There are two different types of gear selector inhibitor - mechanical and automatic.
Mechanical gear selector inhibitor
The gear selector can be moved forward and back freely between N and D. Other positions are locked with a latch that is released with the inhibitor button on the gear selector.
With the inhibitor button depressed the lever can be moved forwards or backwards between P, R, N and D.
Automatic gear selector inhibitor
The automatic gear selector inhibitor has special safety systems.
From park position - P
To be able to move the gear selector from the P position, the brake pedal must be depressed and the ignition position must be II.
From neutral position - N
If the gear selector is in the N position and the car has been stationary for at least 3 seconds (irrespective of whether the engine is running) then the gear selector is locked.
To be able to move the gear selector from the N position to another gear position, the brake pedal must be depressed and the ignition position must be II.
Deactivate automatic gear selector inhibitor
If the car cannot be driven, e.g. due to a discharged battery, the gear selector must be moved to the N position so that the car can be moved.
Lift the rubber mat in the compartment in front of the gear selector. Locate the hole with a spring-loaded button in the bottom of the compartment.
Press a small screwdriver into the hole and hold.
Move the gear selector to position N and release the button.
Put the rubber mat back in place.