Dodge 2004 Ram SRT-10 Operating instructions

Dodge 2004 Ram SRT-10 Operating instructions
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INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
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UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
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STARTING AND OPERATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195
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MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
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INTRODUCTION
CONTENTS
䡵 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
䡵 Van Conversions/Campers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
䡵 How To Use This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
䡵 Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
䡵 Warnings And Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
䡵 Vehicle Modifications / Alterations . . . . . . . . . . . 7
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INTRODUCTION
This manual has been prepared with the assistance of
service and engineering specialists to acquaint you with
the operation and maintenance of your new vehicle. It is
supplemented by a Warranty Information Booklet and
various customer oriented documents. You are urged to
read these publications carefully. Following the instructions and recommendations in this manual will help
assure safe and enjoyable operation of your vehicle.
NOTE: After you read the manual, it should be stored
in the vehicle for convenient reference and remain with
the vehicle when sold, so that the new owner will be
aware of all safety warnings.
When it comes to service, remember that your dealer
knows your vehicle best, has the factory-trained technicians and genuine Mopar威 parts, and is interested in
your satisfaction.
WARNING!
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain
vehicle components contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm. In addition,
certain fluids contained in vehicles and certain products of component wear contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL
Consult the table of contents to determine which section
contains the information you desire.
The detailed index, at the rear of this manual, contains a
complete listing of all subjects.
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WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS
This manual contains WARNINGS against operating
procedures which could result in an accident or bodily
injury. It also contains CAUTIONS against procedures
which could result in damage to your vehicle. If you do
not read this entire manual you may miss important
information. Observe all Warnings and Cautions.
VAN CONVERSIONS/CAMPERS
The Manufacturer’s Warranty does not apply to body
modifications or special equipment installed by van
conversion/camper manufacturers/ body builders. Such
equipment includes video monitors, VCRs, heaters,
stoves, refrigerators, etc. For warranty coverage and
service on these items, contact the applicable manufacturer.
Operating instructions for the special equipment installed by the conversion/camper manufacturer should
also be supplied with your vehicle. If these instructions
are missing, please contact your selling dealer for assistance in obtaining replacement documents from the
applicable manufacturer.
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VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is found on a
stamped plate located on the left front corner of the
instrument panel pad, visible from outside of the vehicle
through the windshield. This number also appears on the
Automobile Information Disclosure Label affixed to a
window on your vehicle. Save this label for a convenient
record of your vehicle identification number and optional
equipment.
NOTE: It is illegal to remove the VIN plate.
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VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS / ALTERATIONS
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WARNING!
Any modifications or alterations to this vehicle
could seriously affect its roadworthiness and safety
and may lead to an accident resulting in serious
injury or death.
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CONTENTS
䡵 A Word About Your Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
▫ To Unlock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
▫ Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
▫ To Lock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
▫ Sentry Key — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
▫ Using The Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
䡵 Ignition And Steering Lock — If Equipped . . . . . .14
▫ Programming Additional Transmitters . . . . . . . .21
▫ Manual Transmissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
䡵 Door Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
䡵 Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
䡵 Security Alarm System — If Equipped . . . . . . . . .24
▫ Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Rearming Of The System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
䡵 Remote Keyless Entry — If Equipped . . . . . . . . .17
▫ To Set The Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
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▫ To Disarm The System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
▫ Seat Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
䡵 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Driver And Right Front Passenger Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS)—Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . .39
▫ Power Windows—If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Sliding Rear Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
▫ Wind Buffeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
䡵 Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
▫ Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage . . . .35
▫ Automatic Locking Mode (If Equipped) . . . . . .36
▫ Seat Belt Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
▫ Enhanced Driver Seat Belt Reminder System
(BeltAlert) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
▫ Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . .38
▫ Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49
䡵 Engine Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . .57
䡵 Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
▫ Transporting Passengers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
▫ Lock Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58
▫ Exhaust Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59
▫ Safety Checks You Should Make Inside The
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
▫ Safety Checks You Should Make Outside The
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
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A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS
The double sided keys may be inserted into the locks
with either side up. The keys for your new vehicle are
enclosed in a plastic bag with a bar code label affixed to
the front. The bar code can be used to order duplicate
keys from your dealer or a locksmith. If you received
your keys without the bag, ask your dealer to give you
the number.
Key-In-Ignition Reminder
If you open the driver’s door when the key is in the
ignition switch, a chime will sound to remind you to
remove the key.
CAUTION!
An unlocked vehicle is an invitation to thieves.
Always remove the key from the ignition and lock
all the doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.
SENTRY KEY — IF EQUIPPED
With this system, an electronically coded ignition key
sends a signal to the vehicle electronics. If the electronics
recognizes the signal, the vehicle will start and continue
to run. If the system does not recognize the signal the
vehicle will start and run for a maximum of 2 seconds
after the initial key ON. After six unsuccessful attempts
at starting, the system will shut down until the correct
key is used.
NOTE: The Sentry Key Immobilizer System is not
compatible with remote starting systems. Use of these
systems may result in vehicle starting problems and a
loss of security protection. Additional Sentry Keys or
Mobil Speed-pass™ devices held against or immediately
adjacent to the ignition key when starting the engine may
cause vehicle starting problems. If a problem occurs,
remove the Sentry Key from the key-ring and attempt to
start the vehicle again. Pagers, cell phones, walkman, etc.
will have no effect on this system.
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The ⬙Security Light⬙, located in the instrument cluster,
will illuminate for about 2 seconds when the ignition
switch is first turned to the ON position. If the vehicle
electronics do not receive a valid signal from the ignition
key, the ⬙Security Light⬙ will flash continuously to signal
that the vehicle has been immobilized. If the ⬙Security
Light⬙ remains on during vehicle operation, it indicates a
fault in the system electronics. If this option was ordered,
all of the keys provided with your new vehicle have been
programmed to the vehicle electronics.
Replacement Keys
NOTE: Only keys that have been programmed to the
vehicle electronics can be used to start the vehicle. Once
a Sentry Key has been programmed to a vehicle, it cannot
be programmed to any other vehicle.
At the time of purchase, the original owner is provided
with a four digit PIN number. This number is required
for dealer replacement of keys. Duplication of keys may
be performed at an authorized dealer or by using the
Customer Key Programming procedure. This procedure
consists of programming a blank key to the vehicle
electronics. A blank key is one which has never been
programmed and needs to be cut.
NOTE: When having the Sentry Key System serviced,
bring all vehicle keys to the dealer.
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Customer Key Programming
You can program new keys to the system if you have two
valid keys by doing the following:
1. Insert the first valid key into the ignition and turn the
ignition to the ON position for at least 3 seconds but no
longer than 15 seconds. Turn the ignition back to the OFF
position and remove the first key.
2. Insert the second valid key and switch the ignition to
the ON position within 15 seconds. After 10 seconds the
⬙Security Light⬙ will begin to flash. Turn the ignition back
to the OFF position and remove the second key.
3. Insert a blank Sentry Key into the ignition and switch
the ignition to the ON position within 60 seconds of
having removed the second key. After 10 seconds the
⬙Security Light⬙ will stop flashing, then turn on for 3
seconds; then turn off.
The new Sentry Key has been programmed. Repeat this
process to program up to an additional 6 keys. A maximum of 8 keys can be programmed to the system,
including the original keys provided with the vehicle.
General Information
This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules and with
RS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference.
2. This device must accept any interference that may be
received including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
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IGNITION AND STEERING LOCK — IF EQUIPPED
Manual Transmissions
Depress and hold the release button located between the
ignition switch and the instrument panel. Turn the ignition key to LOCK and remove the key.
DOOR KEY
The same key used to start the vehicle is also used to
unlock the doors. To unlock the vehicle doors, insert the
key into the lock and turn.
To lock the doors, insert the key and turn.
DOOR LOCKS
Power Door Locks
WARNING!
For personal security and safety in the event of an
accident, lock the vehicle doors when you drive as
well as when you park and leave the vehicle.
Manual Transmissions
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WARNING!
When leaving the vehicle always remove the key
from the ignition lock, and lock your vehicle. Do not
leave children unattended in the vehicle, or with
access to an unlocked vehicle. Unsupervised use of
vehicle equipment may cause severe personal injuries and death.
NOTE: Vehicles equipped with remote keyless entry do
not have a passenger side door lock cylinder.
Vehicles equipped with power door locks can be locked
or unlocked from inside by either the use of the door lock
switches located on the front doors or by pressing the
LOCK or UNLOCK buttons on the Remote Keyless Entry
key fob (if equipped).
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Central Locking — If Equipped
Vehicles with security will have a feature called ⬙Central
Locking⬙. When the key is placed in the door cylinder
and turned to the ⬙Unlock⬙ position, the security will be
disarmed, the illuminated entry will be turned on and
that door will be mechanically unlocked. If the key is
once again turned to the unlock position within 5 seconds
of the first unlock, the remaining doors will unlock. If the
key is turned to the ⬙Lock⬙ position while all doors are
closed, illuminated entry will be canceled, security will
begin arming, and all doors will lock.
As a safety feature the doors will not lock when using the
door lock switches during the following condition:
1. The driver’s door is open while the key is in the
ignition.
Automatic Door Locks
If this feature is enabled, your door locks will lock
automatically when the vehicle’s speed exceeds 15 mph.
This feature is enabled when your vehicle is shipped
from the assembly plant and can be disabled by using the
following procedure:
1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors.
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2. Fasten your seat belt (Fastening the seat belt will
cancel any chiming that may confuse you during this
programming procedure).
REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY — IF EQUIPPED
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3. Place the key into the ignition.
4. Within 10 seconds cycle the key from the OFF position
to the ON position four times; ending in the ON position
( Do not start the engine ).
5. Within 30 seconds, press the driver’s door lock switch
in the LOCK direction.
6. A single chime will be heard to indicate the feature has
been disabled.
7. To reactivate this feature, repeat the above steps.
8. If a chime is not heard, program mode was canceled
before the feature could be disabled. If necessary, repeat
the above procedure.
This system allows you to lock or unlock the doors from
distances up to about 23 feet (7 meters) using a hand held
radio transmitter. The transmitter need not be pointed at
the vehicle to activate the system.
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To unlock the doors:
Press and release the UNLOCK button on the key fob
once to unlock only the driver’s door or twice to unlock
all the doors. When the UNLOCK button is pressed, the
illuminated entry will initiate, the parking lights will
flash on twice and if installed, the cargo lamp will turn on
for 30 seconds.
5. Press and hold the UNLOCK button on a programmed
(i.e. functional) key fob.
The system can be programmed to unlock all the doors
upon the first UNLOCK button press by using the
following procedure:
8. Turn the ignition to the OFF position or wait 60
seconds.
1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors.
2. Fasten your seat belt.(Fastening the seat belt will
cancel any chiming that may confuse you during this
programming procedure).
3. Place the key into the ignition.
4. Turn the ignition to the ON position ( Do not start the
engine ).
6. Continue to hold the UNLOCK button, wait at least 4
seconds, but no longer than 10 seconds, then press and
hold the LOCK button.
7. When a single chime is heard, release both buttons.
9. To reactivate this feature, repeat the above steps.
10. If a chime is not heard, program mode was canceled
before the feature could be changed. If necessary, repeat
the above procedure.
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To lock the doors:
Press and release the LOCK button on the transmitter to
lock all doors. If the ignition is OFF, when the doors are
locked, the parking lights will flash on once and the horn
will chirp once.
The horn chirp feature will be shipped from the assembly
plants activated. If desired this feature can be disabled by
using the following procedure:
1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors.
2. Fasten your seat belt (fastening the seat belt will cancel
any chiming that may confuse you during this programming procedure).
3. Place the key into the ignition.
4. Turn the ignition to the ON position ( Do not start the
engine ).
5. Press and hold the LOCK button on a programmed
(i.e. functional) key fob.
6. Continue to hold the LOCK button, wait at least 4
seconds, but no longer than 10 seconds, then press and
hold the UNLOCK button.
7. When a single chime is heard, release both buttons.
8. Turn the ignition to the OFF position or wait 60
seconds.
9. Test the horn chirp feature by pressing the LOCK
button on the key fob with the ignition in the OFF
position, or the key removed.
10. To reactivate this feature, repeat the above steps.
Vehicles will be shipped from the assembly plants with
the park lamp flash feature activated. If desired, this
feature can be disabled by using the following procedure:
1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors.
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2. Fasten your seat belt (fastening the seat belt will cancel
any chiming that may confuse you during this programming procedure).
3. Place the key into the ignition.
4. Turn the ignition to the ON position ( Do not start the
engine ).
5. Press and hold the LOCK button on a programmed
(i.e. functional) key fob.
6. Continue to hold the LOCK button, wait at least 4
seconds, but no longer than 10 seconds, then press and
hold the PANIC button.
7. When a single chime is heard, release both buttons.
8. Turn the ignition to the OFF position or wait 60
seconds.
9. Test the park lamp flash feature by pressing the LOCK
button on the key fob with the ignition in the OFF
position or the key removed.
10. To reactivate this feature, repeat the above steps.
11. If a chime is not heard, program mode was canceled
before the feature could be disabled. If necessary, repeat
the above procedure.
Using the Panic Alarm
To activate the Panic mode while the ignition is OFF press
and release the PANIC button on the transmitter once.
When the Panic mode is activated, the interior lights will
illuminate, the headlamps and parking lights will flash,
and the horn will sound.
To cancel the Panic mode press and release the PANIC
button on the transmitter a second time. Panic mode will
automatically cancel after 3 minutes or if the vehicle is
started and exceeds 15 mph. During the Panic Mode, the
door locks and remote keyless entry systems will function normally. Panic mode will not disarm the security
system on vehicles so equipped.
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Programming Additional Transmitters
Vehicles with the keyless entry option will be shipped
from the assembly plants with two key fob transmitters
programmed only for that vehicle. A total of four fobs can
be programmed for your vehicle. Additional fobs can be
programmed to your vehicle through the use of a currently programmed fob.
NOTE: When entering program mode using that fob,
ALL currently programmed fobs will be erased and you
will have to reprogram them for your vehicle. However,
if program mode is entered and no action is performed,
the previously programmed fobs will continue to function.
1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors.
2. Fasten your seat belt (fastening the seat belt will cancel
any chiming that may confuse you during this programming procedure).
3. Place the key into the ignition.
4. Turn the ignition to the ON position ( Do not start the
engine ).
5. Press and hold the UNLOCK button on a programmed
(i.e. functional) key fob.
6. Continue to hold the UNLOCK button, wait at least 4
seconds, but no longer than 10 seconds, then press and
hold the PANIC button.
7. When a single chime is heard, release both buttons.
The chime indicates that the system is in program mode.
8. Press and release both the LOCK and UNLOCK
buttons, simultaneously on the fob to be programmed.
9. A single chime will be heard. The chime indicates that
the fob has been recognized.
10. Within 4 seconds of hearing the chime, press and
release any button on the fob being programmed.
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11. A single chime will be heard. The chime indicates
that the fob has been programmed.
12. Repeat steps 8 to 11 for a total of 4 fobs.
13. Turn the ignition to the OFF position or wait 60
seconds to exit program mode.
14. Your vehicle will remain in program mode for up to
60 seconds from when the original chime (i.e. Step #7)
was heard. After 60 seconds, all programmed fobs will
function normally.
NOTE: If you do not have a programmed transmitter,
contact your dealer for details.
General Information
This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules and with
RS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference.
2. This device must accept any interference that may be
received including interference that may cause undesired
operation.
NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
If your Keyless Entry Transmitter fails to operate from a
normal distance, check for these two conditions.
1. Weak batteries in transmitter. The expected life of the
batteries is from one to two years.
2. Closeness to a radio transmitter such as a radio station
tower, airport transmitter, and some mobile or CB radios.
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Transmitter Battery Service
1. With transmitter buttons facing down, use a flat blade
or dime to pry the two halves of the transmitter apart.
Make sure not to damage the rubber gasket during
removal.
2. Remove and replace the batteries. Be careful not to
disturb the metal terminal near the batteries. Install the
batteries with the positive terminal up, reference the note
⬙+ SIDE UP⬙ on the inside of the bottom half of the
transmitter case. Avoid touching the new batteries with
your fingers. Skin oils may cause battery deterioration. If
you touch a battery, clean it with rubbing alcohol.
The recommended replacement battery is a 3V lithium
2016 cell. This transmitter requires two batteries.
NOTE: Do not touch the battery terminals that are on
the back housing or the printed circuit board.
3. To reassemble the transmitter case snap the two halves
together. Make sure there is an even gap between the two
halves. Test transmitter operation.
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SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM — IF EQUIPPED
This system monitors the vehicle doors and ignition for
unauthorized operation. When the alarm is activated, the
system provides both audible and visual signals. For the
first 3 minutes the horn will sound and the headlights
and security telltale will flash repeatedly. For an additional 15 minutes only the headlights and security telltale
will flash. The engine will run only if a valid Sentry Key
is used to start the vehicle. Use of the Sentry Key will
disable the alarm.
Rearming of the System:
The security system will rearm itself after the 15 additional minutes of headlights and security telltale flashing,
if the system has not been disabled. If the condition
which initiated the alarm is still present, the system will
ignore that condition and monitor the remaining doors
and ignition.
To Set the Alarm:
The alarm will set when you use the power door locks,
turn the key in the driver’s door lock cylinder, or use the
Keyless Entry transmitter to lock the doors. After all the
doors are locked and closed the SECURITY light in the
instrument cluster will flash rapidly to signal that the
system is arming. The security light in the instrument
panel cluster will flash rapidly for about 16 seconds to
indicate that the alarm is being set. After the alarm is set,
the security light will flash at a slower rate to indicate
that the system is armed.
NOTE: If the SECURITY light stays on continuously
during vehicle operation, have the system checked by
your dealer.
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To Disarm the System:
Use the Keyless Entry transmitter or the key to turn the
driver’s door lock to the unlock position. If something
has triggered the system in your absence, the horn will
sound three times when you unlock the doors and the
security lamp will flash for 30 seconds. Check the vehicle
for tampering.
The Security system will also disarm, if the vehicle is
started with a programmed Sentry Key. If an unprogrammed Sentry Key is used to start a vehicle, the engine
will run for 2 seconds and then the security alarm will be
initiated. To exit alarming mode, press the transmitter
Unlock button, unlock the driver’s door using the key
cylinder, or start the vehicle with a programmed Sentry
Key.
The Security Alarm System is designed to protect your
vehicle; however, you can create conditions where the
system will arm unexpectedly. If you remain in the
vehicle and lock the doors with the transmitter, the alarm
will sound when you pull the door handle to exit. You
may also accidentally disarm the system by unlocking
the driver’s door with the door key and then locking it
manually with the lock plunger. The door will be locked
but the Security Alarm will not arm.
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WINDOWS
Power Windows—If Equipped
The control on the left front door panel has up-down
switches that give you fingertip control of all power
windows. There is a single opening and closing switch on
the front passenger door for passenger window control.
The windows will operate only when the ignition switch
is turned to the ON or ACC (Accessory) position.
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Auto Down (Driver’s Side Only)
The driver’s window switch has an Auto Down feature.
Press the window switch past the detent, release, and the
window will go down automatically.
Sliding Rear Window
A locking device in the center of the window helps to
prevent entry from the rear of the vehicle. Squeeze the
lock to release the window.
WIND BUFFETING
Wind buffeting can be described as the perception of
pressure on the ears or a helicopter type sound in the
ears. Your vehicle may exhibit wind buffeting with the
windows down or partially open positions. This is a
normal occurrence and can be minimized. If the buffeting
occurs with the rear sliding glass open, open the front
and rear sliding glass together to minimize the buffeting.
OCCUPANT RESTRAINTS
Some of the most important safety features in your
vehicle are the restraint systems. These include the belts
for the driver and all passengers, front airbags for both
the driver and front passenger and, if so equipped,
window bags for the driver and passengers seated next to
a window. If you will be carrying children too small for
adult-size belts, your seat belts also can be used to hold
infant and child restraint systems.
Please pay close attention to the information in this
section. It tells you how to use your restraint system
properly to keep you and your passengers as safe as
possible.
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WARNING!
In a collision, you and your passengers can suffer
much greater injuries if you are not properly buckled up. You can strike the interior of your vehicle or
other passengers, or you can be thrown out of the
vehicle. Always be sure you and others in your
vehicle are buckled up properly.
Buckle up even though you are an excellent driver, even
on short trips. Someone on the road may be a poor driver
and cause a collision that includes you. This can happen
far away from home or on your own street.
Research has shown that seat belts save lives, and that
they can reduce the seriousness of injuries in a collision.
Some of the worst injuries happen when people are
thrown from the vehicle. Seat belts reduce the possibility
of ejection and the risk of injury caused by striking the
inside of the vehicle. Everyone in a motor vehicle should
be belted at all times.
Lap/Shoulder Belts
All seating positions have combination lap/shoulder
belts. The belt webbing retractor is designed to lock
during very sudden stops or collisions. This feature
allows the shoulder part of the belt to move freely with
you under normal conditions. But in a collision, the belt
will lock and reduce the risk of your striking the inside of
the vehicle or being thrown out.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area,
inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision, people
riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously
injured or killed.
Do not allow people to ride in any area of your
vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat belts.
Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and
using a seat belt properly.
• Wearing a seat belt incorrectly is dangerous. Seat
belts are designed to go around the large bones of
your body. These are the strongest parts of your
body and can take the forces of a collision the
best. Wearing your belt in the wrong place could
make your injuries in a collision much worse. You
might suffer internal injuries, or you could even
slide out of part of the belt. Follow these instructions to wear your seat belt safely and to keep
your passengers safe, too.
• Two people should never be belted into a single
seat belt. People belted together can crash into one
another in an accident, hurting one another badly.
Never use a lap/shoulder belt or a lap belt for
more than one person, no matter what their size.
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Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions
1. Enter the vehicle and close the door. Sit back and
adjust the seat.
2. The seat belt latch plate is above the back of the seat.
Grasp the latch plate and pull out the belt. Slide the latch
plate up the webbing as far as necessary to allow the belt
to go around your lap.
3. When the belt is long enough to fit, insert the latch
plate into the buckle until you hear a “click.”
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WARNING!
• A belt buckled into the wrong buckle will not
protect you properly. The lap portion could ride too
high on your body, possibly causing internal injuries.
Always buckle your belt into the buckle nearest you.
• A belt that is too loose will not protect you as well.
In a sudden stop you could move too far forward,
increasing the possibility of injury. Wear your seat
belt snugly.
• A belt that is worn under your arm is very dangerous. Your body could strike the inside surfaces of the
vehicle in a collision, increasing head and neck
injury. And a belt worn under the arm can cause
internal injuries. Ribs aren’t as strong as shoulder
bones. Wear the belt over your shoulder so that your
strongest bones will take the force in a collision.
• A shoulder belt placed behind will not protect you
from injury during a collision. You are more likely to
hit your head in a collision if you do not wear your
shoulder belt. The lap and shoulder belt are meant to
be used together.
4. Position the lap belt across your thighs, below your
abdomen. To remove slack in the lap belt portion, pull up
on the shoulder belt. To loosen the lap belt if it is too tight,
tilt the latch plate and pull on the lap belt. A snug belt
reduces the risk of sliding under the belt in a collision.
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WARNING!
• A lap belt worn too high can increase the risk of
internal injury in a collision. The belt forces won’t
be at the strong hip and pelvic bones, but across your
abdomen. Always wear the lap belt as low as possible and keep it snug.
• A twisted belt can’t do its job as well. In a collision
it could even cut into you. Be sure the belt is straight.
If you can’t straighten a belt in your vehicle, take it
to your dealer and have it fixed.
5. Position the shoulder belt on your chest so that it is
comfortable and not resting on your neck. The retractor
will withdraw any slack in the belt.
6. To release the belt, push the red button on the buckle.
The belt will automatically retract to its stowed position.
If necessary, slide the latch plate down the webbing to
allow the belt to retract fully.
WARNING!
A frayed or torn belt could rip apart in a collision
and leave you with no protection. Inspect the belt
system periodically, checking for cuts, frays, or loose
parts. Damaged parts must be replaced immediately.
Do not disassemble or modify the system. Seat belt
assemblies must be replaced after a collision if they
have been damaged (bent retractor, torn webbing,
etc.) or if the airbag deployed.
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Standard Cab Front Center Three Point Belt
1. The front center seat belt on the Standard Cab may be
disconnected to open up utilization of the storage areas
behind the front seats. The black latch plate can be
detached from the black keyed seat belt buckle located on
the inboard side of the passenger seat. Insert the vehicle
ignition key into the center white slot on the black buckle.
The black buckle latch plate can be removed when the
key is pressed into the buckle. Allow the retractor to take
up the surplus webbing, and the buckles will hang
vertically from the cab back exit bezel, thus freeing up all
the area behind the front seats.
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Detaching Buckle with
2. To reattach the seat belt to the front center seat, pull
the black buckle latch plate forward from the cab back
panel and insert it into the black keyed buckle until there
is an audible click. Refer to the previous section for the
proper seat belt usage.
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WARNING!
• If the black latch and black buckle are not properly connected when the seat belt is used by an
occupant, the seat belt will not be able to provide
proper restraint and will increase the risk of
injury in a collision.
• When reattaching the black latch and black
buckle, ensure the seat belt webbing is not
twisted. If the webbing is twisted, follow the
preceding procedure to detach the black latch and
black buckle, untwist the webbing, and reattach
the black latch and black buckle.
Inserting Latch Plate
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Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage
In the front row outboard seats, the shoulder belt can be
adjusted upward or downward to help position the belt
away from your neck. Press the button located on the
upper belt guide, and then move it up or down to the
position that serves you best.
In Use Position
WARNING!
If the black latch and buckle are not connected when
the seat belt is used by an occupant, the seat belt will
not restrain you properly.
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As a guide, if you are shorter than average, you will
prefer a lower position, and if you are taller than average,
you’ll prefer a higher position. When you release the
anchorage, try to move it up or down to make sure that
it is locked in position.
Automatic Locking Mode (if Equipped)
In this mode, the shoulder belt is automatically prelocked. The belt will still retract to remove any slack in
the shoulder belt. The automatic locking mode is only
available on the front passenger side belt.
When To Use The Automatic Locking Mode
Anytime a child safety seat is installed in a passenger
front seating position. Children 12 years old and under
should be properly restrained in the rear seat whenever
possible.
How To Use The Automatic Locking Mode
1. Buckle the combination lap and shoulder belt.
2. Grasp the shoulder portion and pull downward until
the entire belt is extracted.
3. Allow the belt to retract. As the belt retracts, you will
hear a clicking sound. This indicates the safety belt is
now in the automatic locking mode.
How To Disengage The Automatic Locking Mode
Disconnect the combination lap/shoulder belt and allow
it to retract completely to disengage the automatic locking mode and activate the vehicle sensitive (emergency)
locking mode.
Seat Belt Pretensioners
The seat belts for both front seating positions are
equipped with pretensioning devices that are designed to
remove any slack from the seat belt system in the event of
a collision. These devices improve the performance of the
seat belt by assuring that the belt is tight about the
occupant early in a collision. Pretensioners work for all
size occupants, including those in child restraints.
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NOTE: These devices are not a substitute for proper seat
belt placement by the occupant. The seat belt still must be
worn snugly and positioned properly.
if the driver’s seat belt is unbuckled for more than 10
seconds and the vehicle speed is greater than 5 mph (8
km/h).
The pretensioners are triggered by the airbag control
module. Like the airbags, the pretensioners are single use
items. After a collision that is severe enough to deploy
the airbags and pretensioners, both must be replaced.
The Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) can be enabled or disabled by your authorized dealer or by
following these steps:
Enhanced Driver Seat Belt Reminder System
(BeltAlert)
If the driver’s seat belt has not been buckled within 60
seconds of starting the vehicle and if the vehicle speed is
greater than 5 mph (8 km/h), the Enhanced Warning
System (BeltAlert) will alert the driver to buckle their seat
belt. The driver should also instruct all other occupants to
buckle their seat belts. Once the warning is triggered, the
Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) will continue to
chime and flash the Seat Belt Warning Light for 96
seconds or until the driver’s seat belt is buckled. The
Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) will be reactivated
NOTE: The following steps must occur within the first
60 seconds of the ignition switch being turned to the ON
position. DaimlerChrysler does not recommend deactivating the Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert).
NOTE: If the driver’s door is open a continuous chime
will sound and override the single chime.
1. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position and
buckle the driver’s seat belt.
2. Start the engine and wait for the Seat Belt Warning
Light to turn off.
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3. Within 60 seconds of starting the vehicle, unbuckle
and then re-buckle the driver’s seat belt at least three
times within 10 seconds, ending with the seat belt
buckled.
Seat Belts and Pregnant Women
We recommend that pregnant women use seat belts
throughout their pregnancies. Keeping the mother safe is
the best way to keep the baby safe.
4. Turn off the engine. A single chime will sound to
signify that you have successfully completed the programming.
Pregnant women should wear the lap part of the belt
across the thighs and as snug against the hips as possible.
Keep the belt low so that it does not come across the
abdomen. That way the strong bones of the hips will take
the force if there is a collision.
The Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) can be reactivated by repeating this procedure.
NOTE: Although the Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) has been deactivated, the Seat Belt Warning Light
will continue to illuminate while the driver’s seat belt
remains unbuckled.
Seat Belt Extender
If a seat belt is too short, even when fully extended, your
dealer can provide you with a seat belt extender. This
extender should be used only if the existing belt is not
long enough. When it is not required, remove the extender and store it.
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WARNING!
These airbags are certified to the new Federal regulations
that allow less forceful deployments.
Using a seat belt extender when not needed can
increase the risk of injury in a collision. Only use the
seat belt extender when the lap belt is not long
enough when it is worn low and snug, and in the
recommended seating positions. Remove and store
the extender when not needed.
Driver And Right Front Passenger Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS)—Airbag
This vehicle has front airbags for both the driver and
front passenger as a supplement to the seat belt restraint
systems. The driver’s front airbag is mounted in the
center of the steering wheel. The passenger’s front airbag
is mounted in the instrument panel, above the glove
compartment. The words SRS AIRBAG are embossed on
the airbag covers.
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This vehicle may also be equipped with window bags to
protect the driver and passengers sitting next to a window. If the vehicle is equipped with window bags, they
are located above the side windows. Their covers are also
labeled SRS AIRBAG.
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WARNING!
