2006 Dodge Durango - Dealer E

2006 Dodge Durango - Dealer E
SECTION
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
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UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
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INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177
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STARTING AND OPERATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 315
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MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 389
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 411
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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 419
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INTRODUCTION
CONTENTS
䡵 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
䡵 Warnings And Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
䡵 How To Use This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
䡵 Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
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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.
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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CONTENTS
䡵 A Word About Your Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
▫ Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
▫ Child Protection Door Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
▫ Sentry Key — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
䡵 Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
䡵 Ignition And Steering Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
▫ To Unlock The Doors And Liftgate . . . . . . . . . .21
▫ Ignition Accessory Delay Feature . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ To Lock The Doors And Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . .22
䡵 Illuminated Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
▫ Using The Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
▫ Vehicles Equipped With Power Door Locks . . . .14
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
䡵 Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
▫ Programming Additional Transmitters . . . . . . . .24
▫ Manual Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
▫ Battery Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
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䡵 Security Alarm System — If Equipped . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Second Row Center Seat Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
▫ To Set The Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
▫ Rear 60/40 Seat Third Row Center Three Point
Belt — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
▫ To Disarm The System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
▫ Seat Belt Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
䡵 Remote Starting System — If Equipped . . . . . . . .28
▫ Enhanced Driver Seat Belt Reminder System
(BeltAlert) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
䡵 Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
▫ Power Liftgate — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
▫ Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . .47
䡵 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
▫ Seat Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
▫ Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
▫ Auto Down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
▫ Driver And Right Front Passenger Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS)—Airbags . . . . . . . . . . .48
▫ Window Lockout Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
▫ Event Data Recorder (EDR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
䡵 Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
▫ Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
䡵 Engine Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . .74
▫ Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage . . . .41
䡵 Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
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▫ Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
▫ Safety Checks You Should Make Inside The
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
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▫ Safety Checks You Should Make Outside The
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
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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.
NOTE: Integrated keys (key and key fob combined)
must be cut by the dealer. The dealer must have cutters
that have enough clearance for integrated keys.
Key-In-Ignition Reminder
If you open the driver’s door when the key is in the
ignition lock, a continuous 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 2 seconds, then shut off.
After six unsuccessful attempts at starting, the system
will shut down until the correct key is used.
NOTE: If the key is in the ignition switch, then all
buttons on that transmitter will be disabled. The buttons
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on the remaining transmitters will work. If the vehicle is
moving 5 mph or more, then all the transmitter buttons
are disabled for all keys.
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.
The ⬙Security Light⬙ will illuminate for about 3 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
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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.
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, a
chime will sound and 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, a
single chime will sound. 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 a total of 8 keys.
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.
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NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could
void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
IGNITION AND STEERING LOCK
In the LOCK position, the steering and ignition systems
are locked to provide anti-theft protection for your vehicle. It may be difficult to turn the key from the LOCK
position when starting your vehicle, if the steering wheel
is locked. Move the steering wheel left and right while
turning the key until it turns easily. The key can be
inserted or withdrawn only in the LOCK position. Push
in on the key in the ignition lock cylinder to rotate to the
LOCK position.
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ILLUMINATED ENTRY
WARNING!
The key cannot be turned to LOCK until the selector
is in the PARK position. Do not attempt to pull the
shift lever out of PARK after the key is in the LOCK
position.
NOTE: The steering wheel will lock when the key is
removed, and the steering wheel is turned around 115
degrees clockwise or 65 degrees counterclockwise from
the center position.
Ignition Accessory Delay Feature
When the ignition is turned to OFF/LOCK position the
accessory features on the vehicle will continue to operate
for ten minutes or until the driver’s door is opened. The
accessory features are: Power Windows, Sunroof, and
Radio. This feature can be turned off by the dealer.
Vehicles Equipped With Power Door Locks
All interior lights will illuminate in the vehicle when the
doors are unlocked using the key fob.
The interior lights will remain on for 30 seconds after the
last door is closed, or until all doors are closed and either
the ignition is turned to the ON position or a key fob
LOCK button is pressed.
There is also a battery saver feature that will turn the
interior lights off after 8 minutes if the ignition is OFF
and a door is left open or the dimmer control is in the
interior lights ON position.
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DOOR LOCKS
WARNING!
Manual Door Locks
All the doors can be “manually” locked from the inside
by pushing down the door lock plunger, located at the
rear of the door. Both front doors may be opened from the
inside with the door lock plunger in the down or locked
position.
WARNING!
For personal security and safety in the event of an
accident, lock the vehicle doors as you drive as well
as when you park and leave the vehicle.
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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.
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Power Door Locks
Power Door Lock Switch Operation
Power Door Lock Switches
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.
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As a safety feature the doors will not lock when using the
door lock switches during the following conditions:
• 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
(24 km/h).
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.
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. Within 10 seconds, cycle the key from the OFF position
to the ON position a minimum of four times; ending in
the Off 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 re-activate 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.
Auto Unlock Feature
This feature unlocks all of the doors of the vehicle when
any door is opened (excluding the liftgate). This will
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occur only after the vehicle has been shifted into the Park
position after the vehicle has been driven (shifted out of
Park and all doors closed).
4. Within 15 seconds, cycle the key from the OFF position
to the ON position a minimum of four times ending in
the OFF position (do not start the engine).
This feature will not operate if there is any manual
operation of the power door locks (Lock or Unlock).
5. Within 30 seconds, press the driver’s door lock switch
in the UNLOCK direction.
Auto Unlock Feature Programming
Customer Programming sequence to enable or disable
the Auto Unlock Feature:
6. A single chime will sound to indicate the feature has
been changed.
1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors.
7. Repeat the above steps to alternate the availability of
this feature.
2. Fasten your seat belt (fastening the seat belt will cancel
any chimes that may be confusing during this programming procedure).
8. If a chime is not heard, program mode was canceled
before the feature could be changed. If necessary repeat
the above procedure.
3. Insert the key into the ignition.
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Child Protection Door Lock
To provide a safer environment for children riding in the
rear seat, the rear doors of your vehicle have the childprotection door lock system.
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Child Lock Details
Child Lock Location
To use the system, open each rear door and slide the
control UP to engage the locks and DOWN to disengage
the child-protection locks. When the system on a door is
engaged, that door can only be opened by using the
outside door handle even if the inside door lock is in the
unlocked position.
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REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY
WARNING!
Avoid trapping anyone in a vehicle in a collision.
Remember that the rear doors can only be opened
from the outside when the child protection locks are
engaged.
NOTE: After setting the child protection door lock
system, always test the door from the inside to make
certain it is in the desired position.
NOTE: For emergency exit with the system engaged,
move the door lock switch to the UNLOCK position, roll
down the window and open the door with the outside
door handle.
Five Button Keyfob Shown
NOTE: For the remote starting feature (if equipped),
refer to the “Remote Starting System” section.
NOTE: For the power liftgate feature (if equipped), refer
to the “Power Liftgate” section.
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NOTE: Your vehicle’s keyfob may have three, four or
five buttons (shown), depending on the optional features
purchased with your vehicle.
The system can be programmed to unlock all the doors
upon the first UNLOCK button press by using the
following procedure:
This system allows you to lock or unlock the doors and
liftgate or activate the panic alarm from distances a
minimum of 66 feet (20 meters) using a hand held radio
transmitter. The transmitter need not be pointed at the
vehicle to activate the system.
1. Press and hold the LOCK button on a programmed
key fob.
NOTE: The line of transmission must not be blocked
with metal objects.
To unlock the doors and liftgate:
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 and liftgate. When the UNLOCK button is
pressed, the illuminated entry will initiate, and the
parking lights will flash on twice.
2. Continue to hold the LOCK button at least 4 seconds,
but not longer than 10 seconds, then press and hold the
UNLOCK button. A single chime will sound to indicate
that this feature has changed.
3. Release both buttons at the same time.
4. Test the feature while outside of the vehicle, by
pressing the LOCK/UNLOCK button on the keyfob.
NOTE: Pressing the LOCK button on the keyfob while
you are inside the vehicle will activate the Security
Alarm. Opening a door with the Security Alarm activated
will cause the alarm to sound. Press the UNLOCK button
to deactivate the Security Alarm.
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5. If the desired programming was not achieved or to
reactivate this feature, repeat the above steps.
To lock the doors and liftgate:
Press and release the LOCK button on the key fob to lock
all doors and liftgate. If the ignition is OFF, when the
doors are locked, the parking lights will flash on once
and the horn will chirp once.
Horn Chirp Programming
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. Press and hold the LOCK button on the key fob.
2. After holding the LOCK button for four seconds, also
press the PANIC button within 6 seconds. A single chime
will sound to indicate that this feature has changed.
3. Release both buttons at the same time.
4. To reactivate this feature, repeat the above steps.
5. Test the horn chirp feature while outside of the vehicle, by pressing the LOCK button on the key fob with
the ignition in the OFF position and the key removed.
NOTE: Pressing the LOCK button on the keyfob, while
you are inside the vehicle, will activate the Security
Alarm. Opening a door with the Security Alarm activated
will cause the alarm to sound. Press the UNLOCK button
to deactivate the Security Alarm.
6. If the desired programming was not achieved or to
reactivate this feature, repeat the above steps.
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Flash Lamps with Lock Programming
1. Press and hold the UNLOCK button on the key fob.
2. After holding the UNLOCK button for four seconds,
also press the LOCK button within 6 seconds. A single
chime will sound to indicate that this feature has
changed.
3. Release both buttons at the same time.
4. Test the flash lamps with LOCK feature while outside
of the vehicle, by pressing the LOCK button on the key
fob with the ignition in the OFF position, and the key
removed.
NOTE: Pressing the LOCK button on the key fob, while
you are in the vehicle, will activate the Security Alarm.
Opening a door with the Security Alarm activated will
cause the alarm to sound. Press the UNLOCK button to
deactivate the Security Alarm.
5. If the desired programming was not achieved or to
reactivate this feature, repeat the above steps.
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 or exceeds 15 mph (24 km/h). 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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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 Remote Lock Control fails to operate from a
normal distance, check for these two conditions.
1. Weak batteries in transmitter. The expected life of
batteries is five years.
2. Closeness to a radio transmitter such as a radio station
tower, airport transmitter, military base, and some mobile
or CB radios.
Programming Additional Transmitters
Vehicles will be shipped from the assembly plants with
two key fob transmitters programmed only for that
vehicle. A total of eight 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
other programmed fobs will be erased and you will have
to reprogram them for your vehicle.
Use the Following procedure to program additional key
fobs if the vehicle is not equipped with Sentry Key:
1. Enter your vehicle and close all doors.
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2. Fasten your seat belt (Fastening the seatbelt 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 the key fob.
6. After holding the UNLOCK button for four seconds,
also press the PANIC button within 6 seconds.
7. When a single chime is heard release both buttons. The
chime is an indication that you have successfully entered
program mode. All fobs that are to be programmed must
be done so within 60 seconds of when the chime was
heard.
8. Using the fob to be programmed, press and release
both the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons, simultaneously.
9. A single chime will be heard.
10. Within four seconds of hearing the chime, press and
release the UNLOCK button on the fob.
11. A single chime will be heard.
12. Repeat steps 8 through 10 to program up to six
additional fobs.
13. Turn the ignition to the OFF position.
14. Your vehicle will remain in program mode up to 60
seconds from when the original chime was heard. After
60 seconds, all programmed fobs function normally.
NOTE: If you do not have a programmed transmitter,
contact your dealer for details.
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Battery Replacement
The recommended replacement battery is CR2032.
1. If the key fob is equipped with a screw, remove the
screw. With the transmitter buttons facing down, use a
flat blade to pry the two halves of the transmitter apart.
Make sure not to damage the elastomer seal during
removal.
2. Remove and replace the batteries. Avoid touching the
new batteries with your fingers. Skin oils may cause
battery deterioration. If you touch a battery, clean it with
rubbing alcohol.
3. To assemble the transmitter case, snap the two halves
together.
4. Replace screw if equipped.
NOTE: If the key fob is equipped with a screw, reinstall
and tighten the screw until snug.
Battery Sevice
SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM — IF EQUIPPED
This system monitors the vehicle doors, liftgate, and
ignition for unauthorized operation. When the alarm is
activated, the system provides both audible and visual
signals. The horn will sound repeatedly for 3 minutes
and the headlights and security light in the instrument
cluster will flash for an additional 15 minutes. The engine
will not run until the system is disarmed.
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To Set the Alarm:
The alarm will set when you use the power door locks 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 15 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.
To Disarm the System:
Use the Keyless Entry transmitter to unlock the doors. If
something has triggered the system in your absence, the
horn will sound three times when you unlock the doors.
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 start and run for 2 seconds and then shut down.
After six unsuccessul attempts at starting the engine, the
system will shut down until the correct key is used. To
exit alarming mode, press the RKE Unlock button 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.
NOTE: You may accidentally activate the security system (horn sounds and lights flash) by entering the vehicle
without using the key fob to unlock the door(s). The
security system can be disarmed with the key fob’s
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UNLOCK button or by inserting a programmed Sentry
Key into the ignition and turning the key to the ON
position.
REMOTE STARTING SYSTEM — IF EQUIPPED
Your Dodge Durango may be equipped with a remote
starting system, which will allow the vehicle to be started
up to 300 feet away from the vehicle using the remote
keyless entry key fob which is part of your ignition key.
In order to remote start your vehicle, the hood, liftgate,
and all the doors must be closed.
To remote start your vehicle, press the LOCK button on
the key fob once, then within three seconds press the
REMOTE START button twice. To indicate that the vehicle is about to start, the parking lights will flash and the
horn will sound briefly.
Five Button Keyfob
Once the vehicle has started, the engine will run for 15
minutes. To cancel remote start, press the REMOTE
START button twice within two seconds.
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To enter the vehicle while the engine is running during a
remote start, you must first unlock the vehicle using the
UNLOCK button on the key fob. After the vehicle is
unlocked, you have 60 seconds to enter the vehicle, insert
the key in the Ignition and move it to the RUN position,
otherwise the engine will cancel remote start and automatically turn off.
Remote start will also cancel if any of the following occur:
• If the engine stalls or RPM exceeds 2500
• Any engine warning lamps come on
• The hood is opened
The vehicle can be started remotely up to a maximum of
two times. The vehicle is also allowed a maximum of one
failed start, where the remote start sequence was initiated
but cancelled before the engine begins to crank. After
either of these conditions, or if the Vehicle Theft Alarm is
alarming, or if the PANIC button was pressed, the vehicle
must be reset by inserting a valid key into the ignition
and moving it to the RUN position, then back to LOCK.
LIFTGATE
The liftgate can be unlocked using the remote keyless
entry or by activating the power door lock switches
located on the front doors.
• The hazard switch is pressed
• The transmission is moved out of park.
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NOTE: When the engine is running from a Remote Start
(if equipped), the vehicle must first be unlocked by
pressing the keyfob UNLOCK button prior to activating
the Power Liftgate otherwise the engine will stop automatically.
Once unlocked, the liftgate can be opened or closed. To
open the liftgate, depress the liftgate release switch
located in the exterior handle and pull the liftgate open
with one fluid motion.
The liftgate will not manually open if the vehicle is in
gear or the vehicle speed is above 0 mph (0 km/h).
NOTE:
• If the liftgate is locked and is not equipped with a
powered liftgate, pressing the button on the remote
keyless entry transmitter will result in the liftgate
becoming unlocked for 30 seconds allowing you to
manually access the liftgate area. The liftgate will
re-lock automatically within 10 seconds once the liftgate is closed.
Five Button Keyfob
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Power Liftgate — If Equipped
The power liftgate may be opened manually or by using
the button on the remote keyless entry transmitter. Press
the button on the remote keyless entry transmitter twice
within five seconds, to open the power liftgate. Once the
liftgate is fully open, pressing the button twice within
five seconds a second time will close the liftgate.
the liftgate. The emergency liftgate latch release can be
accessed through a snap-in cover located on the liftgate trim panel.
When the remote keyless entry transmitter button is
press two times and the “Lamp Flash” feature is enabled
the turn signals will flash twice to signal that the liftgate
is opening or closing.
The power liftgate may also be opened by pressing the
switch located on the overhead console.
NOTE:
• In the event of a power malfunction to the liftgate, an
emergency liftgate latch release can be used to open
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WARNING!
During power operation, personal injury or cargo
damage may occur. Ensure the liftgate travel path is
clear. Make sure the liftgate is closed and latched
before driving away.
A beeping signal will sound two seconds before the
liftgate starts to open or close.
NOTE:
• If anything obstructs the power liftgate while it is
closing or opening, the liftgate will automatically
reverse to the closed or open position, provided it
meets sufficient resistance.
• There are also pinch sensors attached to the side of the
liftgate. Light pressure anywhere along these strips
will cause the liftgate to return to the open position.
• The power liftgate must be in the full open position for
any of the buttons to operate. If the liftgate is not fully
open, press the remote keyless entry transmitter or
overhead console button to fully open the liftgate and
then press again to close.
• If the liftgate handle is pulled while the power liftgate
is closing, the liftgate will reverse to the full open
position.
• If the liftgate handle is pulled while the power liftgate
is opening, the liftgate motor will disengage to allow
manual operation.
• The power liftgate buttons will not operate if the
vehicle is in gear or the vehicle speed is above 0 mph
(0 km/h).
• The power liftgate will not operate in temperatures
below ⫺22° F (⫺30° C) or temperatures above 150° F
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(65° C). Be sure to remove any buildup of snow or ice
from the liftgate before pressing any of the power
liftgate switches.
WARNING!
