How to Put a Mercedes in Neutral with a Dead Battery?

by Phil Borges // in Car

During emergencies, it is essential to know how to put Mercedes in neutral with a dead battery, so you can quickly get out and stay safe.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where your Mercedes completely dead and you can’t seem to get it into neutral, here’s the solution:

  1. Turn off the engine.
  2. Place the transmission in “P” (Park).
  3. Apply the parking brake.
  4. Shift gear selector to N (Neutral).
  5. Push down on the foot brake pedal until it makes contact with the floor.
  6. Hold down the accelerator pedal for 10 seconds or more.
  7. Release both pedals and wait 2-5 minutes before trying to start the vehicle again.

How do you put a Mercedes in neutral manually?

You might have this question if your Mercedes won’t start due to a dead battery. Putting mercedes in neutral manually can be done by following these steps:

  • Turn the key forward, but do not turn it on just yet. This means that you should be able to hear the car trying to crank itself over because of its now-live starter motor.
  • Turn off the ignition key if it’s still in position.
  • Press down fully on your brake pedal and hold it while you shift into neutral with your other foot.
  • With both feet firmly pressing down (one on the brake, one for shifting), release pressure on the brake pedal.
  • Shift into gear. If you feel resistance, stop immediately until your car comes to a complete stop. Please do not force it, or else damage may occur.
  • Once your car has come to a full stop, press down on the brake again.
  • Repeat steps until you are neutral. This may take some time and practice. You can also check for more information online or ask someone familiar with Mercedes models if they have any tips.

How to Put a Mercedes in Neutral Without Starting

One way to put a Mercedes in neutral without starting the battery is to use a screwdriver. To do this, follow the steps below:

  • Locate the metal flap on the trunk of your car that reads “Emergency Release.”
  • Open the flap with a flathead screwdriver to access your trunk.
  • Locate the gearshift in your trunk inside an emergency toolbox or on the floor behind your driver’s seat.
  • Push the gearshift down into neutral and release it so that you can pull out the key fob for use elsewhere.
  • Place some bricks under the tires to prevent your car from rolling away while working on this project.

How to Put a Mercedes CLA250 in Neutral with a Dead Battery

If the battery is dead, you need to jump-start it. Follow the steps below:

  • Connect jumper cables from your car’s positive cable terminal (red) and the Mercedes’ negative cable terminal (black).
  • Make sure they are touching the metal parts of each vehicle.
  • Start your car for five minutes, then stop it before disconnecting the cables.
  • Let your Mercedes sit for five minutes to let the battery charge before you try starting it again.
  • If neither solution works, consult a mechanic or dealer about replacing the dead battery.

How to Force a Dead Car into Neutral

If you have a dead battery or your car won’t start and your key is stuck in the ignition, follow the steps below:

  • Turn on your Mercedes car’s emergency hazard lights and set the parking brake.
  • If you do not have an electronic parking brake, use a brick or other object to hold down the brake pedal (inserting it between the two pedals) while working with the wires.
  • Attempt to start your vehicle using jumper cables.
  • If the car does not start, turn off the hazard lights and remove cables from battery terminals in reverse order of how they were connected (red to positive on Mercedes, black or negative ground).
  • Find the shift lock override and engage it.
  • On your shift selector, look for a small, detachable panel. With a flathead screwdriver, pry up the panel.
  • To engage the manual shift lock override, insert the screwdriver into the hole.
  • Attach the key to the ignition and turn it to “On” or “Acc.”
  • Depress the brake pedal completely.
  • Move the shift selector to neutral.


Make sure the car battery has adequate power before putting it in neutral. A dead battery can leave you stranded, and a discharged one will not always start your engine again when you try to put it back into drive. Also, some cars require extra steps to prevent damage before shifting into neutral, such as setting their parking brake or removing a fuse. If in doubt, do not attempt to get your car into neutral. Before attempting this maneuver with an unfamiliar vehicle, be sure to first consult its owner’s manual for specific instructions.

About the author, Phil Borges

Phil Borges is a battery aficionado. He's written extensively about batteries, and he loves nothing more than discussing the latest innovations in the industry. He has a deep understanding of how batteries work, and he's always on the lookout for new ways to improve their performance.