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      09-06-2015, 12:41 PM   #23
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Very useful information. Hope I never have to use it (because it might mean I'm being towed) but important to know.
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      09-06-2015, 11:53 PM   #24
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So in my case, you twist off the white plastic cap (clockwise), then twist the metal drive counterclockwise. In my case a spring came out. Turning the metal screw counterclockwise puts the car in neutral.
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      09-07-2015, 09:49 AM   #25
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Holy cow; I'm glad I just have to pull a short, mechanical lever!
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      10-23-2015, 03:59 PM   #26
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This was a lifesaver. Thank you. FYI a screwdriver may not even be necessary, I was able to pop off the trim around the dct lever with just my fingers.

Oh and my battery was stone cold dead, I think this is purely a mechanical thing.
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      02-24-2017, 10:23 AM   #27
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The transmission will shift into neutral with engine running. That's how to run it through the car wash. If you shut off engine but leave the remote control in the ignition, the transmission will remain in neutral.

Simple isn't it?
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      02-24-2017, 03:25 PM   #28
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The transmission will shift into neutral with engine running. That's how to run it through the car wash. If you shut off engine but leave the remote control in the ignition, the transmission will remain in neutral.

Simple isn't it?
my car goes into park every time if you try it like that. only way it worked for me with the car off is popping up the trim and turning the allen
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      02-24-2017, 06:54 PM   #29
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If you put the car in neutral while it's own, turn the car off it should still be in neutral. Only time it will jump out of neutral and into park is if you turn the car off while in neutral, get out close the door behind you, and then try to open the door again it jumps back when you open the door to get back in.
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      05-26-2017, 08:40 AM   #30
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I just asked my SA about this and he said the car can be put into N without starting, just power on without starting and shift to N is what he said. As my car has to be towed today to the dealer.

Edit-DK why he told me that, verified its not true unless you use the hex key and follow that process. Maybe its true on a Auto?
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      05-13-2019, 05:36 PM   #31
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I had the misfortune of having to do it about 2 months back when the car died at an intersection close to home. It took me about 30 minutes to figure it out, but it can be done. Manual touches on how to do it, but it's not very clear. To put it in a simple step by step for you guys,

1. remove DCT shift trim (pry off carefully with flathead screwdriver)
2. locate allen socket near top left of shifter. you will see a red cap looking thing next to it (no need to touch the red cap)
3. insert appropriate allen key into socket
4. rotate counter clockwise. The first quarter turn feels light, but then it gets heavy. Instinct is to stop when it gets heavy, but you have to push past the resistance of the allen socket. once you push through it, you'll hear it click and if done correctly, you'll see the car in neutral on the cluster. From there, it'll stay in neutral as long as you don't remove the key or put it in park.

I'm fairly certain you do need to at least have battery power to do this, but no need to start the car. Hope this helps!
Tried this method on my car...here is what happened: the allen socket wont turn counter clockwise only the opposite, besides it would pop up and then return in the initial position. Dudes from the local garage told to check underneath the car near the gearbox area... there was a lever or whatever it is called with torx socket and allegedly it had to be screwed out..said done but nothing happened gear selector still shows light green P could it be because of weird electronics..have been having some repairs done to it.. no idea
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      05-13-2019, 06:39 PM   #32
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Tried this method on my car...here is what happened: the allen socket wont turn counter clockwise only the opposite, besides it would pop up and then return in the initial position. Dudes from the local garage told to check underneath the car near the gearbox area... there was a lever or whatever it is called with torx socket and allegedly it had to be screwed out..said done but nothing happened gear selector still shows light green P could it be because of weird electronics..have been having some repairs done to it.. no idea
You have to really crank on the thing counterclockwise, like hard. A little white piece and a spring might go flying, but it's ok.

Send me a PM and I can walk you through it, literally takes me 30 seconds or less from removing the trim to in N.
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Well I figured it out. Did you have a little white plastic cap?
And what is the red button for? I want to press the red button!!
The red button is seductive, did press it many times It should make itself useful, but in what way?
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You have to really crank on the thing counterclockwise, like hard. A little white piece and a spring might go flying, but it's ok.

Send me a PM and I can walk you through it, literally takes me 30 seconds or less from removing the trim to in N.
I have used dollies to put the car in the garage. Have screwed in the torx socket back from underneath the car.. Reconnected the battery and the neutral blinked for a few seconds and then it returned back to dollar green P I will be changing all the oils and atf and try to get the gearbox operating with working engine. If it wont work I ll definetely drop you the line regarding the allen socket... or possibly I will just crank that socket having it flying all over the vehicle
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The red button is to reset it out of neutral and back into park. Here are a few photos to show you what mine looks like as well as position of the Allen key when I unlock. If you try to turn starting from closer to the driver then there isn't enough space to turn enough degrees to put it into neutral.
Pictures might be out of order since I'm posting from my phone.

Edit*: I see the order of my pictures now.
First picture is the car in neutral.
Second picture is starting position of allen key.
Last picture is what the area looks like without the cap, and my spring that flew out (cap is MIA).
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      06-06-2019, 04:33 PM   #36
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The red button is to rest it out of neutral and back into park. Here are a few photos to show you what mine looks like as well as position of the Allen key when I unlock. If you try to turn starting from closer to the driver then there isn't enough space to turn enough degrees to put it into neutral.
Pictures might be out of order since I'm posting from my phone.

Edit*: I see the order of my pictures now.
First picture is the car in neutral.
Second picture is starting position of allen key.
Last picture is what the area looks like without the cap, and my spring that flew out (cap is MIA).
I tried this on my m3 today and there is no red switch/button thing under the shifter boot, she's a 2013..
Your pic must be a 335?
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      06-06-2019, 05:44 PM   #37
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I tried this on my m3 today and there is no red switch/button thing under the shifter boot, she's a 2013..
Your pic must be a 335?
135*, this is the 1addicts section after all.

I found this video, but doesn't show how to put back into park if that's what you're after:
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I tried this on my m3 today and there is no red switch/button thing under the shifter boot, she's a 2013..
Your pic must be a 335?
135*, this is the 1addicts section after all.

I found this video, but doesn't show how to put back into park if that's what you're after:
Damn that worked! Thanks man!
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