• Do not put anything on or around the airbag covers or
attempt to manually open them. You may damage the
airbags and you could be injured because the airbags
are not there to protect you. These protective covers for
the airbag cushions are designed to open only when the
airbags are inflating.
• Do not mount any aftermarket equipment such as trailer
brake controllers, snowplow controllers, auxiliary light
switches, radios, etc. on or behind the knee bolster.
Knee bolsters are designed to work with the air bag and
seat belt to protect you. Mounting any additional equipment on or behind the knee bolster can cause injury
during a crash.
• If your vehicle is equipped with window bags, do not
stack luggage or other cargo up high enough to block
the location of the window bag. The area where the
window bag is located should remain free from any
obstructions.
• If your vehicle is equipped with window bags, do not
have any accessory items installed which will alter the
roof, including adding a sunroof to your vehicle. Do not
add roof racks that require permanent attachments
(bolts or screws) for installation on the vehicle roof. Do
not drill into the roof of the vehicle for any reason.
Airbags inflate in moderate to high speed impacts. Along
with the seat belts, front airbags work with the instrument panel knee bolsters to provide improved protection
for the driver and front passenger. Window bags also
work with seat belts to improve occupant protection.
The seat belts are designed to protect you in many types
of collisions. The front airbags deploy in moderate to
severe frontal collisions. If your vehicle is so equipped,
the window bag on the crash side of the vehicle is
triggered in moderate to severe side collisions. In certain
types of collisions, both the front and side airbags may be
triggered. But even in collisions where the airbags work,
you need the seat belts to keep you in the right position
for the airbags to protect you properly.
Here are some simple steps you can follow to minimize
the risk of harm from a deploying airbag.
• Children 12 years and under should ride buckled up in
a rear seat, if available.
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• Infants in rear facing child restraints must NEVER
ride in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger front
airbag unless the airbag is turned off (Standard Cab
Vehicles Only). An airbag deployment can cause severe injury or death to infants in that position. See the
Passenger Airbag On/Off Switch section.
• If your vehicle does not have a rear seat, see the
Passenger Airbag On/Off Switch section.
• Children that are not big enough to properly wear the
vehicle seat belt (see section on Child Restraints)
should be secured in belt-positioning booster seats.
Never allow children to slide the shoulder belt behind
them or under their arm.
• All occupants should use their seat belts properly.
• The driver and front passenger seats should be moved
back as far as practical to allow the airbag room to
inflate.
WARNING!
• Relying on the airbags alone could lead to more
severe injuries in a collision. The airbags work
with your seat belt to restrain you properly. In
some collisions the airbags won’t deploy at all.
Always wear your seat belts even though you
have airbags.
• Being too close to the steering wheel or instrument panel during airbag deployment could cause
serious injury. Airbags need room to inflate. Sit
back, comfortably extending your arms to reach
the steering wheel or instrument panel.
• If the vehicle has window airbags, they also need
room to inflate. Do not lean against the door or
window. Sit upright in the center of the seat.
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Airbag System Components
The airbag system consists of the following:
• Airbag Control Module
• AIRBAG Readiness Light
• Driver Airbag
The Window Airbag System, on vehicles equipped,
consists of the following:
• AIRBAG Readiness Light (shared with the front airbag
system)
• Window Bags Above the Side Windows.
• Passenger Airbag
• Airbag Control Module (shared with the front airbag
system)
• Steering Wheel and Column
• Side impact sensors
• Instrument Panel
• Interconnecting Wiring
• Crash Sensor
• Interconnecting Wiring
• Knee Impact Bolsters
• Passenger Side Frontal Airbag ON/OFF Switch (Standard Cab Vehicles Only)
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How The Airbag System Works
• The airbag control module determines if a frontal
collision is severe enough to require the airbags to
inflate.
• The airbag control module will not detect roll over, or
rear collisions.
• The airbag control module also monitors the readiness
of the electronic parts of the system whenever the
ignition switch is in the RUN position. These include
all of the items listed above except the knee bolsters,
the instrument panel, and the steering wheel and
column. If the key is in the ⬙Off⬙ position, in the ACC
position or not in the ignition, the airbags are not on
and will not inflate
• The airbag control module also turns on the AIR BAG
light in the instrument panel for 6 to 8 seconds when
the ignition is first turned on, then turns the light off.
• If it detects a malfunction in any part of the
system, it turns on the light either momentarily or continuously. The instrument cluster
will flash the seat belt indicator if it detects a fault with
the airbag indicator.
WARNING!
Ignoring the AIR BAG light in your instrument
panel could mean you won’t have the airbags to
protect you in a collision. If the light does not come
on, stays on after you start the vehicle, or if it comes
on as you drive, have the airbag system checked
right away.
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• When the airbag control module detects a collision
requiring the airbags, it signals the inflator units. A
large quantity of nontoxic gas is generated to inflate
the airbags. The airbag covers separate and fold out of
the way as the airbags inflate to their full size. The
airbags fully inflate in milliseconds. This is less time
than it takes you to blink your eyes. The airbags then
quickly deflate while helping to restrain the driver and
front passenger. The driver’s front airbag deflates
through vents towards the instrument panel. The
passenger’s front airbag is deflated through vent holes
in the sides of the airbag. In this way the airbags do
not interfere with your control of the vehicle.
• The knee impact bolsters help protect the knees and
position you for the best interaction with the front
airbag.
Passenger Airbag On/Off Switch – (Standard Cab
Vehicles Only)
The passenger front airbag is to be turned off only if the
passenger:
• is an infant (less than 1 year old) who must ride in the
front seat because there is no rear seat, or because the
infant has a medical condition which makes it necessary for the driver to be able to see the infant,
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• is a child, age 1 to 12 who must ride in the front seat
because there is no rear seat, because there is no rear
seat position available, or because the child has a
medical condition which makes it necessary for the
driver to be able to see the child,
• has a medical condition which makes passenger airbag
inflation (deployment) a greater risk for the passenger
than the risk of hitting the dashboard (instrument
panel) or windshield in a crash.
WARNING!
Whenever an airbag is turned off, even a lap/
shoulder belted passenger may hit their head, neck,
or chest on the dashboard (instrument panel) or
windshield in a crash. This may result in serious
injury or death.
To Shut Off the Passenger Airbag (Standard Cab Vehicles Only)
Place the ignition key in the Passenger Airbag On/Off
Switch, push the key in and turn clockwise, and remove
the key from the switch. This will shut off the passenger
side airbag. The “Off” light near the switch will illuminate when the ignition switch is turned to the ON
position.
To Turn On the Passenger Airbag (Standard Cab Vehicles Only)
Place the ignition key in the Passenger Airbag On/Off
Switch, push the key in and turn counterclockwise, and
remove the key from the switch. This will turn on the
passenger airbag. The “Off” light near the switch will be
off when the ignition switch is turned to the ON position.
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If A Deployment Occurs
The airbag system is designed to deploy when the air bag
control module detects a moderate-to-severe frontal collision, and then immediately to deflate.
NOTE: A frontal collision that is not severe enough to
need airbag protection will not activate the system. This
does not mean something is wrong with the airbag
system.
If you do have a collision which deploys the airbags, any
or all of the following may occur:
• The nylon airbag material may sometimes cause abrasions and/or skin reddening to the driver and front
passenger as the airbags deploy and unfold. The
abrasions are similar to friction rope burns or those
you might get sliding along a carpet or gymnasium
floor. They are not caused by contact with chemicals.
They are not permanent and normally heal quickly.
However, if you haven’t healed significantly within a
few days, or if you have any blistering, see your doctor
immediately.
• As the airbags deflate you may see some smoke-like
particles. The particles are a normal by-product of the
process that generates the nontoxic gas used for airbag
inflation. These airborne particles may irritate the skin,
eyes, nose, or throat. If you have skin or eye irritation,
rinse the area with cool water. For nose or throat
irritation, move to fresh air. If the irritation continues,
see your doctor. If these particles settle on your
clothing, follow the garment manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.
• It is not advisable to drive your vehicle after the
airbags have deployed. If you are involved in another
collision, the airbags will not be in place to protect you.
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WARNING!
Deployed airbags can’t protect you in another collision. Have the airbags replaced by an authorized
dealer as soon as possible.
Window Airbags Supplemental Restraint System
(SRS)—If Equipped
The window airbag control module determines if a side
collision is severe enough to require the side airbags to
inflate. The window airbag control module will not
detect roll over, front or rear collisions.
The airbag control module monitors the readiness of the
electronic parts of the system whenever the ignition
switch is in the ⬙RUN⬙ position. These include all of the
items listed above. The airbag control module also turns
on the AIRBAG light in the instrument panel for 6 to 8
seconds when the ignition is first turned on as a diagnostic or system check, then turns the light off. If it
detects a malfunction in any part of the system, it turns
on the light either momentarily or continuously.
The side (window) impact SRS Airbags are designed to
activate only in certain side collisions. When the airbag
control module detects a collision requiring the window
bags to inflate, it signals the inflators on the crash side of
the vehicle. A quantity of nontoxic gas is generated to
inflate the window bag. The inflating window bag
pushes the side pillar molding out of the way and covers
the window. The airbag inflates in about 30 milliseconds
(about one-quarter of the time it takes to blink your eyes)
with enough force to injure you if you are not belted and
seated properly, or if items are positioned in the area
where the window bag inflates. This especially applies to
children. The window bag is only about 3 1⁄2 inches (8.9
cm) thick when it is inflated.
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Enhanced Accident Response System
If the airbags deploy after an impact and the electrical
system remains functional, vehicles equipped with
power door locks will unlock automatically. In addition,
approximately 10 seconds after the vehicle has stopped
moving, the interior lights will light until the ignition
switch is turned off.
Maintaining Your Airbag Systems
WARNING!
• Modifications to any part of the airbag system
could cause it to fail when you need it. You could
be injured because the airbags are not there to
protect you. Do not modify the components or
wiring, including adding any kind of badges or
stickers to the steering wheel hub trim cover or
the upper right side of the instrument panel. Do
not modify the front bumper, vehicle body structure, or frame.
• You need proper knee impact protection in a
collision. Do not mount or locate any aftermarket
equipment on or behind the knee bolster.
• It is dangerous to try to repair any part of the
airbag system yourself. Be sure to tell anyone who
works on your vehicle that it has airbags.
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Airbag Light
You will want to have the airbags ready to inflate for your
protection in an impact. While the airbag system is
designed to be maintenance free, if any of the following
occurs, have an authorized dealer service the system
promptly:
• The airbag light does not come on or flickers during
the 6 to 8 seconds when the ignition switch is first
turned on.
• The light remains on or flickers after the 6 to 8 second
interval.
• The light flickers or comes on and remains on while
driving.
NOTE: If the speedometer, tachometer or any engine
related gauges are not working, the airbag control module may also be disabled. The airbags may not be ready
to inflate for your protection. Promptly check fuse numbers 52 and 53 in the fuse and relay center. See your
dealer if the fuse is good.
Child Restraint
Everyone in your vehicle needs to be buckled up all the
time — babies and children, too. Every state in the United
States and all Canadian provinces require that small
children ride in proper restraint systems. This is the law,
and you can be prosecuted for ignoring it.
Children 12 years and under should ride properly buckled up in a rear seat, if available. According to crash
statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in
the rear seats rather than in the front.
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WARNING!
In a collision, an unrestrained child, even a tiny baby,
can become a missile inside the vehicle. The force
required to hold even an infant on your lap can
become so great that you could not hold the child, no
matter how strong you are. The child and others could
be badly injured. Any child riding in your vehicle
should be in a proper restraint for the child’s size.
Infants and Small Children
There are different sizes and types of restraints for
children from newborn size to the child almost large
enough for an adult safety belt. Use the restraint that is
correct for your child:
• Safety experts recommend that children ride
rearward-facing in the vehicle until they are at least
one year old and weigh at least 20 lbs (9 kg). Two types
of child restraints can be used rearward-facing: infant
carriers and ⬙convertible⬙ child seats. Both types of
child restraints are held in the vehicle by the lap/
shoulder belt.
• The infant carrier is only used rearward-facing in the
vehicle. It is recommended for children who weigh up
to about 20 lbs (9 kg). ⬙Convertible⬙ child seats can be
used either rearward-facing or forward-facing in the
vehicle. Convertible child seats often have a higher
weight limit in the rearward-facing direction than
infant carriers do, so they can be used rearward-facing
by children who weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kg) but are
less than one year old.
• Rearward-facing child seats must NEVER be used in
the front seat of a vehicle with a front passenger airbag
unless the airbag is turned off. An airbag deployment
could cause severe injury or death to infants in this
position.
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• Children who weigh more than 20 lbs (9 kg) and who
are older than one year can ride forward-facing in the
vehicle. Forward-facing child seats and convertible
child seats used in the forward-facing direction are for
children who weigh 20 to 40 lbs (9 to 18 kg) and who
are older than one year. These child seats are also held
in the vehicle by the lap/shoulder belt.
• The belt-positioning booster seat is for children weighing more than 40 lbs (18 kg), but who are still too small
to fit the vehicle’s seat belts properly. If the child
cannot sit with knees bent over the vehicle’s seat
cushion while the child’s back is against the seat back,
they should use a belt-positioning-booster seat. The
child and booster seat are held in the vehicle by the
lap/shoulder belt. (Some booster seats are equipped
with a front shield and are held in the vehicle by the
lap portion.) For further information refer to
www.seatcheck.org.
WARNING!
• Improper installation can lead to failure of an
infant or child restraint. It could come loose in a
collision. The child could be badly injured or
killed. Follow the manufacturer’s directions exactly when installing an infant or child restraint.
• A rearward facing child restraint should only be
used in the front seat if the passenger’s front
airbag is Off. If the airbag is left On, a rearward
facing child restraint in the front seat may be
struck by a deploying passenger airbag which
may cause severe or fatal injury to the infant.
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Here are some tips for getting the most out of your child
restraint:
• Before buying any restraint system, make sure that it
has a label certifying that it meets all applicable Safety
Standards. We also recommend that you make sure
that you can install the child restraint in the vehicle
where you will use it before you buy it.
• The restraint must be appropriate for your child’s
weight and height. Check the label on the restraint for
weight and height limits.
• Carefully follow the instructions that come with the
restraint. If you install the restraint improperly, it may
not work when you need it.
• The passenger seat belts are equipped with either
cinching latch plates or switchable seat belt retractors,
which are designed to keep the lap portion tight
around the child restraint so that it is not necessary to
use a locking clip.
If the seat belt has a cinching latch plate, pulling up on
the shoulder portion of the lap/shoulder belt will
tighten the belt. The cinching latch plate will keep the
belt tight, however, any seat belt system will loosen
with time, so check the belt occasionally and pull it
tight if necessary.
If the seat belt has a switchable retractor, it will have a
distinctive label: Pull the belt from the retractor until
there is enough to allow you to pass through the child
restraint and slide the latch plate into the buckle. Then
pull on the belt until it is all removed from the retractor.
Allow the belt to return to the retractor, pulling on the
excess webbing to tighten the lap portion about the child
restraint. Refer to the ⬙Automatic Locking Mode⬙ earlier
in this section.
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• If the belt still can’t be tightened, or if pulling and
pushing on the restraint loosens the belt, disconnect
the latch plate from the buckle, turn the buckle
around, and insert the latch plate into the buckle
again. If you still can’t make the child restraint secure,
try a different seating position.
• Buckle the child into the seat according to the child
restraint manufacturer’s directions.
• When your child restraint is not in use, secure it in the
vehicle with the seat belt or remove it from the vehicle.
Do not leave it loose in the vehicle. In a sudden stop or
collision, it could strike the occupants or seat backs
and cause serious personal injury.
WARNING!
Improper installation can lead to failure of an infant
or child restraint. It could come loose in a collision.
The child could be badly injured or killed. Follow
the manufacturer’s directions exactly when installing an infant or child restraint.
Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren (LATCH)
Each vehicle is equipped with the child restraint anchorage system called LATCH, which stands for Lower
Anchors and Tether for CHildren. LATCH child restraint
anchorage systems are installed in the Standard Cab
passenger seat position and feature tether strap anchorages, which must be used, located behind the seatback
(refer to Child Restraint Tether Anchor later in this
section).
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The LATCH lower anchorage bars are located where the
seatback meets the seat cushion. If the lower anchorage
bars are not visible, identification dots are located above
the standard cab front seat lower anchorages as a guide
for locating the lower anchors.
NOTE: For children riding in the front seat of a Standard Cab model refer to the “Passenger Airbag On/Off
Switch” located in this section.
Child restraint systems having attachments designed to
connect to the lower anchorages are now available. Child
restraints having tether straps and hooks for connection
to the seatback tether anchorage have been available for
some time. In fact, many child restraint manufacturers
will provide add-on tether strap kits for some of their
older products.
Because the lower anchorages are to be introduced to
passenger carrying vehicles over a period of years, child
restraint systems having attachments for those anchorages will continue to have features for installation in
vehicles using the lap or lap/shoulder belt. They will also
have tether straps, and you are urged to take advantage
of all of the available attachments provided with your
child restraint in any vehicle.
NOTE: If your child restraint seat is not LATCH compatible, install the restraint using the vehicle seat belting.
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Installing the Child Restraint System
We urge that you carefully follow the directions of the
manufacturer when installing your child restraint. Many,
but not all, restraint systems will be equipped with
separate straps on each side, with each having a hook or
connector and a means for adjusting the tension in the
strap. Forward-facing toddler restraints and some
rearward-facing infant restraints will also be equipped
with a tether strap, a hook and means for adjusting the
tension in the strap.
In general, you will first loosen the adjusters on the lower
straps and tether straps so that you can more easily attach
the hook or connector to the lower anchorages and tether
anchorages. Then tighten all three straps as you push the
child restraint rearward and downward into the seat.
Not all child restraint systems will be installed as we
have described here. Again, carefully follow the instructions that come with the child restraint system.
WARNING!
Improper installation of a child restraint to the
LATCH anchorages can lead to failure of an infant or
child restraint. The child could be badly injured or
killed. Follow the manufacturer’s directions exactly
when installing an infant or child restraint.
Child Restraint Tether Anchor
Child restraints having tether straps and hooks for connection to tether anchors have been available for some
time. In fact, many child restraint manufacturers will
provide add-on tether strap kits for their older products.
Regular Cab models of Ram Pickups have two tether
anchorages, one each behind the front center and right
seats.
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WARNING!
2. Lift the cover (if so equipped), and attach the hook to
the square opening in the sheet metal.
An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
seat failure and injury to the child. In a collision, the
seat could come loose and allow the child to crash
into the inside of the vehicle or other passengers, or
even be thrown from the vehicle. Use only the
anchor positions directly behind the child seat to
secure a child restraint top tether strap. Follow the
instructions below. See your dealer for help if necessary.
3. Install the child restraint and remove the slack in the
tether strap according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Tether Anchorage Points at the Right and Center
Front Seat (Regular Cab - All Seats)
1. Place the child restraint on the seat and adjust the
tether strap so that it will reach over the seat back under
the head restraint to the tether anchor directly behind the
seat.
Regular Cab With
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Children Too Large for Booster Seats
Children who are large enough to wear the shoulder belt
comfortably, and whose legs are long enough to bend
over the front of the seat when their back is against the
seat back should use the lap/shoulder belt in a rear seat.
• Make sure that the child is upright in the seat.
• The lap portion should be low on the hips and as snug
as possible.
• Check belt fit periodically. A child’s squirming or
slouching can move the belt out of position.
If the shoulder belt contacts the face or neck, move the
child closer to the center of the vehicle. Never allow a
child to put the shoulder belt under an arm or behind
their back.
ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS
The engine in your new SRT-10 does not require a long
break-in period. Following these few simple guidelines is
all that is necessary for a good break-in:
For the first 500 miles (800 km):
• Keep your vehicle speed below the legal, posted speed
limit and your engine speed below 4,000 rpm.
• Avoid driving at a constant speed, either fast or slow,
for long periods of time.
• Do not make any full throttle starts and avoid full
throttle acceleration.
• Use the proper gear for your speed range.
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• Wait until the engine has reached normal operating
temperature before driving at the recommended maximum break-in speed.
• Avoid excessive idling.
• Check the engine oil level at every fuel fill.
NOTE: A new engine will consume some oil during the
first few thousand miles of operation. This should be
considered as a normal part of the break-in and not
interpreted as a sign of difficulty.
SAFETY TIPS
Transporting Passengers
This vehicle is designed to carry passengers in the cab
only. For safety reasons, NEVER TRANSPORT PASSENGERS IN THE CARGO AREA.
WARNING!
It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area,
inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision, people
riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously
injured or killed.
Do not allow people to ride in any area of your
vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat belts.
Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and
using a seat belt properly.
Lock Your Vehicle
Always remove the keys from the ignition and lock all
doors when leaving the vehicle unattended, even in your
own driveway or garage. Try to park your vehicle in a
well-lighted area and never invite theft by leaving articles of value exposed.
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Exhaust Gas
WARNING!
Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, a potentially toxic gas that by itself is colorless and odorless.
To avoid inhaling these gases, the following precautions should be observed:
• Do not run the engine in a closed garage or in confined
areas any longer than needed to move your vehicle in
or out of the area.
• If it is necessary to sit in a parked vehicle with the
engine running for more than a short period, adjust
your climate control system to force outside air into
the vehicle. Set the blower at high speed and the
controls in any position except OFF or MAX A/C.
• The best protection against carbon monoxide entry
into the vehicle body is a properly maintained engine
exhaust system.
Be aware of changes in the sound of the exhaust system;
exhaust fumes detected inside the vehicle; or damage to
the underside or rear of the vehicle. Have a competent
mechanic inspect the complete exhaust system and adjacent body areas for broken, damaged, deteriorated or
mispositioned parts. Open seams or loose connections
could permit exhaust fumes to seep into the passenger
compartment. In addition, inspect the exhaust system
each time the vehicle is raised for lubrication or oil
change. Replace or adjust as required.
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Safety Checks You Should Make Inside The Vehicle
Safety Checks You Should Make Outside The Vehicle
Seat Belts
Inspect the belt system periodically, checking for cuts,
frays and loose parts. Damaged parts must be replaced
immediately. Do not disassemble or modify the system.
Tires
Examine tires for tread wear or uneven wear patterns.
Check for stones, nails, glass or other objects lodged in
the tread.
Seat belt assemblies must be replaced after an accident if
they have been damaged (bent retractor, torn webbing,
etc.) or if the front airbags have deployed. If there is any
question regarding belt or retractor condition, replace the
belt.
Inspect for tread cuts or sidewall cracks. Check wheel
nuts for tightness and tires for proper pressure.
Airbag Light
The light should come on and remain on for 6 to 8
seconds as a bulb check when the ignition switch is first
turned ON. If the light is not lit during starting, see you
authorized dealer. If the light stays on, flickers or comes
on while driving, have the system checked by an authorized dealer. If there is a problem with the airbag light the
seatbelt light will flash.
Lights
Check the operation of all exterior lights. Check turn
signal and high beam indicator lights on the instrument
panel.
Door Latches
Check for positive closing, latching and locking.
Fluid Leaks
Check area under vehicle after overnight parking for fuel,
water, oil, or other fluid leaks. Also, if fuel fumes are
detected the cause should be located and corrected.
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE
CONTENTS
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䡵 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
▫ Phone Call Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
▫ Automatic Dimming Mirror— If Equipped . . . .65
▫ Advanced Phone Connectivity . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
▫ Outside Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
▫ UConnect™ System Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77
▫ Exterior Mirrors Folding Feature . . . . . . . . . . .66
䡵 Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
▫ Electronic Power Mirrors — If Equipped . . . . . .66
▫ 40-20-40 Front Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
▫ Electric Rear Window Defroster And Heated
Sideview Mirrors — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . .67
▫ Power Driver Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80
䡵 Hands–Free Communication (UConnect™) — If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
▫ Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
▫ Manual Passenger Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82
▫ Manual Seatback Recline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83
▫ Adjustable Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
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䡵 To Open And Close The Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
▫ Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91
䡵 Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
▫ High Beam / Low Beam Select Switch . . . . . . .91
▫ Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
▫ Windshield Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92
▫ Battery Saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
▫ Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93
▫ Headlamp Delay — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . .88
䡵 Tilt Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
▫ Headlights, Parking Lights, Panel Lights . . . . . .88
䡵 Driver Adjustable Pedals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
▫ Daytime Running Lights (Canada And Fleet
Vehicles Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
▫ Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95
▫ Lights-On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
▫ Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
▫ Cargo Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90
䡵 Multifunction Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90
▫ Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90
䡵 Electronic Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
▫ To Activate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .96
▫ To Set At A Desired Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ To Deactivate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ To Resume Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ To Vary The Speed Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
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▫ To Accelerate For Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
▫ Automatic Compass Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . 103
䡵 Overhead Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
▫ Manual Compass Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
▫ Courtesy/Reading Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
▫ To Put Into a Calibration Mode . . . . . . . . . . . 104
䡵 Compass/Temperature Mini-Trip Computer . . . . 100
▫ Outside Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
▫ US/M Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
䡵 Garage Door Opener . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
▫ Reset Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ Programming Homelink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
▫ Global Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ Canadian Programming/Gate Programming . . 109
▫ Step Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
▫ Using Homelink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
▫ Average Fuel Economy (AVG ECO) . . . . . . . . 102
▫ Erasing Homelink Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
▫ Distance To Empty (DTE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
▫ Reprogramming a Single Homelink Button . . . 111
▫ Trip Odometer (ODO) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
▫ Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
▫ Elapsed Time (ET) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
䡵 Electrical Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
▫ C/T Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
䡵 Cigar Lighter And Ash Receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
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䡵 Cupholders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
▫ Storage And Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
▫ Front Cupholders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
䡵 Pickup Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
䡵 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
䡵 Slide-In Campers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
▫ Center Storage Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
䡵 Easy-Off Tailgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 65
MIRRORS
Automatic Dimming Mirror— If Equipped
This mirror automatically adjusts for annoying headlight
glare from vehicles behind you. You can turn the feature
on or off by pressing the button at the base of the mirror.
A light in the button will indicate when the dimming
feature is activated.
CAUTION!
To avoid damage to the mirror during cleaning,
never spray any cleaning solution directly onto the
mirror. Apply the solution onto a clean cloth and
wipe the mirror clean.
Outside Mirrors
To receive maximum benefit, adjust the outside mirror(s)
to center on the adjacent lane of traffic with a slight
overlap of the view obtained on the inside mirror.
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WARNING!
Electronic Power Mirrors — If Equipped
Vehicles and other objects seen in a right side convex
mirror will look smaller and farther away than they
really are. Relying too much on your right side
convex mirror could cause you to collide with another vehicle or other object. Use your inside mirror
when judging the size or distance of a vehicle seen
in the right side convex mirror. Some vehicles will
not have a convex right side mirror.
Exterior Mirrors Folding Feature
All exterior mirrors are hinged and may be moved either
forward or rearward to resist damage. The hinges have
three detent positions; full forward, full rearward, and
normal.
The controls for the power mirrors are located on the
driver’s door trim panel.
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Electric Rear Window Defroster and Heated
Sideview Mirrors — If Equipped
The Electric Rear Window Defroster and Heated
side view mirrors are activated by pressing the
heated grid button, located on the Climate Control panel,
with the ignition On. Turning Off the ignition will
deactivate the Electric Rear Window Defroster and
Heated side view mirrors feature. These features also
turn off after activation, when 15 minutes have elapsed.
To reactivate, simply press the button again.
Set the top switch to the left or right for the left or right
mirror, and set it to the center off position to prevent
accidentally moving a mirror when you are finished
adjusting the mirror. To adjust a mirror, select left or right
with the top switch, and press one of the four arrows for
the direction you want the mirror to move.
HANDS–FREE COMMUNICATION (UConnect™) —
IF EQUIPPED
UConnect™ is a voice-activated, hands-free, in-vehicle
communications system. UConnect™; allows you to dial
your cellular phone using simple voice commands (e.g.,
“Call” or “Dial”). Your cellular phone’s audio is transmitted through your vehicle’s stereo system; the system
will automatically mute your radio before receiving or
sending a call.
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UConnect™ allows you to transfer calls between the
system and your cellular phone as you enter or exit your
vehicle, and enables you to mute the system’s microphone for private conversations.
The UConnect™; phone book enables you to store up to
32 names and four numbers per name. This system is
driven through your Bluetooth™ Hands-Free Profile
cellular phone. UConnect™ features Bluetooth™ technology - the global standard that enables different electronic
devices to connect to each other without wires or a
docking station, so UConnect™ works no matter where
you stow your cellular phone (be it your purse, pocket, or
briefcase). UConnect™ allows up to seven cellular
phones to be linked to the system, and it is available in
English, French, or Spanish formats (as equipped).
The rearview mirror contains the microphone for the
system and the control buttons that will enable you to
access the system. The diagram below shows the mirror
with the appropriate buttons. Individual button behavior
is discussed in the “Operation” Section.
The UConnect™ system can be used with any Hands
Free Profile certified Bluetooth™ cellular phone. If your
cellular phone has a different profile (i.e. headset profile),
you will not be able to use any UConnect™ features.
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The UConnect™ system is fully integrated into your
vehicle, including your vehicle’s stereo system. All voice
prompts as well as the other party’s voice in a conversation will be played over your vehicle’s stereo system. The
volume of the UConnect™ system can be controlled
through your normal stereo controls.
The radio display will be used for visual prompts from
the UConnect™ system such as caller ID.
Operation
Voice commands can be used in the operation of the
UConnect™ system and to navigate through the UConnect™ menu structure. Voice commands should be given
after each UConnect™ system prompt. You will be
prompted for a specific command and then guided
through the available options. There are two ways to give
commands to the UConnect™ system:
• You can say ⬙Dial⬙ at the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt. When
prompted for the phone number you wish to dial, say
the phone number (⬙123 456 7890⬙).
• Alternatively as you become familiar with the UConnect™ system, you can combine the commands and
say ⬙Dial 123 456 7890⬙.
Pairing a Cellular Phone to the UConnect™ System
To begin using your UConnect™ system, you must pair
your compatible Bluetooth™ enabled cellular phone. To
complete the registration process, you will need to reference your cellular phone owner’s manual.
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say ⬙Setup⬙.
• When prompted, say “ Phone Pairing”.
• You will be asked to say a four-digit pin number into
the UConnect™ system which you will later need to
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enter into your cellular phone during the cellular
phone pairing process. You can enter any four-digit
pin number. You will not need to remember this pin
number after the initial registration process.