• Driving with the liftgate open can allow poisonous exhaust gases into your vehicle. You and your
passengers could be injured by these fumes. Keep
the liftgate closed when you are operating the
vehicle.
• If you are required to drive with the liftgate open,
make sure that all windows are closed, and the
climate control blower switch is set at high speed.
DO NOT use the recirculation mode.
• If the power liftgate encounters multiple obstructions
within the same cycle, the system will automatically
stop and must be opened or closed manually.
• If your liftgate is power closing and you put the
vehicle in gear, the liftgate will continue to power
close. However, vehicle movement may result in a
detection of an obstruction.
Gas props support the liftgate in the open position.
However, because the gas pressure drops with temperature, it may be necessary to assist the props when
opening the liftgate in cold weather.
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WINDOWS
Power Windows
Power Window Switches
Power Window Switches
The control on the left front door has up-down switches
that give you finger tip control of all four power windows. There is a single opening and closing switch on the
passenger doors for passenger window control. The
windows will operate only when the ignition switch is
turned to the ON position and for ten minutes after the
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ignition is turned OFF or the driver’s door is opened.
This feature can be turned off by your authorized dealer.
NOTE: The Power Accessory Delay feature will allow
the power windows to operate for ten minutes after the
ignition it turned OFF.
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Auto Down
The driver’s window switch has an Auto Down feature.
Push the window switch past the first detent, release, and
the window will go down automatically. To cancel the
Auto Down movement, operate the switch in either the
up or down direction and release the switch.
Window Lockout Switch
The window lockout switch on the driver’s door allows
you to disable the window control on the other doors. To
disable the window controls on the other doors, press the
window lock button. To enable the window controls,
press the window control button again.
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OCCUPANT RESTRAINTS
Some of the most important safety features in your
vehicle are the restraint systems. These include the front
and rear seat belts for the driver and all passengers, knee
bolsters, front airbags for both the driver and front
passenger, and if equipped left and right side curtain
airbags for the driver and passengers seated next to a
window. If you will be carrying children too small for
adult-size seat belts, your seat belts or the LATCH feature
(refer to the Child Restraint section in this manual), 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.
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
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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 in your vehicle 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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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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Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions
WARNING!
• 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.
1. Enter the vehicle and close the door. Sit back and
adjust the seat.
Pulling Out Belt and Latchplate
2. The seat belt latch plate is above the back of the front
seat, next to your arm in the rear seat. Grasp the latch
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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.
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
Removing Slack From Belt
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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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.
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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.
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.
Removing Slack From Belt
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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!
Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage
In the front and second row outboard seats, the shoulder
belt can be adjusted upward or downward to help position
the belt away from your neck. Push in on the anchorage
release button to release the anchorage, and then move it
up or down to the position that serves you best.
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.). If the front airbags are deployed the front
pretensioning retractors must be replaced.
Adjusting Upper Shoulder Belt
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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 the desired position. Pull the seatback
forward to ensure that it is locked in the upright position.
WARNING!
A 20% seatback that is not fully latched in the
upright position will not protect you properly.
Second Row Center Seat Belt
The center seating position in the second row has a seat
belt assembly that can be converted from the normal
emergency locking mode to the automatic locking mode.
The seat belt should only be used in the automatic
locking mode when a child seat is installed at this seating
location.
When sitting in this seating location, ensure the seatback
is fully engaged with the seatback latch by pushing
rearward on the center seatback until you hear a click
that signals latch engagement.
Automatic Locking Mode
To convert from the normal emergency locking mode to
the automatic locking mode, grasp the shoulder belt
portion and pull all of the webbing out of the retractor.
Allow some of the webbing to retract into the retractor, as
the belt retracts you will hear a clicking sound to indicate
the seat belt is now in the automatic locking mode. Once
the automatic locking mode has been activated, you will
not be able pull the webbing back out of the retractor. To
disengage the automatic locking mode, simply allow the
seat belt to retract fully into the retractor to return the seat
belt to the normal emergency locking mode.
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Rear 60/40 Seat Third Row Center Three Point
Belt — If Equipped
The center three point seat belt for the third row rear seat
may be disconnected to allow the 60% seat back to easily
fold down. The keyed-buckle latch plate (small latch
plate at the end of the belt) can be detached from the
keyed seat belt buckle (buckle without a red release
button) located on the left inboard side of the third row
bench seat. Insert the ignition key into the center white
slot on the keyed buckle. The small latchplate can be
removed when the key is pressed into the buckle. Allow
the retractor to take up the surplus webbing, and insert
the latch plates into the slots in the headliner for storage
while the 60% seat back is folded down.
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• If the small (keyed buckle) latch plate and keyed
buckle are not properly connected when the seat
belt is used by an occupant, the seat belt will not
be able to provide the proper restraint and will
increase the risk of injury in a collision.
• When reattaching the small (keyed buckle) latch
plate and keyed buckle, ensure the seat belt
webbing is not twisted. If the webbing is twisted,
follow the preceeding procedure to detach the
small latch plate from the keyed buckle, untwist
the webbing, and reattach the small latch plate
and keyed buckle.
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To reattach the seat belt to the third row center seat, pull
the small (keyed buckle) latch plate forward from the
headliner slots and insert it into the keyed buckle until
there is an audible click. Refer to the previous section for
the proper seat belt usage.
Third Row Center Seat Belt
Third Row Center Seat Belt
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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.
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.
Headliner Stowage Slots
The pretensioners are triggered by the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC). 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.
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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
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).
Once the warning is triggered it can be paused if the
vehicle speed drops below 5 mph (8 km/h. The warning
will be restarted if the vehicle speed becomes greater
than 5 mph.
The Enhanced Warning System (BeltAlert) can be enabled or disabled by your authorized dealer or by
following these steps:
NOTE: The following steps must occur within the first
60 seconds of the ignition switch being turned to the ON
or START position. DaimlerChrysler does not recommend deactivating the Enhanced Warning System
(BeltAlert).
1. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position and
buckle the driver’s seat belt. DO NOT start the engine or
press the trip reset button.
2. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position and wait
for the seat belt Warning Light to turn off. If during this
time, the seat belt becomes unbuckled or the engine is
cranked or started, programming will be cancelled.
3. Unbuckle and then re-buckle the driver’s seat belt
three times within 10 seconds, ending with the seat belt
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buckled. A chime will sound immediately (once the
feature has toggled). If during this time the ignition
switch is turned out of the ON position or the timer
expires, programming mode will be cancelled.
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. Programming mode will be cancelled after the feature
has toggled with the seat belt still buckled or if the
ignition switch is turned to the lock position or 10
seconds after the feature has toggled.
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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Driver And Right Front Passenger Supplemental
Restraint System (SRS)—Airbags
WARNING!
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.
This vehicle has airbags for both the driver and right
front passenger as a supplement to the seat belt restraint
systems. The driver’s front airbag is mounted in the
steering wheel. The passenger front airbag is mounted in
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the instrument panel, above the glove compartment. The
words SRS/AIRBAG are embossed on the airbag covers.
NOTE: The front airbags are certified to the Federal
regulations that allow less forceful deployment.
The front airbags have a multistage inflator design. This
may allow the airbag to have different rates of inflation
that are based on collision severity and occupant size.
Also, the front passenger airbag is certified to the Federal
regulations that define Occupant Classification (Refer to
⬙Occupant Classification System⬙ in this section).
This vehicle may also be equipped with window bags to
protect the driver, front, and rear 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.
NOTE: Airbag covers may not be obvious in the interior
trim; but they will open to allow airbag deployment.
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WARNING!
• Do not put anything on or around the front airbag
covers or attempt to manually open them. You may
damage the airbags and you could be injured because the airbags are no longer functional. These
protective covers for the airbag cushions are designed to open only when the airbags are inflating.
• 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.
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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.
NOTE: The passenger front airbag may not deploy even
when the driver front airbag has if the Occupant Classification System (refer to ⬙Occupant Classification System⬙
in this section) has determined the passenger seat is
empty or is occupied by someone that is classified in the
⬙small child⬙ category.
If your vehicle is so equipped, the window bag on the
crash side of the vehicle is triggered in moderate to
severe side collisions. 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.
1. Children 12 years and under should always ride
buckled up in a rear seat in an appropriate child restraint.
Infants in rear-facing child restraints should NEVER ride
in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger front airbag.
An airbag deployment can cause severe injury or death to
infants in that position.
You should read the instructions provided with your
child restraint to make sure that you are using it properly.
2. All occupants should use their lap and shoulder belts
properly.
3. The driver and front passenger seats should be moved
back as far as practical to allow the airbag room to inflate.
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4. If your vehicle has window bags, do not lean against
the door or window, airbags will inflate forcefully into
the space between you and the door.
5. If the airbag system in this vehicle needs to be
modified to accommodate a disabled person, contact the
Customer Center. Phone numbers are provided in the ⬙If
You Need Customer Assistance⬙ section later in this
owner’s manual.
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• 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 bags, 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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• Driver and Front Passenger Seat Belt Pretensioners
Air Bag System Components
The airbag system consists of the following:
• Occupant Classification System (OCS) for the Front
Passenger Seat
• Occupant Restraint Controller
• Side Remote Acceleration Sensors (If Equipped)
− Occupant Classification Module
• Airbag Warning Light
− Passenger Airbag Disable (PAD) Indicator Light
• Driver Airbag
− Weight Sensors
• Passenger Airbag
How the Airbag System Works
• Window Bags above Side Windows (If Equipped)
• The Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC) determines
if a frontal collision is severe enough to require the
airbags to inflate. The front airbag inflators are designed to provide different rates of airbag inflation
from direction provided by the ORC. The ORC may
also modify the rate of inflation based on the occupant
size provided by the Occupant Classification Module.
The ORC will not detect roll over.
• Steering Wheel and Column
• Instrument Panel
• Interconnecting Wiring
• Knee Impact Bolsters
• Front Acceleration Sensors
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The ORC also monitors the readiness of the electronic
parts of the system whenever the ignition switch is in
the START or RUN positions. These include all of the
items listed above except the steering wheel and
column, and knee bolsters. 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.
During a moderate-to-severe rear impact the ORC may
deploy the seat belt pretensioners alone.
Also, the ORC turns on the AIRBAG warning
light and PAD indicator light in the instrument
panel for 6 to 8 seconds for a self-check when
the ignition is first turned on. After the selfcheck, the AIRBAG warning light will turn off. The PAD
indicator light will function normally (Refer to ⬙Passenger Airbag Disable (PAD) Indicator Light⬙ in this section).
If the ORC detects a malfunction in any part of the
system, it turns on the AIRBAG warning light either
momentarily or continuously. A single chime will sound
if the light comes on again after initial start up.
WARNING!
Ignoring the AIRBAG warning 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.
• The Occupant Classification System (OCS) is part of
a Federally regulated safety system required for this
vehicle. It is designed to turn off the front passenger
airbag in the unlikely event that a rear-facing infant
seat is in the front passenger seat.
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NOTE: Children 12 years and under should always ride
buckled up in a rear seat in an appropriate child restraint.
• The Passenger Airbag Disable (PAD) Indicator Light
(an amber light located in the center of the instrument
panel) tells the driver and front passenger when the
front passenger airbag is turned off. The PAD Indicator lamp illuminates the words ⬙PASS AIR BAG OFF⬙
to show that the passenger airbag will not inflate
during a collision requiring airbags. When the right
front passenger seat is empty or when very light
objects are placed on the seat, the passenger air bag
will not inflate even though the Passenger Airbag
Disable (PAD) indicator lamp is not illuminated.
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The PAD indictor light should not be illuminated
when teenagers, most children in a forward facing
child restraint or booster seats, most children that can
properly wear the vehicle’s seat belt, and when an
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adult passenger is properly seated in the front passenger seat. In this case, the air bag is ready to be inflated
if a collision requiring an airbag occurs.
For almost all properly installed rear facing child restraints, the PAD indicator light will be illuminated
indicating that the front passenger airbag is turned off
and will not inflate. If the PAD indicator light is not
illuminated, DO NOT assume the air bag is turned off
and move the child restraint to the second row of seats. A
deploying passenger air bag can cause death or serious
injury to a child in a rear facing infant seat.
NOTE: Even though this vehicle is equipped with an
occupant classification system, children 12 years and
under should always ride buckled up in a rear seat in an
appropriate child restraint (see section on child restraints).
Front Passenger
Seat Occupant
Passenger
Airbag Disable
(PAD) Indicator
Light
OFF
Airbag Status
Adult
ON
Grocery Bags,
Heavy Briefcases
ON
OFF
and Other
Relatively Light
Objects
Empty or Very
OFF*
OFF
Small Objects
* Since the system senses weight, some small objects
will turn the PAD Indicator Light on.
The OCS classifies an occupant using weight sensors
mounted in the base of the front passenger seat. Any
weight on the seat will be sensed by the system. Objects
hanging on the seat or other passengers pushing down
on the seat will also be sensed. The weight of an adult
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will cause the system to turn the airbag on. In this case,
the OCS has classified the occupant of the seat as an
adult. An adult occupant needs to sit in a normal position
(with their feet on or near the floor) in order to be
properly classified. Reclining the seat back too far may
change how an occupant is classified by the OCS.
Drivers and adult passengers should verify that the PAD
Indicator Light is not illuminated when an adult is riding
in the front passenger seat. If an adult occupant’s weight
is transferred to another part of the vehicle (like the door
or instrument panel), the weight sensors in the seat may
not properly classify the occupant. Objects lodged under
the seat or between the seat and the center console can
prevent the occupant’s weight from being measured
properly and may result in the occupant being improperly classified. Ensure that the front passenger seat back
does not touch anything placed on the second row of
seats because this can also affect occupant classification.
Also, if you fold down the seats in the second row check
to be sure they don’t touch the front passenger seat.
If the front passenger seat is damaged in any way, it
should only be serviced by an authorized dealer. If the
seat is removed (or even if the seat attachment bolts are
loosened or tightened in any way), take the vehicle to an
authorized dealer.
If there is a fault present in the OCS, the Airbag Warning
Light (a red light located in the center of the instrument
cluster directly in front of the driver) will be turned on.
This indicates that you should take the vehicle to an
authorized dealer. The Airbag Warning Light is turned on
whenever there is fault that can affect the operation of the
airbag system. If there is a fault present in the OCS, both
the PAD Indicator Light and the Airbag Warning Light
are illuminated to show that the passenger airbag is
turned off until the fault is cleared. If an object is lodged
under the seat and interferes with operation of the weight
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sensors, a fault will occur which turns on both the PAD
Indicator Light and the Airbag Warning Light. Once the
lodged object is removed, the fault will be automatically
cleared after a short period of time.
the airbag. The passenger’s front airbag gas is vented
through vent holes in the sides of the airbag. In this
way the airbags do not interfere with your control of
the vehicle.
• The Driver and Passenger Airbag/Inflator Units are
located in the center of the steering wheel and the right
side of the instrument panel. When the ORC detects a
collision requiring the airbags, it signals the inflator
units. A large quantity of nontoxic gas is generated to
inflate the front airbags. Different airbag inflation rates
may be possible based on collision severity and occupant size. The steering wheel hub trim cover and the
upper right side of the instrument panel separate and
fold out of the way as the bags inflate to their full size.
The bags fully inflate in about 50 - 70 milliseconds.
This is about half of the time it takes to blink your eyes.
The bags then quickly deflate while helping to restrain
the driver and front passenger. The driver’s front
airbag gas is vented through vent holes in the sides of
• The Occupant Classification Module (OCM) is located beneath the front passenger seat. The OCM
classifies the occupant into categories based on the
measurements made by the seat weight sensors. The
OCM communicates with the Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC). The ORC uses the occupant category to
determine whether the front passenger airbag should
be turned off. It also determines the rate of airbag
inflation during a collision.
• Your vehicle has four Weight Sensors located between
the seat and the floor pan. The weight sensors measure
applied weight and transfers that information to the
OCM.
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• The Side Impact SRS Window Bags are designed to
activate only in certain side collisions. When the ORC
(with side impact option) 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 outside edge of the headliner
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 (9
cm) thick when it is inflated.
• The Knee Impact Bolsters help protect the knees of
the driver and the front passenger, and position everyone for the best interaction with the front airbag.
The front passenger seat assembly contains critical components that affect the front passenger airbag deployment. Correctly functioning front passenger seat components are critical for the Occupant Classification System
(OCS) to properly classify the front passenger and calculate the proper airbag deployment. Do not make any
modifications to the front passenger seat components,
assembly, or to the seat cover.
The following requirements must be strictly adhered to:
• Do not modify the front passenger seat assembly or
components in any way.
• Do not modify the front seat center console or center
position seat in any way.
• Do not use prior or future model year seat covers not
designated for the specific model being repaired. Always use the correct seat cover specified for the
vehicle.
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• Do not replace the seat cover with an aftermarket seat
cover.
WARNING!
Unapproved modifications or service procedures to
the front passenger seat assembly, its related components, or seat cover may inadvertently change the
airbag deployment in case of a frontal crash. This
could result in death or serious injury to the front
seat passenger if the vehicle is involved in an accident. A modified vehicle may not comply with
required Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
(FMVSS).
• Do not add a secondary seat cover other than those
approved by DaimlerChrysler/Mopar.
• At no time should any supplemental restraint system
(SRS) component or SRS related component or fastener be modified or replaced with any part except
those which are approved by DaimlerChrysler/
Mopar.
If A Deployment Occurs
The airbag system is designed to deploy the airbags
when the impact sensors detect a moderate-to-severe
frontal collision, to help restrain the driver and front
passenger, and then immediately deflate.
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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.
