How to Manually Release Mitsubishi Shifter From Park


In this guide, we will show you how to get the shifter unstuck from the park position on a 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander.

In the unfortunate circumstance your shifter gets stuck, there is an emergency release that can be accessed to manually override the shifter mechanism. The shifter assembly usually has actuators that release the locking mechanism on it to allow the vehicle to be put in drive, neutral, or reverse gear.

These actuators are electronic and one of the most common causes of them going bad is due to liquid such as soda or water getting down in the shifting mechanism. Sometimes this can leave the driver stranded if it fails.

Follow the simple steps below to get the vehicle unstuck out of parking gear and you'll no longer be stranded or without a vehicle!


Common causes of the vehicle being stuck in park position:

  • Shifter actuator malfunction
  • Faulty brake light switch
  • Transmission fault
  • Steering wheel interlock fault

What you will need


  1. First, make sure the vehicle is not running and the parking brake is on. Also, apply the brakes manually by foot to avoid the vehicle rolling when it is taken out of Park.
  2. Next, take a flathead screwdriver and find the small square outline in the top right corner of the shifter assembly. There is a plastic square that is inserted into the slot, use the screwdriver and gently pry it out.
  3. This will expose the shift lock override. From here use the flathead screwdriver or whatever tool you have that will fit and press down in the hole. This will unlock the shifter and it can now be taken out of the park position.
  4. Remember to keep the foot on the brake while taking the vehicle out of Park. The vehicle can be started and the shifter put into gear to be driven. You are done!

Vehicle Applications

All Mitsubishi models including Galant, Lancer Evo, Outlander, Eclipse, Mirage, and more. All year models including current-gen: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.

I got my vehicle unstuck from the park position, but what do I need to repair?

The vehicle will need to be diagnosed. One of the best places to start would be to see if the actuators on the shifter assembly are getting power, this can be done with a digital multimeter. If it is getting power and not working, it would be a telltale sign the assembly needs to be replaced. If it is not getting power, the next place to check would be the brake switch, check to see if it is getting power. If it is not getting power a simple check on the fuses could also be done easily. These are the most common faults and if the problem isn't found it is likely more in-depth troubleshooting and diagnosis will need to be done on the electrical circuit controlling the shift lock system.

DIY Cost: $0
Est. Time: 1 min.
Difficulty: Very Easy
How to Manually Release Mitsubishi Shifter From Park In this guide, we will show you how to get the shifter unstuck from the park position on a 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander.