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How to Locate Shift Lock Mechanism 05-16 Toyota RAV4

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  1. step : Locating the Shift Lock Mechanism (0:27)
    • Pop up the tab next to the shifter with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Press the tab with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Move the shifter

What's up, guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video, I'm going to show you how to release your shift lock mechanism, if you don't have the key or if there's something wrong and you need to tow the vehicle. I'm going to show you how to actually move the shifter. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

Down here next to the shifter knob, there's this little button right here. You just need a straight blade screwdriver. Take this little tab off, and just slide it in there and it pops up like that. Pull that little tab out. Set that aside. Now you want to make sure you have your foot on the brake or even use the parking brake. And you're going to push on this little tab right here.

With that little tab, push down, then you can actually shift it out of park, and put it in neutral. Then you can push the car if you need to. Just keep in mind your steering wheel will probably still lock, which that's not going to help if you don't have the key. But if you have the key, put that steering wheel back and then you can shift it back in park. Put that tab back in and you're good to go.

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  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

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