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 byproduct of the process that generates the nontoxic gas
used for airbag inflation. These airborne particles may
• 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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Deployed airbags and seat belt pretensioners cannot
protect you in another collision. Have the airbags,
seat belt pretensioners, and the front passenger seat
belt retractor assembly, replaced by an authorized
dealer as soon as possible. Also, have the Occupant
Classification System serviced as well.
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Maintaining Your Airbag System
WARNING!
•
•
•
•
•
Modifications to any part of the airbag system could cause it to fail
when you need it. You could be injured if the airbag system is 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
add aftermarket side steps or running boards.
Do not attempt to modify any part of your advanced airbag system.
The airbag may inflate accidentally or may not function properly if
modifications are made. Take your vehicle to an authorized dealer for
any advanced airbag system service. If your seat including your trim
cover and cushion needs to be serviced in any way (including removal
or loosening/tightening of seat attachment bolts), take the vehicle to
your authorized dealer. Only manufacturer approved seat accessories
may be used. If it is necessary to modify an advanced airbag system
for persons with disabilities, contact your authorized dealer.
Do not place or hang any items such as add-on video players on the
right front passenger seat back. The additional weight may cause
the Occupant Classification System to be unable to correctly classify
the right front occupant. This could allow the passenger frontal
airbag to inflate when it is not desired.
You need proper knee impact protection in a collision. Do not mount
or locate any aftermarket equipment on or behind the knee bolsters.
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 an
airbag system.
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 5 seconds after the vehicle has stopped
moving, the interior lights will light until the ignition
switch is turned off.
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.
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• 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 block
for blown fuses. Refer to the label located on the inside of
the fuse block cover for the proper airbag fuses. See your
dealer if the fuse is good.
Event Data Recorder (EDR)
In the event of an airbag deployment, your vehicle is
designed to record up to 2-seconds of specific vehicle
data parameters (see list below) in an event data recorder
prior to the moment of airbag deployment. Please note
that such data are ONLY recorded if an airbag deploys,
and are otherwise unavailable. In conjunction with other
data gathered during a complete accident investigation,
the electronic data may be used by DaimlerChrysler
Corporation and others to learn more about the possible
causes of crashes and associated injuries in order to
assess and improve vehicle performance. In addition to
crash investigations initiated by DaimlerChrysler Corporation, such investigations may be requested by customers, insurance carriers, government officials, and professional crash researchers, such as those associated with
universities, and with hospital and insurance organizations.
In the event that an investigation is undertaken by
DaimlerChrysler Corporation (regardless of initiative),
the company or its designated representative will first
obtain permission of the appropriate custodial entity for
the vehicle (usually the vehicle owner or lessee) before
accessing the electronic data stored, unless ordered to
download data by a court with legal jurisdiction (i.e.,
pursuant to a warrant). A copy of the data will be
provided to the custodial entity upon request. General
data that does not identify particular vehicles or crashes
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may be released for incorporation in aggregate crash
databases, such as those maintained by the US government and various states. Data of a potentially sensitive
nature, such as would identify a particular driver, vehicle, or crash, will be treated confidentially. Confidential
data will not be disclosed by DaimlerChrysler Corporation to any third party except when:
• Diagnostic trouble code(s) and warning lamp status
for electronically-controlled safety systems, including
the airbag system
1. Used for research purposes, such as to match data
with a particular crash record in an aggregate database,
provided confidentiality of personal data is thereafter
preserved
• Airbag deployment level (if applicable)
2. Used in defense of litigation
DaimlerChrysler Corporation product
• Accelerator status (including vehicle speed)
involving
a
• Airbag disable lamp status (if equipped)
• ⬙Time⬙ of airbag deployment (in terms of ignition
cycles and vehicle mileage)
• Seatbelt status
• Brake status (service and parking brakes)
• Engine control status (including engine speed)
3. Requested by police under a legal warrant
• Cruise control status
4. Otherwise required by law
• Traction/stability control status
Data Parameters that May Be Recorded:
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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.
There are different sizes and types of restraints for
children from newborn size to the child almost large
enough for an adult seat belt. Always check the child seat
owner’s manual to ensure you have the right seat for
your child. Use the restraint that is correct for your child:
Infants and Small Children
• This vehicle is not capable of accommodating the
installation of a car bed used for carrying newborn
babies at the right front passenger seat position. If a car
bed must be used to transport a newborn baby, the car
bed must be installed in the second seating row only.
• 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.
• 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. Both types of child restraints are
held in the vehicle by the lap/shoulder belt or the
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LATCH child restraint anchorage system. (See the
LATCH - Child Seat Anchorage System section.)
• Rearward-facing child seats must NEVER be used in
the front seat of a vehicle with a front passenger
airbag. An airbag deployment could cause severe
injury or death to infants in this position.
Older Children and Child Restraints
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 or the LATCH child
restraint anchorage system. (See the LATCH - Child Seat
Anchorage System Section.)
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 beltpositioning booster seat are held in the vehicle by the
lap/shoulder belt.
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.
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• 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.
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 infant restraint should only be
used in a rear seat. A rearward facing infant
restraint in the front seat may be struck by a
deploying passenger airbag which may cause severe or fatal to the infant.
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. The manufacturer recommends that you
try a child restraint in the vehicle seats 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 second row outside seating positions and all third
row seats have cinching latch plates. The second row
center position has an automatic locking retractor.
These 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
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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 automatic locking 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 the belt until it is all extracted 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 ⬙Automatic Locking Mode⬙
earlier in this section.
• Buckle the child into the restraint exactly as the
manufacturer’s instructions tell you.
• 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.
LATCH - Child Seat Anchorage System (Lower
Anchors and Tether for CHildren)
Your vehicle’s second row seat is equipped with the child
restraint anchorage system called LATCH. The LATCH
system provides for the installation of the child restraint
without using the vehicle’s seat belts, instead securing
the child restraint using lower anchorages and upper
tether straps from the child restraint to the vehicle
structure. LATCH-compatible child restraint systems are
now available. However, because the lower anchorages
are to be introduced over a period of years, child restraint
systems having attachments for those anchorages will
continue to also have features for installation using the
vehicle’s seat belts. Child restraints having tether straps
and hooks for connection to the top tether anchorages
have been available for some time. For some older child
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restraints, many child restraint manufacturers offer
add-on tether strap kits or retro-fit kits. You are urged to
take advantage of all the available attachments provided
with your child restraint in any vehicle.
only install the child restraints using the vehicle’s seat
belts. Please refer to the next section for typical installation instructions.
All three second row seating positions have lower anchorages that are capable of accommodating LATCHcompatible child seats having flexible, webbing-mounted
lower attachments. Child seats with fixed lower attachments must be installed in the outboard positions only.
Regardless of the specific type of lower attachment,
NEVER install LATCH-compatible child seats such that
two seats share a common lower anchorage. If you are
installing LATCH-compatible child restraints in adjacent
rear seating positions, you can use the LATCH anchors or
the vehicle’s seat belt for the outboard position, but you
must use the vehicle’s seat belt at the center position. If
your child restraints are not LATCH-compatible, you can
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Second Row Seat Right Side
Installing the LATCH-Compatible Child Restraint
System
We urge that you carefully follow the directions of the
manufacturer when installing your child restraint. Not all
child restraint systems will be installed as described here.
Again, carefully follow the installation instructions that
were provided with the child restraint system. The rear
seat lower anchorages are round bars, located at the rear
of the seat cushion where it meets the seat back, and are
just visible when you lean into the rear seat to install the
child restraint. You will easily feel them if you run your
finger along the intersection of the seatback and seat
cushion surfaces. In addition, there are tether strap
anchorages behind each second row seating position
located on the back of the seat. Many, but not all restraint
systems will be equipped with separate straps on each
side, with each having a hook or connector for attachment to the lower anchorage and a means of adjusting
the tension in the strap. Forward-facing toddler restraints
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and some rear-facing infant restraints will also be
equipped with a tether strap, a hook for attachment to the
tether strap anchorage and a means of adjusting the
tension of the strap. You will first loosen the adjusters on
the lower straps and on the tether strap so that you can
more easily attach the hooks or connectors to the vehicle
anchorages. Next attach the lower hooks or connectors
over the top of the anchorage bars, pushing aside the seat
cover material. Then attach the tether strap to the anchorage located on the back of the seat, being careful to route
the tether strap to provide the most direct path between
the anchor and the child restraint. If your vehicle is
equipped with adjustable rear head restraints, raise the
head restraint and, route the tether strap under the head
restraint and between the two posts. Finally, tighten all
three straps as you push the child restraint rearward and
downward into the seat, removing slack in the straps
according to the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions.
NOTE: When using the LATCH attaching system to
install a child restraint, please ensure that all seat belts
not being used for occupant restraints are stowed and out
of reach of children. It is recommended that before
installing the child restraint, buckle the seat belt so the
seat belt is tucked behind the child restraint and out of
reach. If the buckled seat belt interferes with the child
restraint installation, instead of tucking the seat belt
behind the child restraint, route the seat belt through the
child restraint belt path and then buckle it. This should
stow the seat belt out of the reach of an inquisitive child.
Remind all children in the vehicle that the seat belts are
not toys and should not be played with, and never leave
your child unattended in the vehicle.
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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.
Installing Child Restraints Using the Vehicle Seat
Belt
The second and third row seats have either cinching latch
plates or automatic locking 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 automatic locking 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 the belt until it
is all extracted 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 ⬙Automatic Locking Mode⬙ earlier in this section.
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Second Row Seat Tether Anchors
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Child Restraints in Third Row Seating (If
Equipped)
The third seating row is not capable of installing child
restraints that require the use of a tether strap. There are
no tether anchor provisions for the third seating row in
your vehicle, the hooks in the rear floor are not designed
to withstand the forces that may occur during a crash.
Child Restraint Tether Anchor
There are tether strap anchorages behind each seating
position in the second row. For vehicles equipped with
third row seating, there is no Child Tether Anchorage
provided for the third row of seats. To install child
restraint tethers follow these instructions.
WARNING!
2. Route the tether strap under the head restraint and
between the two posts.
An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
increased head motion and possible injury to the
child. Use only the anchor positions directly behind
the child seat to secure a child restraint top tether
strap. Do not install a child restraint that requires a
tether strap in the third seating row (if equipped) of
this vehicle.
3. Attach the tether strap hook of the child restraint to
the tether anchor located on the seat back and remove the
slack in the tether strap according to the manufacturer’s
instructions.
1. Place the child restraint in the second row of seats.
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WARNING!
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.
Transporting Pets
Airbags deploying in the front seat could harm your pet.
An unrestrained pet will be thrown about and possibly
injured, or injure a passenger during panic braking or in
a collision. Pets should be restrained in the rear seat in
pet harnesses or pet carriers that are secured by seat belts.
ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS
A long break-in period is not required for the engine in
your new vehicle. Drive moderately during the first 300
miles (500 km). After the initial 60 miles (100 km), speeds
up to 50 or 55 mph (80 or 90 km/h) are desirable. While
cruising, brief full-throttle acceleration, within the limits
of local traffic laws, contributes to a good break-in.
Avoid wide open throttle acceleration in low gear.
The engine oil installed in the engine at the factory is a
high-quality, energy-conserving type lubricant. Oil
changes should be consistent with anticipated climate
conditions under which vehicle operations will occur.
The recommended viscosity and quality grades are
shown in Section 7.
NON-DETERGENT OR STRAIGHT MINERAL OILS
MUST NEVER BE USED.
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A new engine may consume some oil during its first few
thousand miles of operation. This is a normal part of the
break-in and is not an indication of difficulty.
SAFETY TIPS
Exhaust System
• It may be necessary to sit in a parked vehicle with the
engine running for more than a short period. If so,
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 RECIRC.
• The best protection against carbon monoxide entry
into the vehicle body is a properly maintained engine
exhaust system.
WARNING!
Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, an extremely 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.
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.). 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.
Defrosters
Check operation by selecting the defrost mode and place
the blower control on high speed. You can feel the air
directed against the windshield.
Lights
Have someone observe the operation of exterior lights as
you turn them on. Check turn signal and high beam
indicator lights on the instrument panel.
Door Latches
Check for positive closing, latching and locking.
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Fluid Leaks
Check the area under vehicle after overnight parking for
fuel, water, oil, or other fluid leaks. Also, if gasoline
fumes are detected, the cause should be located and
corrected.
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CONTENTS
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䡵 Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
▫ Inside Day/Night Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84
▫ Automatic Dimming Mirror — If Equipped . . . .84
▫ Outside Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
▫ Automatic Dimming Driver’s Exterior
Mirror — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
䡵 Hands–Free Communication (UConnect™) — If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88
▫ Exterior Mirrors Folding Feature — If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
▫ Electric Remote-Control Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . .86
▫ Illuminated Vanity Mirrors — If Equipped . . . .87
▫ Heated Mirrors — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . .87
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▫ Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90
▫ Phone Call Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97
▫ UConnect™ System Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99
▫ Advanced Phone Connectivity . . . . . . . . . . . . 104
▫ Things You Should Know About Your
UConnect™ System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
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䡵 Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
▫ Third Row 60/40 Folding — If Equipped . . . . 122
▫ Front Seat Manual Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . 111
䡵 Driver Memory System — If Equipped . . . . . . . 125
▫ Front Seats Manual Seat Recliners . . . . . . . . . . 112
▫ Setting Memory Positions And Linking Remote
Keyless Entry Transmitter To Memory . . . . . . . 126
▫ Manual Lumbar Support Adjustment — If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
▫ Memory Position Recall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
▫ Adjustable Head Restraints — All Seating
Positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
▫ To Disable A Transmitter Linked To Memory . . 127
▫ Self-Limiting Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
▫ 8 - Way Driver’s Power Seat — If Equipped . . 114
▫ 4 - Way Passenger’s Power Seat — If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
▫ Front Heated Seats — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . 115
▫ Driver Easy Exit And Easy Entry Control . . . . 128
䡵 To Open And Close The Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
䡵 Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
▫ Second Row 40/20/40 Seat — Fold And
Tumble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
▫ Third Row Seat Bench — If Equipped . . . . . . . 120
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▫ Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
▫ Battery Saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
▫ Headlight Delay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
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▫ Automatic Headlights — If Equipped . . . . . . . 133
▫ Headlights, Parking Lights, Panel Lights . . . . . 134
▫ Illuminated Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
▫ Daytime Running Lights (Canada Only) . . . . . 134
▫ Lights-On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
▫ Fog Lights — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
䡵 Electronic Stability Program (ESP) Off Control
Switch — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
䡵 Tilt Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
䡵 Driver Adjustable Pedals — If Equipped . . . . . . 141
▫ Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
䡵 Electronic Speed Control — If Equipped . . . . . . 142
䡵 Multifunction Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
▫ Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
▫ Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
▫ High Beam / Low Beam Select Switch . . . . . . 137
▫ Windshield Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
▫ Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
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▫ To Activate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
▫ To Set At A Desired Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
▫ To Deactivate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
▫ To Resume Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
▫ To Vary The Speed Setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
▫ To Accelerate For Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
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䡵 Electronic Brake Control System . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
▫ Step Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
▫ ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System) . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
▫ Average Fuel Economy (AVG ECO) . . . . . . . . 158
▫ BAS (Brake Assist System) – If Equipped
With ESP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
▫ Distance To Empty (DTE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
▫ Trip Odometer (ODO) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
▫ TCS (Traction Control System) – If Equipped
With ESP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149
▫ Elapsed Time (ET) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
▫ C/T Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
▫ ERM (Electronic Roll Mitigation) . . . . . . . . . . 149
▫ Compass/Temperature Display . . . . . . . . . . . 159
▫ ESP (Electronic Stability Program) . . . . . . . . . 150
▫ Automatic Compass Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . 159
䡵 Overhead Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
▫ Manual Compass Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
▫ Courtesy/Reading Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
▫ To Put Into a Calibration Mode . . . . . . . . . . . 160
䡵 Compass/Temperature Mini-Trip Computer . . . . 156
▫ US/M Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
▫ Reset Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
▫ Outside Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161
䡵 Garage Door Opener — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . 162
▫ Global Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157
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▫ Programming HomeLink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
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▫ Canadian Programming/Gate Programming . . 166
▫ Sunroof Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
▫ Using HomeLink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
䡵 Electrical Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
▫ Erasing HomeLink Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
▫ Electrical Outlet Use With Engine Off
(Battery Fed Configuration) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
▫ Reprogramming a Single HomeLink Button . . . 167
▫ Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167
䡵 Power Sunroof — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
▫ Express Open Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
▫ Wind Buffeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
䡵 Floor Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
▫ Floor Console Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
䡵 Factory Installed Roof Luggage Rack . . . . . . . . . 174
䡵 Cargo Management System—If Equipped . . . . . . 176
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MIRRORS
Inside Day/Night Mirror
The mirror should be adjusted to center on the view
through the rear window. A two-point pivot system
allows for horizontal and vertical adjustment of the
mirror.
Annoying headlight glare can be reduced by moving the
small control under the mirror to the night position
(toward rear of truck). The mirror should be adjusted
while set in the day position (toward windshield).
Automatic Dimming Mirror — If Equipped
This mirror will automatically adjust 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. This option also controls
the driver side mirror when it is equipped with auto
dimming glass.
Day/Night Mirror
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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.
Automatic Dimming Mirror
Exterior Mirrors Folding Feature — If Equipped
Folding exterior mirrors are hinged and may be moved
either forward or rearward to resist damage.
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Electric Remote-Control Mirrors
The controls for the power mirrors are located on the
driver’s door trim panel.
Mirror Directions
Remote Control Mirrors Switch
To adjust a mirror, turn the control wand toward the left
or right mirror positions indicated. Tilt the control wand
in the direction you want the mirror to move. When
finished adjusting the mirror, turn the control to the
center position to prevent accidentally moving a mirror.
