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How to Activate Emergency Manual Park Release 09-18 Ram 1500

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How to Activate Emergency Manual Park Release 09-18 Ram 1500

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to manually release your transmission from park on 16 Ram pickup truck.

  1. step 1 :Taking the Transmission Out of Park
    • Firmly apply the parking brake
    • Using a small flathead screwdriver, pry off the plastic cover
    • Using the same screwdriver, push the silver metal lock inwards
    • Pull on the orange tab to put it in neutral
  2. step 2 :Putting the Transmission Back in Park
    • Using the same screwdriver, push the security lock in
    • Push the orange tab in until it clicks
    • Reinstall the plastic cover
    • Release the parking brake

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    Flat Blade Screwdriver

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Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

This 2016 Dodge Ram has the 8-speed transmission. It's electronically controlled. If the battery ties, and you need to have the truck towed, you can not put it in neutral by using the shifter. It's not mechanically connected to the transmission. Behind this panel is an emergency release to put the truck in neutral. So, before we get into opening this panel, I'm gonna set the parking brake, because as soon as we put the truck in neutral, it can roll.

So, we'll set the parking brake, and you need a small flat bladed screwdriver, and you'll carefully pry this cover off, kind of get it started, get your fingers under there. Pop it down.

Inside here is an orange tether. You're gonna lift this up off the little hook here, and you can't pull it yet. You need to take the small flat bladed screwdriver, and there's a silver metal lock here. Push the lock towards the inside of the truck, and then pull on the tether. Pull it all the way out. It will click into place. Now the truck is in neutral. You can release the parking brake, and it will roll. But you should not release the parking brake until you have it securely attached to the tow truck, or have the wheels chocked.

To put it back into park, you have to go underneath here, and push the lock in. This is gonna snap back. You want to make sure it's locked in place, and then put the tether back. And then you can release the parking brake, and the truck is in park. Reinstall the cover with the clips by just pushing it back into place.

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  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

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