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Mitsubishi Outlander Shift Lock Release Guide
How to manually change the gear selector from Park to Neutral in a 2014 to 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV.

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2020 Outlander SEL
Small Plastic Access Cover
Pry Out Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021) Mitsubishi Outlander SUV in using the automatic transmission's shift lock release mechanism in order to change the gear selector from "P" (Park) to "N" (Neutral) and manually move a disabled vehicle due to a weak or dead 12V car battery, a missing key fob or some other mechanical or electrical issue.

Owners of other Mitsubishi vehicles such as the Outlander Sport, Eclipse Cross, Mirage, Mirage G4, Lancer, ASX, Montero Sport, Pajero, Xpander, Strada and RVR may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The only tool needed to access and activate the shift lock release button is a small flat head screwdriver such as from a precision screwdriver set (also known as a jeweler's screwdriver set).

The first step is to place wheel chocks on both sides of the tires to help prevent the SUV from moving unexpectedly.

Sit in the driver's seat and firmly place your foot on the brake pedal to make sure the vehicle doesn't move when you change the gear selector from Park to Neutral.

Locate the small black plastic rectangular shaped access at the front right corner of the gear selector trim cover.

The access cover is on the opposite side of the "P" symbol for "Park" and a little bit closer to the front of the vehicle.

Insert the flat head screwdriver into the small notch on the access cover.

Very gently pry out the access cover and set it aside in a safe place. Try to avoid using excessive force. The cover should pop out relatively easily.


Plastic Cover Removed
Shift Lock Release Button
Push In Screwdriver
Make sure your foot is firmly pushing down on the brake pedal.

Carefully insert the small flat head screwdriver into the opening and push down the shift lock release button.

Move From "P" To "N"
Change To Neutral Gear
Shift Back To Park

While holding down the shift lock release button, use your other hand to move the gear selector back from "P" (Park) to "N" (Neutral).

Have your assistants carefully push the vehicle into the desired location.

Pop In Plastic Cover
Access Cover Secured
Done Moving SUV
Once you are done moving the vehicle or having it loaded on to a tow truck, move the gear selector back to "P" (Park).

Gently pop the plastic access cover back into place. The cover should "click" securely into the opening.

Please check out all of the 2014-2021 Mitsubishi Outlander DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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