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To release the shifter you will need to remove the cover for the shift lock release button.
Using a small flat blade screw driver pry up on the cover, it is a small square cover located at the front left corner of the shifter area just above the shift position indicator. Once that is removed, apply the brakes and use your finger to push down the release. While holding the release down, shift the transmission into neutral.