of 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 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 from 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 driver's side, on the side of the shifter 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 allow you to manually override Volvo shifter on models such as XC70, V70, S60, S40, V40, V50, XC60, XC90, S60, S70, S80, C30.