• The UConnect™ system will then prompt you to begin
the cellular phone pairing process on your cellular
phone. Please see your cellular phone user’s manual
for instructions on how to complete this step.
• For identification purposes, you will be prompted to
give the UConnect™ system a name for your cellular
phone. Each cellular phone that is paired should be
given a unique phone name.
• You will then be asked to give your cellular phone a
priority level between 1 and 7, 1 having the highest
priority. You can connect up to seven cellular phones
to your UConnect™ system and the priority allows the
UConnect™ system to know which cellular phone to
use if multiple cellular phones are in the vehicle at the
same time. For example, if a priority 3 and priority 5
cellular phone are both in the vehicle, the UConnect™
system will use the priority 3 cellular phone when you
make a call. You can select to use a lower priority
cellular phone at any time.
Making a Phone Call Using Digit Dialing
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say ⬙Dial⬙ or ⬙Call⬙ followed
by the phone number you wish to dial. For example,
you can say ⬙Dial 123 456 7890⬙. The phone number
that you enter must be a valid length.
Making a Phone Call Using Your UConnect™
Phonebook
• Press the “Phone” button to begin.
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• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say ⬙Dial⬙ or ⬙Call⬙ followed
by the name and designation of a phonebook entry
that you wish to dial. For example, you can say ⬙Call
John Doe Work⬙.
After you are finished adding an entry into the phonebook, you will be given the opportunity to add more
phone numbers to the current entry or to return to the
main menu.
Add Names to Your UConnect™ Phonebook
The UConnect™ system will allow you to enter up to 32
names into the phonebook with each name having up to
four associated phone numbers and designations.
• Press the “Phone” button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say ⬙Phonebook New Entry⬙.
• Or, After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say “Phonebook”.
• When prompted, say “New Entry”.
• When prompted, say the name of the new entry.
• Next, enter the number designation (e.g. “Home”,
“Work”, “Mobile”, or “Pager”). This will allow you to
have multiple numbers for each phonebook entry.
• Recite the phone number for the phonebook entry that
you are adding.
Edit Entries in the UConnect™ Phonebook
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say ⬙Phonebook Edit⬙.
• You will then be asked for the name of the phonebook
entry that you wish to edit.
• Next, choose the number designation that you wish to
edit. The choices are home, work, mobile, or pager.
• Recite the new phone number for the phonebook entry
that you are editing.
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After you are finished editing an entry in the phonebook,
you will be given the opportunities to edit another entry
in the phonebook, call the number you just edited, or
return to the main menu.
phonebook from which you can choose. To select one
of the entries from the list, press the ⬙Voice Recognition⬙ button while the UConnect™ system is playing
the desired entry and say ⬙Delete⬙.
Phonebook edit can be used to add another phone
number to a name entry that already exists in the
phonebook. For example, the entry John Doe may have a
mobile and a home number, but you can add John Doe’s
work number later through phonebook edit.
• After you enter the name, the UConnect™ system will
ask you if you wish to delete the home, work, mobile,
or pager number for this entry.
Delete Entries in the UConnect™ Phonebook
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say ⬙Phonebook Delete⬙.
• After you enter the phonebook delete menu, you will
then be asked for the name of the phonebook entry
that you wish to delete. You can either say the name of
a phonebook entry that you wish to delete or you can
say ⬙List Names⬙ to hear a list of the entries in the
Delete All Entries in the UConnect™ Phonebook
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say ⬙Phonebook Delete All⬙.
• The UConnect™ system will ask you to verify that you
wish to delete all the entries from the phonebook.
• After confirmation, the phonebook entries will be
deleted.
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List All Names in the UConnect™ Phonebook
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say ⬙Phonebook List
Names⬙.
• The UConnect™ system will play the names of all the
phonebook entries.
• To call one of the names in the list, press the ’Voice
Recognition’ button during the playing of the desired
name and say ⬙Call⬙.
• The UConnect™ system will then prompt you as to
number designation you wish to call.
• The selected number will be dialed.
Phone Call Features
The following feature(s) can be accessed through the
UConnect™ system if the feature(s) are available on your
cellular service plan. For example, if your cellular service
plan provides three-way calling, this feature can be
accessed through the UConnect™ system.
Answer or Reject an Incoming Call - No Call
Currently in Progress
When you receive a call on your cellular phone, the
UConnect™ system will interrupt the stereo audio and
will ask if you would like to answer the call by pressing
the ’Phone’ button. Press the ’Phone’ button to answer
the call. To reject the call, press the ’Phone’ button until
you hear a single beep indicating that the incoming call
was rejected.
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Answer or Reject an Incoming Call - Call
Currently in Progress
If a call is currently in progress and you have another
incoming call, press the ’Phone’ button to place the
current call on hold and answer the incoming call. To
reject the incoming call, you can disregard the call and
continue with your current conversation.
Making a Second Call while Current Call in
Progress
To make a second call while you are currently in a call,
press the ’Voice Recognition’ button and say ⬙Dial⬙ or
⬙Call⬙ followed by the phone number or phonebook entry
you wish to call. The first call will be on hold while the
second call is in progress.
Putting a Call on Hold and Retrieving a Call from
Hold
To put a call on hold, press the ’Phone’ button until you
hear a single beep which will indicate that the call has
been placed on hold. To bring the call back from hold,
press the ’Phone’ button.
Toggling Between Two Calls
If two calls are in progress (one active and one on hold),
press the ’Phone’ button until you hear a single beep
indicating that the active and hold status of the two calls
have switched. Only one call can be placed on hold at one
time.
Conference Call
When two calls are in progress (one active and one on
hold), press the ’Phone’ button until you hear a double
beep indicating that the two calls have been joined into
one conference call.
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Three-Way Calling
To initiate three-way calling, press the ’Voice Recognition’ button while a call is in progress and make a second
phone call. When the second call is established, press the
’Phone’ button until you hear a double beep indicating
that the two calls have been joined into one conference
call.
Call Termination
To end a call in progress, press the ’Phone’ button. All
calls in progress will be terminated.
Phone Redial
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say ⬙Redial⬙.
• The UConnect™ system will call the last number that
was dialed on your cellular phone. This may not be the
last number dialed by your UConnect™ system.
Advanced Phone Connectivity
Transferring an Active Call between the
UConnect™ System and Your Cellular Phone
The UConnect™ system allows ongoing calls to be transferred to your cellular phone or to the UConnect™
system without terminating the call. To transfer an ongoing call from your cellular phone to the UConnect™
system or vice versa, press the ’Voice Recognition’ button
and say ⬙Transfer Call⬙.
Delete Paired Cellular Phones
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say ⬙Setup⬙.
• When prompted, say “ Phone Pairing”.
• At the next prompt, say ⬙Delete⬙.
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• You will be asked to say the name of the phone that
you wish to delete. You can either say the name of the
phone that you wish to delete or you can say ⬙All⬙ to
delete all the phones.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say ⬙Setup List Phones⬙ and
the UConnect™ system will play the phone names of
all paired cellular phones in order from highest priority to lowest priority.
Connect or Disconnect the Connection between the
UConnect™ System and Your Cellular Phone
Your cellular phone can be paired with many different
electronic devices, but can only be actively ⬙connected⬙
with one electronic device at a time.
Select a Lower Priority Paired Cellular Phone
If you would like to connect or disconnect the Bluetooth™ connection between a paired cellular phone and
the UConnect™ system, follow the instruction described
in your cellular phone user’s manual.
• When prompted, say the phone name of the cellular
phone you wish to use, or say ⬙List Phones⬙ to hear a
list of all the phones that have been paired to your
UConnect™ system. To select a phone from the list,
press the ’Voice Recognition’ button and say ⬙Select⬙.
List Paired Cellular Phone Names
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say ⬙Setup⬙.
• When prompted, say “Select Phone”.
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• The lower priority phone will only be used for the next
phone call. After that, the UConnect™ system will
return to using the highest priority phone in the vehicle.
UConnect™ System Features
Barge In - Touch Tone Phone Inputs
You can use your UConnect™ system to access a voice
mail system, an automated service, or any other phone
number that you can dial with any phone. When calling a
number with your UConnect™ system that normally
requires you to enter in a touch-tone sequence on your
cellular phone keypad, you can push the ’Voice Recognition’ button and say the sequence you wish to enter
followed by ⬙Send⬙. For example, if required to enter your
pin number, you can press the ’Voice Recognition’ button
and say ⬙3 7 4 6 Send⬙, or whatever you have made your
pin. This method can also be used in instances where you
are pressing a number on your keypad to navigate
through a menu structure or to enter a number for a pager.
Barge In - Overriding Prompts
The ’Voice Recognition’ button can be used when you
wish to skip part of a prompt and issue your voice
recognition command immediately. For example, if a
prompt is playing ⬙Would you like to pair a phone, clear
aѧ⬙, you could press the ’Voice Recognition’ button and
say ⬙Pair A Phone⬙ to select that option without having to
listen to the rest of the voice prompt.
Language Selection
To change the language that the UConnect™ system is
using, press the ’Phone’ button and say the name of the
language you wish to switch to (English, Español, or
Français as equipped). After selecting one of the languages, all prompts and voice commands will be in the
selected language.
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Turning Confirmation Prompts On/Off
Turning confirmation prompts off will stop the system
from confirming your choices (e.g. the UConnect™ system will not repeat a phone number before you dial it).
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt, say ⬙Setup Confirmation⬙.
The UConnect™ system will play the current confirmation prompt status and you will be given the choice
to change it.
Low Signal, Battery Strength, and Roam
Notification
The UConnect™ system will provide notification to
inform you if your cellular phone is in roaming status,
has low signal strength, or has a low battery when you
are trying to place a phone call.
Dialing Using the Cellular Phone Keypad
You can dial a phone number with your cellular phone
keypad and still use the UConnect™ system. By dialing a
number with your paired Bluetooth™ cellular phone, the
audio will be played through your vehicle’s stereo system. The UConnect™ system will work the same as if
you dialed the number using voice recognition.
Mute/Unmute
When you mute the UConnect™ system, you will still be
able to hear the conversation coming from the other
party, but the other party will not be able to hear you. In
order to mute the UConnect™ system press the ’Voice
Recognition’ button and say ⬙Mute⬙. In order to unmute
the UConnect™ system; press the ’Voice Recognition’
button and say ⬙Unmute⬙.
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Help
If you need assistance at any prompt or if you want to
know what your options are at any prompt, say ⬙Help⬙.
The UConnect™ system will play all the options at any
prompt if you ask for help.
Cancel
At any prompt, you can say ⬙Cancel⬙ and you will be
returned to the previous menu.
Emergency Assistance
If you are in an emergency, say ⬙Dial Emergency⬙ or ⬙Call
Emergency⬙ and the UConnect™ system will instruct
your cellular phone to call 911.
Towing Assistance
If you need towing assistance, say ⬙Dial Towing Assistance⬙ or ⬙Call Towing Assistance⬙. Please refer to the
24-Hour Towing Assistance coverage details in the
DaimlerChrysler Motors Company 24-Hour Towing Assistance Program Guide.
SEATS
The seating options available in this truck are the result of
extensive customer research and evaluations.
WARNING!
It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area,
inside or outside of a vehicle. In a collision, people
riding in these areas are more likely to be seriously
injured or killed.
Do not allow people to ride in any area of your
vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat belts.
Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and
using a seat belt properly.
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WARNING!
Adjusting a seat while the vehicle is moving is
dangerous. The sudden movement of the seat could
cause you to lose control. The seat belt might not be
properly adjusted and you could be injured. Adjust
any seat only while the vehicle is parked.
40-20-40 Front Seat
As the name implies, the seat is divided into 3 segments.
The outboard seat portions are each 40% of the total
width of the seat. The back of the center portion (20%)
easily folds down to provide an armrest/center storage
compartment (if equipped).
Power Driver Seat
WARNING!
CAUTION!
You can be seriously, even fatally injured riding in a
seat with the seatback reclined. Do not ride with the
seatback reclined so that the shoulder belt is no
longer resting against your chest. If you ride in this
position, the shoulder harness will no longer be
restraining you. In a collision you could slide under
the seat belt and receive serious or fatal injuries.
Recline in a seat only when the vehicle is parked.
Don’t put anything under a power seat. It may cause
damage to the seat controls.
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The power seat controls are on the outboard side of the
front seat cushions. Three switches control the seat movement. The four-way switch in the center can be moved
forward or backwards to get the most comfortable position. The same switch can be moved up and down to
control seat height. Change the seat angle by using the
two toggle switches, tilting it up or down.
Manual Passenger Seat
Passenger Side Manual
The passenger seat is adjustable forward or backward
and is equipped with a back recliner.
Tilt Adjustment
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Manual Seatback Recline
The recliner mechanism control is on the outboard side of
the seat. To recline, lean forward slightly, lift the lever,
then push back to the desired position and release the
lever. Lean forward and lift the lever to return the
seatback to its normal position. Using body pressure, lean
forward and rearward on the seat to be sure the seatback
has latched.
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Adjustable Head Restraints
Head restraints can reduce the risk of whiplash injury in
the event of impact from the rear. Pull up or push down
on the restraints so that the upper edge is as high as
practical, at least to the level of the ears.
TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE HOOD
To lower the head restraint, push in the button and then
push down on the head restraint.
To open the hood, two latches must be released. First pull
the hood release lever located below the steering wheel at
the base of the instrument panel. Once the hood is
released you must reach into the opening beneath the
center of the grille and push up the latch to release the
safety catch before raising the hood.
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To prevent possible damage, do not slam the hood to
close it. Use a firm downward push at the front center of
the hood to ensure that both latches engage.
WARNING!
If the hood is not fully latched, it could fly up when
the vehicle is moving and block your forward vision.
Be sure all hood latches are latched fully before
driving.
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LIGHTS
Interior Lights
Courtesy/ dome lights are turned on when the front
doors are opened, when the dimmer control (rotating
wheel on the right side of the switch) is rotated to the
second upward detent position, or if equipped, when the
UNLOCK button is pressed on the key fob. Rotating the
dimmer control to the optional fully upward position will
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turn on the cargo light located on the back of the cab.
When a door is open and the interior lights are on,
rotating the dimmer control all the way down to the OFF
detent will cause all the interior lights to go out. This is
also known as the ⬙Party⬙ mode because it allows the
doors to stay open for extended periods of time without
discharging the vehicle’s battery.
The brightness of the instrument panel lighting can be
regulated by rotating the dimmer control up (brighter) or
down (dimmer). When the headlights are ON you can
supplement the brightness of the odometer, trip odometer, radio and overhead console by rotating the control
up until you hear a click. This feature is termed the
“Parade” mode and is useful when headlights are required during the day.
Battery Saver
To protect the life of your vehicle’s battery, Load Shedding is provided for both the interior and exterior lights.
If the ignition is off and any door is left ajar for 15
minutes or the dimmer control is rotated upwards for 15
minutes, the interior lights will automatically turn off.
If the headlamps remain on while the ignition is cycled
off, the exterior lights will automatically turn off after 5
minutes. After 5 minutes timeout, if the headlamp switch
is turned off and then turned on, the exterior lights will
automatically turn off after 15 minutes.
If the dimmer control is rotated to the cargo lamp
position with the ignition off, the cargo lamps will
automatically turn off after 15 minutes.
NOTE: Battery Saver mode is cancelled if the ignition is
ON.
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Headlamp Delay — If Equipped
To aid in your exit, your vehicle, if equipped, can be
programmed by your dealer with a headlamp delay that
will leave the headlamps on for 0, 30, 60, or 90 seconds.
This delay is initiated when the ignition is turned OFF
while the headlamp switch is on, and then the headlamp
switch is cycled off. The headlamps will remain on for 60
seconds. Headlamp delay can be cancelled by either
turning the headlamp switch ON then OFF or by turning
the ignition ON.
Headlights, Parking Lights, Panel Lights
When the headlight switch is rotated to the first
position, the parking lights, taillights, side marker
lights, license plate light and instrument panel
lights are all turned on. The headlights will turn ON
when the switch is rotated to the second position. The
⬙LAMP OUT⬙ indicator will be illuminated in the instrument cluster if a defective bulb or wiring circuit is
detected for the headlamp system.
Your vehicle is equipped with plastic headlight lenses
that are lighter and less susceptible to stone breakage
than glass headlights.
Plastic is not as scratch resistant as glass and therefore
different lens cleaning procedures must be followed.
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To minimize the possibility of scratching the lenses and
reducing light output, avoid wiping with a dry cloth. To
remove road dirt, wash with a mild soap solution followed by rinsing.
Do not use abrasive cleaning components, solvents, steel
wool or other abrasive materials to clean the lenses.
Daytime Running Lights (Canada and Fleet
Vehicles Only)
The headlights on your vehicle will illuminate when the
engine is started. This provides a constant ⬙Lights ON⬙
condition until the ignition is turned OFF. The lights
illuminate at less than normal intensity. If the parking
brake is applied the Daytime Running Lights will turn
off.
Lights-on Reminder
If the headlights, parking lights, courtesy lights or cargo
lights are left on, after the ignition is turned off, a
continuous chime will sound when the driver’s door is
opened.
Fog Lights
The foglights are turned ON by placing the headlight
rotary control in the parking light or headlight position
and pulling out the headlight rotary control. The fog
lights will operate only when the parking lights are ON
or when the vehicle headlights are ON low beam. An
indicator light located left of the switch will illuminate
when the fog lights are on. The fog lights will turn off
when the switch is pressed in, when the headlight switch
is rotated to the OFF position or the high beam is
selected.
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CARGO LIGHT
The cargo lights are turned on by rotating the dimmer
control to the optional fully upward position. The cargo
lights will also turn on for 30 seconds when a key fob
Unlock is pressed, as part of the illuminated entry
feature.
MULTIFUNCTION CONTROL LEVER
The multifunction control lever is located on the left side
of the steering column.
Turn Signals
Move the lever up or down to signal a right-hand or
left-hand turn.
The arrow on either side of the instrument cluster flashes
to indicate the direction of the turn, and proper operation
of the front and rear turn signal lights. If a defective bulb
or wiring circuit is detected for the turn signal system, the
arrow indicators will flash at a faster rate. Also, the
⬙LAMP OUT⬙ indicator in the instrument cluster will be
illuminated and a chime will be heard. If an indicator
fails to light when the lever is moved, it would suggest
that the switch or indicator lamp is defective.
You can signal a lane change by moving the lever
partially up or down.
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Passing Light
You can signal another vehicle with your headlights by
partially pulling the multifunction lever toward the steering wheel. This will cause the high beam headlights to
turn on until the lever is released.
High Beam / Low Beam Select Switch
Pull the multifunction control lever fully toward the
steering wheel to switch the headlights from HIGH or
LOW beam.
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Windshield Wipers
The wipers and washers are operated by a switch in the
multifunction control lever. Turn the end of the handle to
select the desired wiper speed.
Intermittent Wiper System
The intermittent feature of this system was designed for
use when weather conditions make a single wiping cycle,
with a variable pause between cycles, desirable. For
maximum delay between cycles, rotate the control knob
into the upper end of the delay range.
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The delay interval decreases as you rotate the knob until
it enters the LO continual speed position. The delay can
be regulated from a maximum of about 15 seconds
between cycles, to a cycle every 2 seconds. The delay
intervals will double in duration when the vehicle speed
is 10 mph (16 km) or less.
WARNING!
Sudden loss of visibility through the windshield
could lead to an accident. You might not see other
vehicles or other obstacles. To avoid sudden icing of
the windshield during freezing weather, warm the
windshield with defroster before and during windshield washer use.
Windshield Washers
To use the washer, push in on the washer knob on the end
of the multifunction control lever and hold while spray is
desired. If the washer knob is depressed while in the
delay range, the wiper will operate for several seconds
after the washer knob is released. It will then resume the
intermittent interval previously selected. If the washer
knob is pushed, for a period greater than 1 second, while
in the OFF position, the wiper will wipe approximately
three wipes, after the wash knob is released.
To prevent freeze-up of your windshield washer system
in cold weather, select a solution or mixture that meets or
exceeds the temperature range of your climate. This
rating information can be found on most washer fluid
containers.
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TILT STEERING COLUMN
To tilt the column, push down on the lever below the turn
signal control and move the wheel up or down, as
desired. Push the lever back up to lock the column firmly
in place.
WARNING!
Tilting the steering column while the vehicle is
moving is dangerous. Without a stable steering column, you could lose control of the vehicle and have
an accident. Adjust the column only while the vehicle is stopped. Be sure it is locked before driving.
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DRIVER ADJUSTABLE PEDALS
Adjustment
1. Position the driver seat so that you are at least 10
inches (254 mm) away from the airbag located in the
center of the steering wheel.
2. Fasten and adjust the seatbelts.
3. Move the adjustable pedal switch, located to the left of
the steering column near the parking brake release, in the
direction you desire to move the pedals.
4. The pedals cannot be adjusted when the vehicle is in
R (Reverse) or when the Speed Control is SET.
The power adjustable accelerator and brake pedals allow
the driver to establish a comfortable position relative to
the steering wheel and pedals.
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CAUTION!
Do not place any article under the adjustable pedals
or impede its ability to move as it may cause damage
to the pedal controls. Pedal travel may become
limited if movement is stopped by an obstruction in
the adjustable pedal’s path.
ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
When engaged, this device takes over accelerator operation at speeds greater than 35 mph (56 km/h). The
controls are mounted on the steering wheel.
To Activate
Push the ON/OFF button to the ON position. In the
instrument cluster, the word “CRUISE” illuminates when
the system is on.
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To Set At A Desired Speed
When the vehicle has reached the desired speed, press
and release the SET button. Release the accelerator and
the vehicle will operate at the selected speed.
To Resume Speed
To resume a previously set speed, push and release the
RESUME button. Resume can be used at any speed above
30 mph (50 km/h).
To Deactivate
A soft tap on the brake pedal, normal braking, clutch
pressure while slowing the vehicle, or pressing the CANCEL button will deactivate speed control without erasing
the memory. Pushing the ON/OFF button to the OFF
position or turning off the ignition erases the memory.
To Vary The Speed Setting
When the speed control is on, speed can be increased by
pressing and holding the ACCEL button. When the
button is released, a new set speed will be established.
WARNING!
Tapping the ACCEL button once will result in a speed
increase of 2 mph (3 km/h). Each time the button is
tapped, speed increases so that tapping the button three
times will increase speed by three increments.
Leaving the Speed Control ON when not in use is
dangerous. You could accidentally set the system to
cause it to go faster than you want. You could lose
control and have an accident. Always leave the
system OFF when you aren’t using it.
Tapping the COAST button once will result in a speed
decrease of 1 mph (2 km/h). Each time the button is
tapped, speed will decrease. For example, tapping the
button 3 times will decrease the speed by 3 mph (6
km/h).
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To decrease speed while the speed control is on, press
and hold the COAST button. Release the button when the
desired speed is reached, and the new speed will be set.
Vehicles equipped with a 6–speed-manual transmission
should be operated in 5th gear or lower under the above
conditions.
To Accelerate For Passing
Depress the accelerator as you would normally. When the
pedal is released, the vehicle will return to the set speed.
WARNING!
NOTE: When driving uphill, at elevations above 2,000
feet (610 meters), or when the vehicle is heavily loaded
the vehicle may slow below the SET speed. If the vehicle
speed drops below (refer to the table below for the speed
for your specific engine), the speed control will automatically disengage. If this happens, you can push down on
the accelerator pedal to maintain the desired speed.
Speed Control can be dangerous where the system
can’t maintain a constant speed. Your vehicle could
go too fast for the conditions, and you could lose
control. An accident could be the result. Don’t use
Speed Control in heavy traffic or on roads that are
winding, icy, snow-covered, or slippery.
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OVERHEAD CONSOLE
The overhead console consists of the following features:
Courtesy/Reading Lights
In the middle of the console are two courtesy/reading
lights.
Both lights illuminate as courtesy lights when a door is
opened, when the dimmer control is rotated to the
courtesy light position (fully upward position), or when
the UNLOCK button is pressed on the Remote Keyless
Entry transmitter, if so equipped. These lights are also
operated individually as reading lights by pressing the
recessed area of the corresponding lens.
• Courtesy/Reading Lights
• Compass/Temperature Mini-Trip Computer (CMTC)
• Universal Garage Door Opener
NOTE: The courtesy/reading lights will remain on until
the switch is pressed a second time, so be sure they have
been turned off before leaving the vehicle. If the interior
lights are left on after the vehicle is turned off, they will
extinguish after 15 minutes.
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COMPASS/TEMPERATURE MINI-TRIP COMPUTER
This overhead console consists of the following:
US/M Button
• Courtesy Lights
• Compass/Temperature Mini-Trip Computer
• Universal Garage Door Opener
This overhead console allows you to choose between a
compass/temperature display and one of four trip conditions being monitored.
Use this button to change the display from U.S. to metric
measurement units.
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RESET Button
Global Reset
If the RESET button is pressed twice within 4 seconds
while in any of the 3 resettable displays, the Global Reset
will reset all 3 displays.
Step Button
Use this button to reset the following displays to zero:
Average Fuel Economy
Trip Odometer
Elapsed time
Use this button to choose or cycle through the four trip
conditions.
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Average Fuel Economy (AVG ECO)
Shows the average fuel economy since the last reset. This
display mode becomes less sensitive to instantaneous
changes in fuel consumption as the number of total
vehicle miles since the last reset increases. It is suggested
that this mode be reset periodically for general operation
or when driving conditions change significantly (for
example, at the end of a trip or when a trailer is
connected or disconnected) to make the displayed average fuel economy a more meaningful number.
Distance To Empty (DTE)
Shows the estimated distance that can be travelled with
the fuel remaining in the tank. The estimated distance is
determined by a weighted average of the instantaneous
and average fuel economy, according to the current fuel
tank level.
When Distance To Empty = 0, the fuel gauge pointer will
initially be on the left edge of the red “E” marker. At this
point (fuel gauge pointer on the left edge of the red “E”
marker) there is reserve fuel capacity, which corresponds
to approximately 8% of tank volume. This reserve capacity was put in place to prevent the likelihood of customers running out of fuel when operating at maximum load
conditions in areas where there aren’t many gas stations.
NOTE: The Distance To Empty will remain equal to
zero, until the vehicle runs out of fuel or is refueled.
Ram SRT-10 fuel tank volume is as follows:
• 26 gallons
Trip Odometer (ODO)
This display shows the distance traveled since the last
reset.
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Elapsed Time (ET)
This display shows the accumulated ignition ON time
since the last reset.
C/T Button
WARNING!
Even if the display still reads a few degrees above
32°F ( 0°C), the road surface may be icy, particularly
in woods or on bridges. Drive carefully under such
conditions to prevent an accident and possible personal injury or property damage.
Automatic Compass Calibration
This compass is self-calibrating which eliminates the
need to manually set the compass. When the vehicle is
new, the compass may appear erratic and the CAL
symbol will be displayed.
Use this button to select a readout of the outside temperature and one of eight compass headings that indicate
the direction in which the vehicle is facing.
After completing one 360° turn, with the vehicle traveling
less than 5 mph (8 km/h), in an area free from large metal
or metallic objects, the CAL symbol will turn off and the
compass will function normally.
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Manual Compass Calibration
NOTE: To ensure proper compass calibration, make
sure the compass variance is properly set before manually calibrating the compass.
If the compass appears erratic and the CAL symbol does
not appear, you must manually put the compass into the
“Calibration” mode.
To Put Into a Calibration Mode
Turn on the ignition and set the display to “Compass/
Temperature.” Press and hold the RESET button to
change the display between VAR (compass variance) and
CAL (compass calibration) modes. When the CAL symbol is displayed complete one 360 degree turn in an area
free from large metal objects or power lines. The CAL
symbol will turn off and the compass will function
normally.
Compass Variance is the difference between magnetic
north and geographic north. In some areas of the country,
the difference between magnetic and geographic north is
great enough to cause the compass to give false readings.
If this occurs, the compass variance must be set according
to the Compass Variance Map.
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To set the variance: Turn the ignition ON and set the
display to “Compass/Temperature.” Press the RESET
button approximately five seconds. The last variance
zone number will be displayed. Press the STEP button to
select the new variance zone and press the RESET button
to resume normal operation.
Outside Temperature
Because the ambient temperature sensor is located underhood, engine temperature can influence the displayed
temperature, therefore, temperature readings are slowly
updated when the vehicle speed is below 20 mph (30
km/h) or during stop and go driving.
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GARAGE DOOR OPENER
The HomeLink威 Universal Transceiver replaces up to
three remote controls (hand held transmitters) that operate devices such as garage door openers, motorized
gates, or home lighting. It triggers these devices at the
push of a button. The Universal Transceiver operates off
your vehicle’s battery and charging system; no batteries
are needed.
For additional information on HomeLink威, call 1–800–
355–3515, or on the internet at www.homelink.com.
WARNING!
A moving garage door can cause injury to people and
pets in the path of the door. People or pets could be
seriously or fatally injured. Only use this transceiver
with a garage door opener that has a “stop and
reverse” feature as required by federal safety standards. This includes most garage door opener models manufactured after 1982. Do not use a garage
door opener without these safety features it could
cause injury or death. Call toll-free 1–800–355–3515
or, on the Internet at www.homelink.com for safety
information or assistance.
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Programming HomeLink
NOTE: When programming a garage door opener, it is
advised to park outside the garage. Some vehicles may
require the ignition switch to be turned to the second (or
⬙accessories⬙) position for programming and/or operation of HomeLink. It is also recommended that a new
battery be placed in the hand-held transmitter of the
device being programmed to HomeLink for quicker
training and accurate transmission of the radio-frequency
signal.
1. Press and hold the two outer HomeLink buttons, and
release only when the indicator light begins to flash (after
20 seconds). Do not hold the buttons for longer than 30
seconds and do not repeat step one to program a second
and/or third hand-held transmitter to the remaining two
HomeLink buttons.
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WARNING!
Vehicle exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a dangerous gas. Do not run the vehicle’s exhaust while
training the transceiver. Exhaust gas can cause serious injury or death.
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WARNING!
Your motorized door or gate will open and close
while you are training the Universal Transceiver. Do
not train the transceiver if people or pets are in the
path of the door or gate. A moving door or gate can
cause serious injury or death to people and pets or
damage to objects.
2. Position the end of your hand-held transmitter 1-3
inches (3-8 cm) away from the HomeLink buttons while
keeping the indicator light in view.
