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      02-19-2013, 02:33 AM   #1
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Can I put my car in neutral without turning on the engine?

If yes, how?
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The car needs to be able to do this so that it can be towed, I don't know the answer for an e90 but any tow truck driver (or even service station) will tell you how. there is probably an opening on the console near the shifter to unlock the shifting mechanism that will allow you to do this.

I have a somewhat similar question, I can't seem to switch from neutral to drive while the car is moving. Please don't flame me here, but I had to take it through the car wash (below freezing here, and it was covered with salt/grime from the snow) and it just wouldn't shift until it was stopped. Is this normal? If so, this is the first car that I have owned that has this "feature". Anyone know?
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For my 330d (UK) put the key in and press start (without your foot on the brake). Then press and hold the brake pedal.

You can now shift to neutral.
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Take off the shifter boot- there is a lever to put the car in neutral.
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      02-19-2013, 03:48 PM   #5
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Hook your car up to a truck and start towing it. You should hear a crunching, grinding sound eventually, and your car will then effectively be in neutral.
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Take off the shifter boot- there is a lever to put the car in neutral.
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Hook your car up to a truck and start towing it. You should hear a crunching, grinding sound eventually, and your car will then effectively be in neutral.
Yeah, but getting it back in gear is gonna be rough.
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Hit the clutch and put it in the middle and make sure it can move left and right.
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Hit the clutch and put it in the middle and make sure it can move left and right.
MT, this (duh).

AT, both of these:

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For my 330d (UK) put the key in and press start (without your foot on the brake). Then press and hold the brake pedal.

You can now shift to neutral.
If your car has electrical but won't start, simply having it turned on (key in, press start) is enough for the shift select pin to be operated with the brake pedal. Press it, you can shift. No need to be started.

If you are TOTALLY dead (battery issue or some such), this:

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Take off the shifter boot- there is a lever to put the car in neutral.
It turns out, both of those are in the manual.
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Yeah simply push the on button twice without pressing the brake (I have comfort access).
I think most vehicles, put into the "on" setting (two clicks) will allow you to engage the transmission.

I do this almost every time I wash my car. Turn the car to the on position, slap it into neutral, push the car down my driveway, apply brakes.
No point in cold-starting my car twice just to wash it
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