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WARNING!
Vehicles and other objects seen in the right side
convex mirror will look smaller and farther away
than they really are. Relying too much on your right
side 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 mirror.
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors — If Equipped
An illuminated vanity mirror is on each sun visor. To use
the mirror, rotate the sun visor down and swing the
mirror cover upward. The lights will turn on automatically. Closing the mirror cover turns off the light.
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Lighted Vanity Mirror
Heated Mirrors — If Equipped
Heated mirrors are automatically activated when you
depress the rear window defroster switch located on the
instrument panel. The light will illuminate to indicate
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that the heating elements are ON. Turning Off the rear
window defroster or the ignition will deactivate the
heated mirrors.
Automatic Dimming Driver’s Exterior Mirror — If
Equipped
This mirror will automatically adjust for annoying light
glare from vehicles behind you. This feature is controlled
by the inside mirror and can be turned off by pressing the
button at the base of the inside mirror.
HANDS–FREE COMMUNICATION (UConnect™) —
IF EQUIPPED
UConnect™ is a voice-activated, hands-free, in- vehicle
communications system. UConnect™ allows you to dial
a phone number with your cellular phone using simple
voice commands (e.g., ⬙Call” ѧ “Mike” ѧ”Work⬙ or ⬙Dial”
ѧ “248-555-1212⬙). Your cellular phone’s audio is transmitted through your vehicle’s audio system; the system
will automatically mute your radio when using the
UConnect™ system.
NOTE: The UConnect™ system use requires a cellular
phone equipped with the Bluetooth ⬙Hands-Free Profile,⬙
version 0.96 or higher. See www.chrysler.com/uconnect
for supported phones.
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 conversation.
The UConnect™ phonebook enables you to store up to 32
names and four numbers per name. Each language has a
separate 32 name phonebook accessible only in that
language. This system is driven through your Bluetooth™ Hands-Free profile cellular phone. UConnect™
features Bluetooth™ technology - the global standard
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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), as long as
your phone is turned on and has been paired to the
vehicle’s UConnect™ system. The UConnect™ system
allows up to seven cellular phones to be linked to system.
Only one linked (or paired) cellular phone can be used
with the system at a time. The system is available in
English, Spanish, or French languages (as equipped).
The rearview mirror contains the microphone for the
system and the control buttons that will enable you to
access the system.
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UConnect™ Switches
The UConnect™ system can be used with any HandsFree Profile certified Bluetooth™ cellular phone. See
www.chrysler.com/uconnect for supported phones. If
your cellular phone supports a different profile (e.g.,
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Headset Profile), you may not be able to use any UConnect™ features. Refer to your cellular service provider or
the phone manufacturer for details.
• Prior to giving a voice command, one must wait for
the voice on beep, which follows the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt
or another prompt.
The UConnect™ system is fully integrated with the
vehicle’s audio system. The volume of the UConnect™
system can either be adjusted from the radio volume
control knob, or from the steering wheel radio control
(right switch), if so equipped.
• For certain operations, compound commands can be
used. For example, instead of saying ⬙Setup⬙ and then
⬙Phone Pairing,⬙ the following compound command
can be said: ⬙Setup Phone Pairing.⬙
The radio display will be used for visual prompts from
the UConnect™ system such as ⬙CELL⬙ or caller ID on
certain radios.
Operations
Voice commands can be used to operate the UConnect™
system and to navigate through the UConnect™ menu
structure. Voice commands are required after most
UConnect™ system prompts. You will be prompted for a
specific command and then guided through the available
options.
• For each feature explanation in this section, only the
combined form of the voice command is given. You
can also break the commands into parts and say each
part of the command, when you are asked for it. For
example, you can either use the combined form voice
command ⬙Phonebook New Entry,⬙ or you can break
the combined form command into two voice commands: ⬙Phonebook⬙ and ⬙New Entry.⬙ Please remember, the UConnect™ system works best when you talk
in a normal conversational tone, as if speaking to some
one sitting eight feet away from you.
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Voice Command Tree
Refer to “Voice Tree” at the end of this section.
Help Command
If you need assistance at any prompt or if you want to
know what your options are at any prompt, say ⬙Help⬙
following the voice on beep. The UConnect™ system will
play all the options at any prompt if you ask for help.
To activate the UConnect™ system from idle, simply
press the ’Phone’ button and follow audible prompts for
directions. All UConnect™ system sessions begin with a
press of the ’Phone’ button on the mirror.
Cancel Command
At any prompt, after the voice on beep, you can say
⬙Cancel⬙ and you will be returned to the main menu.
However, in a few instances the system will take you
back to the previous menu.
Pair (Link) UConnect™ System to a Cellular Phone
To begin using your UConnect™ system, you must pair
your compatible Bluetooth™ enabled cellular phone.
NOTE: The UConnect™ system use requires a cellular
phone equipped with the Bluetooth ⬙Hands-Free Profile,⬙
version 0.96 or higher. See www.chrysler.com/uconnect
for supported phones.
To complete the pairing process, you will need to reference your cellular phone owner’s manual. One of the
following vehicle specific websites may also provide
detailed instructions for pairing with the brand of phone
that you have:
NOTE:
• www.chrysler.com/uconnect
• www.dodge.com/uconnect
• www.jeep.com/uconnect
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The following are general phone to UConnect™ System
pairing instructions:
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Setup Phone Pairing.⬙
• When prompted, after the voice on beep, say ⬙Pair a
Phone.⬙
• You will be asked to say a four-digit pin number which
you will later need to enter into your cellular. You can
enter any four-digit pin number. You will not need to
remember this pin number after the initial pairing
process.
• The UConnect™ system will then prompt you to begin
the cellular phone pairing process on your cellular
phone. Before attempting to pair phone, please see
your cellular phone’s user manual (Bluetooth section)
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 being the highest
priority. You can pair up to seven cellular phones to
your UConnect™ system. However, at any given time,
only one cellular phone can be in use, connected to
your UConnect™ System. 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 priority 3 and priority 5
phones are present 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 (refer to ⬙Advanced Phone
Connectivity⬙).
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Dial by Saying a Number
Call by Saying a Name
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• Press the “Phone” button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Dial.⬙
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Call.⬙
• System will prompt you to say the number you want
call.
• System will prompt you to say the name of the person
you want call.
• For example, you can say ⬙234-567-8901.⬙ The phone
number that you enter must be of valid length and
combination. The UConnect™ limits the user from
dialing invalid combination of numbers. For example,
234-567-890 is nine digits long, which is not a valid
phone number - the closest valid phone number has
ten digits.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
the name of the person you want to call. For example,
you can say ⬙John Doe,⬙ where John Doe is a previously stored name entry in the UConnect™ phonebook. Refer to ⬙Add Names to Your UConnect™
Phonebook,⬙ to learn how to store a name in the
phonebook.
• The UConnect™ system will confirm the phone number and then dial. The number will appear in the
display of certain radios.
• The UConnect™ system will confirm the name and
then dial the corresponding phone number, which
may appear in the display of certain radios.
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Add Names to Your UConnect™ Phonebook
NOTE: Adding names to phonebook is recommended
when vehicle is not in motion.
• Press the “Phone” button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Phonebook New Entry.⬙
• When prompted, say the name of the new entry. Use of
long names helps the voice recognition and is recommended. For example, say ⬙Robert Smith⬙ or ⬙Robert⬙
instead of ⬙Bob.⬙
• When prompted, enter the number designation (e.g.:
⬙Home,⬙ ⬙Work,⬙ ⬙Mobile,⬙ or ⬙Pager⬙). This will allow
you to store multiple numbers for each phonebook
entry, if desired.
• When prompted, recite the phone number for the
phonebook entry that you are adding.
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.
The UConnect™ system will allow you to enter up to 32
names in the phonebook with each name having up to
four associated phone numbers and designations. Each
language has a separate 32 name phonebook accessible
only in that language.
Edit Entries in the UConnect™ Phonebook
NOTE: Editing phonebook entries is recommended
when vehicle is not in motion.
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Phonebook Edit.⬙
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• You will then be asked for the name of the phonebook
entry that you wish to edit.
• Next, choose the number designation (home, work,
mobile, or pager) that you wish to edit.
• When prompted, recite the new phone number for the
phonebook entry that you are editing.
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 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 using the ⬙Phonebook Edit⬙ feature.
Delete Entries in the UConnect™ Phonebook
NOTE: Editing phonebook entries is recommended
when vehicle is not in motion.
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Phonebook Delete.⬙
• After you enter the Phonebook Delete menu, you will
then be asked for the name of the 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 phonebook
from which you 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.⬙
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• After you enter the name, the UConnect™ system will
ask you which designation you wish to delete: home,
work, mobile or pager. Say the designation you wish
to delete.
• Note that only the phonebook entry in the current
language is deleted.
After confirmation, the phonebook entries will be deleted. Note that only the phonebook in the current
language is deleted.
Delete All Entries in the UConnect™ Phonebook
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Phonebook Erase 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.
List All Names in the UConnect™ Phonebook
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, 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.⬙ NOTE: the user can also exercise
⬙Edit⬙ or ⬙Delete⬙ operations at this point.
• The UConnect™ system will then prompt you as to
number designation you wish to call.
• The selected number will be dialed.
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Phone Call Features
The following features 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. Check with
your cellular service provider for the features that you
have.
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 vehicle audio
system, if on, and will ask if you would like to answer the
call. To reject the call, press and hold the ’Phone’ button
until you hear a single beep indicating that the incoming
call was rejected.
Answer or Reject an Incoming Call - Call
Currently in Progress
If a call is currently in progress and you have another
incoming call, you will hear the same network tones for
call waiting that you normally hear when using your cell
phone. Press the ’Phone’ button to place the current call
on hold and answer the incoming call. NOTE: The
UConnect™ system compatible phones in market today
do not support rejecting an incoming call when another
call is in progress. Therefore, the user can only either
answer an incoming call or ignore it.
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
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second call is in progress. To go back to the first call, refer
to ⬙Toggling Between Calls.⬙ To combine two calls, refer
to ⬙Conference Call.⬙
Place/Retrieve 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 and hold the ⬘Phone’ button until you hear a single
beep.
Toggling Between 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 and hold the ’Phone’ button until you hear a
double beep indicating that the two calls have been
joined into one conference call.
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 as described under ⬙Making a Second Call
while Current Call in Progress.⬙ After the second call has
established, press and hold 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, momentarily press the ⬘Phone’
button. Only the active call(s) will be terminated and if
there is a call on hold, it will become the new active call.
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until the vehicle battery condition dictates cessation of
the call on the UConnect™ system and transfer of the
call to the mobile phone.
Redial
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Redial.⬙
• The UConnect™ system will call the last number that
was dialed on your cellular phone. Note: this may not
be the last number dialed from the UConnect™ system.
Call Continuation
Call continuation is progression of a phone call on
UConnect™ system after the vehicle ignition key has
been switched to off. Call continuation functionality
available on the vehicle can be any one of three types:
• After ignition key is switched off, a call can continue
on the UConnect™ system either until the call ends or
• After ignition key is switched to off, a call can continue
on the UConnect™ system for certain duration, after
which the call is automatically transferred from the
UConnect™ system to the mobile phone.
• An active call is automatically transferred to the
mobile phone after ignition key is switched to off.
UConnect™ System Features
Language Selection
To change the language that the UConnect™ system is
using,
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
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• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
the name of the language you wish to switch to
(English, Espanol, or Francais, if so equipped).
If the phone is not reachable and the UConnect™ system
is operational, you may reach the emergency number as
follows:
• Continue to follow the system prompts to complete
language selection.
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
After selecting one of the languages, all prompts and
voice commands will be in that language.
NOTE: After every UConnect™ language change operation, only the language specific 32 name phonebook is
usable. The paired phone name is not language specific
and usable across all languages.
Emergency Assistance
If you are in an emergency and the mobile phone is
reachable:
• Pick up the phone and manually dial the emergency
number for your area.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Emergency⬙ and the UConnect™ system will instruct
the paired cellular phone to call the emergency number. This feature is only supported in the USA.
NOTE: The emergency number dialed is based on the
Country where the vehicle is purchased (911 for USA and
Canada and 060 for Mexico). The number dialed may not
be applicable with the available cellular service and area.
The UConnect™ system does slightly lower your chances
of successfully making a phone call as to that for the cell
phone directly.
Your phone must be turned on and paired to the UConnect™ system to allow use of this vehicle feature in
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emergency situations when the cell phone has network
coverage and stays paired to the UConnect™ system.
Towing Assistance
If you need towing assistance,
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
Paging
To learn how to page, refer to ⬙Working with Automated
Systems.⬙ Paging works properly except for pagers of
certain companies which time-out a little too soon to
work properly with the UConnect™ system.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Towing Assistance.⬙
Voice Mail Calling
To learn how to access your voice mail, refer to ⬙Working
with Automated Systems.⬙
NOTE: The Towing Assistance number dialed is based
on the Country where the vehicle is purchased (1-800528-2069 for USA, 1-877-213-4525 for Canada, 55-14-3454
for Mexico city and 1-800-712-3040 for outside Mexico
city in Mexico).
Working with Automated Systems
This method is designed to be used in instances where
one generally has to press numbers on the cellular phone
keypad while navigating through an automated telephone system.
Please refer to the 24-Hour “Towing Assistance” coverage details in the Warranty information booklet and on
the 24–Hour Towing Assistance Card.
You can use your UConnect™ system to access a voicemail system or an automated service, such as, paging
service or automated customer service. Some services
require immediate response selection, in some instances,
that may be too quick for use of UConnect™ system.
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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 the word ⬙Send.⬙ For example,
if required to enter your pin number followed with a
pound 3 7 4 6 #, you can press the ’Voice Recognition’
button and say ⬙3 7 4 6 # Send.⬙ Saying a number, or
sequence of numbers, followed by ⬙Send⬙ is also to be
used to navigate through an automated customer service
center menu structure and to leave a number on 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.
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 and the following beep, say
⬙Setup Confirmations.⬙ The UConnect™ system will
play the current confirmation prompt status and you
will be given the choice to change it.
Phone and Network Status Indicators
If available on the radio and/or on a premium display
such as the instrument panel cluster, and supported by
your cell phone, the UConnect™ system will provide
notification to inform you of your phone and network
status when you are attempting to make a phone call
using UConnect™. The status is given for roaming network signal strength, phone battery strength, etc.
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Dialing Using the Cellular Phone Keypad
You can dial a phone number with your cellular phone
keypad and still use the UConnect™ system (while
dialing via the cell phone keypad, the user must exercise
caution and take precautionary safety measures). By
dialing a number with your paired Bluetooth™ cellular
phone, the audio will be played through your vehicle’s
audio system. The UConnect™ system will work the
same as if you dial the number using voice recognition.
Mute/Un-mute (Mute off)
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:
NOTE: Certain brands of mobile phones do not send the
dial ring to the UConnect™ system to play it on the
vehicle audio system, so you will not hear it. Under this
situation, after successfully dialing a number, the user
may feel that the call did not go through even though the
call is in progress. Once your call is answered, you will
hear the audio.
In order to un-mute the UConnect™ system:
• Press the ’Voice Recognition’ button.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Mute.⬙
• Press the ’Voice Recognition’ button.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Mute-off.⬙
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Information Service
When using AT&T Wireless Service, dialing to phone
number ⬙#121,⬙ you can access voice activated automated
system to receive news, weather, stocks, traffic, etc.
related information.
If you would like to connect or disconnect the Bluetooth™ connection between a UConnect™ paired cellular
phone and the UConnect™ system, follow the instruction
described in your cellular phone user’s manual.
List Paired Cellular Phone Names
Advanced Phone Connectivity
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
Transfer Call to and from Cellular Phone
The UConnect™ system allows on going calls to be
transferred to your cellular phone to the UConnect™
system without terminating the call. To transfer an ongoing call from your UConnect™ paired cellular phone to
the UConnect™ system or vice-versa, press the ’Voice
Recognition’ button and say ⬙Transfer Call.⬙
• After the “Ready” prompt and the following beep, say
“Setup Phone pairing”.
Connect or Disconnect Link Between the
UConnect™ System and 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.
• When prompted, say ⬙List Phones.⬙
• The UConnect™ system will play the phone names of
all paired cellular phones in order from the highest to
the lowest priority. To “select” or “delete” a paired
phone being announced, press the ⬘Voice recognition’
button and say “Select” or “Delete.” Also, see the next
two sections for an alternate way to “select” or “delete” a paired phone.
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Select another Cellular Phone
This feature allows you to select and start using another
phone with the UConnect™ system. The phone must
have been previously paired to the UConnect™ system
that you want to use it with.
• The selected phone will be used for the next phone
call. If the selected phone is not available, the UConnect™ system will return to using the highest priority
phone present in or near (approximately with in 30
feet) the vehicle.
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
Delete UConnect™ Paired Cellular Phones
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Setup Select Phone.⬙
• Press the ’Phone’ button to begin.
• The phone names along with priority numbers will be
announced.
• When prompted say the priority number of the cellular phone you wish to select. You can also press the
⬘Voice Recognition’ button anytime while the list is
being played, then say the priority number of the
phone that you wish to select.
• After the ⬙Ready⬙ prompt and the following beep, say
⬙Setup Phone Pairing.⬙
• At the next prompt, say ⬙Delete.⬙
• The phone names along with priority numbers will be
announced.
• When prompted say the priority number of the cellular phone you wish to delete. You can also press the
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⬘Voice Recognition’ button anytime while the list is
being played and say the priority number of the phone
you wish to delete.
