LR4 "Gearbox not in Park" - Dial shifter stuck in Drive

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Oddboy

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Title says it all. Wife came home this morning and the dial shifter wouldn't shift out of Drive. I activated the e-brake and turned the car off (probably not a great idea?) thinking I would disconnect the battery for 10-15 minutes and see if that helped. It didn't.

Now the car won't start, the dial shifter is stuck UP in D position, and I can't disengage the e-brake either. I have a tow scheduled to take it to my mechanic in about an hour, however the emergency release underneath the cup holders isn't engaging N now either. Worried they won't even be able to get the car on the bed.

Has anyone faced this issue before?
 

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Unfortunately a common problem -- this thread explains emergency repairs

 

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If I remember correctly, there are two releases under the cup holder. One is for the parking brake and the other is to put the gear shift into neutral.
 

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If I remember correctly, there are two releases under the cup holder. One is for the parking brake and the other is to put the gear shift into neutral.
Just one release.
The lever releases the transmission parking pawl.
If the vehicle is on an incline, the lever can become difficult to lift.
 

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