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Available Electronic Precision Shift replaces a traditional gearshift with an electronic system that makes shifting gears easier.

 

This feature may work differently, depending on your vehicle, so see your Owner’s Manual for details.


How It Works

The steering-column-mounted version of the Electronic Precision Shift (EPS) system uses a shifting stalk mounted behind your steering wheel on the right side. There’s a dedicated PARK (“P”) button at the tip of the stalk.

 

Your vehicle must be on to use this feature.

 

If you have a push-/pull-button system, use these instructions instead.

 

If you have an electronic lever that looks like a joystick on your center console, use these instructions instead.

 

Here’s how to shift gears with the steering-column-mounted stalk:

 

Shift into PARK:

  • Press the brake pedal.
  • Come to a complete stop.
  • Press the “P” button on the tip of the stalk.
  • The “P” will light up red.

 

Shift into DRIVE:

  • Press the brake pedal.
  • Pull the stalk rearward toward you, then down toward the letter “D.”
  • When the “D” lights up red, you can release the stalk.

 

Shift into REVERSE:

  • Press the brake pedal.
  • Pull the stalk rearward toward you, then up toward the letter “R.”
  • When the “R” lights up red, you can release the stalk.

 

Shift into NEUTRAL:

  • Press the brake pedal.
  • Pull the stalk toward you and briefly hold.
  • When the “N” lights up red, you can release the stalk.

 

Shift into MANUAL or LOW:

Press the “M” or “L” button located on the steering wheel. (Which button you have depends on how your vehicle is equipped.) The LOW or MANUAL button only works when your vehicle is already in DRIVE.

  • Use the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters to shift gears while in MANUAL or LOW
  • To shift back into DRIVE, pull the stalk rearward toward you, then down toward the letter “D”
  • The vehicle can shift between DRIVE and MANUAL or LOW at any speed

 

If you shut off your vehicle when you are stopped and in DRIVE or REVERSE, it will automatically shift to PARK.


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How do I use Electronic Precision Shift (EPS) in a car wash?

There are certain steps you must follow when you go through an automatic car wash while the vehicle is in NEUTRAL (“N”), whether you’re getting out of or staying in the vehicle.

 

Before entering the car wash, check your Owner’s Manual to make sure your vehicle is capable of using an automatic car wash. Also check your Owner’s Manual for directions on how to use a car wash that requires the vehicle to be turned off.

 

If you stay in the vehicle during the car wash, follow these steps:

  1. Drive to the entrance of the car wash.
  2. Press the brake pedal.
  3. Shift to NEUTRAL. 
  4. Release the brake pedal. The vehicle is now ready for the car wash.

 

If you get out of the vehicle during the car wash, follow these steps:

  1. Drive to the entrance of the car wash.
  2. Press the brake pedal.
  3. Open the door.
  4. Shift to NEUTRAL, then release the brake pedal.
  5. The indicator should continue to show “N.” If it does not, repeat steps 2–4.
  6. Exit the vehicle and close the door. The vehicle is now ready for the car wash.
  7. The vehicle may automatically shift to PARK upon re-entry.

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To find out if your vehicle has this feature, contact your dealer or refer to your vehicle’s equipment list. Please check your Owner’s Manual for more information about features. 

Information on this page is specific to the Chevrolet models below. If your vehicle is not on the list or these instructions don't apply, then please see your Owner's Manual

  • Blazer 2019-2022 
  • Camaro 2019-2022  
  • Colorado 2019-2022 
  • Corvette 2020-2022  
  • Cruze 2019 
  • Equinox 2019-2022 
  • Express Cargo 2020-2021 
  • Express Passenger 2020-2021
  • Impala 2020
  • Malibu 2019-2021 
  • Silverado 1500 2019-2022 
  • Silverado 2500HD/3500HD 2020-2022 
  • Sonic 2018-2020 
  • Spark 2019-2021  
  • Suburban 2022 
  • Tahoe 2022 
  • Trailblazer 2022 
  • Trax 2018-2021 
  • Traverse 2020-2022  
  • Volt 2019  
  • Blazer 2019-2022
  • Camaro 2019-2022
  • Colorado 2019-2022
  • Corvette 2020-2022
  • Cruze 2019
  • Equinox 2019-2022
  • Express Cargo 2020-2021
  • Express Passenger 2020-2021
  • Impala 2020
  • Malibu 2019-2021
  • Silverado 1500 2019-2022
  • Silverado 2500HD/3500HD 2020-2022
  • Sonic 2018-2020
  • Spark 2019-2021
  • Suburban 2022
  • Tahoe 2022
  • Trailblazer 2022
  • Trax 2018-2021
  • Traverse 2020-2022
  • Volt 2019