• low road noise,
• smooth road surface,
• fully closed windows,
Things You Should Know About Your UConnect™
System
Voice Recognition (VR)
• Always wait for the beep before speaking.
• Speak normally, without pausing, just as you would
speak to a person sitting approximately eight (8) feet
away from you.
• Make sure that no one other than you is speaking
during a voice recognition period.
• Performance is maximized under:
• low-to-medium blower setting,
• dry weather condition.
• Even though the system is designed for users speaking
in North American English, French, and Spanish accents, the system may not always work for some.
• When navigating through an automated system, such
as, voice mail, or when sending a page, at the end of
speaking the digit string, make sure to say ⬙send.⬙
• Storing names in phonebook when vehicle is not in
motion is recommended.
• It is not recommended to store similar sounding
names in the UConnect™ phonebook.
• low-to-medium vehicle speed,
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• UConnect™ phonebook name tag recognition rate is
optimized for the voice of the person who stored the
name in the phonebook.
• You can say ⬙O⬙ (letter ⬙O⬙) for ⬙0⬙ (zero). ⬙800⬙ must be
spoken ⬙eight-zero-zero.⬙
• Even though international dialing for most number
combinations is supported, some shortcut dialing
number combinations may not be supported.
Far End Audio Performance
• Audio quality is maximized under:
• low-to-medium blower setting,
• low-to-medium vehicle speed,
• low road noise,
• smooth road surface,
• fully closed windows, and
• dry weather condition.
• Operation from driver seat.
• Performance, such as, audio clarity, echo. and loudness to a large degree, rely on the phone and network,
and not the UConnect™ system.
• Echo at far end can sometime be reduced by lowering
the in-vehicle audio volume.
Bluetooth Communication Link
Cellular phones have been found to occasionally lose
connection to the UConnect™ system. When this happens, the connection can generally be re-established by
switching the phone off/on. Your cell phone is recommended to remain in Bluetooth ⬙on⬙ mode.
Power-Up
After switching the ignition key from OFF to either ON
or ACC position, or after a reset, you must wait at least
five (5) seconds prior to using the system.
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SEATS
North American English
Primary
Alternate(s)
Zero
Oh
Add location
Add new
All
All of them
Confirmation prompts
Confirmations prompts
Delete a name
Delete
Language
Select language
List names
List all
List paired phones
List phones
Pager
Beeper
Phone pairing
Pairing
Phonebook
Phone book
Return to main menu
Return. Main menu
Select phone
select
Set up
Phone settings phone set
up
Front Seat Manual Seat Adjustment
The adjusting lever is at the front of the seat, near the
floor. Lift the lever and move the seat to the desired
position. Release the bar to lock the seat into position.
Using body pressure, move forward and rearward on the
seat to be sure the seat adjusters have latched.
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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.
Manual Seat Adjuster
Front Seats Manual Seat Recliners
The bucket seats are equipped with recliners. The reclining mechanism is operated by a lever located on the right
side of the passenger’s seat and the left side of the driver
seat. To recline, lean forward slightly before lifting 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
is locked.
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WARNING!
Do not ride with the seatback reclined so that the
shoulder belt is no longer resting against your chest.
In a collision you could slide under the seat belt and
be seriously or even fatally injured. Use the recliner
only when the vehicle is parked.
Manual Lumbar Support Adjustment — If
Equipped
The manual lumbar support adjustment lever is located
on the right side of the driver seat and on the left side of
the passenger’s seat. Moving the lumbar control lever
fore and aft increases or decreases the lumbar support.
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Lumbar Support Adjustment Lever
Adjustable Head Restraints — All Seating
Positions
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.
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To lower the head restraint, depress the release button
located at the base of the head restraint and push down
on the head restraint.
8 - Way Driver’s Power Seat — If Equipped
The driver power seat switches are located on the left
side of the driver seat lower side trim. The bottom switch
controls up/down, forward/rearward, and tilt adjustment. The top switch controls the seatback recline adjustment.
Head Restraint Adjustment
Power Seat Switch Location
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4 - Way Passenger’s Power Seat — If Equipped
The front passenger’s power seat switches are located on
the right side of the passenger seat lower side trim. The
bottom switch controls forward/rearward adjustment.
The top switch controls the seatback recline adjustment.
Front Heated Seats — If Equipped
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NOTE: The 4 - way seat does not have an up/down
adjustment.
Heated Seat Switches
This feature heats the driver and front passenger seats.
The controls for the front heated seats are located on the
center of the instrument panel, below the climate controls. The heated seat system allows the driver and front
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passenger to select from two different levels of supplemental electrical seat heating, or no seat heating to suit
their individual comfort requirements.
With the ignition switch in the RUN position, depressing
the heated seat switch rocker to its momentary High or
Low position provides power to the heated seat element
and maintains the requested temperature setting. If the
heated seat switch is depressed to a different position
(Low or High) than the currently selected state, the
requested temperature setting will change to a new
selection. If the heated seat switch is depressed a second
time to the same position as the currently selected state,
the seat heater will turn off.
NOTE: The high heat setting will operate for approximately 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, the system will
automatically transition to the low heat setting. The low
heat setting will operate for 30 minutes, then the system
will turn off.
If the low heat setting is initially selected, the system will
operate for 30 minutes and then turn off.
If the indicator lamp on the heated seat switch does not
light, an indicator blinks when the switch is depressed or
if the heated seats do not operate, the system should be
serviced by a qualified technician.
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WARNING!
Persons who are unable to feel pain to the skin
because of advanced age, chronic illness, diabetes,
spinal cord injury, medication, alcohol use, exhaustion or other physical condition must exercise care
when using the seat heater. It may cause burns even
at low temperatures, especially if used for long
periods of time.
Do not place anything on the seat that insulates
against heat, such as a blanket or cushion. This may
cause the seat heater to overheat.
Second Row 40/20/40 Seat — Fold and Tumble
The 40/20/40 seat configuration is standard on all models. This seat is equipped with a unique fold-and-tumble
feature. The 40% seatbacks have spring loaded hinges
which assist with the folding of the seatbacks.
Second row leather seats have seatback recliners at the
40% seating positions. Raising the lever allows the seatback to be reclined an additional 11 degrees.
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Fold, Tumble, and Recline Lever
To Fold the 40% seatbacks fully raise the lever on the side
of the seat to release the seatback. The seatback can now
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be folded into the down position for use as a cargo floor,
or the seat can now be tumbled forward to allow access
to the rear of the vehicle.
To fold the 20% seatback, pull the strap forward to release
the seatback. Fold the seatback down for use as an
armrest or to carry cargo. When returning the seatback to
the upright position, push the seatback rearward to latch
the seatback. Pull the seatback forward to ensure that it is
locked in the upright position.
WARNING!
Fold, Tumble, and Recline Lever
The 20% seatback contains the center shoulder belt.
A 20% seatback that is not fully latched in the
upright position will not protect you properly.
To Tumble the 40% seat, fully raise the lever on the side
of the seat to release the floor latches and tumble the seat.
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WARNING!
Do not drive the vehicle with the outer 40% second
row seats in the tumbled position. The outer 40%
second row seats are only intended to be tumbled for
entry and exit to the third row seat. Failure to follow
these instructions could result in personal injury.
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NOTE: The seatback must be fully folded into the down
position to allow the lever to be raised enough to release
the floor latches.
Tumble Lever
To Fold and Tumble the 2nd row 40% seats from the 3rd
row, fully raise the lever at the rear of the seat to fold the
seatback. Continue raising the lever to release the floor
latches to tumble the seat.
NOTE: The head restraints must be lowered but do not
have to be removed to fold and tumble the seats.
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Third Row Seat Bench — If Equipped
To Fold The Seats
Folding the third seat occurs in two stages: First the
cushion is lifted and moved forward from the pockets at
the front of the cushion. The cushion will rest onto the
floor directly behind the second row seat. Second, the top
of the back is folded forward and rests onto the cushion.
The back will not fold unless the cushion has been folded
forward first.
Seat Cushion Pockets
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Seat Cushion Movement Up And Forward
Rear Seat Folded
To Achieve Maximum Cargo Capacity
Pull the release handles and strap on the second row
seats and fold flat. After folding the third row seat,
unsnap the flipper panel on the third row seatback and
flip it forward on the backs of the second row seats.
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NOTE: Before returning the second row 40% seats to
their upright position, always snap the third row seat
flipper panel(s) back to the third row seat first.
Third Row 60/40 Folding — If Equipped
NOTE: The seat belt buckles are hinged to fold with the
seat back.
WARNING!
Do not sit in the third row seat unless the cushion
and back are properly engaged. Proper engagement
can be verified by pushing/pulling on the upright
seatback. The seatback will not move unless properly engaged.
Do not sit in the 3rd row seat with the second row
seatback(s) folded or tumbled. In a collision, you
could slide under the seat belt and be seriously or
even fatally injured.
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Third Row Seat 40% Seatback Folded Down
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Third Row Seat Folded Forward
Third Row Seat Return Pull Strap
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DRIVER MEMORY SYSTEM — IF EQUIPPED
Once programmed, the memory buttons 1 and 2 on the
driver’s door panel can be used to recall the driver’s seat
position, driver’s outside mirror position, adjustable
brake and accelerator pedals position, Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) temperature and radio station
preset settings. Your Remote Keyless Entry transmitters
can also be programmed to recall the same positions
when the UNLOCK button is pressed.
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Your vehicle was delivered with two Remote Keyless
Entry transmitters. One or both transmitters can be
linked to either memory position. The memory system
can accommodate up to two transmitters, each transmitter linked to either of the two memory positions.
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Setting Memory Positions and Linking Remote
Keyless Entry Transmitter to Memory
5. Press and release the SET (S) button located on the
driver’s door.
NOTE: Each time the SET (S) button and a numbered
button (1 or 2) are pressed, you erase the memory settings
for that button and store new settings.
6. Within 5 seconds, press and release memory button 1
or 2 on the driver’s door. The next step must be performed within 10 seconds if you desire to also use a
Remote Keyless Entry transmitter to recall memory positions.
1. Adjust the driver’s seat, recliner, and both side view
mirrors to the desired positions.
NOTE: Not all motors may be moved at one time.
Please refer to the 8-way power seat description.
2. Adjust the brake and accelerator pedals to the desired
positions.
3. Turn on the radio and set the radio station presets (up
to 10 AM and 10 FM stations can be set).
4. Adjust the Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
while the ATC is in Auto mode.
7. Press and release the LOCK button on one of the
transmitters.
8. Insert the ignition key and turn the ignition switch to
the ON position.
9. Repeat the above steps to set the next memory position using the other numbered memory button or to link
another Remote Keyless Entry transmitter to memory.
NOTE: A chime sound may be heard if Setting Memory
was inhibited for any reason.
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Memory Position Recall
NOTE:
• The driver’s seat belt must be unbuckled to recall
memory positions.
• The vehicle must be in Park to recall memory positions.
• Not all motors may be moved at one time. Please refer
to the 8-way power seat description.
To recall the memory settings for driver one, press
memory button number 1 on the driver’s door or the
Unlock button on the Remote Keyless Entry transmitter
linked to memory position 1.
To recall the memory setting for driver two, press
memory button number 2 on the driver’s door or the
Unlock button on the Remote Keyless Entry transmitter
linked to memory position 2.
A recall can be cancelled by pressing any of the memory
buttons on the drivers door during a recall (S, 1, or 2), or
pressing any one of the power seat buttons, or pressing
the adjustable pedals button, or pressing either the LOCK
or UNLOCK button on the remote keyless entry transmitter when not in the ignition switch. When a recall is
cancelled, the driver’s seat, and the pedals stop moving.
A delay of one second will occur before another recall can
be selected.
NOTE: A chime sound may be heard if Setting Memory
was inhibited for any reason.
To Disable A Transmitter Linked to Memory
1. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position and
remove the key.
2. Press and release the memory SET (S) button located
on the driver’s door.
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3. Within 10 seconds, press and release the UNLOCK
button on the Remote Keyless Entry transmitter.
To disable another transmitter linked to either memory
position, repeat steps 1-3 for each transmitter.
NOTE: The capability to link Remote Keyless Entry
transmitters to memory is enabled when delivered from
the factory. The capability to link Remote Keyless Entry
transmitters to memory can be disabled (or later reenabled) by a qualified DaimlerChrysler representative.
Self-Limiting Control
To improve vehicle reliability, the memory system includes a self-limiting control for full travel positioning of
power seat and Adjustable Pedal movement (all directions). This self-limiting control may however develop an
unintended movement limitation if an obstruction is
encountered at sometime during usage. One example of
such an occurrence may include a box or package obstructing the full rearward movement of the driver’s seat.
Once the obstruction is removed, the self-limiting control
may be restored to maximum position. The self-limiting
control may be restored by first reaching the recently
limited or obstructed position, then release and reactivate
the same button or buttons. Continued seat travel beyond
the obstructed position will indicate the recently encountered self-limitation has been cleared.
Driver Easy Exit and Easy Entry Control
This additional feature provides automatic driver’s seat
positioning which will enhance driver mobility out of
and into the vehicle. The seat cushion will move rearward approximately 2.5 inches (60 mm) when the key is
removed from the ignition switch. The seat will move
forward approximately 2.5 inches (60 mm) when the key
is placed into the ignition and turned out of the LOCK
position. Each stored memory setting will have an associated Easy Exit and Easy Entry position. The Easy Exit
and Easy Entry feature may be automatically disabled if
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the seat is positioned rearward enough and no benefit
from moving the seat any farther rearward.
NOTE: The Easy Exit Easy Entry feature is not enabled
when delivered from the factory. The Easy Exit Easy
Entry feature may be enabled (or later disabled) by a
qualified DaimlerChrysler service representative.
TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE HOOD
To open the hood, two latches must be released. First pull
the hood release lever located under the left side of the
instrument panel.
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Then push the safety latch lever to the left. It is located
between the grille and hood opening right of the center.
NOTE: Ensure hood prop rod is fully seated into clip
before closing hood to prevent damage to grille.
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 fully latched before
driving.
To prevent possible damage, do not slam the hood to
close it. Use a firm downward push at the center front
edge of the hood to ensure that both latches engage.
Never drive your vehicle unless the hood is fully closed,
with both latches engaged.
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LIGHTS
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all the way down to the OFF detent will cause all the
interior lights to go out. This allows the doors to stay
open for extended periods of time without discharging
the vehicle’s battery.
Interior Lights
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.
Courtesy and 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 when the UNLOCK
button is pressed on the key fob. When a door is open
and the interior lights are on, rotating the dimmer control
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 eight
minutes or the dimmer control is rotated upwards for 15
minutes, the interior lights will automatically turn off.
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If the headlights remain on while the ignition is cycled
off, the exterior lights will automatically turn off after 8
minutes. If the headlights are turned on and left on for 8
minutes while the ignition is off, the exterior lights will
automatically turn off.
NOTE: Battery Saver mode is cancelled if the ignition is
ON.
NOTE: While the engine is running, the system will
deactivate the Fog Lights and Heated seats if a low
battery system voltage is detected.
Headlight Delay
To aid in your exit, your vehicle is equipped with a
headlight delay that will leave the headlights on for 90
seconds. This delay is initiated when the ignition is
cycled off while the headlight switch is on, and then the
headlight switch is cycled off. The headlights will remain
on for 90 seconds. Headlight delay can be cancelled by
either turning the headlight switch ON then OFF or by
turning the ignition ON.
NOTE: This feature can be disabled by your authorized
dealer.
Automatic Headlights — If Equipped
Automatic Headlights can be activated by rotating the
rotary headlight switch to the symbol “A.” The headlights will turn on when the engine is running and the
ambient light sensor indicates that the headlights should
be activated. The headlights will turn off if the headlight
switch is rotated to the off position or 90 seconds after the
ignition is turned to OFF.
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Headlights, Parking Lights, Panel Lights
When the headlight switch is rotated to the first position
to the right, 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.
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.
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.
Illuminated Entry
Headlights turn on for 90 seconds, when the Remote
Keyless Entry UNLOCK button is pressed.
NOTE: This feature can be activated by your authorized
dealer.
Daytime Running Lights (Canada Only)
The headlights on your Durango will illuminate when
the engine is started. This provides a constant “Lights
ON” condition until the ignition is turned OFF. The lights
illuminate at reduced intensity. If the parking brake is
applied the Daytime Running Lights will turn off. If the
headlights are activated, the Daytime Running Lights
feature will transition to the normal headlight operating
mode.
Do not use abrasive cleaning components, solvents, steel
wool or other abrasive materials to clean the lenses.
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Lights-on Reminder
If the headlights, parking lights, or courtesy lights are left
On, after the ignition is turned Off, a continuous fast
chime will sound when the driver’s door is opened.
Fog Lights — If Equipped
position and pressing the fog light button. 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 in the instrument cluster 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.
MULTIFUNCTION CONTROL LEVER
The multifunction control lever is located on the left side
of the steering column.
The foglights are turned ON by placing the headlight
rotary control in the parking light, headlight, or Auto
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of the front and rear turn signal lights. If an indicator fails
to light when the lever is moved, it would suggest that
the switch or indicator lamp is defective.
Turn Signals
If a defective bulb or wiring circuit is detected for the
turn signal system, the arrow indicators will flash at a
faster rate.
You can signal a lane change by moving the lever
partially up or down.
NOTE: If a turn signal has been left on for at least a mile
duration, a continuous chime will sound.
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
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.
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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.
Windshield Wipers
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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,
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with a variable pause between cycles, desirable. For
maximum delay between cycles, rotate the control knob
into the upper end of the delay range.
