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Gearshift Lock Override
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Gearshift Lock Override

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Small screwdriver, 3mm Allen head driver

Applicable Models:

Cayenne (2003-08)
Cayenne S (2003-08)
Cayenne Turbo (2003-08)

Hot Tip:

Be very careful removing the shift console cover

Performance Gain:

Being able to move a dead Cayenne

Complementary Modification:

Repair damaged shift console trim

If you find yourself in a situation where the battery has died, you won't be able to shift the car into Neutral. The gearshift assembly uses a solenoid that locks the assembly in park when the key is removed from the ignition. Naturally, this presents a problem if you need to get the car towed or up on a flatbed trailer.

There is a way to unlock the gearshift and place the car either into Neutral or Drive (if the car is still drivable). You'll need to access the locking pin on the shifter. This involves removing the center console cover. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with getting your Cayenne rolling again.

Shown here is the gear shift assembly in your Porsche Cayenne.
Figure 1

Shown here is the gear shift assembly in your Porsche Cayenne. You'll need to remove the center console panel to gain access to the locking solenoid. 

Open the center console and locate the wrench at the bottom (yellow arrow).
Figure 2

Open the center console and locate the wrench at the bottom (yellow arrow). Use the wrench to remove the two trim screws (green arrows). Remove the black trim piece and start to pry the center console panel up and off.

Maneuver the center console panel around the gearshift knob and place it off to the side.
Figure 3

Maneuver the center console panel around the gearshift knob and place it off to the side. Remove the foam insulation around the gear shifter (green arrow).

Now look at the front of the gear shifter.
Figure 4

Now look at the front of the gear shifter. Down below you'll see a small lock arm (green arrow) that actuates the shift lock.

You'll need to use a screwdriver to manually move the lock pin to the left as shown here.
Figure 5

You'll need to use a screwdriver to manually move the lock pin to the left as shown here. When the lock arm is moved, pull the gearshift level out of Park. You should now be able to put the car in neutral to move it.


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