3. Simultaneously press and hold both the HomeLink
button that you want to train and the hand-held transmitter buttons. Do not release the buttons until step 4
has been completed.
NOTE: Some gate operators and garage door openers
may require you to replace this Programming Step 3 with
procedures noted in the ⬙Gate Operator/Canadian Programming⬙ section.
4. The HomeLink indicator light will flash slowly and
then rapidly after HomeLink successfully receives the
frequency signal from the hand-held transmitter. Release
both buttons after the indicator light changes from the
slow to the rapid flash.
5. Press and hold the just trained HomeLink button and
observe the indicator light. If the indicator light stays on
constantly, programming is complete and your device
should activate when the HomeLink button is pressed
and released.
NOTE: To program the remaining two HomeLink buttons, begin with ⬙Programming⬙ step two. Do not repeat
step one.
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If the indicator light blinks rapidly for two seconds and
then turns to a constant light, continue with ⴖProgrammingⴖ steps 6-8 to complete the programming of a rolling
code equipped device (most commonly a garage door
opener).
6. At the garage door opener receiver (motor-head unit)
in the garage, locate the ⬙learn⬙ or ⬙smart⬙ button. This
can usually be found where the hanging antenna wire is
attached to the motor-head unit.
7. Firmly press and release the ⬙learn⬙ or ⬙smart⬙ button.
(The name and color of the button may vary by manufacturer.)
NOTE: There are 30 seconds in which to initiate step
eight.
8. Return to the vehicle and firmly press, hold for two
seconds and release the programmed HomeLink button.
Repeat the ⴖpress/hold/releaseⴖ sequence a second time,
and, depending on the brand of the garage door opener
(or other rolling code equipped device), repeat this
sequence a third time to complete the programming.
HomeLink should now activate your rolling code
equipped device.
NOTE: To program the remaining two HomeLink buttons, begin with ⬙Programming⬙ step two. Do not repeat
step one. For questions or comments, please contact
HomeLink at www.homelink.com or 1-800-355-3515.
Canadian Programming/Gate Programming
Canadian radio-frequency laws require transmitter signals to ⬙time-out⬙ (or quit) after several seconds of
transmission which may not be long enough for
HomeLink to pick up the signal during programming.
Similar to this Canadian law, some U.S. gate operators are
designed to ⬙time-out⬙ in the same manner.
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If you live in Canada or you are having difficulties
programming a gate operator by using the ⬙Programming⬙ procedures (regardless of where you live), replace
ⴖProgramming HomeLinkⴖ step 3 with the following:
NOTE: If programming a garage door opener or gate
operator, it is advised to unplug the device during the
⬙cycling⬙ process to prevent possible overheating.
3. Continue to press and hold the HomeLink button
while you press and release every two seconds (⬙cycle⬙)
your hand-held transmitter until the frequency signal has
successfully been accepted by HomeLink. (The indicator
light will flash slowly and then rapidly.) Proceed with
⬙Programming⬙ step four to complete.
Using HomeLink
To operate, simply press and release the programmed
HomeLink button. Activation will now occur for the
trained device (i.e. garage door opener, gate operator,
security system, entry door lock, home/office lighting,
etc.). For convenience, the hand-held transmitter of the
device may also be used at any time. In the event that
there are still programming difficulties or questions,
contact HomeLink at: www.homelink.com or 1-800-3553515.
Erasing HomeLink Buttons
To erase programming from the three buttons (individual
buttons cannot be erased but can be ⬙reprogrammed⬙ note below), follow the step noted:
• Press and hold the two outer HomeLink buttons until
the indicator light begins to flash-after 20 seconds.
Release both buttons. Do not hold for longer that 30
seconds. HomeLink is now in the train (or learning)
mode and can be programmed at any time beginning
with ⬙Programming⬙ - step 2.
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Reprogramming a Single HomeLink Button
To program a device to HomeLink using a HomeLink
button previously trained, follow these steps:
This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules and with
RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
1. Press and hold the desired HomeLink button. Do
NOT release the button.
• This device may not cause harmful interference.
2. The indicator light will begin to flash after 20 seconds.
Without releasing the HomeLink button, proceed with
⬙Programming⬙ step 2
• This device must accept any interference that may be
received including interference that may cause undesired operation.
For questions or comments, contact HomeLink at:
www.homelink.com or 1-800-355-3515.
NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
Security
If you sell your vehicle, be sure to erase the frequencies.
HomeLink威 is a trademark owned by Johnson Controls,
Inc.
To erase all of the previously trained frequencies, hold
down both outside buttons until the green light begins to
flash.
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ELECTRICAL POWER OUTLETS
The auxiliary electrical outlets can provide power for in
cab accessories designed for use with the standard “cigar
lighter” plugs.
One of the outlets is the cigar lighter outlet, located in the
instrument panel below the ash receiver. This outlet has a
fused direct feed from the battery so it receives power
whether the ignition is ON or OFF.
All accessories connected to this outlet should be removed or turned OFF when the vehicle is not in use to
protect the battery against discharge.
There is an additional Pop-Up Power Outlet in the center
console ahead of the shifter lever. This outlet is powered
only when the ignition switch is in the On or Accessories
position.
CAUTION!
Direct Battery Fed Electrical Outlet(s) Use With
Engine Off
• Many accessories that can be plugged in draw
power from the vehicle’s battery, even when not
in use (i.e. cellular phones, etc.). Eventually, if
plugged in long enough, the vehicle’s battery will
discharge sufficiently to degrade battery life
and/or prevent engine starting.
• Accessories that draw higher power (i.e. coolers,
vacuum cleaners, lights, etc.), will discharge the
battery even more quickly. Only use these intermittently and with greater caution.
• After the use of high power draw accessories, or
long periods of the vehicle not being started (with
accessories still plugged in), the vehicle must be
driven a sufficient length of time to allow the
generator to recharge the vehicle’s battery.
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CIGAR LIGHTER AND ASH RECEIVER
The ash receiver is opened and closed by pushing on the
front surface of the receiver and then allowing the
receiver to open.
The cigar lighter is located in the instrument panel below
the ash receiver.
NOTE: This outlet has a fused direct feed from the
battery so it receives power whether the ignition is ON or
OFF. Leaving items such as cell phones in this outlet
when the engine is not running will cause the battery to
run down.
It heats when pushed in and pops out automatically
when ready for use. To preserve the heating element, do
not hold the lighter in the heating position.
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CUPHOLDERS
STORAGE
Front Cupholders
The cupholders consist of two cupwells for passenger
convenience.
Center Storage Compartment
The center portion of the seat folds down to provide an
armrest with unique storage compartments under the lid.
Push the button on the front of the armrest to raise the
cover. Inside there is a power outlet (if equipped),
removable coin holder (if equipped), and two dividers to
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configure the storage area into compartments. For example, compartments can be configured to hold a lap-top
computer, a cellular telephone, CD’s and miscellaneous
items. The top of the cover provides a generous firm
surface to serve as a desktop for your “mobile office.”
WARNING!
• This armrest is not a seat. Anyone seated on the
armrest could be seriously injured during vehicle
operation, or an accident. Only use the center
seating position when the armrest is fully upright.
• In an accident, the latch may open if the total
weight of the items stored exceeds about 10 lbs
(4.5 kg). These items could be thrown about
endangering occupants of the vehicle. Items
stored should not exceed a total of 10 lbs (4.5 kg).
Storage and Seats
Located in the center of the front 40/20/40 seat cushion
below the armrest storage is a second storage compartment. This lower bin of the 20% seat has additional
storage and for the vehicles equipped with the RDQ
audio system (if equipped) it will also contain the subwoofer audio amplifier in the lower bin.
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There is also storage behind the seat. This storage area
contains the 10 inch subwoofer (if equipped).
PICKUP BOX
The pickup box on your new Ram has many features
designed for utility and convenience.
NOTE: If you are installing a toolbox to the front of the
pickup box, you must use Mopar威 toolbox brackets
available from you dealer.
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You can carry wide building materials (sheets of plywood, etc.) by building a raised load floor. Place lumber
across the box in the indentations provided above the
wheel housings and in the bulkhead dividers to form the
floor.
WARNING!
The pickup box is intended for load carrying purposes only, not for passengers, who should sit in
seats and use seat belts.
WARNING!
• Care should always be exercised when operating a
vehicle with unrestrained cargo. Vehicle speeds
may need to be reduced. Severe turns or rough
roads may cause shifting or bouncing of the cargo
that may result in vehicle damage. If wide building materials are to be frequently carried, the
installation of a support is recommended. This
will restrain the cargo and transfer the load to the
pickup box floor.
• If you wish to carry more than 600 lbs (272 kg) of
material suspended above the wheelhouse, supports must be installed to transfer the weight of
the load to the pickup box floor or vehicle damage
may result. The use of proper supports will permit
loading up to the rated payload.
• Unrestrained cargo may be thrown forward in an
accident causing serious or fatal injury.
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There are stampings in the sheet metal on the inner side
bulkheads of the box in front of and behind both wheel
housings. Place wooden boards across the box from side
to side to create separate load compartments in the
pickup box.
There are four tie-down cleats bolted to the lower sides of
the pickup box that can sustain loads up to 1000 lbs (450
kg) total.
SLIDE-IN CAMPERS
DO NOT use slide-in campers on SRT-10 models.
EASY-OFF TAILGATE
Unlatch the tailgate and remove the support cables by
releasing the lock tang from the pivot, then rotate and
pull away from the box. Once the cables are free, move to
the right side of the tailgate hinge bracket.
Raise the right side of the tailgate until the right side
pivot clears the hanger bracket. Slide the entire tailgate to
the right to free the left side pivot. Remove the tailgate
from the vehicle entirely. Do not carry the tailgate loose in
the truck pickup box.
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CONTENTS
䡵 Instruments And Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
▫ Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
䡵 Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
▫ CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
䡵 Instrument Cluster Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
䡵 Compact Disc Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
䡵 Electronic Digital Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
䡵 Radio Operation And Cellular Phones . . . . . . . . 140
▫ Clock Setting Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
䡵 Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
䡵 Sales Code RBQ—AM/FM Stereo Radio With
6 - Disc CD Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
▫ Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
▫ CD Player Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
䡵 Remote Sound System Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
▫ Air Conditioning With Dual Zone Temperature
Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
▫ Operating Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
▫ Operating Tips Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
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INSTRUMENTS AND CONTROLS
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DESCRIPTION
1. Malfunction Indicator Light
This light is part of an onboard diagnostic system
which monitors the emissions and engine control
system. If the vehicle is ready for emissions
testing the light will come on when the ignition is first
turned on and remain on, as a bulb check, until the
engine is started. If the vehicle is not ready for emissions
testing the light will come on when the ignition is first
turned on and remain on for 15 seconds, then blink for 5
seconds, and remain on until the vehicle is started. If the
bulb does not come on during starting, have the condition investigated promptly.
If this light comes on and remains on while driving, it
suggests a potential engine control problem and the need
for system service.
Although your vehicle will usually be drivable and not
need towing, see your dealer for service as soon as
possible.
CAUTION!
Prolonged driving with the MIL on could cause
damage to the engine control system. It also could
affect fuel economy and driveability.
If the MIL is flashing, severe catalytic converter
damage and power loss will soon occur. Immediate
service is required.
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2. Voltage Gauge
When the engine is running, the gauge indicates
the electrical system voltage. The pointer should
stay within the normal range if the battery is charged.
Typically this would be between 12 and 14 volts. If the
pointer moves to either extreme left or right and remains
there during normal driving, the electrical system should
be serviced.
CAUTION!
Do not operate the engine with the tachometer
pointer at high rpm for extended periods. Engine
damage may occur.
NOTE: If the gauge pointer moves to either extreme of
the gauge, the “Check Gages” indicator will illuminate
and a single chime will sound.
5. Airbag Indicator Light
The indicator lights and remains lit for 6 to 8 seconds
when the ignition is first turned on. If the light stays on,
flickers or comes on while driving, have the airbag
system checked by an authorized dealer.
3. Turn Signal Indicators
Lights in instrument cluster flash when outside turn
signals are operating.
6. High Beam Indicator
This indicator shows that headlights are on high
beam.
4. Tachometer
The tachometer indicates engine speed in revolutions per
minute.
7. Seat Belt Reminder Light
When the ignition switch is first turned ON, this
light will turn on for 5 to 8 seconds as a bulb check.
During the bulb check, if the driver’s seat belt is
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unbuckled, a chime will sound. After the bulb check or
when driving, if the driver seat belt remains unbuckled,
the Seat Belt Warning Light will flash or remain on
continuously. Refer to ⬙Enhanced Driver Seat Belt Reminder System (BeltAlert)⬙ in the Occupant Restraints
section for more information.
8. Speedometer
The speedometer shows the vehicle speed in miles per
hour and/or kilometers per hour.
9. Oil Pressure Gauge
The pointer should always indicate some oil pressure when the engine is running. Typically this
would be between 40 and 100 psi. A continuous high or
low reading, under normal driving conditions, may
indicate a lubrication system malfunction. Immediate
service should be obtained.
NOTE: If the gauge pointer moves to either extreme of
the gauge, the “Check Gages” indicator will illuminate
and a single chime will sound.
10. CARGO LAMP
The Cargo Lamp light will illuminate when the Cargo
Lamp is activated from the dimmer control switch,
located next to the headlight switch.
11. DOOR AJAR
The Door Ajar light will illuminate when any
door is opened. When the ignition is ON the
Door Ajar light will stay illuminated until the
open door is closed. When the ignition is OFF
the Door Ajar light will stay illuminated until the open
door is closed or the battery saver feature automatically
turns the light off.
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12. Temperature Gauge
The temperature gauge indicates engine coolant
temperature. Any reading within the normal
range (less that the red zone) indicates that the
cooling system is operating satisfactorily. The gauge
needle will likely indicate a higher temperature when
driving in hot weather, up mountain grades, in heavy
traffic. If the needle rises into the red zone, stop the
vehicle, shift into N (Neutral), and increase the engine
idle speed for 2 to 3 minutes. If the temperature reading
does not return to normal, shut your engine OFF and
allow it to cool. Seek authorized service immediately. See
Cooling System information in the section on “Maintaining Your Vehicle.”
NOTE: If the gauge pointer moves to either extreme of
the gauge, the “Check Gages” indicator will illuminate
and a single chime will sound.
CAUTION!
Do not leave your vehicle unattended with the
engine running as you would not be able to react to
the temperature indicator if the engine overheats.
13. Security
The light will flash rapidly for approximately 16 seconds
when the vehicle theft alarm is arming. The light will
flash at a slower rate after the alarm is set. The security
light will also come on for about two seconds when the
ignition is first turned ON.
14. CRUISE Light
This indicator lights when the electronic speed control
system is turned on.
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15. CHECK GAGES
This light illuminates when the Voltmeter, Engine
Oil Pressure or Engine Coolant Temperature
gages indicate a reading either too high or too low.
Examine the gages carefully, and follow the instructions
above for each indicated problem.
NOTE: When the ignition switch is turned to OFF, the
Fuel Gage, Voltmeter, Oil Pressure and Engine Coolant
Temperature gages may not show accurate readings.
When the engine is not running, turn the ignition switch
to ON to obtain accurate readings.
16. BRAKE System Warning Light
This light illuminates when the ignition key is turned to
the ON position and remains on for a few seconds. If the
light stays on longer, it may be an indication that the
parking brake has not been released. This light will
illuminate if the brake fluid is low, especially when
braking or accelerating hard. This light will illuminate if
the ABS indicator light has a malfunction. This light will
flash if the engine is running and the parking brake is on.
If the light remains on when the parking brake is
released, it indicates a possible brake hydraulic system
malfunction. In this case, the light will remain on until
the cause is corrected.
If brake failure is indicated, immediate repair is necessary
and continued operation of the vehicle in this condition is
dangerous.
Acceleration which causes the rear wheels to slip for a
period of time may result in the red brake light illuminating and a brake switch code being set on ABS
equipped vehicles. Depressing the brake pedal should
extinguish the red brake light.
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17. ABS Warning Light
This light monitors the Anti-Lock Brake System
which is described elsewhere in this manual. This
light will come on when the ignition key is turned to the
ON position and may stay on for five seconds. If the ABS
light remains on or comes on during driving, it indicates
that the anti-lock portion of the brake system is not
functioning and that service is required. See your authorized dealer immediately. The ABS light could also
illuminate during loss of traction and remain illuminated
until the brake pedal is pressed.
18. Odometer/Trip Odometer
The odometer shows the total distance the vehicle has
been driven.
If the odometer reading is changed during repair or
replacement, be sure to keep a record of the reading
before and after the service so that the correct mileage can
be determined.
The trip odometer shows individual trip mileage. To
toggle between the odometer and the trip odometer,
press the Odometer/Trip Odometer Button. To reset the
Trip Odometer, press and hold the button while in trip
mode, until the Trip Odometer resets.
NOTE: There is also an engine hour function. This
indicates the number of hours the engine has been
running. To display the engine hours perform the following: Place the ignition in RUN, but do not start the
engine. With the odometer value displayed, hold the trip
button down for a period of 6 seconds. The odometer will
change to trip value first, then it will display the engine
hour value. The engine hours will be displayed for a
period of 30 seconds until the ignition is turned off or the
engine is started.
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19. LAMP OUT Light
The LAMP OUT indicator in the instrument cluster alerts
the driver if a defective bulb or wiring circuit is detected
for most of the exterior lamps - headlamps, turn signal
lamps, and stop lamps.
20. LOW WASH Light
This light comes on when the washer fluid level falls
below approximately 1/4 filled. The light will remain on
until fluid is added and one minute has elapsed.
21. Odometer/Trip Odometer Button
Press this button to toggle between the odometer and the
trip odometer display. Holding the button in resets the
trip odometer reading when in trip mode.
22. Fuel Gauge
Shows level of fuel in tank when ignition switch is in the
ON position.
23. Low Fuel Warning Light
Illuminates when the pointer is between “E” and
1/8 indication mark (approximately 15% of tank
volume) on the fuel gauge. When the fuel gauge
pointer is on “E” (equivalent to Distance To Empty [DTE]
= 0 on the overhead console if so equipped) there is
reserve fuel capacity, which corresponds to approximately 8% of tank volume. This reserve capacity was put
in place to prevent the likelihood of customers running
out of fuel when operating at maximum load conditions
in areas where there aren’t many gas stations.
Ram SRT-10 fuel tank volume is as follows:
• 26 gallons (98L)
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24. Oil Temperature Gauge – if equipped
This gauge shows the oil temperature. The gauge pointer
will likely show higher temperatures when driving in hot
weather, up mountain grades, or in heavy stop and go
traffic. If this gauge reaches the red zone you should stop
the vehicle, shift into Neutral, and increase the engine
idle speed for 2 to 3 minutes. If the temperature reading
does not return to normal, shut OFF your engine and
allow it to cool.
NOTE: The oil temperature gauge will not illuminate
the CHECK GAGES Light.
ELECTRONIC DIGITAL CLOCK
The clock and radio each use the display panel built into
the radio. A digital readout shows the time in hours and
minutes whenever the ignition switch is in the “ON” or
“ACC” position.
When the ignition switch is in the “OFF” position, or
when the radio frequency is being displayed, time keeping is accurately maintained.
Clock Setting Procedure
1. Turn the ignition switch to the “ON” or “ACC”
position. Using the point of a ballpoint pen or similar
object, press either the “H” (Hour) or “M” (Minute)
buttons on the radio. The display will show the time.
2. Press the “H” button to set hours or the “M” button to
set minutes. The time setting will increase each time you
press a button.
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SALES CODE RBQ—AM/FM STEREO RADIO
WITH 6 - DISC CD CHANGER
NOTE: Power to operate the radio is controlled by the
ignition switch. It must be in the ON or ACC position to
operate the radio.
Mode
Press the MODE button repeatedly to select between AM,
FM, the CD changer and Sirius Satellite Radio™ (if
equipped). The display will show ST when a stereo
station is received.
Radio Operation
Power/Volume Control
Press the PWR/VOL control to turn the radio on. Turn
the volume control clockwise to increase the volume.
To select Sirius Satellite Radio™ (if equipped), press the
MODE button until the word SIRIUS appears. The following will be displayed in this order: After three seconds, the current channel name and number will be
displayed for five seconds. The current program type and
channel number will then be displayed for five seconds.
The current channel name and number will then be
displayed until an action occurs. CD’s may remain in the
player while in the Satellite Radio mode.
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Seek
Press and release the SEEK button to search for the next
station in either the AM or FM mode. Press the top of the
button to seek up and the bottom to seek down. The
radio will remain tuned to the new station until you
make another selection. Holding the button in will bypass stations without stopping until you release it.
Tune
Press the TUNE control up or down to increase or
decrease the frequency. If the button is pressed and held,
the radio will continue to tune until the button is
released. The frequency will be displayed and continuously updated while the button is pressed.
Balance — BAL
The Balance control adjusts the left-to-right speaker balance. Press the BAL button in and it will pop out. Adjust
the balance and push the button back in.
Fade
The Fade control provides for balance between the front
and rear speakers. Press the FADE button in and it will
pop out. Adjust the balance and push the button back in.
Tone Control
The tone controls affect the Bass and Treble frequency
bands. Each is controlled by a slider control with a detent
at the mid position. Moving a control up or down
increases or decreases amplification of the band. The mid
position provides a balanced output.
To Set The Radio Push-Button Memory
When you are receiving a station that you wish to
commit to push-button memory, press the SET RND
button. SET 1 will show in the display window. Select the
“1–6” button you wish to lock onto this station and press
and release that button. If a button is not selected within
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5 seconds after pressing the SET RND button, the station
will continue to play but will not be locked into pushbutton memory.
You may add a second station to each push-button by
repeating the above procedure with this exception: Press
the SET button twice and SET 2 will show in the display
window. Each button can be set for SET 1 and SET 2 in
both AM and FM. This allows a total of 12 AM and 12 FM
stations to be locked into push-button memory. The
stations stored in SET 2 memory can be selected by
pressing the corresponding push-button twice. Every
time a preset button is used, a corresponding button
number will be displayed.
Time Button
Press the TIME button to change the display between
radio frequency and time.
General Information
This radio complies with Part 15 of FCC rules and with
RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference,
2. This device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressively approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
CD Player Operation
NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC
position and the Power / Volume control pushed ON
before the CD player will operate.
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Inserting The Compact Disc
CAUTION!
This CD player will accept 4 3⁄4 inch (12 cm) discs
only. The use of other sized discs may damage the
CD player mechanism.
You may either insert or eject a disc with the radio OFF.
If you insert a disc with the ignition ON and the radio
OFF, the display will show the time of day. If you insert
a disc with the ignition OFF, the display will show the
time of day for about 5 seconds, then go out.
If you insert a disc with the ignition ON and the radio
ON, the unit will switch from radio to CD mode and
begin to play when you insert the disc. The display will
show the disc number, the track number, and index time
in minutes and seconds. Play will begin at the start of
track 1.
LOAD/ EJT — Load
Press the LOAD/ EJT button and the button with the
corresponding number where the CD is being loaded.
After the radio displays “load” insert the CD into the
player.
Radio display will show “loading” when it is being
loaded.
LOAD / EJT — Eject
Press the LOAD/ EJT button and the button with the
corresponding number where the CD was loaded and the
disc will unload and move to the entrance for easy
removal.
Radio display will show “ejecting” when it is being
ejected.
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If you have ejected a disc and have not removed it within
15 seconds, it will be reloaded. If the CD is not removed,
the radio will continue to play the non-removed CD. If
the CD is removed and there are other CD’s in the radio,
the radio will play the next CD. If the CD is removed and
there are no other CD’s in the radio, the radio will return
to the last selected AM or FM mode.
The disc can be ejected with the radio and ignition OFF.
Seek
Press the top of the SEEK button for the next selection on
the CD. Press the bottom of the button to return to the
beginning of the current selection, or return to the
beginning of the previous selection if the CD is within the
first second of the current selection.
Scan
Press the Scan button to scan through each track on the
CD currently playing.
FF/TUNE/RW
Press FF (Fast Forward) and the CD player will begin to
fast forward until FF is released. The RW ( Reverse)
button works in a similar manner.
Random Play — SET / RND
Press the RND button while the CD is playing to activate
Random Play. This feature plays the tracks on the disc in
random order to provide an interesting change of pace.
Press the SEEK button to move to the next randomly
selected track.
Press TUNE FF to fast forward through the tracks. Press
the FF button a second time to stop the fast forward
feature. If TUNE RW is pressed, the current track will
reverse to the beginning of the track and begin playing.
Press the SET / RND button a second time to stop
Random Play.
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PTY (Program Type) Button
Pressing this button once will turn on the PTY mode for
5 seconds. If no action is taken during the 5 second time
out the PTY icon will turn off. Pressing the PTY button
within 5 seconds will allow the program format type to
be selected. Many radio stations do not currently broadcast PTY information.
Toggle the PTY button to select the following format types:
Program Type
Adult Hits
Classical
Classic Rock
College
Country
Emergency
Emergency Test
Information
Jazz
Radio Display
Adlt Hit
Classicl
Cls Rock
College
Country
ALERT!
Test
Inform
Jazz
Program Type
Foreign Language
News
Nostalgia
Oldies
Personality
Public
Rhythm and Blues
Religious Music
Religious Talk
Rock
Soft
Soft Rock
Soft Rhythm and Blues
Sports
Talk
Top 40
Weather
Radio Display
Language
News
Nostalga
Oldies
Persnlty
Public
R&B
Rel Musc
Rel Talk
Rock
Soft
Soft Rck
Soft R&B
Sports
Talk
Top 40
Weather
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By pressing the SEEK button when the PTY icon is
displayed, the radio will be tuned to the next frequency
station with the same selected PTY name. The PTY
function only operates when in the FM mode.
The radio display will flash “SEEK” and the selected PTY
program type when searching for the next PTY station. If
no station is found with the selected PTY program type,
the radio will return to the last station.
If a preset button is activated while in the PTY (Program
Type) mode, the PTY mode will be exited and the radio
will tune to the preset station.
By pressing the SCAN button when the PTY icon is
displayed, the radio will stop at every PTY station on the
band and list each corresponding program type in the
radio display.
Time
Press the TIME button to change the display from
elapsed CD playing time to time of day.
REMOTE SOUND SYSTEM CONTROLS
The remote sound system controls are located on the rear
surface of the steering wheel. Reach behind the wheel to
access the switches.
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The right hand control is a rocker type switch with a
button in the center. Pressing the top of the switch will
increase the volume and pressing the bottom of the
switch will decrease the volume. The center button of the
right hand control will allow you to change the mode.
The left hand control is a rocker type switch with a push
button in the center. The function of the left hand control
is different depending on which mode you are in.
CD Player
Pressing the top of the switch once will go to the next
track on the CD. Pressing the bottom of the switch once
will go to the beginning of the current track or to the
beginning of the previous track if it is within one second
after the current track begins to play.
If you press the switch up or down twice it plays the
second track, three times, it will play the third, etc.
The following describes the left hand control operation in
each mode.
The button in the center of the left hand switch has no
function in this mode.
Radio Operation
Pressing the top of the left side switch will SEEK up for
the next listenable station and pressing the bottom of the
switch will SEEK down for the next listenable station.
COMPACT DISC MAINTENANCE
To keep the compact discs in good condition, take the
following precautions:
The button located in the center of the left hand control
will tune to the next pre-set station that you have
programmed in the radio pre-set push-buttons.
1. Handle the disc by its edge; avoid touching the
surface.
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2. If the disc is stained, clean the surface with a soft cloth,
wiping from center to edge.
3. Do not apply paper or tape to the disc; avoid scratching the disc.
4. Do not use solvents such as benzene, thinner, cleaners,
or antistatic sprays.
5. Store the disc in its case after playing.
6. Do not expose the disc to direct sunlight.
7. Do not store the disc where temperatures may become
too high.
NOTE: If you experience difficulty in playing a particular disc, it may be damaged, oversized, or have theft
protection encoding. Try a known good disc before
considering disc player service.
RADIO OPERATION AND CELLULAR PHONES
Under certain conditions, the operation of a cellular
phone in your vehicle can cause erratic or noisy performance from your radio. This condition may be lessened
or eliminated by relocating the cellular phone antenna.
This condition is not harmful to the radio. If your radio
performance does not satisfactorily “clear” by the repositioning of the antenna, it is recommended that the radio
volume be turned down or off during cellular phone
operation.
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CLIMATE CONTROLS
Air Conditioning with Dual Zone Temperature
Control
With the Dual Zone Temperature Control System, each
front seat occupant can independently control the temperature of air coming from the outlets on their side of
the vehicle.
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Air Conditioning Operation
To turn on the Air Conditioning, set the fan control at any
speed and press the snowflake button located on the
control panel. Conditioned air will be directed through
the outlets selected by the mode control. A light in the
snowflake button shows that the air conditioning is on.
Press the button a second time to turn the air conditioning off.
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A/C Pushbutton
With the fan control in the ON position, pushing the A/C button turns on
the air conditioning compressor. An
indicator light on the button shows
that the Air Conditioning compressor
is on. Conditioned air is now directed
through the mode outlets selected.
Pushing the button a second time turns the compressor
OFF.
Recirculation Pushbutton
Pushing the Recirculation button allows interior air to recirculate continuously in any position except defrost
and defrost/floor mode for rapid cool
down of the interior. See “Fast
Cooldown” later in this section.
Mode Control
The mode control allows you to
choose from several patterns of air
distribution.
NOTE: To improve your selection choices, the system
allows you to operate at intermediate positions between
the major modes. These intermediate positions are identified by the small dots and give an even blend of both
modes.
Panel
Outside air flows through the outlets located in the
instrument panel. These outlets can be adjusted to
direct the airflow.
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Bi-Level
Air flows through the outlets located in the instrument panel and those located on the floor.
NOTE: There is a difference in temperature between the
upper and lower outlets for added comfort. The warmer
air goes to the floor outlets. This feature gives improved
comfort during sunny but cool conditions.
Heat
Outside air flows primarily through the floor outlets located under the instrument panel.
Mix
Outside air flows in equal proportions through the
floor and defroster outlets.
Defrost
Outside air is primarily directed to the windshield
through the defroster outlets located at the base of
the windshield and side window demist outlets.
NOTE: The air conditioning compressor operates in
both Mix and Defrost or a blend of these modes, even if
the A/C button has not been pressed. This dehumidifies
the air to help dry the windshield.