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.
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.
NOTE: Avoid using the wiper blades to remove frost or
Ice from the windshield.
NOTE: If the front wiper is operating when the ignition
is turned off, the wiper will automatically return to the
⬙Park⬙ position. When the vehicle is restarted, the wipers
will resume operation.
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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.
ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAM (ESP) OFF
CONTROL SWITCH — IF EQUIPPED
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ESP Off Control Switch
During normal driving conditions leave the ESP switch
in the On position (indicator in cluster off). If the vehicle
is 2WD and stuck or in a low traction condition such as
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deep snow, sand, or gravel turn the system Off to
improve traction. If the vehicle is 4WD, use 4HI position.
When the ESP is switched off, the ESP/TCS
Indicator light in the instrument cluster comes
on. When the ESP is switched on, the Indicator
light goes out.
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.
To improve the vehicle’s traction when driving with
snow chains, or starting off in deep snow, sand, or gravel,
switch off the ESP by pressing the button switch. The ESP
warning light will then be continuously illuminated.
With the ESP system switched off, the engine torque
reduction feature is desensitized. Therefore, the enhanced vehicle stability offered by ESP is unavailable.
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DRIVER ADJUSTABLE PEDALS — IF EQUIPPED
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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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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Adjustment
CAUTION!
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.
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.
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, up to
move the pedals toward the driver or down to move the
pedals away from the driver.
4. The pedals cannot be adjusted when the vehicle is in
R (Reverse) or when the Speed Control is SET.
ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL — IF EQUIPPED
When engaged, this device takes over accelerator operation at speeds greater than (refer to the table below for
the speed for your specific engine). The controls are
mounted on the steering wheel.
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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 Deactivate
A soft tap on the brake pedal, normal braking, 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 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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WARNING!
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.
To Resume Speed
To resume a previously set speed, push and release the
RESUME button. Resume can be used at any speed above
(refer to the table below for the speed for your specific
engine).
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.
Tapping the ACCEL button once will result in a speed
increase (refer to the table below for the speed for your
specific engine). Each time the button is tapped, speed
increases so that tapping the button three times will
increase speed by three increments.
Tapping the DECEL button once will result in a speed
decrease (refer to the table below for the speed for your
specific engine). Each time the button is tapped, speed
will decrease. For example, tapping the button 3 times
will decrease the speed by 3 times the speed listed in the
table below (refer to the table below for the speed for
your specific engine).
To decrease speed while the speed control is on, press
and hold the DECEL button. Release the button when the
desired speed is reached, and the new speed will be set.
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Functions
Engage Speed
Minimun RESUME Speed
ACCEL Increase
DECEL Decrease
Dropout Speed
3.7L
35 mph (56 km/h)
30 mph (50 km/h)
2 mph (3km/h)
1 mph (2 km/h)
30 mph (50 km/h)
To Accelerate For Passing
Depress the accelerator as you would normally. When the
pedal is released, the vehicle will return to the set speed.
NOTE: When driving uphill, at elevations above 2,000
feet (610 meters), or when the vehicle is heavily loaded
(especially when towing) 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.
4.7L
35 mph (56 km/h)
30 mph (50 km/h)
2 mph (3km/h)
1 mph (2 km/h)
30 mph (50 km/h)
5.7L
25 mph (40 km/h)
20 mph (32 km/h)
1 mph (2 km/h)
1 mph (2 km/h)
20 mph (32 km/h)
Vehicles equipped with a Automatic transmission may
exhibit several downshifts under the above conditions.
To reduce the frequency of the downshifts and to improve vehicle performance, it is advisable to lock out
overdrive by pressing the “TOW/HAUL” button located
at the end of the gear shifter.
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ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System)
WARNING!
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.
ELECTRONIC BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEM
Your vehicle is equipped with an advanced electronic
brake control system that includes ABS (Anti-Lock Brake
System), BAS (Brake Assist System), TCS (Traction Control System), ERM (Electronic Roll Mitigation) and ESP
(Electronic Stability Program). All five systems work
together to enhance vehicle stability and control in various driving conditions, and are commonly referred to as
ESP.
This system aids the driver in maintaining vehicle control
under adverse braking conditions. The system controls
hydraulic brake pressure to prevent wheel lockup and
help avoid skidding on slippery surfaces during braking.
Refer to “Anti-Lock Brake System” in Section 5 of this
manual for more information about ABS.
NOTE: ABS improves steering control of the vehicle
during hard braking maneuvers.
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BAS (Brake Assist System) – if equipped with
ESP
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.
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ESP Off Switch Location
The BAS is designed to optimize the vehicle’s braking
capability during emergency braking maneuvers. The
system detects an emergency braking situation by sensing the rate and amount of brake application and then
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applies optimum pressure to the brakes. The system
applies optimum pressure to the brakes in emergency
braking conditions. This can help reduce braking distances. The BAS complements the antilock brake system
(ABS). Applying the brakes very quickly results in the
best BAS assistance. To receive the benefit of the system,
you must apply continuous braking pressure during the
stopping sequence. Do not reduce brake pedal pressure
unless braking is no longer desired.
Once the brake pedal is released, the BAS is deactivated.
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WARNING!
• BAS cannot prevent the natural laws of physics
from acting on the vehicle, nor can it increase
braking efficiency beyond that afforded by the
condition of the vehicle brakes and tires or the
traction afforded.
• The BAS 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 a BAS-equipped vehicle must
never be exploited in a reckless or dangerous
manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety
or the safety of others.
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TCS (Traction Control System) – if equipped with
ESP
This system monitors the amount of wheel spin of each of
the driven wheels. If wheel spin is detected, brake
pressure is applied to the slipping wheel(s) and engine
power is reduced to provide enhanced acceleration and
stability. A feature of the TCS system functions similar to
a limited slip differential and controls the wheel spin
across a driven axle. If one wheel on a driven axle is
spinning faster than the other, the system will apply the
brake of the spinning wheel. This will allow more engine
torque to be applied to the wheel that is not spinning.
This feature remains active even if TCS and ESP are in the
“Partial Off” mode. Refer to “ESP (Electronic Stability
Program)” in this Section of this manual. This brake
pressure modulation transfers drive torque from slipping
to non-slipping wheels to provide optimal forward traction.
ERM (Electronic Roll Mitigation)
This system anticipates the potential for wheel lift by
monitoring the driver’s steering wheel input and the
speed of the vehicle. When ERM determines that the rate
of change of the steering wheel angle and vehicles speed
are sufficient to potentially cause wheel lift, it applies the
appropriate brake and may reduce engine power to
lessen the chance that wheel lift will occur. ERM will only
intervene during very severe or evasive driving maneuvers.
ERM can only reduce the chance of wheel lift occurring
during severe or evasive driving maneuvers. It can not
prevent wheel lift due to other factors such as road
conditions, leaving the roadway or striking objects or
other vehicles.
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ESP (Electronic Stability Program)
WARNING!
Many factors, such as vehicle loading, road conditions and driving conditions, influence the chance
that wheel lift or rollover may occur.
• ERM can not prevent all wheel lift or rollovers,
especially those that involve leaving the roadway
or striking objects or other vehicles. Only a safe,
attentive, and skillful driver can prevent accidents.
• The capabilities of an ERM-equipped vehicle
must never be exploited in a reckless or dangerous
manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety
or the safety of others.
This system enhances directional control and stability of
the vehicle under various driving conditions. ESP corrects for over/under steering of the vehicle by applying
the brake of the appropriate wheel to assist in counteracting the over/under steer condition. Engine power
may also be reduced to help the vehicle maintain the
desired path.
ESP uses sensors in the vehicle to determine the vehicle
path intended by the driver and compares it to the actual
path of the vehicle. When the actual path does not match
the intended path, ESP applies the brake of the appropriate wheel to assist in counteracting the oversteer or
understeer condition.
• Oversteer - when the vehicle is turning more than
appropriate for the steering wheel position.
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• Understeer - when the vehicle is turning less than
appropriate for the steering wheel position.
WARNING!
• ESP (Electronic Stability Program) cannot prevent
the natural laws of physics from acting on the
vehicle, nor can it increase the traction afforded.
• ESP cannot prevent accidents, including those
resulting from excessive speed in turns, or hydroplaning. Only a safe, attentive, and skillful driver
can prevent accidents.
• The capabilities of an ESP-equipped vehicle must
never be exploited in a reckless or dangerous
manner which could jeopardize the user’s safety
or the safety of others.
ESP/TCS Indicator Light
The ⬙ESP/TCS Indicator Light⬙ starts to flash as soon as
the tires lose traction and the ESP system becomes active.
The ⬙ESP/TCS Indicator Light⬙ also flashes when TCS is
active. If the ⬙ESP/TCS Indicator Light⬙ begins to flash
during acceleration, ease up on the accelerator and apply
as little throttle as possible. Be sure to adapt your speed
and driving to the prevailing road conditions.
The ESP system has 2 available operating modes.
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High Range (4WD Models) or 2WD Models
ON
This is the normal operating mode for ESP in 4WD high
range and in 2WD vehicles. Whenever the vehicle is
started or the transfer case (if equipped) is shifted from
4WD low range or neutral back to 4WD high range, the
ESP system will be in this mode. This mode should be
used for most all driving situations. ESP should only be
turned to “Partial Off” for specific reasons as noted
below.
Partial Off
This mode is entered by momentarily
depressing the “ESP OFF” Control
Switch. When in “Partial Off” mode,
the engine management portion of
ESP has been desensitized, the thresholds for ESP activation are raised, and
the “ESP/TCS Indicator Light” will be
illuminated. This mode is intended to
be used if the vehicle is in deep snow, sand or gravel
conditions and more wheel spin than ESP would normally allow is required to gain traction. To turn ESP on
again, momentarily depress the “ESP-Control OFF” Control Switch. This will restore the normal “ON” mode of
operation. ESP always operates under braking, even with
the switch in the OFF-position.
WARNING!
In the Partial Off mode, the engine torque reduction
and stability features are desensitized. Therefore,
the enhanced vehicle stability offered by ESP is
unavailable.
NOTE: To improve the vehicle’s traction when driving
with snow chains, or starting off in deep snow, sand or
gravel, it may be desirable to switch to the “Partial Off”
mode by pressing the ESP Control Switch. Once the
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situation requiring ESP to be switched to the “Partial Off”
mode is overcome, turn ESP on by momentarily depressing the “ESP Control Switch”. This may be done with the
vehicle is in motion.
function returns to provide the stability feature at speeds
above 30 mph (48 km/h). The ABS is in a special
Off-Road mode that allows too look wheels at lower
speed if gravel is detected to gain stopping distance.
4WD Low Range
NOTE: When the vehicle is in 4WD low range, a feature
of the ESP system remains active whether the ESP is on or
off. This feature functions similar to a limited slip differential and controls the wheel spin across an axle. If one
wheel on an axle is spinning faster than the other, the
system will apply the brake of the spinning wheel and
allow more engine torque to be applied to the wheel that
is not spinning.
Partial Off
This is the normal operating mode for ESP in 4WD low
range. Whenever the vehicle is started in 4WD low range
or the transfer case (if equipped) is shifted from 4WD
high range or neutral to 4WD low range, the ESP system
will be in this mode. In 4WD low range, ESP function is
desensitized until the vehicle reaches a speed of 30 mph
(48 km/h). At 30 mph (48 km/h) the normal ESP stability
function returns and the ESP/TCS Indicator Light” turns
off. When the vehicle speed drops below 25 mph (40
km/h) the ESP system goes back to Partial Off. ESP is
desensitized at low vehicle speeds in 4WD low range so
that it will not interfere with off road driving but ESP
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WARNING!
In the Partial Off mode, the engine torque reduction
and stability features are desensitized. Therefore,
the enhanced vehicle stability offered by ESP is
unavailable.
ESP/BAS Warning Lamp and ESP/TCS Indicator
Light
The malfunction indicator for the ESP is combined with
the BAS indicator. The yellow “ESP/BAS Warning
Lamp” and the yellow “ESP/TCS Indicator Light” in the
instrument cluster both come on when the ignition
switch is turned to the “ON” position. They should both
go out with the engine running. If the “ESP/BAS Warning Lamp” comes on continuously with the engine
running, a malfunction has been detected in either the
ESP or BAS system, or both. If this light remains on after
several ignition cycles, and the vehicle has been driven
several miles at speeds greater than 30 mph (48 km/h),
see your authorized dealer as soon as possible to have the
problem diagnosed and corrected.
NOTE:
• The “ESP Indicator Light” and the “ESP/BAS Warning
Lamp” come on momentarily each time the ignition
switch is turned ON.
• Each time the ignition is turned ON, the ESP System
will be ON even if it was turned off previously.
• The ESP Control System will make buzzing or clicking
sounds when it is active. This is normal; the sounds
will stop when ESP becomes inactive following the
maneuver that caused the ESP activation.
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OVERHEAD CONSOLE
The overhead console has the following features:
Courtesy/Reading Lights
Near the front 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.
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.
• Courtesy Lights
• Garage Door Opener — If Equipped
• Compass/Temperature Mini-Trip Computer — If
Equipped
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COMPASS/TEMPERATURE MINI-TRIP COMPUTER
This feature allows you to choose between a compass/
temperature display and one of four trip conditions being
monitored.
RESET Button
US/M Button
Use this button to change the display from U.S. to metric
measurement units.
When this button is pressed you will hear a confirmation
beep. Use this button to reset the following displays:
Average Fuel Economy
Trip Odometer
Elapsed time.
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Global Reset
If the RESET button and STEP button are pressed at the
same time and held for 3 seconds (you will hear a
confirmation beep) and the Global Reset feature will reset
the distance to empty (using a default fuel economy
value), fuel economy, trip odometer, and elapsed time
displays.
Step Button
3
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).
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.
fuel capacity, which corresponds to approximately 5% 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.
Trip Odometer (ODO)
This display shows the distance traveled since the last
reset.
Elapsed Time (ET)
This display shows the accumulated ignition ON time
since the last reset.
When Distance To Empty = 0, the fuel gauge pointer will
initially be on the red “E” marker. At this point (fuel
gauge pointer on the the red “E” marker) there is reserve
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C/T Button
Compass/Temperature Display
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Manual Compass Calibration
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.
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 for 5
seconds to change the display to VAR (compass variance)
mode, holding the button 5 additional seconds will
display CAL (compass calibration) mode. When the CAL
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To set the variance: Turn the ignition ON and set the
display to “Compass/Temperature.” Press and hold 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.
Compass Variance Map
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GARAGE DOOR OPENER — IF EQUIPPED
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.
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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
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.
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.
NOTE: When programming a garage door opener, it is
advised to park outside the garage. 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 lights (two dots below
House Symbol ) begin 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 handheld transmitter to the remaining two HomeLink buttons.
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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.
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 (dots below House Symbol) in
view.
4. The HomeLink indicator light (dots below House
Symbol) 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
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constantly, programming is complete and your device
should activate when the HomeLink button is pressed
and released.
7. Firmly press and release the ⬙learn⬙ or ⬙smart⬙ button.
(The name and color of the button may vary by manufacturer.)
NOTE: To program the remaining two HomeLink buttons, begin with ⬙Programming⬙ step two. Do not repeat
step one.
NOTE: There are 30 seconds in which to initiate step
eight.
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.
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.
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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.
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:
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• 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.
Reprogramming a Single HomeLink Button
To program a device to HomeLink using a HomeLink
button previously trained, follow these steps:
1. Press and hold the desired HomeLink button. Do
NOT release the button.
2. The indicator light will begin to flash after 20 seconds.
Without releasing the HomeLink button, proceed with
⬙Programming⬙ step 2
For questions or comments, contact HomeLink at:
www.homelink.com or 1-800-355-3515.
Security
Garage Door Opener Operation with Security
Alarm (if equipped)
If your vehicle is equipped with the Security Alarm
feature, the operation of the HomeLink feature will be
purposely inhibited if the Security Alarm is ⬙Armed⬙.
This prevents HomeLink operation due to un-authorized
vehicle entry. HomeLink operation will be re-stored
when the Security Alarm has been ⬙Disarmed⬙.
If you sell your vehicle, be sure to erase the frequencies.
To erase all of the previously trained frequencies, hold
down both outside buttons until the 2 dots below House
Symbol begin to flash (about 20 seconds).
This device complies with part 15 of FCC rules and with
RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the
following conditions:
• This device may not cause harmful interference.
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• 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.
HomeLink威 is a trademark owned by Johnson Controls,
Inc.
POWER SUNROOF — IF EQUIPPED
The power sunroof control is located between the sun
visors on the overhead console.
Pressing the ⬙open⬙ end of the rocker switch once moves
the panel to a comfort stop position short of full opening.
Pressing and holding the switch causes the panel to
continue moving rearward, up to the full-open position.
To close the panel, the ⬙close⬙ end of the switch must be
pressed and held.
Pressing the “vent” button from a fully closed position,
raises the trailing edge of the panel for ventilation. When
the panel is venting, pressing the “close” end or the
rocker switch returns it to the closed position. Both
opening and closing operations in the vent mode occur
only while the switch is held.
NOTE: The sunroof will continue to operate for ten
minutes after the ignition is turned OFF or until the
driver door is opened. This feature may be disabled by
your authorized dealer.
Express Open Feature
During the Express Open operation, any movement of
the switch will stop the sunroof and it will remain in a
partial open position. Again, momentarily pressing the
switch rearward will activate the Express Open Feature.
