Cadillac Escalade: Torque Lock - Shifting Into Park - Starting and Operating - Driving and Operating - Cadillac Escalade Owner's ManualCadillac Escalade: Torque Lock

If you are parking on a hill and you do not shift the transmission into P (Park) properly, the weight of the vehicle can put too much force on the parking pawl in the transmission. It might be difficult to pull the shift lever out of P (Park). This is called torque lock. To prevent torque lock, set the parking brake and then shift into P (Park) properly before you leave the driver seat. To find out how, see Shifting Into Park  .

When you are ready to drive, move the shift lever out of P (Park) before releasing the parking brake.

If torque lock does occur, you might need to have another vehicle push yours a little uphill to take some of the pressure from the parking pawl in the transmission. Then you should be able to pull the shift lever out of P (Park).

    Leaving the Vehicle with the Engine Running
    WARNING It can be dangerous to leave the vehicle with the engine running. The vehicle could move suddenly if the shift lever is not fully in P (Park) with the parking brake firmly set. And, if ...

    Shifting out of Park
    This vehicle is equipped with an electronic shift lock release system. The shift lock release is designed to: Prevent ignition key removal unless the shift lever is in P (Park) with the shift l ...

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