Hyundai Stuck in Park Manual Shifter Release

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 / release Hyundai shifter

  1. Engage the emergency brakes. HYUDNAI STUCK IN PARK
  2. Locate shift lock override and remove the cap. Insert a flat screwdriver into the access hole and press down. HYUNDAI ELANTRA SONATA SEDONA AZERA ACCENT STUCK IN PARK
  3. Move the shifter 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. 

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.¬†
Show related tags
  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

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:



ūüí° Help us improve this article by providing feedback.¬†No registration is required.¬†

Need Help?

ūüí≠ Ask car questions in our¬†Car Forum.

user profile image
Jennifer made a comment.
1 year 8 months ago

All the lights came on the dash. Then it wont go into gear

user profile image
Mark made a comment.
1 year ago

In older cars without the shift lock bypass switch (2002), you can push thru it.

user profile image
H Edward Ewings made a comment.
1 year ago

Experienced dead Battery and lost complete power. Battery was replaced and I regained power. However car was stuck in park until I depressed release. What is the sustainable solution?

user profile image
Danf made a comment.
2 months 2 weeks ago

If your car won't come out of park it could be the break light fuse. Check that your rear light come on when the peddle is pressed if not the fuse may be blown. Look for the fuse STOP and replace the fuse (use the cigarette fuse for a quick fix)


Add new comment