BMW X5 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW X5: Manual Emergency Release Of Transmission Lock

In the event of a power supply interruption, e.g. flat battery or electrical fault, the transmission lock must be manually released, otherwise the wheel will be locked and the vehicle cannot be moved.

IMPORTANT: Secure vehicle against rolling, e.g. with chocks.

Press the brake pedal when manually releasing the transmission lock, otherwise there is a risk that the vehicle will roll when the transmission lock is manually released.

If the parking brake has to be released as well, observe the following procedure:

  1. First, manually release the parking brake.
  2. Then manually release the automatic transmission lock.

NOTE: The release tool is located in the tool kit under the floor panel in the luggage compartment!

Slide back cover mat (1) of drinks holder and remove.

Shift Valves, Parking
Fig. 48: Identifying Slide Back Cover Mat

Open cover (1) in drinks holder base with release tool in direction of arrow.

Shift Valves, Parking
Fig. 49: Identifying Cover

Insert release tool into opening.

Turn release tool clockwise up to stop and press down.

Transmission lock is released!

Shift Valves, Parking
Fig. 50: Identifying Release Tool Turning Direction

Locking transmission lock : Pull out release tool in direction of arrow.

Transmission lock is locked.

Shift Valves, Parking
Fig. 51: Identifying Release Tool Pulling Direction


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