Blower Control
The rotary knob on the left of
the control panel is the
blower control. Turn the knob
clockwise to one of the four
positions to obtain the blower
speed you desire. To turn the
blower off, turn the knob to
the far left position.
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Dual Zone Temperature Control
Use this control to regulate the temperature of the air
inside the passenger compartment. This is accomplished
by having separate temperature control slides for both
the driver and front passenger. The blue area of the scale
indicates cooler temperatures while the red area indicates
warmer temperatures.
Electric Rear Window Defroster and Heated
Sideview Mirrors — If Equipped
The Electric Rear Window Defroster and Heated
side view mirrors are activated by pressing the
heated grid button, located on the Climate Control panel,
with the ignition On. Turning Off the ignition will
deactivate the Electric Rear Window Defroster and
Heated side view mirrors feature. These features also
turn off after activation, when 15 minutes have elapsed.
To reactivate, simply press the button again.
Circulation
The cab is designed with features to promote outside air
circulation. There are grilles in the cab back panel. These
are air exhausters that provide the means for regular
exchange of cab air.
Side window demisters direct air flow specifically to the
window glass to help prevent interior fogging of the
glass. They are located in the extreme outside upper
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edges of the instrument panel. The demisters also provide extra air ducts for circulation. They are in operation
whenever the Floor, Mix or Defrost modes are in use.
NOTE: When you turn off the engine you may hear a
hissing sound from under the hood for a short period of
time. This is a normal condition that occurs if the air
conditioning system has been on. It is not an indication of
a problem with the air conditioning system.
Operating Tips
Fast Cooldown
For a fast cooldown, turn the blower fan rotary knob to
the extreme right position, turn the mode control to the
panel fresh position, press the snowflake button to turn
on the air conditioning, and drive with the windows
open for the first few minutes. Once the hot air has been
expelled, close the windows and press the Recirculation
pushbutton. When a comfortable condition has been
reached, choose a mode position and adjust the temperature control slide and blower speed as necessary to
maintain comfort. For high humidity conditions it may
be necessary to remain in the Recirculation mode to
maintain comfort.
Window Fogging
Windows will fog on the inside when the humidity inside
the vehicle is high. This often occurs in mild or cool
temperatures when it’s rainy or humid. In most cases
turning on the Air-conditioning (pressing the snowflake
button) will clear the fog. Adjust the temperature control,
air direction and blower speed to maintain comfort.
As the temperature gets colder it may be necessary to
direct air onto the windshield by using MIX Mode
position on the control. Adjust the temperature control
and blower speed to maintain comfort. Higher blower
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speeds will reduce fogging. Interior fogging on the
windshield can be quickly removed by selecting the
defrost mode.
Regular cleaning of the inside of the windows with a
non-filming cleaning solution (vinegar and water works
very well) will help prevent contaminates (cigarette
smoke, perfumes, etc.) from sticking to the windows.
Contaminates increase the rate of window fogging.
Summer Operation
Air conditioned vehicles must be protected with a high
quality antifreeze coolant during summer to provide
proper corrosion protection and to raise the boiling point
of the coolant for protection against overheating. A 50 %
concentration is recommended. Refer to Recommended
Fluids and Genuine Parts for the proper coolant type.
When using the air conditioner in extremely heavy traffic
in hot weather especially when towing a trailer, additional engine cooling may be required. If this situation is
encountered, operate the transmission in a lower gear to
increase engine RPM, coolant flow and fan speed. When
stopped in heavy traffic, it may be necessary to shift into
NEUTRAL and depress the accelerator slightly for fast
idle operation to increase coolant flow and fan speed.
NOTE: On models equipped with Diesel engines, the
idle speed will automatically increase to 1000 rpm at
elevated coolant temperatures to improve engine cooling.
Your air conditioning system is also equipped with an
automatic recirculation system. When the system senses
a heavy load or high heat conditions, it may use partial
Recirculation A/C mode to provide additional comfort.
Winter Operation
When operating the system during the winter months,
make sure the air intake, located directly in front of the
windshield, is free of ice, slush, snow, or other obstructions.
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Operating Tips Chart
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CONTENTS
䡵 Ignition/Starter Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
▫ If Engine Fails To Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
▫ Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
▫ After Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
▫ Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
䡵 Transmission Shifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
▫ On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
▫ Manual Transmission — 6-Speed . . . . . . . . . . 155
▫ ACC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
䡵 Limited-Slip Differential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
▫ Manual Transmission Key Release Button . . . . 152
䡵 Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
▫ Key Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
䡵 Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
䡵 Starting Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
▫ Brake Noise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
▫ Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
▫ Four-Wheel Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) . . . 160
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䡵 Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
▫ Alignment And Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
䡵 Tire Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
䡵 Supplemental Tire Pressure Information . . . . . . . 179
▫ Tire Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
䡵 Tire Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
▫ Tire Identification Number (TIN) . . . . . . . . . . 166
䡵 Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
▫ Tire Loading And Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . 167
䡵 Tire Rotation Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
䡵 Tires—General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
䡵 Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
▫ Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
▫ Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
▫ Tire Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
▫ Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
▫ Radial-Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
▫ MMT In Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
▫ Compact Spare Tire — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . 175
▫ Sulfur In Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
▫ Tire Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
▫ Materials Added To Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
▫ Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
▫ Fuel System Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
▫ Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
▫ Carbon Monoxide Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
STARTING AND OPERATING 151
䡵 Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
䡵 Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
▫ Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
䡵 Snowplow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
䡵 Catalytic Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
▫ Dodge SRT-10 Models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
䡵 Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
䡵 Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
▫ Certification Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
䡵 Equipment Identification Plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
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IGNITION/STARTER SWITCH
OFF
Unlocks the steering wheel (if equipped with locking
wheel).
ON
This is the normal running position.
ACC
Allows the electrical accessories to be used when the
engine is not running.
LOCK
Engages the steering wheel lock (if equipped) when the
steering wheel is turned.
Manual Transmission Key Release Button
To remove the key on vehicles equipped with manual
transmissions, turn the key to the Lock position and press
the button to remove the ignition key.
Key Reminder
An alarm will sound to remind you if the key is left in the
ignition and the driver’s door is opened.
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STARTING PROCEDURES
The starter should not be operated for more than 15second intervals. Waiting a few seconds between such
intervals will protect the starter from overheating.
Manual Transmission
Apply the parking brake, place the gearshift control lever
in NEUTRAL and depress the clutch pedal to the floor
before starting the vehicle. This vehicle is equipped with
a clutch interlocking ignition system. It will not start
unless the clutch is fully depressed. Place the ignition
switch in the ON position.
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Normal starting of either a cold or a
warm engine does not require pumping or depressing the accelerator
pedal. To start the vehicle, turn the key
to the ON position and press the red
ENGINE START button located on the
instrument panel and release when the
engine starts. If the engine fails to start within 10 seconds,
turn the key to the OFF position, wait 5 seconds, then
repeat the normal starting procedure.
If Engine Fails To Start
If the engine fails to start after you have followed the
normal starting procedure, it may be flooded. Push the
accelerator pedal all the way to the floor and hold it there
while cranking the engine. This should clear any excess
fuel in case the engine is flooded.
CAUTION!
To prevent damage to the starter, do not crank the
engine for more than 15–seconds at a time. Wait 10 to
15 seconds before trying again.
If the engine has been flooded, it may start to run, but not
have enough power to continue running when the key is
released. If this occurs, continue cranking with the accelerator pedal pushed all the way to the floor. Release the
accelerator pedal and the key once the engine is running
smoothly.
If the engine shows no sign of starting after two 15
second periods of cranking with the accelerator pedal
held to the floor, the normal starting procedure should be
repeated.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
Never pour fuel or other flammable liquids into the
throttle body air inlet opening in an attempt to start
the vehicle. This could result in a flash fire causing
serious personal injury.
Do not leave children or animals inside parked
vehicles in hot weather. Interior heat build up may
cause serious injury or death.
After Starting
The idle speed is automatically controlled and will decrease as the engine warms up.
CAUTION!
Long periods of engine idling, especially at high
engine speeds can cause excessive exhaust temperatures which can damage your vehicle. Do not leave
your vehicle unattended with the engine running.
TRANSMISSION SHIFTING
Manual Transmission — 6-Speed
NOTE: The parking brake should be engaged before
leaving the vehicle, especially on an incline.
This model is equipped with a clutch interlocking ignition system. The clutch pedal must be fully depressed to
start the vehicle.
Fully depress the clutch pedal before shifting gears. As
you release the clutch pedal, lightly depress the accelerator pedal. When launching a stationary vehicle, keep the
engine speed low until the clutch is fully engaged.
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Damage to the clutch can result from starting in 2nd or
3rd gear with a loaded vehicle. Use each gear in numerical order – do not skip a
gear.
For improved clutch life, all six forward gears should be
used. For steady highway driving with light acceleration,
6th gear is recommended. When shifting from 4th to 5th
gear, apply side effort away and forward without pushing hard enough to engage Reverse gear. Shifting from
5th to 6th requires the same side effort or the lever will
return to center resulting in a shift into 4th gear and
damage the transmission, clutch, or engine.
You should use low gear when starting from a standing
position if under a heavy load.
To shift into Reverse, come to a complete stop. Depress
the clutch and pause briefly to allow the gear train to
stop. Move the shift lever from the Neutral position
straight across and up into Reverse.
Never drive with your foot resting on the clutch pedal, or
attempt to hold the vehicle on a hill with the clutch pedal
partially engaged, as this will cause abnormal wear on
the clutch.
Recommended Shift Speeds
To use your manual transmission for fuel economy it
should be upshifted as listed below. Shift at the vehicle
speeds listed for acceleration. Earlier upshifts during
cruise conditions (relatively steady speeds) will result in
increased fuel economy, and may be used as indicated.
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MPH
(km/h)
MANUAL TRANSMISSION
RECOMMENDED SHIFT SPEEDS
1-2
2-3
3-4
4-5
15
25
40
45
(24)
(40)
(65)
(72)
CAUTION!
5-6
50
(80)
Higher upshift speeds may be used to obtain a desired
acceleration rate.
Downshifting
Moving from a high gear down to a lower gear is
recommended to preserve brakes when driving down
steep hills. In addition, downshifting at the right time
provides better acceleration when you desire to resume
speed. Downshifting progressively. Do not skip gears to
avoid overspeeding the engine and clutch. For acceleration at speeds less than 15 mph (25 km/h), 2nd gear is
recommended.
When descending a hill, be very careful to downshift
one gear at a time to prevent overspeeding the
engine which can cause valve damage.
LIMITED-SLIP DIFFERENTIAL
The limited-slip differential provides additional traction
on snow, ice, mud, sand and gravel, particularly when
there is a difference between the traction characteristics
of the surface under the right and left rear wheels. During
normal driving and cornering, the limited-slip unit performs similarly to a conventional differential. On slippery surfaces, however, the differential delivers more of
the driving effort to the rear wheel having the better
traction.
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The limited-slip differential is especially helpful during
slippery driving conditions. With both rear wheels on a
slippery surface, a slight application of the accelerator
will supply maximum traction. When starting with only
one rear wheel on an excessively slippery surface, slight
momentary application of the parking brake may be
necessary to gain maximum traction.
WARNING!
On vehicles equipped with a limited-slip differential, never run the engine with one rear wheel off the
ground, since the vehicle may drive through the rear
wheel remaining on the ground. You could lose
control of the vehicle.
Care should be taken to avoid sudden accelerations when
both rear wheels are on a slippery surface. This could
cause both rear wheels to spin, and allow the vehicle to
slide sideways on the crowned surface of a road or in a
turn.
PARKING BRAKE
The foot operated parking brake is positioned below the
lower left corner of the instrument panel. To release the
parking brake, pull the parking brake release handle.
NOTE: The instrument cluster red brake warning light
will come on and flash to indicate that the parking brake
is applied. You must be sure that the parking brake is
fully applied before leaving the vehicle.
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WARNING!
Be sure the parking brake is firmly set when parked and
the gear shift lever is in the REVERSE position.
• Always fully apply the parking brake when leaving your vehicle, or it may roll and cause damage
or injury. Also be certain to leave a manual
transmission in Reverse or first gear. Failure to do
so may allow the vehicle to roll and cause damage
or injury.
• Leaving children in a vehicle unattended is dangerous for a number of reasons. A child or others
could be injured. Children should be warned not
to touch the parking brake or the gear selector
lever. Don’t leave the keys in the ignition. A child
could operate power windows, other controls, or
move the vehicle.
• Be sure the parking brake is fully disengaged
before driving, failure to do so can lead to brake
problems due to excessive heating of the rear
brakes.
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When parking on a hill, turn the front wheels toward the
curb on a downhill grade and away from the curb on an
uphill grade.
The parking brake should always be applied whenever
the driver is not in the vehicle.
BRAKE SYSTEM
If power assist is lost for any reason (for example,
repeated brake applications with the engine off), the
brakes will still function. However, you will experience a
substantial increase in braking effort to stop the vehicle.
If either the front or rear hydraulic systems lose normal
capability, the remaining system will still function with
some loss of overall braking effectiveness. This will be
evident by increased pedal travel during application,
greater pedal force required to slow or stop, and activation of the BRAKE warning lamp and the ABS lamp (if
equipped) during brake use.
Brake Noise
During normal operation of the brake system certain
noises may be present from time to time. Occasional
⬙groan⬙ or ⬙squeal⬙ noises may occur during normal
operation of the brake system which may not be indicative of a problem. These noises may be heard at any time
the brakes are applied but may be more noticeable during
the first few brake applications in the morning. Moisture,
hot or cold temperature, dust, and or other debris may
also contribute to the noise condition. Repeated or continuous noises during braking may be an indication that
the brake linings are worn and in need of replacement.
Four-Wheel Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
This Anti-lock Brake System is designed to aid the driver
in maintaining vehicle control under adverse braking
conditions. The system operates with a separate computer to modulate hydraulic pressure to prevent wheel
lockup and help avoid skidding on slippery surfaces.
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The system’s pump motor runs during an ABS stop to
provide regulated hydraulic pressure. The pump motor
makes a low humming noise during operation. This is
normal.
When you are in a severe braking condition involving
use of the Anti-lock Brake System, you will experience
some pedal drop as the vehicle comes to a complete stop.
This is the result of the system reverting to the base brake
system and is normal.
Engagement of the Anti-lock Brake System may be
accompanied by a pulsing sensation. You may also hear a
clicking noise. These occurrences are normal, and indicate that the system is functioning.
ABS Warning Light
The Anti-lock Brake System includes an amber warning
light. When the light is illuminated, the Anti-lock Brake
System is not functioning. The system reverts to standard
non-anti-lock brakes.
WARNING!
Pumping of the anti-lock brakes will diminish their
effectiveness and may lead to an accident. Pumping
makes the stopping distance longer. Just press firmly
on your brake pedal when you need to slow down or
stop.
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WARNING!
• Anti-lock system (ABS) cannot prevent the natural laws of physics from acting on the vehicle, nor
can it increase braking or steering efficiency beyond that afforded by the condition of the vehicle
brakes and tires or the traction afforded.
• The ABS cannot prevent accidents, including
those resulting from excessive speed in turns,
following another vehicle too closely, or hydroplaning. Only a safe, attentive, and skillful driver
can prevent accidents.
• The capabilities of an ABS equipped vehicle must
never be exploited in a reckless or dangerous
manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety
or the safety of others.
POWER STEERING
Your power steering system will provide mechanical
steering capability if power assist is lost.
If for any reason the hydraulic pressure is interrupted, it
will still be possible to steer your vehicle. Under these
conditions you will experience a substantial increase in
steering effort.
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TIRE SAFETY INFORMATION
Tire Markings
• European Metric tire sizing is based on European
design standards. Tires designed to this standard have
the tire size molded into the sidewall beginning with
the section width. The letter ⬙P⬙ is absent from this tire
size designation. Example: 215/65R15 96H
• LT(Light Truck)-Metric tire sizing is based on U.S.
design standards. The size designation for LT-Metric
tires is the same as for P-Metric tires except for the
letters “LT” that are molded into the sidewall preceding the size designation. Example: LT235/85R16.
NOTE:
• P(Passenger)-Metric tire sizing is based on U.S. design
standards. P-Metric tires have the letter “P” molded
into the sidewall preceding the size designation. Example: P215/65R15 95H.
• Temporary Spare tires are high pressure compact
spares designed for temporary emergency use only.
Tires designed to this standard have the letter “T”
molded into the sidewall preceding the size designation. Example: T145/80D18 103M.
• High Flotation tire sizing is based on U.S. design
standards and begins with the tire diameter molded
into the sidewall. Example: 31x10.5 R15 LT.
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Tire Sizing Chart
EXAMPLE:
Size Designation:
P = Passenger car tire size based on U.S. design standards
ⴖ....blank....ⴖ = Passenger car tire based on European design standards
LT = Light Truck tire based on U.S. design standards
T = Temporary Spare tire
31 = Overall Diameter in Inches (in)
215 = Section Width in Milimeters (mm)
65 = Aspect Ratio in Percent (%)
—Ratio of section height to section width of tire.
10.5 = Section Width in Inches (in)
R = Construction Code
—⬙R⬙ means Radial Construction.
—⬙D⬙ means Diagonal or Bias Construction.
15 = Rim Diameter in Inches (in)
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EXAMPLE:
Service Description:
95 = Load Index
—A numerical code associated with the maximum load a tire can carry.
H = Speed Symbol
—A symbol indicating the range of speeds at which a tire can carry a load corresponding
to its load index under certain operating conditions.
—The maximum speed corresponding to the Speed Symbol should only be achieved under specified operating conditions. (ie. tire pressure, vehicle loading, road conditions and
posted speed limits).
Load Identification:
ⴖ....blank....ⴖ = Absence of any text on sidewall of the tire indicates a Standard Load (SL) Tire
Extra Load (XL) = Extra Load (or Reinforced) Tire
Light Load = Light Load Tire
C,D,E = Load range associated with the maximum load a tire can carry at a specified pressure
Maximum Load — Maximum Load indicates the maximum load this tire is designed to carry.
Maximum Pressure — Maximum Pressure indicates the maximum permissible cold tire inflation pressure for this
tire.
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Tire Identification Number (TIN)
The TIN may be found on one or both sides of the tire
however the date code may only be on one side. Tires
with white sidewalls will have the full TIN including
date code located on the white sidewall side of the tire.
Look for the TIN on the outboard side of black sidewall
tires as mounted on the vehicle. If the TIN is not found on
the outboard side then you will find it on the inboard side
of the tire.
EXAMPLE:
DOT MA L9 ABCD 0301
DOT = Department of Transportation
—This symbol certifies that the tire is in compliance with the U.S. Department of Transportation tire
safety standards, and is approved for highway use.
MA = Code representing the tire manufacturing location.(2 digits)
L9 = Code representing the tire size.(2 digits)
ABCD = Code used by tire manufacturer.(1 to 4 digits)
03 = Number representing the week in which the tire was manufactured.(2 digits)
—03 means the 3rd week.
01 = Number representing the year in which the tire was manufactured.(2 digits)
—01 means the year 2001.
—Prior to July 2000, tire manufacturers were only required to have 1 number to represent the year in
which the tire was manufactured. Example: 031 could represent the 3rd week of 1981 or 1991.
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Tire Loading and Tire Pressure
Tire and Loading Information Placard
Tire Placard Location
NOTE: Some vehicles have a “Tire and Loading Information” placard located on the driver’s side “B” pillar.
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This placard tells you important information about the,
1) number of people that can be carried in the vehicle
2) the total weight your vehicle can carry
3) the tire size designed for your vehicle
4) the cold tire inflation pressures for the front, rear
and spare tires.
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Loading
The vehicle maximum load on the tire must not exceed
the load carrying capacity of the tire on your vehicle. You
will not exceed the tire’s load carrying capacity if you
adhere to the loading conditions, tire size and cold tire
inflation pressures specified on the Tire and Loading
Information placard and the Vehicle Loading section of
this manual.
NOTE: Under a maximum loaded vehicle condition,
gross axle weight ratings (GAWR’s) for the front and rear
axles must not be exceeded. For further information on
GAWR’s, vehicle loading and trailer towing, see the
Vehicle Loading section of this manual.
To determine the maximum loading conditions of your
vehicle, locate the statement “The combined weight of
occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX
lbs.” on the Tire and Loading Information placard. The
combined weight of occupants, cargo/luggage and
trailer tongue weight (if applicable) should never exceed
the weight referenced here.
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Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit
1. Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed XXX pounds” on
your vehicle’s placard.
2. Determine the combined weight of the driver and
passengers that will be riding in your vehicle.
3. Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers from XXX kilograms or XXX pounds.
4. The resulting figure equals the available amount of
cargo and luggage load capacity. For example, if “XXX”
amount equals 1400 lbs. and there will be five 150 lb.
passengers in your vehicle, the amount of available cargo
and luggage load capacity is 650 lb. (1400–750 (5 x 150) =
650 lb.)
5. Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo
being loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely
exceed the available cargo and luggage load capacity
calculated in step 4.
6. If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, load from your
trailer will be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this
manual to determine how this reduces the available
cargo and luggage load capacity of your vehicle.
NOTE: The following table shows examples on how to
calculate total load, cargo/luggage and towing capacities
of your vehicle with varying seating configurations and
number and size of occupants. This table is for illustration purposes only and may not be accurate for the
seating and load carry capacity of your vehicle.
NOTE: For the following example the combined weight
of occupants and cargo should never exceed 865 lbs. (392
Kg).
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WARNING!
Overloading of your tire is dangerous. Overloading
can cause tire failure, affect vehicle handling, and
increase your stopping distance. Use tires of the
recommended load capacity for your vehicle. Never
overload them.
TIRES—GENERAL INFORMATION
Tire Pressure
Proper tire inflation pressure is essential to the safe and
satisfactory operation of your vehicle. Three primary
areas are affected by improper tire pressure:
1. Safety—
WARNING!
Improperly inflated tires are dangerous and can
cause accidents.
• Under inflation increases tire flexing and can result
in tire failure.
• Over inflation reduces a tire’s ability to cushion
shock. Objects on the road and chuck holes can cause
damage that results in tire failure.
• Unequal tire pressures can cause steering prob-
lems. You could lose control of your vehicle.
• Over inflated or under inflated tires can affect
vehicle handling and can fail suddenly, resulting in
loss of vehicle control.
• Unequal tire pressures from one side of the vehicle
to the other can cause the vehicle to drift to the right
or left.
Always drive with each tire inflated to the recommended cold tire inflation pressure.
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2. Economy—
Improper inflation pressures can cause uneven wear
patterns to develop across the tire tread. These abnormal
wear patterns will reduce tread life resulting in a need for
earlier tire replacement. Underinflation also increases tire
rolling resistance and results in higher fuel consumption.
Some vehicles may have Supplemental Tire Pressure
Information for vehicle loads that are less that the maximum loaded vehicle condition. These pressure conditions will be found in the “Supplemental Tire Pressure
Information” section of this manual.
3. Ride Comfort and Vehicle Stability—
Proper tire inflation contributes to a comfortable ride.
Overinflation produces a jarring and uncomfortable ride.
Tire Inflation Pressures
The proper cold tire inflation pressure for passenger cars
is listed on either the face of the driver’s door or the
driver’s side “B” pillar. For vehicles other than passenger
cars, the cold tire inflation pressures are listed on either
the “B” pillar, the Certification Label or in the Tire
Inflation Pressures brochure in the glove compartment.
“B” PILLAR
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The pressure should be checked and adjusted as well as
inspecting for signs of tire wear or visible damage at least
once a month. Use a good quality pocket-type gauge to
check tire pressure. Do not make a visual judgement
when determining proper inflation. Radial tires may look
properly inflated even when they are underinflated.
CAUTION!
After inspecting or adjusting the tire pressure always reinstall the valve stem cap–if equipped. This
will prevent moisture and dirt from entering the
valve stem, which could damage the valve stem.
Inflation pressures specified on the placard are always
“cold tire inflation pressure”. Cold tire inflation pressure
is defined as the tire pressure after the vehicle has not
been driven for at least 3 hours, or driven less than 1mile
(1 km) after a 3 hour period. The cold tire inflation
pressure must not exceed the maximum inflation pressure molded into the tire side wall.
Check tire pressures more often if subject to a wide range
of outdoor temperatures, as tire pressures vary with
temperature changes.
Tire pressures change by approximately 1 psi (7 kPa) per
12° F (7° C) of air temperature change. Keep this in mind
when checking tire pressure inside a garage especially in
the winter.
Example: If garage temperature = 68° F (20° C) and the
outside temperature = 32° F (0° C) then the cold tire
inflation pressure should be increased by 3 psi (21 kPa),
which equals 1 psi (7 kPa) for every 12° F (7° C) for this
outside temperature condition.
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Tire pressure may increase from 2 to 6 psi (13 to 40 kPa)
during operation. DO NOT reduce this normal pressure
build up or your tire pressure will be too low.
Tire Pressures for High Speed Operation
The manufacturer advocates driving at safe speeds
within posted speed limits. Where speed limits or conditions are such that the vehicle can be driven at high
speeds, maintaining correct tire inflation pressure is very
important. Increased tire pressure and reduced vehicle
loading may be required for high speed vehicle operation. Refer to original equipment or an authorized tire
dealer for recommended safe operating speeds, loading
and cold tire inflation pressures.
WARNING!
High speed driving with your vehicle under maximum load is dangerous. The added strain on your
tires could cause them to fail. You could have a
serious accident. Don’t drive a vehicle loaded to the
maximum capacity at continuous speeds above 75
mph (120 km/h).
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Radial-Ply Tires
WARNING!
Combining radial ply tires with other types of tires
on your vehicle will cause your vehicle to handle
poorly. The instability could cause an accident. Always use radial ply tires in sets of four (or 6, in case
of trucks with dual rear wheels). Never combine
them with other types of tires.
Cuts and punctures in radial tires are repairable only in
the tread area because of sidewall flexing. Consult your
authorized tire dealer for radial tire repairs.
Compact Spare Tire — If Equipped
The compact spare is for temporary emergency use with
radial tires. It is engineered to be used on your style
vehicle only. Since this tire has limited tread life, the
original tire should be repaired (or replaced) and reinstalled at the first opportunity.
WARNING!
Temporary use spare tires are for emergency use
only. With these tires, do not drive more than 50 mph
(80 km/h). Temporary-use spare tires have a total
tread life of 3,000 miles (4 800 km). Be sure to follow
the warnings which apply to your spare. Failure to
do so could result in spare tire failure and loss of
vehicle control.
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Do not install a wheel cover or attempt to mount a
conventional tire on the compact spare wheel, since the
wheel is designed specifically for the compact spare.
Tire Spinning
When stuck in mud, sand, snow, or ice conditions, do not
spin your vehicle’s wheels above 35 mph (55 km/h).
Do not install more than one compact spare tire/wheel
on the vehicle at any given time.
See the paragraph on Freeing A Stuck Vehicle in Section
6 of this manual.
CAUTION!
WARNING!
Because of the reduced ground clearance, do not take
your vehicle through an automatic car wash with the
compact spare installed. Damage to the vehicle may
result.
Fast spinning tires can be dangerous. Forces generated by excessive wheel speeds may cause tire damage or failure. A tire could explode and injure
someone. Do not spin your vehicle’s wheels faster
than 35 mph (55km/h) when you are stuck. And don’t
let anyone near a spinning wheel, no matter what the
speed.
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Tread Wear Indicators
Tread wear indicators are in the original equipment tires
to help you in determining when your tires should be
replaced.
These indicators are molded into the bottom of the tread
grooves and will appear as bands when the tread depth
becomes 1/16 inch (2 mm). When the indicators appear
in 2 or more adjacent grooves, the tire should be replaced.
Many states have laws requiring tire replacement at this
point.
Replacement Tires
The tires on your new vehicle provide a balance of many
characteristics. They should be inspected regularly for
wear and correct cold tire inflation pressure. The manufacturer strongly recommends that you use tires equivalent to the originals in size, quality and performance
when replacement is needed (see the paragraph on tread
wear indicators). Refer to the Tire and Loading Information placard for the size designation of your tire. The
service description and load identification will be found
on the original equipment tire. Failure to use equivalent
replacement tires may adversely affect the safety, handling, and ride of your vehicle. We recommend that you
contact your original equipment or an authorized tire
dealer with any questions you may have on tire specifications or capability.
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WARNING!
CAUTION!
• Do not use a tire, wheel size or rating other than
that specified for your vehicle. Some combinations of unapproved tires and wheels may change
suspension dimensions and performance characteristics, resulting in changes to steering, handling, and braking of your vehicle. This can cause
unpredictable handling and stress to steering and
suspension components. You could lose control
and have an accident resulting in serious injury or
death. Use only the tire and wheel sizes with load
ratings approved for your vehicle.
• Never use a tire with a smaller load index or
capacity, other than what was originally equipped
on your vehicle. Using a tire with a smaller load
index could result in tire overloading and failure.
You could lose control and have an accident.
• Failure to equip your vehicle with tires having
adequate speed capability can result in sudden
tire failure and loss of vehicle control.
Replacing original tires with tires of a different size
may result in false speedometer and odometer readings.
Alignment And Balance
Poor suspension alignment may result in:
• Fast tire wear.
• Uneven tire wear, such as feathering and one-sided
wear.
• Vehicle pull to right or left.
Tires may also cause the vehicle to pull to the left or right.
Alignment will not correct this condition. See your dealer
for proper diagnosis.
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Improper alignment will not cause vehicle vibration.
Vibration may be a result of tire and wheel out-ofbalance. Proper balancing will reduce vibration and
avoid tire cupping and spotty wear.
SUPPLEMENTAL TIRE PRESSURE INFORMATION
A light load vehicle condition is defined as two passengers {150 lbs (68 kg) each} plus 200 lbs (91kg) of cargo.
Cold tire inflation pressures for a lightly loaded vehicle
will be found on a “Supplemental Tire Pressure Inflation”
label located on the face of the driver’s door or in the Tire
Information Pressures pamphlet in the glove box.
TIRE CHAINS
Use “Class S” chains on SRT–10 models, or other traction
aids that meet SAE Type “S” specifications.
Tire chain use is permitted only on the rear tires of
SRT–10 models.
NOTE: Chains must be the proper size for the vehicle,
as recommended by the chain manufacturer.
CAUTION!
