Ram 1500/2500/3500 Owners & Service Manuals

Ram 1500/2500/3500: Shift Lever Override

If a malfunction occurs and the shift lever cannot be moved out of the PARK position, you can use one of the following procedures to temporarily move the shift lever:

Column Shifter - If Equipped

1. Turn the engine off.

2. Firmly apply the parking brake.

3. Tilt the steering wheel to the full up position.

4. Press and maintain firm pressure on the brake pedal.

5. Insert a screwdriver or similar tool, into the access port (ringed circle) on the bottom of the steering column and push and hold the override release lever up.

Shift Lever Override
Shift Lever Override Access Port

6. Move the shift lever to the NEUTRAL position.

7. The vehicle may then be started in NEUTRAL.

Center Console Shifter - If Equipped

1. Turn the engine off.

2. Firmly apply the parking brake.

3. Using a small screwdriver or similar tool, remove the shift lever override access cover (located to the right of the shift lever).

4. Press and maintain firm pressure on the brake pedal.

5. Insert the screwdriver or similar tool into the access hole, and push and hold the override release lever down.

Shift Lever Override
Shift Lever Override Access Cover

6. Move the shift lever to the NEUTRAL position.

7. The vehicle may then be started in NEUTRAL.

8. Reinstall the shift lever override access cover.

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