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Nissan Versa Shift Lock Release Guide
How to manually move the gear selector from "Park" to "Neutral" in a 2012 to 2019 Nissan Versa.

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2019 Versa Gear Selector
Small Plastic Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Nissan Versa sedan in releasing the automatic transmission's shift lock mechanism in order to change the gear selector from "Park" to "Neutral" and manually move a disabled vehicle due to running out of gasoline, a dead 12V battery or needing to be towed because of another mechanical or electrical issue.

Owners of other Nissan vehicle such as the Sentra, Altima, Maxima, Murano, Rogue,  Note, Leaf, Juke, Kicks, Latio, Almera, Sunny, Qashqai, NV200, Pathfinder, Frontier and X-Trail may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The only tool needed to access and activate the automatic transmission's shift lock release button is a small flat head screwdriver such as from a jeweler's screwdriver set.

Please be sure to activate the emergency / parking brake and place wheel chocks on both sides of the tires to help prevent the car from moving unexpectedly.

Locate the small rounded plastic cover at the front part of the gear selector's trim ring near the "P" (Park).


Pry Out Trim Cover
Shift Lock Cover Removed
Insert the blade of the small flat head screwdriver into the notch at the rear of the small rounded shift lock release button cover.

Gently pry out the cover and set it aside in a safe place.

White Shift Lock Button
Push Down Release Button
Once the cover has been removed, you'll be able to see the white plastic release button.

Please push your foot down on to the brake pedal to make sure the vehicle doesn't move unexpectedly!

Push the small flat head screwdriver into the opening and push down the release button.

Move Park To Neutral
Gear Selector In Neutral
Keep your foot on the brake pedal to make sure the car doesn't move unexpectedly!

While holding down the release button with the screwdriver, use your other hand to push in the gear selector button and move it back from "P" (Park) to "N" (Neutral).

If you engaged the emergency / parking brake, keep your foot pushed down on the brake pedal and then release the parking brake.

Have your assistants carefully move the car into the desired position.

Keep your foot over the brake pedal in case you need to quickly stop the vehicle.

Shift Back To Park
Pop In Plastic Cover
Once you are done moving the car, shift the gear selector forward into "Park".

Gently snap the plastic cover back into the opening.

Please check out all of my 2012-2019 Nissan Versa DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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