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Chevrolet Camaro Shift Lock Release Guide
How to release the automatic transmission shift lock mechanism and manually move a 2016 to 2021 Camaro.

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2020 Gear Selector
Wheel Chocks
Insert Screwdriver
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) GM Chevrolet Camaro in releasing the automatic transmission's shift lock mechanism in order to manually move a disabled vehicle due to a dead 12V battery, running out of gasoline or needing to be towed for some other mechanical issue.

The development and release of the 7th generation Camaro has been delayed, so apparently the current sixth generation will continue into the 2022 and 2023 model years.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac such as the Malibu, Impala, Bolt, Corvette, Trailblazer, Trax, Equinox, Blazer, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado, Express, Encore, Envision, Enclave, Regal, Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Canyon, Savana, XT4, XT5, XT6, Escalade, CT4, CT5, CTS and CT6 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

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

The tools needed to access and activate the shift lock release mechanism include a plastic pry bar tool and / or a flat head screwdriver.

To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you can either cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or instead use a plastic trim panel removal tool.

Attention: If you have the vehicle's key and the 12V battery works but you do not want to start the engine, you can more easily shift the transmission into "Neutral" by following these steps: 1. Press and hold the "START" button for at least seven seconds but do NOT put your foot on the brake pedal. 2. Once the vehicle's ignition system is in "Accessory Power" mode, push and hold the brake pedal before shifting the gear selector from "Park" to "Neutral".

If the 12 volt car battery is dead or you do not have the key, continue with the steps below.

Insert the blade of your flat head screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool in between the rear edge of the chrome silver trim ring behind the EPB (electric parking brake) button.


Pry Up Rear Edge Trim
Allow Clips To Loosen
Plastic Pry Bar Tool
Gently pry up the rear edge of the chrome silver plastic trim cover that surrounds the gear selector (along with the EPB switch, the mode switch and traction control system button).

If the trim cover feels like it is very tightly secured in place, leave the screwdriver wedged in at the rear edge for at least a few minutes.

You can also insert some other plastic tools in between the side edge of the chrome silver trim cover and the center console.

Once the metal retaining clips feel loose, continue prying up the chrome cover.

Do NOT pry up near the front edge of the cover by the A/C vents and hazard signals button.

Gently Pry Up Trim Ring
Two Tabs Front Edge
Red Arrow -> Hole
There are two plastic tabs on the front edge of the trim cover that could be broken if you pry up at that area.

Slide the two tabs on the front edge of the trim cover out of their slots below the hazard signals button.

Take a look at Picture # 9 in the row above to view the access hole for the shift lock release button.

The access hole is marked with a red arrow.

Small Tool (Allen Key)
Push & Hold Release
Move Selector To "N"
Please remember to keep your foot on the brake pedal to make sure the vehicle doesn't move unexpectedly when you shift from "Park" to "Neutral".

Use a small tool such as a screwdriver or an Allen key wrench to push down the button.

Insert the tool into the hole on the top of the gear selector and push straight down to release the shift lock mechanism.

Continue holding down the release button with one hand and use your other hand to move the gear selector from "P" to "N".

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

Keep your foot over the brake pedal in case you need to quickly stop the vehicle while it is being moved.

Done - Shift To "Park"
Two Tabs - Front Edge
Line Up Metal Clips
Once you are done moving the vehicle, shift the gear selector back into "Park".

To replace the plastic trim cover, first slide the two tabs on the front edge into their slots below the hazard signals button.

Then line up the metal retaining clips on the bottom of the trim cover with their corresponding slots on the center console.

Push Down To Secure
Check Edges - Flush
Trim Cover Secured
Push down on the cover to secure the friction fasteners in place.

Make sure the trim cover is flush with the black center console at every edge.

Please check out all of the 2016-2021 GM Chevrolet Camaro DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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