Subaru Stuck in Park | Manually Shift into Neutral
Can’t move your Subaru gear shifter, and it is stuck in the park? Learn how to fix the problem by shifting the gear manually.
What you will need
- Set the parking brake so your Subaru won’t roll or move when you move the shifter out of Park.
- Remove the small plastic cover near the shifter. This will expose the shifter release.
- Press the brake pedal and keep it pressed.
- Insert a screwdriver and press down the shift lock, and at the same time, move the shifter out of Park.
Is your Subaru stuck in the park? These instructions show you how to use the shifter lock release to get a Subaru out of the park and place it in reverse or drive.
This will allow you to move the shifter out of Park and drive. This works on Subaru Impreza, Outback, Crosstrek, Forester, etc.
Here are some common problems that can cause a Subaru to get stuck in Park.
- Brake light Switch – A common problem preventing your Subaru shifter from moving out of Park. Easy, inexpensive fix.
- Shifter – The shifter release mechanism or the shifter itself may be broken.
- Shifter Interlock – On older models equipped with a cable that runs from the brake pedal to the shifter to prevent one from moving the car without pressing the brake pedal.
We hope you find the Subaru Stuck in Park | Manually Shift into Neutral guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Subaru.