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How to Use Shift Lock Release 14-17 Subaru Crosstrek

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  1. step : Using the Shift Lock Release (0:15)
    • Wrap a flat blade screwdriver with painter's tape
    • Pry out the shift lock release cap with the flat blade screwdriver
    • Put the cap aside
    • Push the shift lock release with the flat blade screwdriver
    • Shift the transmission into neutral
    • Pop the shift lock release cap into the shifter trim

Hi. I'm Mike from 1AAuto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

If, for some reason, the vehicle can't be started, or the battery is dead, and you need to have it towed, and it needs to go on the back of a flat-bedded tow truck, and you want to put it in neutral, but you can't move the shifter, there's a shift lock release.

Use a flat-bladed screw driver. I've put some tape on here to protect the trim. Just pop the cap up. Boop. Put that where I won't lose it.

Put the screwdriver down in the opening, and I'm going to put my foot on the so the car doesn’t roll. Then push it down, and then I can push the button in and shift it into neutral. Now the car can roll and be put on to a tow truck. Let me just put on the brake, and it won't go into park, so we're going to hit the shift lock release again. So if you hit the button, it doesn't go anywhere until you do the manual shift lock release. Then you just reinstall the cover just like that.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Painter's Tape

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

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