Hyundai shifters may get stuck in the park position and refuse to leave park or move to Drive.
This problem is usually due to a faulty brake light switch, electrical issue, broken shifter cable, or faulty shifter.
The good news is that there is a way to manually override the shifter and force it to move between gears. Follow the instructions below to learn how to get your Hyundai out of the park.
If your Hyundai is stuck in Park (P), it can be due to several factors. Here is a list of the most common issues that can cause Hyundai cars to be stuck in the park.
- Dead car battery
- Defective brake light switch
- Bad ignition switch
- The defective cable between the ignition switch and shifter
- Defective key interlock system
How to Manually Release Hyundai Shifter
- Set the parking brakes. Risk of vehicle rolling when the shifter is moved out of Park.
- Locate the shift lock override and remove the cap.
- Insert a flat screwdriver into the access hole and press down.
- Move the shifter out of the Park position.
We hope you find the Hyundai Gear Shifter Stuck in Park & How to Release It guide helpful. For more help with your Hyundai, check out our auto repair guides section.
These instructions apply to Hyundai Elantra, Sonata, Entourage, Accent, Veloster, Excel, i30, Azera, Sedona, etc.
Troubleshooting and Reset
One way to know what is wrong with your Hyundai is to use an OBDII scanner like the YOUCANIC Full System Scanner. This powerful scanner can easily read and clear fault codes from all the systems in your Hyundai.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my Hyundai stuck in the Park?
Suppose 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 ensure 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 the Park.
The Hyundai shifter is stuck in PARK, and the dashboard lights turn on.
This can be due to a defective ignition interlock mechanism or cable.
How do you diagnose a bad brake light switch?
Since the brake light switches are so inexpensive, replacing them with a new one may be a good idea if you have problems with your Hyundai getting stuck in the Park. You can also test the operation of the brake light switch using a multimer or a diagnostic scanner.