To close the sunroof, hold the switch in the forward
position. Again, any release of the switch will stop the
movement and the sunroof will remain in a partial open
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condition until the switch is pushed forward again. To
close fully, hold the switch in the forward position until
the glass movement has stopped.
WARNING!
In an accident, there is a greater risk of being thrown
from a vehicle with an open sunroof. You could also
be seriously injured or killed. Always fasten your
seat belt properly and make sure all passengers are
properly secured too.
Do not allow small children to operate the sunroof.
Never allow fingers or other body parts, or any
object to project through the sunroof opening. Injury
may result.
The sunshade can be opened manually. It will also open
as the sunroof opens. The sunshade cannot be closed if
the sunroof is open.
WARNING!
Never leave children in a vehicle, with the keys in
the ignition switch. Occupants, particularly unattended children, can become entrapped by the
power sunroof while operating the power sunroof
switch. Such entrapment may result in serious injury
or death.
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 the sunroof (if equipped) in certain
open or partially open positions. This is a normal occurrence and can be minimized. If the buffeting occurs with
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the rear windows open, open the front and rear windows
together to minimize the buffeting. If the buffeting occurs
with the sunroof open, adjust the sunroof opening to
minimize the buffeting or open any window.
Sunroof Maintenance
Use only a nonabrasive cleaner and a soft cloth to clean
the glass panel.
ELECTRICAL POWER OUTLETS
This vehicle has three auxiliary power outlets that can
provide up to 20 Amps of current for accessories designed for use with the standard power outlet adapters.
The outlet located in the lower portion of the instrument
panel has a snap on plastic cap so that it can be covered
when not in use. As a safety precaution, the outlet in the
instrument panel only operates with the ignition switch
ON. When the optional Cigar Lighter heating element is
used, 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.
There are two additional 12 V/(20 total Amps for both
outlets) power outlets, one located in the storage bin of
the center console and another located in the right rear
cargo area. These outlets can be reconfigured by the
customer to operate only when the ignition is ON
(switched battery fed) or with the ignition ON or OFF
(battery fed) to allow for cellular telephone charging and
or operation while the ignition is off.
NOTE: All accessories connected to these outlets should
be removed or turned OFF when the vehicle is not in use
to protect the battery against discharge (unless the customer has reconfigured the fuse block to switched battery
feed).
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Electrical Outlet Use With Engine OFF (Battery
Fed Configuration)
CAUTION!
• 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.
Reconfiguring Power Outlets
To reconfigure the outlets, be sure the ignition is OFF
before removing the fuse. The reconfigurable fuse location is a special design that allows the fuse to be installed
in two different ways. If the fuse is located in the ⬙Upper
or Top Position⬙ the outlets will work at all times. If the
fuse is located in the ⬙Lower or Bottom Position⬙ the
power outlets will only work when the ignition is ON.
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NOTE: The fuse block is located in the left side kick
panel behind a removable cover near the park brake
pedal. A fuse puller is attached to the inside surface of the
fuse panel cover to aid in removing fuses, if necessary.
FLOOR CONSOLE
Floor Console Features
The Floor Console between the driver’s and front passenger’s seat, has the following features:
• Miscellaneous storage compartments
• Flexible cup holder inserts
• Portable phone storage bin
• Portable phone cord routing between lid and base on
forward edge
• 12 Volt reconfigurable power outlet inside storage
compartment (See page 171 for more information.)
• Side open armrest lid
• Tissue holder & pen holder
• Coin slots
• Removable CD bin
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The coin slots are located under the instrument panel
center stack.
Cup Holders
The Durango has 8 cupholders. Four are located in the
center console, two are located in the second row armrest,
and two are located in the left hand quarter panel for
third row occupants. The four cupholders located in the
center console may be removed for cleaning.
Power Outlet and Portable Phone Storage
The console is equipped with a power outlet, portable
phone storage bin, and phone cord routing. The phone
storage bin can be used when easy access to the phone is
needed. Also, the power outlet inside the console compartment can be used to power up the phone while it is
being stored in the bin. To use, plug in the portable power
recharge cord and place the cord along the opening
under the forward portion of the storage bin. Close the
console armrest lid and plug the power cord into the
phone while resting the phone in the bin. The power
outlet may be used for any portable item with a standard
12 volt power outlet adaptor, requiring up to 20 Amps of
current.
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FACTORY INSTALLED ROOF LUGGAGE RACK
NOTE: Crossbars are offered by Mopar威 accessories.
External racks do not increase the total load carrying
capacity of the vehicle. Be sure that the total occupant
and luggage load inside the vehicle, plus the load on the
luggage rack, do not exceed the maximum vehicle load
capacity.
The load carried on the roof when equipped with a
luggage rack must not exceed 68 kg (150 lbs.), and should
be uniformly distributed over the cargo area.
The side rails between the stantions should be used to tie
down cargo. Check the straps frequently to be sure that
the load remains securely attached.
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CAUTION!
WARNING!
To avoid damage to the roof rack and vehicle, do not
exceed the maximum roof rack load capacity. Always
distribute heavy loads as evenly as possible and
secure the load appropriately.
Cargo must be securely tied before driving your
vehicle. Improperly secured loads can fly off the
vehicle, particularly at high speeds, resulting in
personal injury or property damage. Follow the roof
rack Cautions when carrying cargo on your roof rack.
Long loads which extend over the windshield, such
as wood panels or surfboards, should be secured to
both the front and rear of the vehicle.
Place a blanket or other protection between the
surface of the roof and the load.
Travel at reduced speeds and turn corners carefully
when carrying large or heavy loads on the roof rack.
Wind forces, due to natural causes or nearby truck
traffic, can add sudden upward loads. This is especially true on large flat loads and may result in
damage to the cargo or your vehicle.
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CARGO MANAGEMENT SYSTEM—IF EQUIPPED
The cargo management system consists of a removable
cargo liner and removable cargo organizer.
To remove the organizer from the vehicle, pull the right
hand side of the organizer towards you so that the right
pin slides out of the slot in the vehicle. Push the organizer
to the right and lift out of the vehicle.
Cargo Organizer
To open the side cover, pull on the cover latch. To open
the organizer base pull on the center latch.
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CONTENTS
䡵 Instruments And Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
䡵 Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
䡵 Instrument Cluster Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
䡵 Sales Code REF — AM/FM/CD (Single Disc)
Radio With Optional Satellite Radio And
Hands Free Phone Capability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
䡵 Radio Reception Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
▫ AM Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
▫ FM Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
䡵 Electronic Digital Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
▫ Clock Setting Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192
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▫ Operating Instructions - Radio Mode . . . . . . . 193
▫ Operation Instructions - CD Mode . . . . . . . . . 197
▫ Operation Instructions - Auxiliary Mode . . . . . 199
▫ Operating Instructions - Hands Free
Phone — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
▫ Operating Instructions - Satellite Radio — If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
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䡵 Sales Code RAQ – AM/FM/CD (6-Disc) Radio
With Optional Satellite Radio, Hands Free Phone,
And Vehicle Entertainment Systems (VES)
Capabilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
▫ Operating Instructions - Radio Mode . . . . . . . 201
▫ Operation Instructions - (CD Mode For
CD Audio Play) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
▫ Operating Instructions — Satellite Radio
(If Equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
▫ Clock Setting Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
䡵 Video Entertainment System
(Sales Code XRV) — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
䡵 Satellite Radio — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
▫ Load/Eject Button (CD Mode For
CD Audio Play) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
▫ Notes On Playing MP3 Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
▫ Operation Instructions - (CD Mode For
MP3 Audio Play) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212
▫ Load/Eject Button (CD Mode For MP3 Play) . . 212
䡵 Sales Code REC — AM/FM/CD (6–Disc)
Radio With Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214
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▫ System Activation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
▫ Electronic Serial Number/Sirius Identification
Number (ESN/SID) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216
▫ Selecting Satellite Mode In REF, RAQ, And
RAK Radios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217
▫ Selecting a Channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
▫ Storing And Selecting Pre-Set Channels . . . . . . 218
▫ Using The PTY (Program Type) Button
(If Equipped) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
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▫ PTY Button ⬙Scan⬙ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218
▫ Front Mode Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 224
▫ PTY Button ⬙Seek⬙ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
▫ Rear Temperature Control — If Equipped . . . . 226
▫ Satellite Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
▫ Rear Window Defrosting And Rear Window
Washer/Wiper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
▫ Reception Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
䡵 Remote Sound System Controls — If Equipped . . 220
▫ Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
▫ CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
䡵 Compact Disc Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221
䡵 Radio Operation And Cellular Phones . . . . . . . . 222
䡵 Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
▫ Manual Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
▫ Air Conditioning Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
▫ Front Blower Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223
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▫ Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) — If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
▫ Automatic Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227
▫ Level Of Automatic Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228
▫ Manual Control (ATC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229
▫ Rear Zone Climate Control — If Equipped . . . 232
▫ Rear Rotary Temperature Control . . . . . . . . . . 233
▫ Front Unit To Rear Unit Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
▫ Operating Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
▫ Operating Tips Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236
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䡵 Rear Window Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
▫ Rear Window Wiper/Washer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
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INSTRUMENT PANEL AND CONTROLS 181
INSTRUMENTS AND CONTROLS
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Instrument Cluster
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INSTRUMENT CLUSTER DESCRIPTION
CAUTION!
1. Fuel Gage
The fuel gauge shows level of fuel in tank when
ignition switch is in the ON position.
2. Temperature Gage
The temperature gage indicates engine coolant
temperature. Any reading within the normal
range indicates that the cooling system is operating satisfactorily. The gage needle in V6 and V8 engines
will likely indicate a high temperature when driving in
hot weather, up mountain grades, in heavy traffic, or
when towing a trailer. If the needle rises to the “H” mark,
stop the vehicle, shift into N (Neutral) increase engine
speed for 2-3 minutes. If the temperature reading does
not return to normal, seek authorized service immediately.
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.
The gage pointer will remain near its last reading when
the engine is turned off. It will return to a true reading
when the engine is restarted.
3. Turn Signal Indicators
When a turn signal is activated, a right-pointing or
left-pointing arrow lights up and flashes to indicate the
direction of the turn. These indicators also indicate
proper operation of the front and rear turn signal lights.
If either indicator flashes at a faster rate than normal,
check for a defective bulb. If either indicator fails to light
up when the lever is moved, check for a defective fuse or
turn signal LED. A single chime is activated when the
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left/right turn signal is left on with the engine RPM
vehicle speed greater than 15 mph (24 km/h) for more
than one mile.
7. Fog Light Indicator — If Equipped
This light shows when the fog lights are ON.
4. Low Fuel Warning Light
This indicator lights when the fuel gauge reads 1/8
of a tank or less.
8. Coolant Temperature Light
This light warns of an overheated engine condition. For a bulb check, this light will come on
momentarily when the ignition is turned On. If the
light turns on while driving, stop the vehicle, shift into N
(Neutral) and increase the engine speed for 2 to 3
minutes. If the temperature reading does not return to
normal, seek authorized service immediately.
5. High Beam Indicator
Indicates that headlights are on high beam.
6. Seat Belt Reminder Light
This light comes on for several seconds after the
ignition is turned ON as a reminder to “buckle
up.” This light will remain on as long as the seat
belt remains unbuckled. If this light flashes, it indicates a
fault in the airbag system. Have the system checked by
an authorized dealer.
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9. Speedometer
Shows the vehicles speed.
CAUTION!
Driving with a hot engine cooling system could
damage your vehicle. If the temperature light is on,
safely pull over and stop the vehicle. Idle the vehicle
in neutral with the air conditioner turned off until
the light turns off. If the if the light remains on, turn
the engine off immediately, and call for service.
10. Voltage Light
This light monitors the electrical system voltage.
The light should turn on momentarily as the
engine is started. If the light stays on or turns on while
driving, it indicates a problem with the charging system.
Immediate service should be obtained.
11. Liftgate Open
The Gate Open light will illuminate when the liftgate is
not properly closed.
WARNING!
A hot engine cooling system is dangerous. You or
others could be badly burned by steam or boiling
coolant. You may want to call a service center if your
vehicle overheats. If you decide to look under the
hood yourself, see Section 7 of this manual. Follow
the warnings under the Cooling System Pressure
Cap paragraph.
12. Security Light
This light will flash rapidly for approximately 15 seconds
when the vehicle theft alarm is arming. The light will
flash at a slower speed continuously after the alarm is set.
The security light will also come on for about three
seconds when the ignition is first turned on.
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13. 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
approximately 3 seconds. If this 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. With the ABS malfunctioning, the BAS and ESP are
also switched off. Both malfunction indicator lights illuminate with the engine running. If the charging voltage
falls below 10 volts, the malfunction indicator light
illuminates and the ABS is switched off. When the
voltage is above this value again, the malfunction indicator light should go out and the ABS is operational. If
the malfunction indicator light stays illuminated, have
the system checked at your authorized dealer as soon as
possible.
14. Engine Oil Pressure Indicator Light
This light indicates that the engine oil pressure has
become too low. For a bulb check, this light will
come on momentarily when the ignition is turned On. If
the light turns on while driving, stop the vehicle and shut
off the engine as soon as possible. Immediate service
should be obtained.
15. Tachometer
This gauge measures engine revolutions-per-minute
(rpm x 1000).
16. Gear Selector
The electronic gear selector display is self-contained
within the instrument cluster. It displays the position of
the automatic transmission shift lever, and the relation of
each position to all other positions. For a good signal the
display will place a box around the selected transmission
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range (PRND21). If the PRNDL displays only the characters PRND21 (no boxes) have the system checked by an
authorized dealer.
18. Odometer
The odometer shows the total distance the vehicle has
been driven.
17. Trip Odometer
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.
U.S. federal regulations require that upon transfer of
vehicle ownership, the seller certify to the purchaser the
correct mileage that the vehicle has been driven. Therefore, 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.
If the vehicle diagnostic system determines that the fuel
filler cap is loose, improperly installed, or damaged,
GASCAP will be displayed in the instrument cluster.
Tighten the fuel filler cap properly and press the odometer reset button to turn the GASCAP message off. If the
problem continues, the message will appear the next time
the vehicle is started.
19. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) Indicator Light
— If Equipped
The yellow ESP indicator light in the speedometer area illuminates with the key in the ignition switch turned to the ON/RUN position. It
should go out with the engine running. The
⬙ESP/TCS Indicator Light⬙ starts to flash as soon as the
tires lose traction and the ESP system becomes active. The
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⬙ESP/TCS Indicator Light⬙ also flashes when TCS is
active. If the ⬙ESP/TCS Indicator Light⬙ begins to flash
during acceleration, ease up on the accelerator and apply
as little throttle as possible. Be sure to adapt your speed
and driving to the prevailing road conditions. The “ESP/
TCS Indicator Light” becomes illuminated when the
ESP-Off button has been pressed or ESP is only partially
available caused by lack of engine management or brake
thermal model.
20. Transmission Temperature Indicator
This light indicates that there is excessive transmission fluid temperature that might occur
with severe usage such as trailer towing. If this
light comes on, stop the vehicle and run the
engine at idle or faster, with the transmission in NEUTRAL until the light goes off.
21. Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)
This light informs you of a problem with the
Electronic Throttle Control system. If a problem is detected the light will come on while the
engine is running. If the light remains lit with
the engine running your vehicle will usually be drivable,
however, see your dealer for service as soon as possible.
If the light is flashing when the engine is running,
immediate service is required and you may experience
reduced performance, an elevated/rough idle or engine
stall and your vehicle may require towing. The light will
come on when the ignition is first turned on and remain
on for 15 seconds as a bulb check. If the light does not
come on during starting, have the system checked by an
authorized dealer.
22. Door Ajar
The Door Ajar light will illuminate when any door is
open.
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NOTE: A chime will sound if the vehicle is rolling and
a door has been opened.
23. BRAKE System Warning Light
The red “BRAKE” warning light will come on when the
ignition key is first turned on, and stay on briefly as a
bulb check. If the bulb does not come on during starting,
have the bulb repaired promptly. If the light stays on, it
may be an indication that the parking brake has not been
released, or there is a low brake fluid level. If the light
remains on when the parking brake has been disengaged,
and the fluid level is at the full mark on the master
cylinder reservoir, it indicates a possible brake hydraulic
system malfunction or a problem with the Brake Booster.
In this case, the light will remain on until the condition
has been corrected. If the problem is related to the brake
Booster the ABS pump will run when applying the brake.
If the parking brake is applied, the light will flash when the
gear position is out of park for automatic transmissions.
If brake failure is indicated, immediate repair is necessary. Operating the vehicle in this condition is dangerous!
24. Low Washer Fluid Indicator
This light comes on when the washer fluid level falls
below approximately 1/4 full. The light will remain on
until fluid is added and ignition switch is cycled.
25. ESP/BAS Warning Lamp – If Equipped
The malfunction lamp for the ESP is combined
with BAS. The yellow “ESP/BAS Warning
Lamp” and the yellow “ESP/TCS Indicator
Light” in the instrument cluster both come on
when the ignition switch is turned to the “ON” position.
They should go out with the engine running. If the
“ESP/BAS Warning Lamp” comes on continuously with
the engine running, a malfunction has been detected in
either the ESP or the BAS system. If this light remains on
after several ignition cycles, and the vehicle has been
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driven several miles at speeds greater than 30 mph (48
km/h), see your authorized dealer as soon as possible.
NOTE: • ⬙The ⬙ESP/TCS Indicator Light⬙ and the ⬙ESP/
BAS Warning Lamp⬙ come on momentarily each time the
ignition switch is turned ON. • The ESP Control System
will make buzzing or clicking sounds when it is actively
operating.
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.
26. 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 10
seconds, and remain on until the vehicle is started. If the
bulb does not come on during starting, have the condition investigated promptly.
