2013 Range Rover, Emergency Park Release and Volvo Delivery Logistics #NewRangeRover

We got the Owner’s Handbooks a few weeks ago and now the Volvo Logistics site has been updated with transport direcions for the new Range Rover, dubbed there as the PLA 405.

You can go read the 43 page document here, detailing how the new Range Rovers needs to prepared and operated during transportation.

The item I took notice of was one I had written about before.  With the change from a standard gear level to the rotary gear selector, there needs to be a way to get a completely dead Range Rover into neutral for towing.  Similar to the Jaguar & L322, it’s hidden under the cup holder.  These instructions are just for informational purposes, and are focused more for the transporter than the final owner.

The actual procedure is not given in the 2013 Range Rover Owner’s Handbook, they just give a little warning text:

The recovery agent MUST activate the Emergency Park Release before towing commences. This procedure is covered in a separate publication for service personnel.




  • When should this process be used?

The process should be used to release the transmission from Park to allow vehicle recovery when normal methods are unavailable due to engine, power supply or transmission failure. Risk assessment for any Health & Safety risks/hazards should be carried out prior to using this process. It is recommended that this process is carried out by trained professional recovery operatives.

  • What should I try before starting this process?

Try to enter transmission service mode. This is attempted by turning the ignition on then keeping the brake pedal and the upshift paddle held for over 10 seconds. The selector should rise and allow N to be selected by moving the selector out of the P position.