To avoid damage to your vehicle, tires or chains, observe
the following precautions:
• Because of limited chain clearance between tires and
other suspension components, it is important that
only chains in good condition are used. Broken chains
can cause serious vehicle damage. Stop the vehicle
immediately if noise occurs that could suggest chain
breakage. Remove the damaged parts of the chain
before further use.
• Install chains as tightly as possible and then retighten
after driving about 1/2 mile (0.8 km).
• Do not exceed 45 mph (72 km/h).
• Drive cautiously and avoid severe turns and large
bumps, especially with a loaded vehicle.
• Do not install tire chains on front wheels of 4x2
vehicles.
• Do not drive for a prolonged period on dry pavement.
• Observe the tire chain manufacturer’s instructions on
method of installation, operating speed, and conditions for usage. Always use the lower suggested
operating speed of the chain manufacturer if different
than the speed recommended by the manufacturer.
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These cautions apply to all chain traction devices, including link and cable (radial) chains.
Tire chain use is permitted only on the rear tires of
SRT–10 Models.
NOTE: The use of class “S” chains is permitted on SRT–
10 Models with the use of 17 x 8 steel wheels (part
number 52113265AC) available from your authorized
dealer.
CAUTION!
Do not use tire chains on the front wheels. There
may not be adequate clearance for the chains and
you are risking structural or body damage to your
vehicle.
SNOW TIRES
Snow tires should be of the same size and type construction as the front tires. Consult the manufacturer of the
snow tire to determine any maximum vehicle speed
requirement associated with the tire. These tires should
always be operated at the vehicle maximum capacity
inflation pressures under any load condition.
While studded tires improve performance on ice, skid
and traction capability on wet or dry surfaces may be
poorer than that of non-studded tires. Some states prohibit studded tires; therefore, local laws should be
checked before using these tire types.
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TIRE ROTATION RECOMMENDATIONS
Tires on the front and rear axles of vehicles operate at
different loads and perform different steering, driving,
and braking functions. For these reasons, they wear at
unequal rates, and develop irregular wear patterns.
These effects can be reduced by timely rotation of tires.
The benefits of rotation are especially worthwhile with
aggressive tread designs such as those on On/Off Road
type tires. Rotation will increase tread life, help to maintain mud, snow, and wet traction levels, and contribute to
a smooth, quiet ride.
Follow the recommended tire rotation frequency for your
type of driving found in the “Maintenance Schedules”
Section of this manual. More frequent rotation is permissible if desired. The reasons for any rapid or unusual
wear should be corrected prior to rotation being performed.
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NOTE: On Canadian vehicles only, if your Ram truck is
equipped with All-Season type tires on the front and
ON/OFF Road type tires mounted on the rear, do not use
a front to back rotation pattern. Instead, rotate your tires
side to side at the recommended intervals.
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FUEL REQUIREMENTS
Your vehicle is designed to meet all emission regulations and provide excellent fuel
economy when using high quality premium unleaded gasoline having an octane
rating of 91 or higher.
Light spark knock at low engine speeds is not harmful to
your engine. However, continued heavy spark knock at
high speeds can cause damage and immediate service is
required. Engine damage resulting from operating with a
heavy spark knock may not be covered by the new
vehicle warranty.
Poor quality gasoline can cause problems such as hard
starting, stalling and hesitations. If you experience these
symptoms, try another brand of “regular” gasoline before considering service for the vehicle.
Over 40 automobile manufacturers around the world
have issued and endorsed consistent gasoline specifications (the World Wide Fuel Charter, WWFC) to define
fuel properties necessary to deliver enhanced emissions,
engine performance, and durability for your vehicle. The
manufacturer recommends the use of gasolines that meet
the WWFC specifications if they are available.
Reformulated Gasoline
Many areas of the country require the use of cleaner
burning fuel referred to as Reformulated Gasoline.
Reformulated gasolines contain oxygenates, and are specially blended to reduce vehicle emissions and improve
air quality.
The manufacturer strongly supports the use of reformulated gasolines. Properly blended reformulated gasolines
will provide excellent performance and durability of
engine and fuel system components.
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Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends
Some fuel suppliers blend unleaded gasoline with materials called oxygenates such as 10% alcohol, MTBE, ETBE
or TAME. Oxygenates are required in some areas of the
country during the winter months to reduce carbon
monoxide emissions. Fuels blended with these oxygenates may be used in your vehicle.
CAUTION!
DO NOT use gasolines containing METHANOL.
Gasoline containing methanol may damage critical
fuel system components.
MMT In Gasoline
MMT is a manganese containing metallic additive that is
blended into some gasoline to increase the octane. Gasolines blended with MMT offer no performance advantage
beyond gasolines of the same octane number without
MMT. Gasolines blended with MMT reduce spark plug
life and reduce emission system performance in some
vehicles. The manufacturer recommends that gasolines
without MMT be used in your vehicle. The MMT content
of gasoline may not be indicated on the gasoline pump,
therefore, you should ask your gasoline retailer whether
or not his/her gasoline contains MMT.
It is even more important to look for gasolines without
MMT in Canada because MMT can be used at higher
levels than are allowed in the United States. MMT is
prohibited in Federal and California reformulated gasolines.
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Sulfur In Gasoline
Your vehicle may have been designed to meet California
low emission standards on clean burning, low sulfur,
California gasoline. Gasoline sold outside of California is
allowed to have higher sulfur levels that may affect the
performance of your vehicle’s catalytic converter. This
may cause the Malfunction Indicator Light or Service
Engine Soon Light to illuminate.
The illumination of this light while operating on high
sulfur gasoline does not necessarily mean your emission
system control system is malfunctioning. The manufacturer recommends that you try a different brand of
unleaded gasoline having lower sulfur to determine if the
problem is fuel related before returning your vehicle to
an authorized dealer for service.
NOTE: If the Malfunction Indicator light or Service
Engine Soon light is flashing, immediate service is required.
Materials Added to Fuel
All gasoline sold in the United States and Canada is
required to contain effective detergent additives. The use
of additional detergents or other additives is not needed
under normal conditions.
Fuel System Cautions
CAUTION!
Follow these guidelines to maintain your vehicle’s
performance:
• The use of leaded gas is prohibited by Federal law.
Using leaded gasoline can impair engine performance,
damage the emission control system, and could result
in loss of warranty coverage.
• An out-of-tune engine, or certain fuel or ignition
malfunctions, can cause the catalytic converter to
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overheat. If you notice a pungent burning odor or
some light smoke, your engine may be out of tune or
malfunctioning and may require immediate service.
Contact your dealer for service assistance.
• When pulling a heavy load or driving a fully loaded
vehicle when the humidity is low and the temperature
is high, use a premium unleaded fuel to help prevent
spark knock. If spark knock persists, lighten the load,
or engine piston damage may result.
• The use of fuel additives which are now being sold as
octane enhancers is not recommended. Many of these
products contain high concentrations of methanol.
Fuel system damage or vehicle performance problems
resulting from the use of such fuels or additives is not
the responsibility of the manufacturer and may not be
covered under the New Vehicle Warranty.
NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control
systems can result in civil penalties being assessed
against you.
Carbon Monoxide Warnings
WARNING!
Carbon monoxide (CO) in exhaust gases is deadly.
Follow the precautions below to prevent carbon
monoxide poisoning:
• Do not inhale exhaust gases. They contain carbon
monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas which can kill.
Never run the engine in a closed area, such as a
garage, and never sit in a parked vehicle with the
engine running for an extended period. If the vehicle is
stopped in an open area with the engine running for
more than a short period, adjust the ventilation system
to force fresh, outside air into the vehicle.
• Guard against carbon monoxide with proper maintenance. Have the exhaust system inspected every time
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the vehicle is raised. Have any abnormal conditions
repaired promptly. Until repaired, drive with all side
windows fully open.
ADDING FUEL
NOTE: The fuel tank filler tube is about 2 inches (50
mm) down from the opening. If fuel is poured from a
portable container, the container should have a flexible
nozzle long enough to extend into the fuel filler tube.
CAUTION!
To avoid fuel spillage and overfilling, do not “top
off” the fuel tank after filling.
NOTE: When the fuel nozzle “clicks” or shuts off, the
fuel tank is full.
NOTE: Tighten the gas cap until you hear a “clicking”
sound. This is an indication that the gas cap is properly
tightened. Make sure that the gas cap is tightened each
time the vehicle is refueled.
WARNING!
A fire may result if gasoline is pumped into a
portable container that is inside of a vehicle or on a
truck bed. You could be burned. Always place gas
containers on the ground while filling.
Fuel Filler Cap (Gas Cap)
The gas cap is behind the fuel filler door. If the gas cap is
lost or damaged, be sure the replacement cap is for use
with this vehicle.
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CAUTION!
WARNING!
Damage to the fuel system or emission control
system could result from using an improper fuel
tank filler tube cap (gas cap). A poorly fitting cap
could let impurities into the fuel system.
• Remove the fuel tank filler tube cap (gas cap)
slowly to prevent fuel spray from the filler neck
which may cause injury.
• The volatility of some gasolines may cause a
buildup of pressure in the fuel tank that may
increase while you drive. This pressure can result
in a spray of gasoline and/or vapors when the cap
is removed from a hot vehicle. Removing the cap
slowly allows the pressure to vent and prevents
fuel spray.
• Never allow any lit smoking materials near the
vehicles while removing the cap or filling the
tank.
• Never add fuel to the vehicle when the engine is
running.
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CATALYTIC CONVERTER
The catalytic converter requires the use of unleaded fuel
only. Leaded gasoline will destroy the effectiveness of the
catalyst as an emission control device. Under normal
operating conditions, the catalytic converter will not
require maintenance. However, you must keep the engine maintained to assure proper operation and prevent
possible damage.
NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control
systems can result in civil penalties being assessed
against you.
CAUTION!
Damage to the catalytic converter can result if your
vehicle is not kept in proper operating condition. In
the event of engine malfunction, particularly involving engine misfire or other apparent loss of performance, have your vehicle serviced promptly. Continued operation of your vehicle with a severe
malfunction could cause the converter to overheat,
resulting in possible damage to the converter and
vehicle.
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As with any vehicle, do not park or operate this vehicle in
areas where combustible materials such as grass or leaves
can come in contact with a hot exhaust system.
• Do not allow vehicle to run out of fuel.
A scorching odor may be detected if you continue to run
a malfunctioning engine. The odor may indicate severe
and abnormal catalyst overheating. If this occurs, the
vehicle should be stopped, the engine shut off and the
vehicle allowed to cool. Service, including a tune-up to
manufacturer’s specifications should be obtained immediately.
Certification Label
As required by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Regulations, your vehicle has a certification
label affixed to the driver’s side door or pillar.
To minimize the possibility of catalyst damage:
• Do not try to start the engine by pushing or towing the
vehicle.
• Do not idle the engine with any spark plug wires
disconnected or removed.
• Do not idle the engine for prolonged periods during
very rough idle or malfunctioning operating conditions.
VEHICLE LOADING
This label contains the month and year of manufacture,
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Gross Axle Weight
Rating (GAWR) front and rear, and Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN). A Month-Day-Hour (MDH) number is
included on this label and indicates the Month, Day and
Hour of manufacture. The bar code that appears on the
bottom of the label is your Vehicle Identification Number
(VIN).
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
The GVWR is the total permissible weight of your vehicle
including driver, passengers, vehicle, options and cargo.
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The label also specifies maximum capacities of front and
rear axle systems (GAWR). Total load must be limited so
GVWR and front and rear GAWR are not exceeded.
Payload
The payload of a vehicle is defined as the allowable load
weight a truck can carry, including the weight of the
driver, all passengers, options and cargo.
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR)
The GAWR is the maximum permissible load on the front
and rear axles. The load must be distributed in the cargo
area so that the GAWR of each axle is not exceeded.
Each axle GAWR is determined by the components in the
system with the lowest load carrying capacity (axle,
springs, tires or wheels). Heavier axles or suspension
components sometimes specified by purchasers for increased durability does not necessarily increase the vehicle’s GVWR.
Tire Size
This is the minimum allowable tire size for your vehicle.
Replacement tires must be equal to the load capacity of
this tire size.
Rim Size
This is the rim size that is appropriate for the tire size
listed.
Inflation Pressure
This is the cold tire inflation pressure for your vehicle for
all loading conditions up to full GAWR.
Curb Weight
The curb weight of a vehicle is defined as the total weight
of the vehicle with all fluids, including vehicle fuel, at full
capacity conditions, and with no occupants or cargo
loaded into the vehicle. The front and rear curb weight
values are determined by weighing your vehicle on a
commercial scale before any occupants or cargo are
added.
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Loading
The actual total weight and the weight of the front and
rear of your vehicle at the ground can best be determined
by weighing it when it is loaded and ready for operation.
Improper weight distributions can have an adverse effect
on the way your vehicle steers and handles and the way
the brakes operate.
The entire vehicle should first be weighed on a commercial scale to insure that the GVWR has not been exceeded.
The weight on the front and rear of the vehicle should
then be determined separately to be sure that the load is
properly distributed over front and rear axle. Weighing
the vehicle may show that the GAWR of either the front
or rear axles has been exceeded but the total load is
within the specified GVWR. If so, weight must be shifted
from front to rear or rear to front as appropriate until the
specified weight limitations are met. Store the heavier
items down low and be sure that the weight is distributed
equally. Stow all loose items securely before driving.
CAUTION!
Do not load your vehicle any heavier than the
GVWR or the maximum front and rear GAWR. If
you do, parts on your vehicle can break, or it can
change the way your vehicle handles. This could
cause you to lose control. Also overloading can
shorten the life of your vehicle.
An EXAMPLE of a loaded vehicle is shown in the
following chart. Note that neither GVWR nor GAWR
capabilities are exceeded. Overloading can cause potential safety hazards and shorten service life.
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NOTE:
The weights shown in this chart are not
necessarily the weights for your vehicle. Also, the
amount of load added to both the front and rear axles
can be computed after the vehicle has been weighed
both in its ⴖcurb weightⴖ condition, and in its ⴖloaded
and ready for operationⴖ condition.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 6500 LBS.
TRAILER TOWING
DO NOT tow a trailer with Dodge SRT-10 models.
SNOWPLOW
Dodge SRT-10 Models
NOTE:
DO NOT use Dodge SRT- 10 Models for
snowplow applications.
WARNING!
Snowplows, winches, and other aftermarket equipment should not be added to the front end or your
vehicle. The airbag crash sensors may be affected by
the change in the front end structure. The airbags
could deploy unexpectedly or could fail to deploy
during a collision resulting in serious injury or
death.
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CAUTION!
Using this vehicle for snowplow applications can
cause damage to the vehicle.
WARNING!
Attaching a snowplow to this vehicle could adversely affect performance of the airbag system in an
accident. Do not expect that the airbag will perform
as described earlier in this manual
TRACTION
When driving on wet or slushy roads, it is possible for a
wedge of water to build up between the tire and road
surface. This is known as hydroplaning and may cause
partial or complete loss of vehicle control and stopping
ability. To reduce this possibility, the following precautions should be observed:
1. Slow down during rainstorms or when roads are
slushy.
2. Slow down if road has standing water or puddles.
3. Replace tires when tread wear indicators first become
visible.
4. Keep tires properly inflated.
5. Maintain sufficient distance between your vehicle and
the car in front to avoid a collision in a sudden stop.
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EQUIPMENT IDENTIFICATION PLATE
The equipment Identification Plate is located on the hood
inner surface.
The following information about your vehicle is displayed on this plate: Model, Wheelbase, Vehicle Identification Number, Truck Order Number, and code numbers
with descriptions of all production and special equipment on the truck as shipped from the factory.
NOTE: Always refer to the Equipment Identification
Plate When Ordering Parts.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES
CONTENTS
䡵 Hazard Warning Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
▫ Removing The Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
䡵 Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
▫ Tire Changing Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
䡵 Jack Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
䡵 Hoisting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
▫ Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
䡵 Jump-Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
▫ Reinstalling The Scissors-Type Jack And Tools
(SRT–10 Models) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
䡵 Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
䡵 Changing A Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
䡵 Towing A Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212
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HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS
The Hazard Warning switch is mounted on the top of the
steering column as shown in the illustration.
will flash off and on to warn oncoming traffic of an
emergency. Push the button a second time to turn off the
flashers.
This is an emergency warning system and should not be
used when the vehicle is in motion. Use it when your
vehicle is disabled and is creating a safety hazard for
other motorists.
When you must leave the vehicle to seek assistance, the
Hazard Warning lights will continue to operate even
though the ignition switch is OFF.
NOTE: With extended use, the Hazard Warning lights
may discharge your battery.
To engage the Hazard Warning lights, depress the button
on the top of the steering column. When the Hazard
Warning switch is activated, all directional turn signals
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 197
ADDING FUEL
The fuel tank filler tube has a restriction about 2 inches
(50 mm) inside the opening. If using a portable fuel
container, it should have a flexible nozzle long enough to
reach past the restriction.
WARNING!
A fire may result if gasoline is pumped into a
portable container that is in a vehicle or on a truck
bed. You could be burned. Always place gas containers on the ground while filling.
WARNING!
Remove the gas cap slowly to prevent fuel spray
from the filler neck which may cause injury.
The volatility of present gasolines may cause a build
up of pressure in the fuel tank that may increase
while you drive. This pressure can result in a spray
of gasoline and/or vapors when you remove the cap
from a hot vehicle. Removing the cap slowly allows
the pressure to vent and prevents fuel spray.
Never allow any lit smoking materials near the
vehicles while removing the cap or filling the tank.
Never add fuel to the vehicle when the engine is
running.
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JACK LOCATION
Removal
The jack and jack tools are stored under the front passenger seat. Lift the flap on the side of the seat for access.
Remove the jack and tools by removing the wing bolt and
sliding the assembly from under the seat.
WARNING!
The jack is designed to use as a tool for changing
tires only. The jack should not be used to lift the
vehicle for service purposes, unless suitable supports are placed under the vehicle as a safety measure. The vehicle should be jacked on a firm level
surface only. Avoid ice or slippery areas.
WARNING!
After using the jack and tools, always reinstall them
in the original carrier and location. While driving
you may experience, abrupt stopping, rapid acceleration, or sharp turns. A loose jack, tools, bracket or
other objects in the vehicle may move around with
force, resulting in serious injury.
1500 Model Vehicles
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 199
Reinstalling The Scissors-Type Jack And Tools
(SRT–10 Models)
1. Lower the jack all the way down by turning the jack
turn-screw until the jack is snug.
3. Fold the flap and roll the jack tool kit into a cylindrical
package (in direction of arrows), and tie to the jack using
the tie straps.
2. Position the jack and tool bag (unrolled). Make sure
the lug wrench is under the jack near the jack turn-screw.
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Folding Flap and Rolling Bag
Turn Screw and Lug
200 WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES
Jack and Tools Tied
Tying Bag to Jack with Straps
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 201
4. Place the jack and tools in the storage position holding
the jack by the jack turn-screw, slip the jack and tools
under seat so that the bottom slot engages into the
fastener on the floor and then secure to the floor pan
using the wing bolt.
1500 Model Vehicles
CHANGING A FLAT TIRE
Removing The Spare Tire
Remove the spare tire before attempting to jack the truck.
Attach the wheel wrench to the jack extension tube. Insert
the tube through the access hole between the lower
tailgate and the top of the bumper and into the winch
mechanism tube. Rotate the wheel wrench handle counterclockwise until the spare tire is on the ground with
enough cable slack to allow you to pull it out from under
the vehicle. When the spare is clear, tilt the retainer at the
end of the cable and pull it through the center of the wheel.
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Tire Changing Procedure
WARNING!
Getting under a jacked-up vehicle is dangerous. The
vehicle could slip off the jack and fall on you. You
could be crushed. Never get any part of your body
under a vehicle that is on a jack. Never start or run
the engine while the vehicle is on a jack. If you need
to get under a raised vehicle, take it to a service
center where it can be raised on a lift.
It is recommended that you stow the flat or spare to
avoid tangling the loose cable.
NOTE: The winch mechanism is designed for use with
the jack extension tube only. Use of an air wrench or other
power tools is not recommended and can damage the
winch.
Do not raise this vehicle using a bumper jack. The jack is
designed as a tool for changing tires on this vehicle only.
It is not recommended that the jack be used for service
purposes or to lift more than one wheel at a time.
Preparations
Park the vehicle on a firm level surface, avoiding ice or
slippery areas. Set the parking brake and place the gear
selector in REVERSE (manual transmission).
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 203
WARNING!
Do not attempt to change a tire on the side of the
vehicle close to moving traffic. Pull far enough off
the road to avoid the danger of being hit when
operating the jack or changing the wheel.
• Turn on the Hazard Warning Flasher.
• Block both the front and rear
of the wheel diagonally opposite the jacking position. For
example, if the right front
wheel is being changed, block
the left rear wheel.
• Passengers should not remain in the vehicle when the
vehicle is being jacked.
Instructions
WARNING!
Carefully follow these tire changing warnings to
help prevent personal injury or damage to your
vehicle:
• Always park on a firm, level surface as far from
the edge of the roadway as possible before raising
the vehicle.
• Block the wheel diagonally opposite the wheel to
be raised.
• Apply the parking brake firmly before jacking.
• Never start the engine with the vehicle on a jack.
• Do not let anyone sit in the vehicle when it is on
a jack.
• Do not get under the vehicle when it is on a jack.
• Only use the jack in the positions indicated.
• If working on or near a roadway, be extremely
careful of motor traffic.
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1. Remove the spare wheel, jack, and tools from storage.
2. Using the wheel wrench, loosen, but do not remove,
the wheel nuts by turning them counterclockwise one
turn while the wheel is still on the ground.
3. Placement of the Jack:
• When changing a front wheel, place the scissors jack
under the rear portion of the lower control arm as
shown below.
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• Operate the jack using the jack drive tube and the
wheel wrench. The tube extension, may be used, but
is not required.
• When changing a rear wheel, assemble the jack
drive tube to the jack and connect the drive tube to
the extension tube. Place the jack under the axle
between the spring and the shock absorber with the
drive tubes extending to the rear.
• Connect the jack tube extension and wheel wrench.
Before raising the wheel off the ground, make sure
that the jack will not damage surrounding truck
parts and adjust the jack position as required.
4. By rotating the wheel wrench clockwise, raise the
vehicle until the wheel just clears the surface.
WARNING!
Raising the vehicle higher than necessary can make
the vehicle unstable and cause an accident. It could
slip off the jack and hurt someone near it. Raise the
vehicle only enough to remove the tire.
5. Remove the wheel nuts and pull the wheel off. Install
the spare wheel and wheel nuts. Lightly tighten the nuts.
To avoid risk of forcing the vehicle off the jack, do not
fully tighten the nuts until the vehicle has been lowered.
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6. Using the wheel wrench, finish tightening the nuts
using a crisscross pattern. Correct nut tightness is 90–110
ft. lbs. (125–150 N·m). If in doubt about the correct
tightness, have them checked with a torque wrench by
your dealer or at a service station.
WARNING!
A loose tire or jack thrown forward in a collision or
hard stop could injure someone in the vehicle.
Always stow the jack parts and the extra tire and
wheel in the places provided.
7. Remove wheel blocks. Do not install chrome or aluminum wheel center caps on the spare wheel. This may
result in cap damage.
8. Lower the jack to its fully closed position. Stow the
replaced tire, jack, and tools as previously described.
9. Adjust the tire pressure when possible.
NOTE: Do not oil wheel studs. For chrome wheels, do
not substitute with chrome plated wheel nuts.
Wheel Nuts
All wheel nuts should be tightened occasionally to eliminate the possibility of wheel studs being sheared or the
bolt holes in the wheels becoming elongated. This is
especially important during the first few hundred miles
of operation to allow the wheel nuts to become properly
set. All nuts should first be firmly seated against the
wheel. The nuts should then be tightened to recommended torque. Tighten the nuts to final torque in
increments. Progress around the bolt circle, tightening
the nut opposite to the nut just previously tightened until
final torque is achieved. Recommended torques are
shown in the following chart.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 207
Disc
Wheels
Type Nut Stud Size Torque
Ft. Lbs.
Cone
1/2-20
90-110
Torque
Newton
Meters
125-150
To Stow The Flat Or Spare
Turn the wheel so that the valve stem is down. Slide the
wheel retainer through the center of the wheel and
position it properly across the wheel opening.
For convenience in checking the spare tire inflation, stow
with the valve stem toward the rear of the vehicle.
Attach the wheel wrench to the extension tube. Rotate the
winch mechanism until the wheel is drawn into place
against the underside of the vehicle. Continue to rotate
until you feel the winch mechanism slip or click 3 or 4
times. It cannot be overtightened. Push against the tire
several times to be sure it is firmly in place.
HOISTING
A conventional floor jack may be used at the jacking
locations, refer to the graphics that show jacking locations. However, a floor jack or frame hoist must never be
used on any other parts or the underbody.
CAUTION!
Never use a floor jack directly under the differential
housing of a loaded truck or damage to your vehicle
may result.
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JUMP-STARTING
You should not try to start your vehicle by pushing or
towing. Pushing or towing a vehicle equipped with a
manual transmission may overheat and damage the
catalytic converter. Also, there is a greater risk of an
accident when a vehicle is being pushed or towed. If the
vehicle has a discharged battery, booster cables may be
used to obtain a start from a booster battery or the battery
in another vehicle. This type of start can be dangerous if
done improperly, so follow this procedure carefully.
WARNING!
Battery fluid is a corrosive acid solution; do not
allow battery fluid to contact eyes, skin or clothing.
Don’t lean over battery when attaching clamps or
allow the clamps to touch each other. If acid splashes
in eyes or on skin, flush contaminated area immediately with large quantities of water.
A battery generates hydrogen gas which is flammable and explosive. Keep flame or spark away
from the vent holes.
Do not use a booster battery or any other booster
source that has a greater than 12 volt system, i.e. Do
not use a 24 volt power source.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 209
Check the Battery Test Indicator (If Equipped). If a yellow
or bright colored dot is visible in the indicator (if
equipped), DO NOT jump-start the battery.
2. Park the booster vehicle within cable reach but without letting the vehicles touch. Set the parking brake on
both vehicles, place transmission in Neutral, and turn the
ignition OFF.
3. Turn off the heater, radio, and all unnecessary electrical loads.
4. Connect one end of a jumper cable to the positive
terminal of the booster battery. Connect the other end of
the same cable to the positive terminal of the discharged
battery.
If the indicator (if equipped) is dark or shows a green dot,
proceed as follows:
1. Remove all metal jewelry such as watch bands or
bracelets which might make an unintended electrical
contact.
WARNING!
Do not permit vehicles to touch each other as this
could establish a ground connection and personal
injury could result.
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WARNING!
• Do not connect the cable to the negative post of
the discharge battery. The resulting electrical
spark could cause the battery to explode.
• During cold weather when temperatures are below freezing point, electrolyte in a discharged
battery may freeze. Do not attempt jump starting
because the battery could rupture or explode. The
battery temperature must be brought up above
freezing point before attempting jump start.
5. Connect the other cable, first to the negative terminal
of the booster battery and then to the engine of the
vehicle with the discharged battery. Make sure you have
a good contact on the engine.
6. Start the engine in the vehicle which has the booster
battery, let the engine idle a few minutes, then start the
engine in the vehicle with the discharged battery.
7. When removing the jumper cables, reverse the above
sequence exactly. Be careful of the moving belts and fan.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 211
WARNING!
Any procedure other than above could result in:
1. Personal injury caused by electrolyte squirting
out the battery vent;
2. Personal injury or property damage due to battery
explosion;
3. Damage to charging system of booster vehicle or
of immobilized vehicle.
FREEING A STUCK VEHICLE
If vehicle becomes stuck in snow, sand, or mud, it can
often be moved by a rocking motion. Move the gear
selector rhythmically between FIRST and REVERSE,
while applying slight pressure to the accelerator.
In general, the least amount of accelerator pedal pressure
to maintain the rocking motion without spinning the
wheels or racing the engine is most effective. Racing the
engine or spinning the wheels, due to the frustration of
not freeing the vehicle, may lead to transmission overheating and failure. Allow the engine to idle with the
transmission selector in NEUTRAL for at least one
minute after every five rocking-motion cycles. This will
minimize overheating and reduce the risk of transmission failure during prolonged efforts to free a stuck
vehicle.
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TOWING A DISABLED VEHICLE
Proper towing or lifting equipment is required to prevent
damage to your vehicle. Use only tow bars and other
equipment designed for the purpose, following equipment manufacturer’s instructions. Use of safety chains is
mandatory. Attach a tow bar or other towing device to
the main structural members of the vehicle—not to
bumpers or associated brackets. State and local laws
applying to vehicles under tow must be observed.
Provided that the transmission is operable, tow with the
transmission in Neutral and the ignition key in the OFF
position along with the front wheels raised and the rear
wheels on the ground. Speed must not exceed 30 mph (50
km/h) and distance must not exceed 15 miles (25 km).
If the vehicle is to be towed more than 15 miles (25 km)
the vehicle must be towed with the rear wheels raised
and the front wheels on the ground. It may also be towed
on a flatbed or with the front wheels raised and the rear
wheels on a dolly.
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE
CONTENTS
䡵 Engine Compartment— 8.3L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
▫ Drive Belts — Check Condition And Tension . . 224
䡵 Onboard Diagnostic System (OBD II) . . . . . . . . . 217
▫ Spark Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
䡵 Emissions Inspection And Maintenance
Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
▫ Engine Air Cleaner Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
䡵 Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
䡵 Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
䡵 Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
▫ Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
▫ Engine Oil Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
▫ Engine Fuel Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
▫ Catalytic Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
▫ Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . 227
▫ Maintenance Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
▫ Air Conditioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
▫ Power Steering — Fluid Check . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
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▫ Front Suspension Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
▫ Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
▫ Steering Linkage — Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
▫ Front Wheel Bearings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
▫ Body Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
▫ Selection Of Lubricating Grease . . . . . . . . . . . 242
▫ Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
▫ Appearance Care And Protection From
Corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
▫ Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
▫ Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233
▫ Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
▫ Hoses And Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . 238
▫ Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
▫ Clutch Hydraulic System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
▫ Clutch Linkage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
▫ Propeller Shaft Universal Joints . . . . . . . . . . . 240
▫ Rear Axle Fluid Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
䡵 Fuse And Relay Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
䡵 Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
䡵 Replacement Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
䡵 Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
▫ Headlight (Halogen)/Front Park And Turn
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
▫ Tail, Stop, Turn And Backup Lights . . . . . . . . . 253
▫ Center High-Mounted Stoplight With Cargo
Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE
215
▫ Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 257
▫ Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
䡵 Fluid Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
▫ Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
䡵 Recommended Fluids, Lubricants And
Genuine Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
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ONBOARD DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM (OBD II)
Your vehicle is equipped with a sophisticated onboard
diagnostic system called OBD II. This system monitors
the performance of the emissions and engine control
systems. When these systems are operating properly,
your vehicle will provide excellent performance and fuel
economy, as well as engine emissions well within current
government regulations.
