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Ford EcoSport Shift Lock Release Guide
How to release the automatic transmission's shift lock mechanism in a 2013 to 2021 Ford EcoSport SUV.

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2020 EcoSport SUV
Pry Up Rear Trim Ring
Pry Up Left Side
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Ford EcoSport compact SUV 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 automotive battery or needing to be towed due to some other mechanical or electrical problem.

Owners of other Ford or Lincoln vehicles such as the Fiesta, B-Max, Escape, Edge, Bronco Sport, Explorer, Expedition, Transit, Focus, Mondeo, S-Max, Puma, Kuga, Endura, Everest, Ka, Figo, Endeavour, Aviator, Corsair, Nautilus and Navigator may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a plastic pry bar tool and a standard flat head screwdriver.

Please proceed with caution and at your own risk!

Use the plastic pry bar tool or an automotive trim panel removal tool to gently and carefully lift up the rear edge of the outer silver plastic trim ring.


Pry Up Right Side
Pull Out A/C Controls
Outer Ring Released
Continue gently prying up the rear, left and right sides of the silver plastic outer trim ring.

Avoid using excessive force. The retaining clips should pop out relatively easily.

Very carefully pull the HVAC system's control panel along with the silver plastic trim ring out towards yourself.

Pull Off Inner Trim Ring
Inner Cover Removed
Gear Selector Cover
Next, very gently pull off the smaller silver plastic inner trim ring off the top of the gear selector assembly.

Set the inner trim ring aside in a safe place.

Then gently pull up the gear selector cover (with the "P", "R", "N", etc printed on it) with the plastic pry bar tool.

Pull Up Lower Cover
Plastic Clips Released
Red Release Lever
Then lift up the black plastic outer trim cover off the gear selector assembly.

Now, finally, you will have access to the red plastic shift lock release lever or "button".

Attention: Be sure to have your foot pressed firmly on the brake pedal and engage the emergency / parking brake to make sure the vehicle doesn't move unexpectedly.

Flat Head Screwdriver
Push Lever Forward
Hold In Release Button
Use the flat head screwdriver to move the red plastic release lever towards the front of the vehicle.

Hold the red plastic button in the released position with one hand.

With your other hand, move the gear selector from "Park" back to "Neutral".

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

Shift To "Neutral"
Close Up Of Red Lever
Screwdriver On Lever
Here are some more views of the red plastic lever in the locked and released positions.
Push Lever Forward
Hold In Released Position
Move Gear Selector
Another View of Button
Forward - Released
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Replace Lower Cover
Once you are done manually moving the SUV, shift the gear selector from "N" back to "P".

Engage the emergency / parking brake to make sure the vehicle doesn't move unexpectedly.

Lower the black plastic cover down into place and push on it to secure the clips.

Lower Outer Trim Cover
Push Down Secure Clips
Pop In A/C Controls
Push the A/C controls back into place.

Lower the outer silver trim ring down into place.

Push down on the outer trim ring to secure the retaining clips.

Replace Inner Trim Ring
Snap In Retaining Clips
Push down the smaller inner trim ring.

Double check that all of the plastic pieces are securely in place.

For more, check out all of the 2013-2021 Ford EcoSport DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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