Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What is the shift lock release??

asked by on

What is the shift lock release??

A: If your Accord has an automatic transmissio...

If your Accord has an automatic transmission, it has a shift lock release. This is an important feature and it’s designed to let you shift out of park if the gear selector won’t move when you press the brake pedal. That can happen for a couple of reasons (shift lock solenoid failure, or brake light switch failure). To use the shift lock release, follow these steps:

  1. Put the parking brake on.

  2. Take the key out of the ignition.

  3. Use a small flathead screwdriver or a similar tool to pry the cap off the cover of the shift lock. You’ll find it to the upper right of the gear selector, near the outer edge of the assembly.

  4. When the cover is removed, insert the key into the slot.

  5. Push the key downward, while pulling the button on the front of the gearshift to move it out of park.

  6. Remove the key from the slot.

  7. Replace the cover.

  8. Put the key back in the ignition and put your foot on the brake.

  9. Crank the engine.

Tip

If you’re having to use the shift lock to get your car out of park, it means there’s a problem that needs to be repaired (brake light switch or shift lock solenoid).

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do I use shuffle mode when playing music off of a USB drive?

Shuffling songs is the same on your USB drive as it is when you use an iPod with a USB cable: Rotate the Menu or Menu/Sel knob until it highlights Shuffle Songs, then press the knob. Use the Menu...

Q: How do you lock the car door without a key?

While you can easily use the remote to lock your car doors, or even the key, you can also lock them manually. Here’s what you should do: Remote Enabled Civics: Use the master switch to lock all the doors,...

Q: How do I select a play mode while using an iPod?

When playing an iPod through the audio system, you can use the audio controls to select the play mode for the iPod. To do so, press the Setup button, then rotate the selector knob to the desired play mode, and...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...