If any of these systems require service, the OBD II system
will turn on the “Malfunction Indicator Light.” It will
also store diagnostic codes and other information to
assist your service technician in making repairs. Although your vehicle will usually be driveable and not
need towing, see your dealer for service as soon as
possible.
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CAUTION!
Prolonged driving with the “Malfunction Indicator
Light” on could cause further damage to the emission control system. It could also affect fuel economy
and driveability. The vehicle must be serviced before
any emissions tests can be performed.
If the “Malfunction Indicator Light” is flashing,
severe catalytic converter damage and power loss
will soon occur. Immediate service is required.
EMISSIONS INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE
PROGRAMS
In some localities, it may be a legal requirement to pass
an inspection of your vehicle’s emissions control system.
Failure to pass could prevent vehicle registration.
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For states which have an I/M (Inspection and
Maintenance) requirement, this check verifies the
following: the MIL (Malfunction Indicator Lamp)
is functioning and is not on when the engine is running,
and that the OBD (On Board Diagnostic) system is ready
for testing.
Normally, the OBD system will be ready. The OBD
system may not be ready if your vehicle was recently
serviced, if you recently had a dead battery, or a battery
replacement. If the OBD system should be determined
not ready for the I/M test, your vehicle may fail the test.
Your vehicle has a simple ignition key actuated test
which you can use prior to going to the test station. To
check if your vehicle’s OBD system is ready, you must do
the following:
1. Insert your ignition key into the ignition switch.
2. Turn the ignition to the ON position, but do not crank
or start the engine.
3. If you crank or start the engine, you will have to start
this test over.
4. As soon as you turn your key to the ON position, you
will see your MIL symbol come on as part of a normal
bulb check.
5. Approximately 15 seconds later, one of two things will
happen:
a. The MIL light will blink for approximately 5 seconds and then remain on until the first engine crank or
the key is turned off. This means that your vehicle’s
OBD system is not ready and you should not proceed
to the I/M station.
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b. The MIL light will remain fully illuminated until the
first engine crank or the key is turned off. This means
that your vehicle’s OBD system is ready and you can
proceed to the I/M station.
If your OBD system is not ready, you should see your
dealer or repair facility. If your vehicle was recently
serviced or had a battery failure or replacement, you may
need to do nothing more than drive your vehicle as you
normally would in order for your OBD system to update.
A recheck with the above test routine may then indicate
that the system is now ready.
Regardless of whether your vehicle’s OBD system is
ready or not ready, if the MIL symbol is illuminated
during normal vehicle operation, you should have your
vehicle serviced before going to the I/M station. The I/M
station can fail your vehicle because the MIL symbol is on
with the engine running.
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DEALER SERVICE
Your dealer has the qualified service personnel, special
tools and equipment to perform all service operations in
an expert manner. Service manuals are available which
include detailed service information for your vehicle.
Refer to these manuals before attempting any procedure
yourself.
NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control
systems can result in civil penalties being assessed
against you.
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WARNING!
You can be badly injured working on or around a
motor vehicle. Do only that service work for which
you have the knowledge and the proper equipment.
If you have any doubt about your ability to perform
a service job, take your vehicle to a competent
mechanic.
REPLACEMENT PARTS
Use of genuine Mopar威 parts for normal/scheduled
maintenance and repairs is highly recommended to insure the designed performance. Damage or failures
caused by the use of non-Mopar parts for maintenance
and repairs will not be covered by the manufacturer’s
warranty.
MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
The pages that follow contain the required maintenance
services determined by the engineers who designed your
vehicle.
Besides the maintenance items for which there are fixed
maintenance intervals, there are other items that should
operate satisfactorily without periodic maintenance.
However, if a malfunction of these items does occur, it
could adversely affect the engine or vehicle performance.
These items should be inspected if a malfunction is
observed or suspected.
Engine Oil
Checking Oil Level
To assure proper lubrication of your vehicle’s engine, the
engine oil must be maintained at the correct level. The
best time to check the engine oil level is about 5 minutes
after a fully warmed up engine is shut off or before
starting the engine after it has sat overnight.
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Checking the oil while the vehicle is on level ground will
improve the accuracy of the oil level readings. Maintain
the oil level between the ADD and SAFE markings on the
dipstick. Adding one quart of oil when the reading is at
the ADD mark will result in a SAFE reading on these
engines.
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Change Engine Oil
CAUTION!
Overfilling or underfilling the crankcase will cause
oil aeration or loss of oil pressure. This could damage your engine.
Road conditions as well as your kind of driving affect the
interval at which your oil should be changed. Check the
following to determine if any apply to you:
• Day or night temperatures are below 32°F (0°C).
• Stop and go driving.
• Extensive engine idling.
• Driving in dusty conditions
• Short trips of less than 10 miles (16.2 km)
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• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high
speeds during hot weather, above 32°C (90°F)
• Taxi, Police or delivery service (commercial service)
• Off-road or desert operation
• If equipped for and operating with E-85 (ethanol)
fuel.
NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your
engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months,
whichever comes first and follow schedule “B” of the
⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
If none of these apply to you, then change your engine oil
at every interval shown on schedule ⬙A⬙ of the ⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
Dusty Conditions
Driving through dust-laden air increases the problems of
keeping abrasive materials out of the engine. Under these
conditions, special attention should be given to the
engine air cleaner, the crankcase inlet air cleaner and, the
crankcase ventilation system. Make sure that these units
are clean at all times. This will tend to reduce to a
minimum the amount of abrasive material that may enter
the engine.
Engine Oil Selection
For best performance and maximum protection under all
types of operating conditions, the manufacturer only
recommends engine oils that are API certified and meet
the requirements of DaimlerChrysler Material Standard
MS-10725. Use Mopar or an equivalent oil meeting the
specification MS-10725.
The manufacturer recommends the use of a full synthetic engine oil, such as Mobil 1威 SAE 10W-30.
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Engine Oil Identification (API) Symbol
There is a symbol to aid you in selecting the proper
engine oil.
This symbol means that the oil has
been certified by the American
Petroleum Institute (API). We
only recommend synthetic API
Certified engine oils, such as Mobil 1威, that meet the requirements
of Material Standard MS-10725.
Use Mopar or an equivalent oil
meeting the specification MS10725.
Engine Oil Viscosity Chart
The proper SAE viscosity grade of engine oil should be
selected based on the following recommendation and be
within the operating temperature shown in the engine oil
viscosity chart.
Synthetic Engine Oils
There are a number of engine oils being promoted as
either synthetic or semi-synthetic. If you chose to use
such a product, use only those oils that meet the American Petroleum Institute (API) and SAE viscosity standard. Follow the service schedule that describes your
driving type.
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Materials Added to Engine Oil
Do not add any materials (other than leak detection dyes)
to engine oil. Engine oil is an engineered product and it’s
performance may be impaired by supplemental additives.
Disposing of Used Engine Oil And Oil Filters
Care should be taken in disposing of used engine oil and
oil filters from your vehicle. Used oil and oil filters,
indiscriminately discarded, can present a problem to the
environment. Contact your dealer, service station, or
governmental agency for advice on how and where used
oil and oil filters can be safely discarded in your area.
Engine Oil Filter
The engine oil filter should be replaced at every engine
oil change.
Engine Oil Filter Selection
The manufacturer’s engines have a full-flow type oil
filter. Use a filter of this type for replacement. The quality
of replacement filters varies considerably. Only high
quality filters should be used to assure most efficient
service. Mopar Engine Oil Filters are a high quality oil
filter and are recommended.
Drive Belts — Check Condition and Tension
At the mileage indicated in the maintenance schedule, all
belts should be checked for condition and proper tension.
Improper belt tension can cause belt slippage and failure.
Belts should be inspected for evidence of cuts, cracks, or
glazing, and replaced if there is indication of damage
which could result in belt failure. If adjustment is required, see your authorized dealer for service. Low
generator belt tension can cause battery failure. A special
tool is required to properly measure tension and to
restore belt tension to factory specifications.
Also check belt routing to make sure there is no interference between the belts and other engine components.
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Spark Plugs
Spark plugs must fire properly to assure engine performance and emission control. New plugs should be installed at the specified mileage. The entire set should be
replaced if there is any malfunction due to a faulty spark
plug, malfunctioning spark plugs can damage the catalytic converter. For proper type of replacement spark
plugs, refer to the “Vehicle Emission Control Information” label in the engine compartment.
Engine Air Cleaner Filter
Under normal driving conditions, replace the air filter at
the intervals shown on Schedule “A”. If, however, you
drive the vehicle frequently under dusty or severe conditions, the filter element should be inspected periodically and replaced if necessary at the intervals shown on
Schedule “B”.
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WARNING!
The air cleaner can provide a measure of protection
in the case of engine backfire. Do not remove the air
cleaner unless such removal is necessary for repair or
maintenance. Make sure that no one is near the
engine compartment before starting the vehicle with
the air cleaner removed. Failure to do so can result in
serious personal injury.
Engine Fuel Filter
A plugged fuel filter can cause stalling, limit the speed at
which a vehicle can be driven or cause hard starting.
Should an excessive amount of dirt accumulate in the
fuel tank, frequent filter replacement may be necessary.
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Catalytic Converter
The catalytic converter requires the use of unleaded fuel
only. Leaded gasoline will destroy the effectiveness of the
catalyst as an emission control device.
Under normal operating conditions, the catalytic converter will not require maintenance. However, it is important to keep the engine properly tuned to assure
proper catalyst operation and prevent possible catalyst
damage.
CAUTION!
Damage to the catalytic converter can result if your
vehicle is not kept in proper operating condition. In
the event of engine malfunction, particularly involving engine misfire or other apparent loss of performance, have your vehicle serviced promptly. Continued operation of your vehicle with a severe
malfunction could cause the converter to overheat,
resulting in possible damage to the converter and the
vehicle.
NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control
systems can result in civil penalties being assessed
against you.
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WARNING!
A hot exhaust system can start a fire if you park over
materials that can burn. Such materials might be
grass or leaves coming into contact with your exhaust system. Do not park or operate your vehicle in
areas where your exhaust system can contact anything that can burn.
In unusual situations involving grossly malfunctioning
engine operation, a scorching odor may indicate severe
and abnormal catalyst overheating. If this occurs, the
vehicle should be stopped, the engine shut off and the
vehicle allowed to cool. Thereafter, service, including a
tune-up to manufacturer’s specifications, should be obtained immediately.
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To minimize the possibility of catalyst damage:
• Do not shut off the engine or interrupt the ignition
when the transmission is in gear and the vehicle is in
motion.
• Do not try to start engine by pushing or towing the
vehicle.
• Do not idle the engine with any spark plug wires
disconnected or removed, such as when diagnostic
testing, or for prolonged periods during very rough
idling or malfunctioning operating conditions.
Crankcase Emission Control System
Proper operation of this system depends on freedom
from plugging due to deposits. As vehicle mileage builds
up, the Crankcase Ventilation Valve orifice may accumulate deposits. If a valve is not working properly, replace it
with a new orifice. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CLEAN THE
OLD ORIFICE!
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Check the ventilation hose for indication of damage or
plugging deposits. Replace if necessary.
Maintenance Free Battery
The top of the maintenance free battery is permanently
sealed. You will never have to add water, nor is periodic
maintenance required.
To determine the battery charge, check the battery test
indicator (if equipped) on top of the battery. If the test
indicator (if equipped) appears light or yellow, replace
the battery.
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WARNING!
CAUTION!
Battery fluid is a corrosive acid solution and can
burn or even blind you. Don’t allow battery fluid to
contact your eyes, skin or clothing. Don’t lean over a
battery when attaching clamps. If acid splashes in
eyes or on skin, flush the area immediately with
large amounts of water.
Battery gas is flammable and explosive. Keep flame
or sparks away from the battery. Don’t use a booster
battery or any other booster source with an output
greater than 12 volts. Don’t allow cable clamps to
touch each other.
Battery posts, terminals and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Wash hands after
handling.
It is essential when replacing the cables on the
battery that the positive cable is attached to the
positive post and the negative cable is attached to the
negative post. Battery posts are marked (+) positive
and negative (-) and identified on the battery case.
Also, if a “fast charger” is used while battery is in
vehicle, disconnect both vehicle battery cables before connecting the charger to battery. Do not use a
“fast charger” to provide starting voltage.
Air Conditioner
For best possible performance, your air conditioner
should be checked and serviced by an Authorized Dealer
at the start of each warm season. This service should
include cleaning of the condenser fins and a system
performance check. Drive belt tension should also be
checked at this time.
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WARNING!
• Use only refrigerants approved by the manufacturer for your air conditioning system. Some unapproved refrigerants are flammable and can explode, injuring you. Other unapproved
refrigerants can cause the system to fail, requiring
costly repairs.
• Never add air conditioning refrigerant to correct a
non-cooling problem unless pressure gauges are
connected to the system by a certified technician.
Lack of cooling could be due to a restriction and
adding refrigerant may cause a dangerous pressure rise and you could be injured.
Refrigerant Recovery And Recycling
The air conditioning system of your vehicle contains
R-134a, a refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer
in the upper atmosphere. The manufacturer recommends
that air conditioning service be done by facilities using
refrigerant recycling and recovery equipment that meets
SAE standard J1991.
Power Steering — Fluid Check
Checking the power steering fluid level at a defined
service interval is not required. The fluid should only be
checked if a leak is suspected, abnormal noises are
apparent, and/or the system is not functioning as anticipated. Coordinate inspection efforts through a certified
DaimlerChrysler Dealership.⬙
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WARNING!
Fluid level should be checked on a level surface and
with the engine off to prevent injury from moving
parts and to insure accurate fluid level reading. Do
not overfill. Use only manufacturers recommended
power steering fluid.
If necessary, add fluid to restore to the proper indicated
level. With a clean cloth, wipe any spilled fluid from all
surfaces. Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants, and
Genuine Parts for correct fluid type.
Front Suspension Ball Joints
The ball joints and seals should be inspected whenever
the vehicle is serviced for other reasons.
The ball joints originally supplied with the vehicle are
permanently lubricated at the factory and do not require
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service. However, if the seals on the ball joints are
damaged, the joints should be replaced. Serviceable
replacement ball joints are available.
Front suspension ball joints should be replaced only by a
qualified service technician using tools specially designed for this purpose. Damage to the joints and/or
suspension components may result if improper replacement procedures are used.
If seals are damaged the ball joints should be replaced to
prevent leakage or contamination of the grease.
Steering Linkage — Inspection
Whenever the vehicle is hoisted, all steering linkage
joints should be inspected for evidence of damage. If
seals are damaged, parts should be replaced to prevent
leakage or contamination of the grease. Lubricate the
steering linkage regularly according to the “Maintenance
Schedule” in this manual.
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Body Lubrication
Locks and all body pivot points, including such items as
seat tracks, doors, tailgate and hood hinges, should be
lubricated periodically to assure quiet, easy operation
and to protect against rust and wear. Prior to the application of any lubricant, the parts concerned should be
wiped clean to remove dust and grit; after lubricating
excess oil and grease should be removed. Particular
attention should also be given to hood latching components to insure proper function. When performing other
underhood services, the hood latch, release mechanism
and safety catch should be cleaned and lubricated.
The external lock cylinders should be lubricated twice a
year, preferably in the fall and spring. Apply a small
amount of a high quality lubricant such as Mopar威 Lock
Cylinder Lubricant directly into the lock cylinder.
Windshield Wiper Blades
The rubber edges of the wiper blades and the windshield
should be cleaned periodically with a sponge or soft cloth
and a mild nonabrasive cleaner. This will remove accumulations of salt or road film.
Operation of the wipers on dry glass for long periods
may cause deterioration of the wiper blades. Always use
washer fluid when using the wipers to remove salt or dirt
from a dry windshield.
Avoid using the wiper blades to remove frost or ice from
the windshield. Keep the blade rubber out of contact with
petroleum products such as engine oil, gasoline, etc.
Windshield Washers
The fluid reservoir is located under the hood and should
be checked for fluid level at regular intervals. Fill the
reservoir with windshield washer solvent only (not radiator antifreeze).
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To prevent freeze-up of your windshield washer system
in cold weather, select a solution or mixture that meets or
exceeds the temperature range of your climate. This
rating information can be found on most washer fluid
containers.
WARNING!
Commercially available windshield washer solvents
are flammable. They could ignite and burn you. Care
must be exercised when filling or working around
the washer solution.
After the engine has warmed, operate the defroster for a
few minutes to reduce the possibility of smearing or
freezing the fluid on the cold windshield. Mopar All
Weather Windshield Washer Solution, used with water as
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directed on the container, aids cleaning action, reduces
the freezing point to avoid line clogging, and is not
harmful to paint or trim.
Exhaust System
The best protection against carbon monoxide entry into
the vehicle body is a properly maintained engine exhaust
system.
Whenever a change is noticed in the sound of the exhaust
system, when exhaust fumes can be detected inside the
vehicle, or when the underside or rear of the vehicle is
damaged, have a competent mechanic inspect the complete exhaust system and adjacent body areas for broken,
damaged, deteriorated, or mispositioned parts. Open
seams or loose connections could permit exhaust fumes
to seep into the passenger compartment. In addition,
inspect the exhaust system each time the vehicle is raised
for lubrication or oil change. Replace as required.
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WARNING!
Exhaust gases can injure or kill. They contain carbon
monoxide (CO) which is colorless and odorless.
Breathing it can make you unconscious and can
eventually poison you. To avoid breathing CO, follow the preceding safety tips.
Exhaust System Rubber Isolator and Loop-Type
Hanger — If Equipped
Inspect surfaces whenever the vehicle is hoisted for
rubber to metal separation or deep cracks. SLIGHT
CRACKING DUE TO WEATHERING DOES NOT ADVERSELY AFFECT PERFORMANCE. If, however, excessively deep localized cracks are present, or any part of the
exhaust system abnormally contacts the underbody hardware, the isolator and/or hanger should be replaced.
Cooling System
Cooling System Maintenance
At the intervals shown in the Maintenance Schedules
Section of the manual, the system should be drained,
flushed and filled.
Inspection
Coolant protection checks should be made every 12
months (prior to the onset of freezing weather, where
applicable). If coolant is dirty or rusty in appearance, the
system should be drained, flushed and refilled with fresh
coolant as specified.
Inspect the entire cooling system for leaks. Check the face
of the radiator for any accumulation of bugs, leaves, or
other foreign matter. If dirty, clean the radiator core with
a garden hose. With the engine OFF, gently spray water
from the back of the radiator core.
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Check the coolant reserve tank tube for condition and
tightness or connections at the reserve tank and radiator.
Check the coolant pressure cap and coolant reserve
system for proper vacuum sealing. With the engine at
normal operating temperature, note the level of the
coolant in the coolant reserve tank. Without removing the
pressure cap (with the engine off), drain a small amount
of coolant from the radiator draincock. If the coolant level
in the reserve tank drops, the system is sealing properly.
Coolant Level
The coolant reserve system provides a quick visual
method of determining that the coolant level is adequate.
With the engine idling, and warmed to the normal
operating temperature, the level of the coolant on the
overflow bottle should be between the fluid level marks.
Check the coolant level whenever the hood is raised.
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The radiator normally remains completely full, so there is
no longer a need to remove the coolant pressure cap
except for checking coolant freeze point or replacement
with new antifreeze coolant.
WARNING!
Never add coolant to the radiator when the engine is
overheated. Do not loosen or remove pressure cap to
cool an overheated engine! The coolant is under
pressure and severe scalding could result.
Drain, Flush And Refill
At intervals shown on the Maintenance Schedules, the
system should be drained, flushed and refilled. Refer to
your dealer or consult a service manual for proper
procedures.
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Adding Coolant
When adding coolant or refilling system, a 50% solution
of ethylene glycol antifreeze coolant in water should be
used. Higher concentrations (not to exceed 65%) are
required if temperatures below -34 F° (-37 C°) are anticipated. Use only high purity water such as distilled or
deionized water when mixing the water/antifreeze solution. The use of lower quality water will reduce the
amount of corrosion protection in the engine cooling
system. Please note that it is the owner’s responsibility to
maintain the proper level of protection against freezing
according to the temperatures occurring in the area
where the vehicle is operated.
NOTE: Mixing coolant types will decrease the life of the
engine coolant and will require more frequent coolant
changes.
When additional coolant is needed to maintain the
proper level, add the recommended concentration of
antifreeze and water to the overflow bottle. Do not
overfill.
NOTE: Failure to follow the antifreeze concentration
and replacement recommendations, or failure to use
antifreeze formulated to prevent corrosion of all cooling
system metals, may result in radiator plugging, overheating, or cooling system leaks such as in core hole plugs.
WARNING!
Never add coolant to the radiator when the engine is
overheated. Do not loosen or remove pressure cap to
cool an overheated engine. The coolant is under
pressure and severe scalding could result.
Recommended Engine Coolant
Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine
Parts for correct fluid type.
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CAUTION!
Mixing of coolants other than specified (nonHOAT), may result in engine damage that may not
be covered under the new vehicle warranty, and
decreased corrosion protection. If a non-HOAT coolant is introduced into the cooling system in an
emergency, it should be replaced with the specified
coolant as soon as possible.
Do not use plain water alone or alcohol base antifreeze products. Do not use additional rust inhibitors or antirust products, as they may not be compatible with the radiator coolant and may plug the
radiator.
This vehicle has not been designed for use with
Propylene Glycol based coolants. Use of Propylene
Glycol based coolants is not recommended.
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Disposal Of Used Engine Coolant
Used ethylene glycol based engine coolant is a regulated
substance requiring proper disposal. Check with your
local authorities to determine the disposal rules for your
community. Do not store ethylene glycol-based engine
coolant in open containers or allow it to remain in
puddles on the ground. Prevent ingestion by animals and
children. If ingested by a child, contact a physician
immediately. Clean up any ground spills immediately.
Coolant Pressure Cap
The coolant pressure cap must be fully tightened to
prevent the loss of coolant and to insure that the coolant
will return to the radiator from the coolant reserve tank.
The pressure cap should be inspected and cleaned if there
is any accumulation of foreign material on the sealing
surfaces.
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WARNING!
Insure nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or
collapsed.
The warning words “DO NOT OPEN HOT” on the
radiator pressure cap are a safety precaution. Heat
causes pressure to build up in the cooling system. To
prevent scalding or injury, do not remove the pressure cap.
Inspect all hose connections such as clamps and couplings to make sure they are secure and no leaks are
present.
Hoses And Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses
Inspect surfaces of hoses and nylon tubing for evidence
of heat and mechanical damage. Hard or soft spots,
brittle rubber, cracking, tears, cuts, abrasions, and excessive swelling indicate deterioration of the rubber.
Pay particular attention to those hoses nearest to high
heat sources such as the exhaust manifold. Inspect hose
routing to be sure hoses do not come in contact with any
heat source or moving component which may cause heat
damage or mechanical wear.
Components should be replaced immediately if there is
any evidence of wear or damage that could cause failure.
Brake System
Power Disc Brakes (front and rear)
Disc brakes do not require adjustment; however, several
hard stops during the break-in period are recommended
to seat the linings and wear off any foreign material.
Brake Master Cylinder
The fluid level of the master cylinder should be checked
when performing under the hood service, or immediately if the brake system warning lamp indicates system
failure.
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The brake master cylinder has a translucent plastic
reservoir. On the outboard side of the reservoir, there is a
“MAX” dot and an “MIN” dot. The fluid level must be
kept within these two dots. Do not add fluid above the
MAX mark, because leakage may occur at the cap.
Overfilling the brake fluid reservoir can result in
spilling brake fluid on hot engine parts and the
brake fluid catching fire.
With disc brakes the fluid level can be expected to fall as
the brake linings wear. However, an unexpected drop in
fluid level may be caused by a leak and a system check
should be conducted.
Use only brake fluid that has been in a tightly closed
container to avoid contamination from foreign matter or
moisture.
Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine
Parts for the correct Fluid type.
CAUTION!
WARNING!
Use of a brake fluid that may have a lower initial
boiling point, or is unidentified as to specification,
may result in sudden brake failure during hard
prolonged braking. You could have an accident.
WARNING!
Do not allow a petroleum-base fluid to contaminate
the brake fluid. Seal damage may result.
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Brake Hoses
Inspection should be performed whenever the brake
system is serviced or at intervals specified. Inspect hydraulic brake hoses for surface cracking, scuffing or worn
spots. If there is any evidence of cracking, scuffing, or
worn spots, the hose should be replaced immediately!
Eventual deterioration of the hose can take place with
possible burst failure.
Clutch Hydraulic System
The clutch hydraulic system is a sealed maintenance-free
system. In the event of leakage or other malfunction, the
system must be replaced.
Clutch Linkage
If the clutch pedal linkage begins to squeak or grunt, the
clutch pedal pivot bushings should be lubricated. Refer
to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
for the correct lubricant type.
Propeller Shaft Universal Joints
Cross Type (No fittings) — Relubrication of this type of
universal joint is not required. The seals should be
inspected for external leaks or damage. If external leaks
or damage is evident, the universal joint should be
replaced.
Rear Axle Fluid Level
Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine
Parts for the correct Fluid type. For normal service,
periodic fluid level checks are not required. When the
vehicle is serviced for other reasons the exterior surfaces
of the axle assembly should be inspected. If gear oil
leakage is suspected inspect the fluid level.
This inspection should be made with the vehicle in a level
position. The fluid level should be 3/4” ± 1/4” below the
plug on DANA M60 HD/248 mm rear axles.
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Drain and Refill
Vehicles operated in normal service do not have regularly
scheduled oil changes. If fluid has become contaminated
with water or to provide the correct viscosity grade, drain
and refill.
Lubricant Selection
Refer to Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine
Parts for correct fluid type.
NOTE: The presence of water in the gear lubricant will
result in corrosion and possible failure of differential
components. Operation of the vehicle in water, as may be
encountered in some off-highway types of service, will
require draining and refilling the axle to avoid damage.
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Transmission
Lubricant Selection
Refer to the Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts section for correct fluid type.
CAUTION!
Using a transmission fluid other than the manufacturer’s recommended fluid may cause deterioration
in transmission shift quality. Refer to the Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts section for correct fluid type.
Fluid Level Check
The fluid in the transmission should be checked whenever other underhood services are done. Check the fluid
level by removing the fill plug located on the left side of
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the transmission. The fluid level should be at the bottom
of the fill hole. Add fluid, if necessary, to maintain the
proper level.
Frequency of Fluid Change
Under normal operating conditions, the fluid installed at
the factory will give satisfactory lubrication for the life of
the vehicle. If the vehicle is operated under severe
conditions, change the fluid as specified in Maintenance
Schedule B. If contaminated with water, the fluid should
be changed immediately.
Front Wheel Bearings
Front wheel bearings for all Dodge Ram Trucks are
sealed-for-life. They do not require greasing or seal
replacement. In some instances, these bearings will
“purge” excess grease and the bearing will look slightly
wet. This is normal. Periodic inspection for excess play is
recommended.
Selection of Lubricating Grease
The National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) has
developed a symbol (Certification Mark) to aid the
vehicle owner in the proper selection of grease for the
lubrication of wheel bearings and chassis components.
This symbol (an example is shown below) is located on
the grease container and identifies the application and
quality of the grease.
There are two groups
identified, those for wheel
bearings (Letter “G”) and
those for chassis (Letter
“L”) lubrication. Performance categories within
these groups result in dual
letter designations for
each group. The letter designations shown in the example are the highest
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quality level available and when combined as shown can
be used for both wheel bearing and chassis lubrication.
Use only those greases that have the NLGI symbol on the
container along with the proper quality level for your
application.
Appearance Care and Protection from Corrosion
Protection of Body and Paint from Corrosion
Vehicle body care requirements vary according to geographic locations and usage. Chemicals that make roads
passable in snow and ice, and those that are sprayed on
trees and road surfaces during other seasons, are highly
corrosive to the metal in your vehicle. Outside parking,
which exposes your vehicle to airborne contaminants,
road surfaces on which the vehicle is operated, extreme
hot or cold weather and other extreme conditions will
have an adverse effect on paint, metal trim, and underbody protection.
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The following maintenance recommendations will enable
you to obtain maximum benefit from the corrosion
resistance built into your vehicle.
What Causes Corrosion?
Corrosion is the result of deterioration or removal of
paint and protective coatings from your vehicle.
The most common causes are:
• Road salt, dirt and moisture accumulation.
• Stone and gravel impact.
• Insects, tree sap and tar.
• Salt in the air near seacoast localities.
• Atmospheric fallout/industrial pollutants.
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Washing
• Wash your vehicle regularly. Always wash your vehicle in the shade using a mild car wash soap, and
rinse the panels completely with clear water.
• If insects, tar or other similar deposits have accumulated on your vehicle, wash it as soon as possible.
• Use Mopar威 auto polish to remove road film and
stains and to polish your vehicle. Take care never to
scratch the paint.
• Avoid using abrasive compounds and power buffing
that may diminish the gloss or thin out the paint
finish.
CAUTION!
Do not use abrasive or strong cleaning materials
such as steel wool or scouring powder, which will
scratch metal and painted surfaces.
Special Care
• If you drive on salted or dusty roads or if you drive
near the ocean, hose off the undercarriage at least once
a month.
• It is important that the drain holes in the lower edges
of the doors, rocker panels and tailgate be kept clear
and open.
• If you detect any stone chips or scratches in the paint,
touch them up immediately. The cost of such repairs is
considered the responsibility of the owner.
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• If your vehicle is damaged due to an accident or
similar cause which destroys the paint and protective
coating have your vehicle repaired as soon as possible.
The cost of such repairs is considered the responsibility of the owner.
• All wheels and wheel trim, especially aluminum and
chrome plated wheels should be cleaned regularly
with mild soap and water to prevent corrosion. To
remove heavy soil, select a nonabrasive, non-acidic
cleaner. Do not use scouring pads, steel wool, a bristle
brush or metal polishes. Only Mopar cleaners are
recommended. Do not use oven cleaner. Avoid automatic car washes that use acidic solutions or harsh
brushes that may damage the wheels’ protective finish.
