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Old 09-30-2009, 05:55 PM   #1
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Dead battery - can't shift into neutral

Anyone have this problem? My battery is dead and I wanted to shift the car into neutral to back it up a bit (A4) and no matter what I do I can't get the car to shift out of park. Turning the key does nothing (no crank, nothing). The gauges and stereo are all blank. I'm kind of at a loss. I had this happen before and I jumped the car and everything was fine but now I need to move the car a little bit and I don't see how.
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:11 PM   #2
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The owners manual is an amazing thing-

Shift Lock Release
If you ever hold the brake pedal down but still cannot
shift out of PARK (P), try this:
1. Turn the ignition to LOCK to remove the key.
2. Remove the front console rubber insert, located in
front of the shift lever, by lifting upwards.
3. Remove the screw slightly to the right of the
front center.
4. Open the console storage compartment and pry
the console cover assembly from the console.
The cover is attached in six places.
5. Insert a tool into the opening in front of the shift
lever and move the yellow release lever forward.
6. Press the button on the shift lever to move lever out
of park.
7. Replace the console cap.
8. Have the vehicle fixed as soon as possible.

This is from the '05 manual but AFAIK the '04 should be the same.
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:02 PM   #3
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Man thats alot of work just to be able to shift into neutral... but if your stuck somewhere I guess that is an option. If it were me, I would first try using jumper cables or a battery charger, even if you don't have a battery in the car it should get you enough power to turn the key and shift into neutral.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:58 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Fox Mulder...View Post
The owners manual is an amazing thing-

Shift Lock Release
If you ever hold the brake pedal down but still cannot
shift out of PARK (P), try this:
1. Turn the ignition to LOCK to remove the key.
2. Remove the front console rubber insert, located in
front of the shift lever, by lifting upwards.
3. Remove the screw slightly to the right of the
front center.
4. Open the console storage compartment and pry
the console cover assembly from the console.
The cover is attached in six places.
5. Insert a tool into the opening in front of the shift
lever and move the yellow release lever forward.
6. Press the button on the shift lever to move lever out
of park.
7. Replace the console cap.
8. Have the vehicle fixed as soon as possible.

This is from the '05 manual but AFAIK the '04 should be the same.

Yea I guess I could have pulled the manual out I just expected a much shorter answer and thought I was being stupid, missing something simple. Anyways.. I'll get the car jumped today.
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