• If you carry special cargo such as chemicals, fertilizers,
de-icer salt, etc., be sure that such materials are well
packaged and sealed.
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• If a lot of driving is done on gravel roads, consider
mud or stone shields behind each wheel.
• Use Mopar威 touch up paint on scratches as soon as
possible. Your dealer has touch up paint to match the
color of your vehicle.
Interior Care
Use Mopar威 Fabric Cleaner to clean fabric upholstery
and carpeting.
Use Mopar威 Vinyl Cleaner to clean vinyl upholstery and
trim.
Mopar威 Total Clean is specifically recommended for
leather upholstery.
Your leather upholstery can be best preserved by regular
cleaning with a damp soft cloth. Small particles of dirt
can act as an abrasive and damage the leather upholstery
and should be removed promptly with a damp cloth.
Stubborn soils can be removed easily with a soft cloth
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and Mopar威 Total Clean. Care should be taken to avoid
soaking your leather upholstery with any liquid. Please
do not use polishes, oils, cleaning fluids, solvents, detergents, or ammonia based cleaners to clean your leather
upholstery. Application of a leather conditioner is not
required to maintain the original condition.
defrosters or windshields equipped with a windshield
wiper de-icer. Do not use scrapers or other sharp instruments which may scratch the elements.
WARNING!
Cleaning Plastic Instrument Cluster Lenses
The lenses in front of the instruments in this vehicle are
molded in clear plastic. When cleaning the lenses, care
must be taken to avoid scratching the plastic.
Do not use volatile solvents for cleaning purposes.
Many are potentially flammable, and if used in
closed areas they may cause respiratory harm.
Glass Surfaces
All glass surfaces should be cleaned on a regular basis
with any commercial household-type glass cleaner.
Never use an abrasive type cleaner. Use caution when
cleaning inside rear windows equipped with electric
When cleaning the rear view mirror, spray cleaner on the
towel or rag that you are using. Do not spray cleaner
directly on the mirror.
1. Clean with a wet soft rag. A mild soap solution may be
used, but do not use high alcohol content or abrasive
cleaners. If soap is used, wipe clean with a clean damp
rag.
2. Dry with a soft tissue.
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Seat Belt Maintenance
Do not bleach, dye or clean the belts with chemical
solvents or abrasive cleaners. This will weaken the fabric.
Sun damage will also weaken the fabric.
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FUSE AND RELAY CENTER
If the belts need cleaning, use a mild soap solution or
lukewarm water. Do not remove the belts from the car to
wash them.
Replace the belts if they appear frayed or worn or if the
buckles do not work properly.
Your vehicle is equipped with a fuse and relay center
located in the engine compartment near the battery.
Located on the underside of the cover is a label that
identifies each component.
1. Disconnect the battery negative (-) cable before removing the cover.
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2. Use specified fuses only.
3. Always properly reinstall the cover.
VEHICLE STORAGE
If you are storing your vehicle for more than 21 days, we
recommend that you take the following steps to minimize the drain on your vehicle’s battery:
• Disconnect the Ignition-Off Draw fuse (I.O.D.) fuse
located in the Fuse and Relay Center, located in the
engine compartment. The I.O.D. cavity includes a
snap-in retainer that allows the fuse to be disconnected, without removing it from the fuse block.
• As an alternative to the above steps you may, disconnect the negative cables from both batteries.
REPLACEMENT LIGHT BULBS
LIGHT BULBS — Inside
Bulb No.
Overhead Console Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TS 212-2
Dome Light. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7679
All of the inside bulbs are brass or glass wedge base.
Aluminum base bulbs are not approved.
LIGHT BULBS — Outside
Bulb No.
Back-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3057
Center High Mounted Stop Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . 912
Fog Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9006LL
Headlamp (Halogen) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9007QL
Park & Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4157NAK
Rear License Plate Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Rear Cargo Light. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 912
Tail & Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3057
Cab Clearance Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Dual Rear Wheel Sidemarker Light . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Dual Rear Wheel Tailgate ID Lights (3) . . . . . . . . . 168
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BULB REPLACEMENT
Headlight (Halogen)/Front Park and Turn Lights
CAUTION!
This is a halogen bulb. Avoid touching the glass
with your fingers. Reduced bulb life will result.
1. Remove the two (2) expanding fasteners from the
headlight welt.
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2. Remove the three (3) bolts from the headlight housing.
NOTE: The lower bolt on the driver side headlight also
retains the ambient temperature sensor between the
headlight assembly and the frame.
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3. Pull the housing out from the fender to allow room to
disconnect the electrical connectors.
5. Twist connector on turn signal/park light bulb 1⁄4 turn
and remove connector and bulb from housing.
6. Remove housing from vehicle with headlight halogen
bulb in housing.
7. Twist collar on headlight halogen bulb 1⁄4 turn and
remove headlight bulb from the housing.
8. Replace headlight or turn signal bulb. Do not touch
the headlight halogen bulb.
9. Reverse procedure for installation of bulbs and housing.
10. Tighten the outboard fastener first.
4. Unlock and pull connector straight from the base of
the headlight halogen bulb.
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Tail, Stop, Turn and Backup Lights
1. Remove the two (2) screws that pass through the bed
sheetmetal.
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2. Pull the housing straight out from the body, with a
quick motion, to separate the housing from the body. If
not pulled straight, locators may be damaged.
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3. Push the red lock slide in on the connector and remove
the housing from the vehicle.
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4. Remove the four (4) screws from the bulb strip in the
housing.
5. Pull the appropriate bulb straight from the bulb strip.
• Top Bulb: Park/Turn/Hazard
• Center Bulb: Stop/Park/Sidemarker
• Bottom Bulb: Backup Lights
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6. Reverse procedure for installation of bulbs and housing.
7. While holding the taillight firmly in place, fasten the
top screw first.
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Center High-Mounted Stoplight With Cargo Light
1. Remove the two (2) screws holding the housing/lens
to the body as shown.
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2. Separate the connector holding the housing and wiring harness to the body.
4. Pull desired bulb straight from the socket.
• Outside Bulbs: Cargo Lamps
3. Turn desired bulb socket 1⁄4 turn and remove socket
and bulb from housing.
• Inside Bulb: Center High Mount Stop Lamp
5. Reverse procedure for installation of bulbs and housing.
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2. Pull bulb straight from the connector.
1. Reach under the vehicle, unlock and twist connector
counterclockwise 1⁄4 turn and remove connector and bulb
from housing.
3. Reverse procedure for installation of bulbs and housing.
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FLUID CAPACITIES
U.S.
Metric
26 gal.
98L
8.5 qts.
8.0L
20 qts.
19L
Fuel
SRT-10 Models
Engine Oil (with filter)
8.3L
Cooling System
8.3L
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Engine
Component
Engine Coolant
Engine Oil
Engine Oil Filter
Spark Plugs
Fuel Selection
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/102,000 Mile Formula HOAT (Hybrid Organic Additive Technology) P/N 05066386AA or equivalent.
We only recommend synthetic engine oils, such as Mobil 1威, that are API
Certified and meet the requirements of Material Standard MS-10725.
Mopar威 Engine Oil Filter, P/N 5281090 or equivalent.
Refer to the Vehicle Emission Control Information label in the engine compartment.
91 Octane, (R+M)/2 Method
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Chassis
Component
Transmission Fluid
Clutch Linkage
Limited-Slip Rear Axle
Brake Master Cylinder
Power Steering Reservoir
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts.
Mopar Synthetic Manual Transmission Lubricant 75W/85W (Castrol Syntorq LT 75W/85W)
Multipurpose Grease, NLGI Grade 2 E.P.
Mopar威 SAE 90W. Limited-Slip Rear Axles require the addition of 147 ml
(5 oz.) Mopar威 limited slip additive.
Mopar威 DOT 3 and SAE J1703 should be used. If DOT 3 brake fluid is not
available, then DOT 4 or DOT 4+ is acceptable. Use only recommended
brake fluids.
Mopar威 ATF+4, Automatic Transmission Fluid
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES
CONTENTS
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▫ Schedule “B” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
䡵 Maintenance Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
▫ Schedule “A” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274 C
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EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
The “Scheduled” maintenance services, listed in bold
type in this section (Section 8) must be done at the times
or mileages specified to assure the continued proper
functioning of the emission control system. These, and all
other maintenance services included in this manual,
should be done to provide best vehicle performance and
S reliability. More frequent maintenance may be needed for
C vehicles in severe operating conditions such as dusty
H areas and very short trip driving.
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Inspection and service also should be done any time a
malfunction is suspected.
NOTE: Maintenance, replacement, or repair of the emission control devices and systems on your vehicle may be
performed by any automotive repair establishment or
individual using any automotive part which has been
certified pursuant to U.S. EPA or, in the State of California, California Air Resources Board regulations.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES
There are two maintenance schedules that show the
required service for your vehicle.
First is Schedule “B”. It is for vehicles that are operated
under the conditions that are listed below and at the
beginning of the schedule.
• Day or night temperatures are below 32° F (0° C).
• Stop and go driving.
• Extensive engine idling.
• Driving in dusty conditions.
• Short trips of less than 10 miles (16 km).
• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high
speeds during hot weather, above 90° F C (32°).
• Heavy Loading.
• Taxi, police, or delivery service (commercial service).
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• Off-road or desert operation.
• If equipped for and operating with E-85 (ethanol)
fuel.
NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your
engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months,
whichever comes first and follow schedule “B” of the
⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
NOTE: Most vehicles are operated under the conditions
listed for Schedule ⬙B⬙.
Second is Schedule “A”. It is for vehicles that are not
operated under any of the conditions listed under Schedule ⬙B⬙.
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tervals exceed 6000 miles (10 000 km) or 6 months N
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Use the schedule that best describes your driving conditions. Where time and mileage are listed, follow the
interval that occurs first.
CAUTION!
Failure to perform the required maintenance items
may result in damage to the vehicle.
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warmed engine is shut off. Checking the oil level while
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level is at or below the ADD or MIN mark.
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• Check the windshield washer solvent and add if
required.
Once a Month
• Check tire pressure and look for unusual wear or
damage.
• Inspect the battery and clean and tighten the terminals
as required.
• Check the fluid levels of coolant reservoir, brake
master cylinder, and transmission and add as needed.
• Check all lights and all other electrical items for correct
operation.
At Each Oil Change
• Change the engine oil filter.
• Inspect the exhaust system.
• Inspect the brake hoses.
• Inspect the CV joints (if equipped) and front suspension components.
• Check the automatic transmission fluid level.
• Check the manual transmission fluid level.
• Check the coolant level, hoses, and clamps.
Tire Rotation
• Rotate the tires at 6,000 miles (10 000 km).
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Schedule “B”
Follow schedule “B” if you usually operate your vehicle
under one or more of the following conditions.
• Day or night temperatures are below 32° F (0° C).
• Stop and go driving.
• Extensive engine idling.
• Driving in dusty conditions.
• Short trips of less than 10 miles (16 km).
• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high
speeds during hot weather, above 90° F C (32°).
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fuel.
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NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your E
• Taxi, police, or delivery service (commercial service).
engine oil every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or 3 months,
whichever comes first and follow schedule “B” of the S
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A Change rear axle fluid.
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3,000
(5 000)
X
6,000
(10 000)
X
9,000
(14 000)
X
12,000
(19 000)
X
15,000
(24 000)
X
X
X
X
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Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Change rear axle fluid.
Inspect brake linings.
Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary.
Replace spark plugs.
Inspect and replace, if necessary, the PCV orifice.
18,000
(29 000)
X
21,000
(34 000)
X
24,000
(38 000)
X
27,000
(43 000)
X
30,000
(48 000)
X
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A Change rear axle fluid.
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33,000
(53 000)
X
36,000
(58 000)
X
39,000
(62 000)
X
42,000
(67 000)
X
45,000
(72 000)
X
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “B” 269 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Change rear axle fluid.
Inspect brake linings.
Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary.
Replace spark plugs.
Replace ignition cables.
Inspect and replace, if necessary, the PCV orifice.
48,000
(77 000)
X
X
51,000
(82 000)
X
54,000
(86 000)
X
57,000
(91 000)
X
60,000
(96 000)
X
X
X
X
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T (Kilometers)
E
N Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
A Inspect engine air cleaner filter.
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C Change rear axle fluid.
E Inspect brake linings.
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Inspect auto tension drive belt and replace if required.
63,000
(101 000)
X
66,000
(106 000)
X
69,000
(110 000)
X
72,000
(115 000)
X
75,000
(120 000)
X
X
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “B” 271 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Change rear axle fluid.
Inspect brake linings.
Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary.
Replace spark plugs.
Inspect PCV valve, replace as necessary.
Inspect auto tension drive belt and replace if required.
78,000
(125 000)
X
81,000
(130 000)
X
84,000
(134 000)
X
87,000
(139 000)
X
90,000
(144 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X*
X‡
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T (Kilometers)
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N Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
A Flush and replace engine coolant.
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E Inspect brake linings.
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93,000
(149 000)
X
96,000
(154 000)
X
99,000
(158 000)
X
100,000
(160 000)
X
X
102,000
(163 000)
X
X
SCHEDULE “B” 273 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Change rear axle fluid.
Inspect brake linings.
Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if
necessary.
Replace spark plugs.
Replace ignition cables.
Inspect and replace, if necessary, the PCV
orifice.
Inspect auto tension drive belt and replace if
required.
105,000
(168 000)
X
X
108,000
(173 000)
X
X
X
111,000
114,000
117,000 120,000
(178 000) (182 000) (187 000) (192 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X*
X‡
* This maintenance is recommended by the manufacture
to the owner but is not required to maintain the emissions warranty.
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‡ This maintenance is not required if previously replaced.
Inspection and service should also be performed anytime
a malfunction is observed or suspected. Retain all receipts.
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A [Months]
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C Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
E Inspect brake linings.
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Replace engine air cleaner filter.
Replace spark plugs.
6,000
(10 000)
[6]
X
12,000
(19 000)
[12]
X
18,000
(29 000)
[18]
X
X
24,000
(38 000)
[24]
X
30,000
(48 000)
[30]
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “A” 275 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
[Months]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Flush and replace engine coolant at 60
months, regardless of mileage.
Inspect brake linings.
Replace engine air cleaner filter.
Replace spark plugs.
Inspect and replace, if necessary, the PCV
orifice.
Replace ignition cables.
36,000
(58 000)
[36]
X
X
42,000
(67 000)
[42]
X
48,000
(77 000)
[48]
X
54,000
(84 000)
[54]
X
60,000
(96 000)
[60]
X
X
X
X
X
X*
X
66,000
(106 000)
[66]
X
A
I
N
T
E
N
A
N
C
E
S
C
H
E
D
U
L
E
S
8
M 276 SCHEDULE “A”
A
I
N Miles
T (Kilometers)
E
N [Months]
A Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
N
C Flush and replace Power Steering Fluid.
E Inspect brake linings.
S
C
H
E
D
U
L
E
S
8
Replace engine air cleaner filter.
Replace spark plugs.
Inspect and replace, if necessary, the PCV
orifice.
Inspect auto tension drive belt and replace if
required.
72,000
(115000)
[72]
X
78,000
(125 000)
[78]
X
84,000
90,000
96,000
(134 000) (144 000) (154 000)
[84]
[90]
[96]
X
X
X
100,000
160 000
X
X
X
X
X
X*
X
SCHEDULE “A” 277 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
[Months]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Flush and replace engine coolant, if not done at 60 mos.
Inspect brake linings.
Inspect auto tension drive belt and replace if required.
Replace ignition cables.
Replace engine air cleaner filter.
Replace spark plugs.
Inspect and replace, if necessary, the PCV orifice.
* This maintenance is recommended by the manufacture
to the owner, but is not required to maintain the emissions warranty.
‡ This maintenance is not required if previously replaced.
102,000
(163 000)
[102]
X
X
108,000
(173 000)
[108]
X
114,000
(182 000)
[114]
X
120,000
(192 000)
[120]
X
X
X‡
A
I
N
T
E
N
A
N
C
E
X‡
X
X
X
X*
S
C
H
E
D
U
L
E
Inspection and service should also be performed anytime S
a malfunction is observed or suspected. Retain all receipts.
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M 278 SCHEDULE “A”
A
I
WARNING!
N
T
E
You can be badly injured working on or around a
N
motor vehicle. Do only that service work for which
A
you have the knowledge and the right equipment. If
N
C
you have any doubt about your ability to perform a
E
S
C
H
E
D
U
L
E
S
8
service job, take your vehicle to a competent mechanic.
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
CONTENTS
䡵 Suggestions For Obtaining Service For Your
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
▫ Prepare For The Appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
▫ Prepare A List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
▫ Be Reasonable With Requests . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
䡵 If You Need Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
䡵 Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
䡵 Mopar威 Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
䡵 Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
▫ In Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
䡵 Publication Order Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
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SUGGESTIONS FOR OBTAINING SERVICE FOR
YOUR VEHICLE
Prepare For The Appointment
If you’re having warranty work done, be sure to have the
right papers with you. Take your warranty folder. All
work to be performed may not be covered by the
warranty, discuss additional charges with the service
manager. Keep a maintenance log of your vehicle’s
service history. This can often provide a clue to the
current problem.
Prepare A List
Make a written list of your vehicle’s problems or the
specific work you want done. If you’ve had an accident,
or work done that is not on your maintenance log, let the
service advisor know.
Be Reasonable With Requests
If you list a number of items, and you must have your
vehicle by the end of the day, discuss the situation with
the service advisor and list the items in order of priority.
At many dealers you may obtain a rental vehicle at a
minimal daily charge. If you need a rental, it is advisable
to make these arrangements when you call for an appointment.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE
The manufacturer and its dealers are vitally interested in
your satisfaction. We want you to be happy with our
products and services.
Your selling dealer is best equipped and most anxious to
provide prompt resolution for any warranty issue or
related matter that you may experience. The manufacturer’s dealers have the facilities, factory-trained technicians, special tools, and the latest information to assure
your vehicle is fixed correctly and in a timely manner.
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 281
The manufacturer has empowered its dealers to make
warranty and repair decisions that ensure you are not
inconvenienced. There is no need for you to wait for a
decision from the manufacturer. If a special circumstance
occurs that requires information from the manufacturer,
we have asked the dealer’s service management to make
the contact on your behalf.
This is why you should always talk to your dealer’s
service manager first. Most matters can be resolved with
this process.
• If for some reason you are still not satisfied, talk to the
general manager or owner of the dealership. They
want to know if you need assistance.
• If your dealership is unable to resolve the concern, you
may contact the Manufacturer’s Customer Center.
Any communication to the Manufacturer’s Customer
Center should include the following information:
• Owner’s name and address
• Owner’s telephone number (home and office)
• Dealership name
• Vehicle identification number
• Vehicle delivery date and mileage
DaimlerChrysler Motors Corporation Customer Center
P.O. Box 21–8004
Auburn Hills, MI 48321–8004
Phone: (800) 992-1997
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DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc. Customer Center
P.O. Box 1621
Windsor, Ontario N9A 4H6
Phone —(800) 465–2001
In Mexico contact:
Av. Prolongacion Paseo de la Reforma, 1240
Sante Fe C.P. 05109
Mexico, D. F.
In Mexico (915) 729–1248 or 729–1240
Outside Mexico (525) 729–1248 or 729–1240
Customer Assistance For The Hearing Or Speech
Impaired (TDD/TTY)
To assist customers who have hearing difficulties, the
manufacturer has installed special TDD (Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf) equipment at its Customer
Center. Any hearing or speech impaired customer who
has access to a TDD or a conventional teletypewriter
(TTY) in the United States can communicate with the
manufacturer by dialing 1–800–380–CHRY.
Service Contract
You may have purchased a service contract for your
vehicle to help protect you from the high cost of unexpected repairs after your manufacturer’s new vehicle
limited warranty expires. The manufacturer stands behind only the manufacturer’s Service Contracts. If you
purchased a manufacturer’s Service Contract, you will
receive Plan Provisions and an Owner Identification Card
in the mail within three weeks of your vehicle delivery
date. If you have any questions about your service
contract, call the manufacturer’s Service Contract National Customer Hotline at 1-800-521-9922.
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 283
The manufacturer will not stand behind any service
contract that is not the manufacturer’s Service Contract. It
is not responsible for any service contract other than the
manufacturer’s Service Contract. If you purchased a
service contract that is not a manufacturer’s Service
Contract, and you require service after your manufacturer’s new vehicle limited warranty expires, please refer to
your contract documents, and contact the person listed in
those documents.
We appreciate that you have made a major investment
when you purchased your new vehicle. Your dealer has
also made a major investment in facilities, tools, and
training to assure that you are absolutely delighted with
your ownership experience. You’ll be pleased with their
sincere efforts to resolve any warranty issues or related
concerns.
WARRANTY INFORMATION
See your manufacturer’s Warranty Information Booklet
for information on warranty coverage and transfer of
warranty.
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 285
MOPAR姞 PARTS
Mopar威 fluids, lubricants, parts, and accessories are
available from your dealer. They will help you keep your
vehicle operating at its best.
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS
In the 50 United States and Washington D.C.: If you
believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause
a crash or cause injury or death, you should immediately
inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying the manufacturer.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an
investigation, and if it finds that a safety defect exists in
a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy
campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in
individual problems between you, your dealer, and the
manufacturer.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety
Hotline toll free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123 in Washington DC area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Dept. of
Transportation, Washington DC 20590. You can also
obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from
the Hotline.
In Canada:
If you believe that your vehicle has a safety defect, you
should contact the Customer Service Department immediately. Canadian customers who wish to report a safety
defect to the Canadian government should write to
Transport Canada, Motor Vehicle Defect Investigations
and Recalls, 2780 Sheffield Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1B
3V9.
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PUBLICATION ORDER FORMS
To order the following manuals, you may use either the
website or the phone numbers listed below. Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover orders are accepted. If you prefer mailing your payment, please call
for an order form.
NOTE: A street address is required when ordering
manuals. (No P.O. Boxes).
• Service Manuals.
These comprehensive service manuals provide the
information that students and professional technicians
need in diagnosing/troubleshooting, problem solving,
maintaining, servicing and repairing DaimlerChrysler
Corporation vehicles. A complete working knowledge
of the vehicle, system and/or components is written in
straightforward language with illustrations, diagrams
and charts.
• Diagnostic Procedure Manuals.
Filled with diagrams, charts and detailed illustrations,
these practical manuals make it easy for students and
technicians to find and fix problems on computercontrolled vehicle systems and features. They show
exactly how to find and correct problems the first time,
using step-by-step troubleshooting and driveability
procedures, proven diagnostic tests and a complete list
of all tools and equipment.
• Owner’s Manuals.
These manuals have been prepared with the assistance
of service and engineering specialists to acquaint you
with specific Chrysler group vehicles. Included are
starting, operating, emergency and maintenance procedures as well as specifications, capabilities and
safety tips.
IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 287
Call Toll Free at 1–800–890–4038 (U.S.) or 1–800–387–1143
(Canada)
Or
Visit us on the World Wide Web at:
www.techauthority.daimlerchrysler.com or
www.daimlerchrysler.ca/manuals
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INDEX
10
290 INDEX
Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186,197
Additives, Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Air Cleaner, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Air Conditioner Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Air Conditioning Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Air Conditioning System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
Air Conditioning System, Zone Control . . . . . . . . 141
Air Pressure, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172,179
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39,44
Airbag Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60,125
Airbag On/Off Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Airbag, Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24,127
Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Alterations/Modifications, Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Anti-Lock Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,161
Anti-Theft System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24,127
Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Ashtray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Automatic Transmission
Fluid Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Axle Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240,260
Axle Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
Emergency Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Bearings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
Belts, Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Belts, Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Body Mechanism Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
B-Pillar Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Brake Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160,238
Anti-Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Disc Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
INDEX 291
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Master Cylinder . . . . . . . . . .
Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . .
Break-In Recommendations, New
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . .
Bulbs, Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Button, Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
. . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
. . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
. . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Vehicle . . . . . . . . 57
. . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
. . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
. . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Calibration, Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Camper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Capacities, Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) . . . . . . . . 258
Capacities, Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Caps, Filler
Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Car Washes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
Carbon Monoxide Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59,185
Cargo Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Catalytic Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188,226
CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132,134
Cellular Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Center High Mounted Stop Light . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
Center Seat Storage Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Certification Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Chart, Tire Sizing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Check Engine Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49,50
Child Restraint Tether Anchors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53,55
Child Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50,55
Cigar Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Clean Air Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Climate Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Clutch Linkage Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Compact Disc Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Compact Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
10
292 INDEX
Compass Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103
Compass Variance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Computer, Trip/Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Console, Overhead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Contract, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Converter, Catalytic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Coolant Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Coolant Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Disposal of Used Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
Drain, Flush, and Refill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Radiator Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235,237
Selection of Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236,259
Temperature Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Crankcase Emission Control System . . . . . . . . . . 227
Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Cup Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Daytime Running Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Defroster, Rear Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67,144
Delay Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Differential, Limited-Slip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
Dipsticks
Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
Disc Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
Disposal
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
Door Ajar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Door Opener, Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Drive Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Electric Rear Window Defrost . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67,144
Electrical Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Electronic Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Emergency Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
INDEX 293
Emergency, In Case of
Freeing Vehicle When Stuck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212
Emission Control System Maintenance . . . . . . . . . 262
Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Compartment Identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236,259
Exhaust Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Flooded, Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220,259
Oil Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Oil Synthetic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Temperature Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Equipment Identification Plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 194
Ethylene Glycol Antifreeze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
Exhaust Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59,185,234
Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59,233,234
Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Filters
Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Engine Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224,259
Engine Oil Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Flashers
Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Flat Tire Stowage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201,207
Flooded Engine Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Fluid, Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Fluid Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Fluid Level Checks
Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 230
10
294 INDEX
Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89,257
Four-Way Hazard Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211
Front Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Front Wheel Bearings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Adding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Octane Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182,259
Tank Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Fueling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
Garage Door Opener . . . .
Gas Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends
Gauges . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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106
186
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128
127
Fuel . . . . . .
Oil Pressure
Speedometer
Tachometer
Voltmeter . .
Glass Cleaning
GVWR . . . . .
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130
126
126
125
125
246
189
Hands-Free Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88,249
High Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
High Beam/Low Beam Select Switch . . . . . . . . . 91
Lights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Heated Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67,144
High Beam/Low Beam Select Switch . . . . . . . . . . . 91
INDEX 295
Hoisting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
Homelink Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Hood Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
Ignition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,152
Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11,14
Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Infant Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49,50
Inflation Pressure Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123,124
Instrument Panel and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Instrument Panel Lens Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . 246
Interior Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Intermittent Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Jack Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Jack Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Key, Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Key, Sentry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Key-In Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Keyless Entry System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11,14
Lane Change and Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren) . 53
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60,86
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49,125
Anti-Lock Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,161
Battery Saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Brake Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248,249
Center Mounted Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255
Check Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
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296 INDEX
Courtesy/Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Cruise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Daytime Running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Fog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89,257
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
High Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91,125
High Beam Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
High Beam/Low Beam Select . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
Intensity Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86,99
Lights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
Low Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
Seat Belt Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248,249
Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90,125,249,253
Warning (Instrument Cluster Description) . . . . . 124
Limited-Slip Differential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
Loading Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Ignition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Power Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren (LATCH) . 53
Lubricants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
Lubrication, Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Lug Nuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
Maintenance . . . . . . . . .
Maintenance Free Battery
Maintenance Procedures .
Maintenance Schedule . .
Schedule ⬙A⬙ . . . . . . .
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228
220
262
274
INDEX 297
Schedule ⬙B⬙ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265
Malfunction Indicator Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
Manual, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Lubricant Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Automatic Dimming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Electric Powered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Outside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Modifications/Alterations, Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Mopar Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220,285
Multi-Function Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,130
Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,130
Oil, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220,259
Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
Dipstick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224,259
Filter Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Identification Logo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Materials Added to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
Pressure Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
Recommendation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Synthetic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Onboard Diagnostic System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Opener, Garage Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Operating Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
Outside Rearview Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Overhead Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99,100
Overhead Travel Information Center . . . . . . . . . . 100
Owner’s Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Passenger Airbag On/Off Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
10
298 INDEX
Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
PCV Valve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
Pedals, Adjustable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Phone, Cellular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Phone, Hands-Free . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Pickup Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Placard, Tire and Loading Information . . . . . . . . . 167
Power
Distribution Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162,230
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Power Steering Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Pregnant Women and Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Pretensioners
Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Programmable Electronic Features . . . . . . . . . 107,111
Programming Transmitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107,111
Radial Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Radiator Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235,237
Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Rear Axle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240
Recommended Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Relays and Flashers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
Reminder, Seat Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
Restraint, Head . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Restraints, Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49,55
Rotation, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181,264
INDEX 299
Safety Checks Inside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Safety Checks Outside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Safety Defects, Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
Safety Information, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Schedule, Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
Seat Belt Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
Seat Belt Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27,28,60
Adjustable Upper Shoulder Anchorage . . . . . . . . 35
And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49,57
Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Front Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79,82
Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Security Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24,127
Selection of Coolant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259
Selection of Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Sentry Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Service Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Service Contract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Service Manuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
Setting the Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Shift Speeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Shifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Shoulder Belt Upper Anchorage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Side Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Signals, Turn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Snow Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Snow Plow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
10
300 INDEX
Spark Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225
Speed Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126
Start Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Engine Fails to Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Steering
Column Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
Column Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Linkage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162,230
Wheel, Tilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Storage, Behind the Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Storage Compartment, Center Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Storage, Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Storing Your Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Sulfur in Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Supplemental Tire Pressure Information . . . . . . . . 179
Synthetic Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Tailgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Tether Anchor, Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53,55
Tilt Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Tire and Loading Information Placard . . . . . . 167,179
Tire Identification Number (TIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Tire Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Tire Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60,171
Air Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
Alignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179
Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Compact Spare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
High Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
INDEX 301
Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Load Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167,168
Radial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181,264
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163,171
Sizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180
Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Wheel Mounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Wheel Nut Torque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
Towing
Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212
Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
Transfer Case
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153,155
Shifting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155,156
Transmitter, Garage Door Opener . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
Trip Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129,130
Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90,125,249,253
Underhood Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
Universal Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Variance, Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168,189
Vehicle Modifications/Alterations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248
Voltmeter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
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Warning Lights (Instrument Cluster Description) . 124
Warnings and Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
Washers, Windshield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93,232
Washing Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
Wheel Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Wheel and Wheel Trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Wheel Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
Wheel Mounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Wheel Nut Torque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
Wind Buffeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Window Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Window Fogging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Rear Sliding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92,93,232
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92,232
Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Windshield Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232
Wipers, Intermittent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
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