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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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27. Airbag Indicator
The indicator lights and remains lit for 6 to 8
seconds when the ignition is first turned ON. If
the light does not come on when the ignition is
first turned on, or the light stays on or comes
on while driving, have the airbag system checked by an
authorized dealer.
28. 4LO Indicator
Indicates when transfer case is in 4LO position.
29. SVC (Service) 4WD Indicator
The SVC 4WD lights will come on when the ignition key
is turned to the ON position and will stay on for 2
seconds. If the light stays on or comes on during driving,
it means that the 4WD system is not functioning properly
and that service is required.
30. Cruise Light (Speed Control)
This indicator lights when the electronic speed control
system is turned on.
31. TOW/HAUL
The TOW/HAUL button is located at the end of the gear
shift lever. This light will illuminate when the TOW/
HAUL button has been selected.
32. 4LOCK Indicator
Indicates transfer case is in 4LOCK position.
33. 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.
RADIO RECEPTION INFORMATION
AM Reception
AM radio signals usually travel longer distances than FM
signals, especially at night. These longer distance AM
signals can cause AM stations to interfere with one
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another. Noise from storms and power lines can also
interfere with AM reception. Reducing the treble can
reduce some of the noise.
FM Reception
FM Stereo signals produce better sound quality than AM
signals. However, FM signals will only travel approximately 10 to 40 miles (16 to 64 km). Tall structures or hills
can cause interference with FM signals causing the sound
to cut out.
ELECTRONIC DIGITAL CLOCK
The clock and radio each use the display panel built into
the radio. A digital readout shows the frequency and/or
time in hours and minutes (depending on your radio
model) 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.
On the AM/FM/CD (6-disc) radio the time button alternates the location of the time and frequency on the
display. On the AM/FM/CD (single-disc) radio only one
of the two, time or frequency is displayed.
Clock Setting Procedure
1. Press and hold the time button until the hours blink.
2. Adjust the hours by turning the right side Tune /
Audio control.
3. After the hours are adjusted, press the right side Tune
/ Audio control to set the minutes.
4. Adjust the minutes using the right side Tune / Audio
control.
5. To exit, press any button/knob or wait approximately
5 seconds.
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SALES CODE REF — AM/FM/CD (SINGLE DISC)
RADIO WITH OPTIONAL SATELLITE RADIO AND
HANDS FREE PHONE CAPABILITY
NOTE: The radio sales code is located on the lower right
side of your radio faceplate.
Operating Instructions - Radio Mode
NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC
position to operate the radio.
Power Switch/Volume Control (Rotary)
Press the ON/VOL control to turn the radio ON. Press
the ON/VOL a second time to turn OFF the radio.
Electronic Volume Control
The electronic volume control turns continuously (360
degrees) in either direction without stopping. Turning the
volume control to the right increases the volume and to
the left decreases it.
When the audio system is turned on, the sound will be
set at the same volume level as last played.
REF Radio
For your convenience, the volume can be turned down,
but not up, when the audio system is off and the ignition
is ON.
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Mode Button (Radio Mode)
Press the mode button repeatedly to select between the
CD player or Satellite Radio (if equipped).
SEEK Button (Radio Mode)
Press and release the SEEK button to search for the next
listenable station in either AM/FM or Satellite (if
equipped) mode. Press the right side of the button to seek
up and the left side to seek down. The radio will remain
tuned to the new station until you make another selection. Holding the button will bypass stations without
stopping until you release it.
MUTE Button (Radio Mode)
Press the MUTE button to cancel the sound from the
speakers. ⬙MUTE⬙ will be displayed. Press the MUTE
button a second time and the sound from the speakers
will return. Rotating the volume control, turning the
radio ON/OFF, or turning ON/OFF the ignition, will
cancel the MUTE feature.
NOTE: In Hands Free Phone (if equipped) mode, the
MUTE button mutes the microphone.
SCAN Button (Radio Mode)
Pressing the SCAN button causes the tuner to search for
the next listenable station, in either AM, FM or Satellite (if
equipped) frequencies, pausing for 5 seconds at each
listenable station before continuing to the next. To stop
the search, press SCAN a second time.
PSCAN Button (Radio Mode)
Pressing the PSCAN button, causes the tuner to scan
through preset stations, in either AM, FM or Satellite (if
equipped) frequencies, pausing for 5 seconds at each
preset station before continuing to the next. To stop the
search, press PSCAN a second time.
Time Button
Press the time button and the time of day will be
displayed for 5 seconds.
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Clock Setting Procedure
1. Press and hold the time button until the hours blink.
2. Adjust the hours by turning the right side Tune/
Audio control.
3. After the hours are adjusted, press the right side
Tune/Audio control to set the minutes. The minutes will
begin to blink.
4. Adjust the minutes using the right side Tune/Audio
control.
5. To exit, press any button/knob or wait 5 seconds.
RW/FF (Radio Mode)
Pressing the rewind/fast forward button causes the tuner
to search for the next frequency in the direction of the
arrows. This feature operates in either AM, FM or Satellite (if equipped) frequencies.
TUNE Control (Radio Mode)
Turn the right side rotary control clockwise to increase or
counter-clockwise to decrease the frequency.
AM/FM Button (Radio Mode)
Press the button to select AM or FM Modes.
Setting the Tone, Balance, and Fade
Press the rotary TUNE control and BASS will be displayed. Turn the TUNE control to the right or left to
increase or decrease the Bass tones.
Press the rotary TUNE control a second time and MID
will be displayed. Turn the TUNE control to the right or
left to increase or decrease the Mid Range tones.
Press the rotary TUNE control a third time and TREB will
be displayed. Turn the TUNE control to the right or left to
increase or decrease the Treble tones.
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Press the rotary TUNE control a fourth time and BAL will
be displayed. Turn the TUNE control to the right or left to
adjust the sound level from the right or left side speakers.
selected within 5 seconds after pressing the SET button,
the station will continue to play but will not be stored
into push-button memory.
Press the rotary TUNE control a fifth time and FADE will
be displayed. Turn the TUNE control to the left or right to
adjust the sound level between the front and rear speakers.
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,12 FM and
12 Satellite (if equipped) stations to be stored into pushbutton memory. The stations stored in SET 2 memory can
be selected by pressing the push-button twice.
Press the tune control again or wait 5 seconds to exit
setting tone, balance, and fade.
RND/SET Button (Radio Mode) To SET The
Push-Button Memory
When you are receiving a station that you wish to
commit to push-button memory, press the SET button.
The symbol SET 1 will now show in the display window.
Select the button (1-6) you wish to lock onto this station
and press and release that button. If a button is not
Every time a preset button is used a corresponding
button number will be displayed.
Preset Buttons 1 - 6 (Radio Mode)
These buttons tune the Radio to the stations that you
commit to push-button memory {12 AM, 12 FM, and 12
Satellite (if equipped) stations}.
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Operation Instructions - CD Mode
NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC
position to operate the radio.
Inserting The Compact Disc (Single CD Player)
Gently insert one CD into the CD player with the CD
label facing up. The CD will automatically be pulled into
the CD Player and the CD icon will illuminate on the
radio display.
If the volume control is ON, the unit will switch to CD
mode and begin to play. The display will show the track
number and play time in minutes and seconds. Play will
begin at the start of track one.
NOTE:
• On some vehicles you may insert or eject a disc with
the radio or ignition switch OFF.
• If you insert a disc with the ignition ON and the radio
OFF, the CD will automatically be pulled into the CD
Player.
• This radio does not play discs with MP3 tracks.
SEEK Button (CD Mode)
Press the right side of the SEEK button for the next track
on the CD. Press the left side of the button to return to the
beginning of the current track, or return to the beginning
of the previous track if the CD is within the first 10
seconds of the current selection.
MUTE Button (CD Mode)
Press the MUTE button to cancel the sound from the
speakers. ⬙MUTE⬙ will be displayed. Press the MUTE
button a second time and the sound from the speakers
will return. Rotating the volume control or turning OFF
the ignition will also return the sound from the speakers.
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SCAN Button (CD Mode)
Press this button to play the first 10 seconds of each track.
To stop the scan function, press the button a second time.
EJECT Button (CD Mode)
Press this button and the disc will unload and
move to the entrance for easy removal. The
unit will switch to the last selected mode.
If you do not remove the disc within 15 seconds, it will be
reloaded. The radio mode will continue to appear.
TIME Button (CD Mode)
Press this button to change the display from elapsed CD
playing time to time of day. The time of day will be
displayed for 5 seconds.
RND/SET Button (Random Play Button) (CD
Mode)
Press this button while the CD is playing to activate
Random Play. This feature plays the selections on the
compact disc in random order to provide an interesting
change of pace.
Press the SEEK button to move to the next randomly
selected track.
Press and hold the FF button to fast forward through the
tracks. Release the FF button to stop the fast forward
feature. If the RW button is pressed, the current track will
reverse to the beginning of the track and begin playing.
Press the RND button a second time to stop Random
Play.
RW/FF (CD Mode)
Press and hold the 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.
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Operation Instructions - Auxiliary Mode
The auxiliary (AUX) jack is an audio input jack, which
allows the user to plug in a portable device such as an
MP3 player, cassette player or microphone and utilize the
vehicle’s audio system to amplify the source and play
through the vehicle speakers.
MUTE Button (Auxiliary Mode)
Press the MUTE button to cancel the sound from the
speakers. ⬙MUTE⬙ will be displayed. Press the MUTE
button a second time and the sound from the speakers
will return. Rotating the volume control or turning OFF
the ignition will also return the sound from the speakers.
The auxiliary mode becomes active when an electrical
device is plugged into the AUX jack using a standard 3.5
mm stereo audio cable and the user presses and releases
the MODE button until AUX appears on the display.
SCAN Button (Auxiliary Mode)
No function.
NOTE: The radio will return to the last stored mode if
the ignition switch is turned from the OFF/LOCK position to the ACC position, the radio is turned on, and the
radio was previously in the AUX mode.
SEEK Button (Auxiliary Mode)
No function.
EJECT Button (Auxiliary Mode)
No function.
PSCAN Button (Auxiliary Mode)
No function.
TIME Button (Auxiliary Mode)
Press this button to change the display from elapsed
playing time to time of day. The time of day will be
displayed for 5 seconds.
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RW/FF (Auxiliary Mode)
No function.
SALES CODE RAQ – AM/FM/CD (6-DISC) RADIO
WITH OPTIONAL SATELLITE RADIO, HANDS
FREE PHONE, AND VEHICLE ENTERTAINMENT
SYSTEMS (VES) CAPABILITIES
RND/SET Button (Auxiliary Mode)
No function.
Mode Button (Auxiliary Mode)
Press the mode button repeatedly to select between the
CD player or Satellite Radio (if equipped).
NOTE: The radio sales code is located on the lower right
side of your radio faceplate.
Operating Instructions - Hands Free Phone — If
Equipped
Refer to the HANDS FREE PHONE (UConnect™) section
of the Owner’s Manual.
Operating Instructions - Satellite Radio — If
Equipped
Refer to the Satellite Radio section of the Owner’s
Manual.
RAQ Radio
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Operating Instructions - Radio Mode
NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC
position to operate the radio.
Power Switch/Volume Control (Rotary)
Press the ON/VOL control to turn the radio ON. Press
the ON/VOL a second time to turn OFF the radio.
Electronic Volume Control
The electronic volume control turns continuously (360
degrees) in either direction without stopping. Turning the
volume control to the right increases the volume and to
the left decreases it.
When the audio system is turned on, the sound will be
set at the same volume level as last played.
For your convenience, the volume can be turned down,
but not up, when the audio system is off and the ignition
is ON.
Mode Button (Radio Mode)
Press the mode button repeatedly to select between the
CD player, Satellite Radio, or Vehicle Entertainment
System (VES) (if equipped).
SEEK Button (Radio Mode)
Press and release the SEEK button to search for the next
listenable station in either AM/FM or Satellite (if
equipped) mode. Press the right side of the button to seek
up and the left side to seek down. The radio will remain
tuned to the new station until you make another selection. Holding the button will bypass stations without
stopping until you release it.
MUTE Button (Radio Mode)
Press the MUTE button to cancel the sound from the
speakers. ⬙MUTE⬙ will be displayed. Press the MUTE
button a second time and the sound from the speakers
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will return. Rotating the volume control, turning the
radio ON/OFF, or turning OFF the ignition will also
return the sound from the speakers
Time Button
Press the time button and the time of day will be
displayed for 5 seconds.
NOTE: In Hands Free Phone (if equipped) mode, the
MUTE button mutes the microphone.
Clock Setting Procedure
SCAN Button (Radio Mode)
Pressing the SCAN button causes the tuner to search for
the next listenable station, in either AM, FM or Satellite (if
equipped) frequencies, pausing for 5 seconds at each
listenable station before continuing to the next. To stop
the search, press SCAN a second time.
MSG or INFO Button (Radio Mode)
Press the MSG or INFO button for an RBDS station (one
with call letters displayed). The radio will return a Radio
Text message broadcast from an FM station (FM mode
only).
1. Press and hold the time button until the hours blink.
2. Adjust the hours by turning the right side Tune /
Audio control.
3. After the hours are adjusted, press the right side Tune
/ Audio control to set the minutes. The minutes will
begin to blink.
4. Adjust the minutes using the right side Tune / Audio
control.
5. To exit, press any button/knob or wait 5 seconds.
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RW/FF (Radio Mode)
Pressing the rewind/fast forward button causes the tuner
to search for the next frequency in the direction of the
arrows. This feature operates in either AM, FM or Satellite (if equipped) frequencies.
TUNE Control (Radio Mode)
Turn the right side rotary control clockwise to increase or
counter-clockwise to decrease the frequency.
AM/FM Button (Radio Mode)
Press the button to select AM or FM Modes.
Setting the Tone, Balance, and Fade
Press the rotary TUNE control and BASS will display.
Turn the TUNE control to the right or left to increase or
decrease the Bass tones.
Press the rotary TUNE control a second time and MID
will display. Turn the TUNE control to the right or left to
increase or decrease the Mid Range tones.
Press the rotary TUNE control a third time and TREBLE
will display. Turn the TUNE control to the right or left to
increase or decrease the Treble tones.
Press the rotary TUNE control a fourth time and BALANCE will display. Turn the TUNE control to the right or
left to adjust the sound level from the right or left side
speakers.
Press the rotary TUNE control a fifth time and FADE will
display. Turn the TUNE control to the left or right to
adjust the sound level between the front and rear speakers.
Press the rotary TUNE control again to exit setting tone,
balance and fade.
RND/PTY Button (Radio Mode)
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 or
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turning the TUNE rotary knob 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
No program type or undefined
Adult Hits
Alert Alert
Classical
Classic Rock
College
Country
Emergency Test
Foreign Language
Information
16 Digit-Character
Display
None
Adult_Hits
Alert Alert
Classical
Classic_Rock
College
Country
Emergency Test
Foreign_Language
Information
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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
Jazz
News
Nostalgia
Oldies
Personality
Public
Rhythm_and_Blues
Religious_Music
Religious_Talk
Rock
Soft
Soft_Rock
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.
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.
SET/DIR Button (Radio Mode) — To Set the
Push-Button Memory
When you are receiving a station that you wish to
commit to push-button memory, press the SET/DIR
button. The symbol SET 1 will now show in the display
window. Select the button (1-6) you wish to lock onto this
station and press and release that button. If a button is
not selected within 5 seconds after pressing the SET/DIR
button, the station will continue to play but will not be
stored into push-button memory.
You may add a second station to each push-button by
repeating the above procedure with this exception: Press
the SET/DIR 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,12
FM and 12 Satellite (if equipped) stations to be stored into
push-button memory. The stations stored in SET 2
memory can be selected by pressing the push-button
twice.
Every time a preset button is used a corresponding
button number will be displayed.
Buttons 1 - 6 (Radio Mode)
These buttons tune the Radio to the stations that you
commit to push-button memory {12AM, 12 FM, and 12
Satellite (if equipped) stations}.
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Operation Instructions - (CD MODE for CD Audio
Play)
CAUTION!
NOTE: The ignition switch must be in the ON or ACC
position to operate the radio.
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.
NOTE: Note: This Radio is capable of playing compact
discs (CD), recordable compact discs (CD-R), rewritable
compact discs (CD-RW) compact discs with MP3 tracks
and multisession compact discs with CD and MP3 tracks.
Inserting Compact Disc(s)
Gently insert one CD into the CD player with the CD
label facing up. The CD will automatically be pulled into
the CD Player and the CD icon will illuminate on the
radio display.
You may eject a disc with the radio OFF.
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.
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SEEK Button (CD MODE for CD Audio Play)
Press the right side of the SEEK button for the next
selection on the CD. Press the left side 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 10 seconds of the current selection.
MUTE Button (CD MODE for CD Audio Play)
Press the MUTE button to cancel the sound from the
speakers. ⬙MUTE⬙ will be displayed. Press the MUTE
button a second time and the sound from the speakers
will return. Rotating the volume control, turning the
radio ON/OFF, or turning OFF the ignition will also
return the sound from the speakers.
SCAN Button (CD MODE for CD Audio Play)
Press the Scan button to scan through each track on the
CD currently playing.
LOAD/EJECT Button (CD Mode for CD Audio
Play)
LOAD/ EJECT - Load
Press the LOAD/ EJECT button and the pushbutton with the corresponding number where
the CD is being loaded. The radio will display
PLEASE WAIT and prompt when to INSERT
DISC. After the radio displays ⬙LOAD DISC⬙ insert the
CD into the player.
Radio display will show ⬙LOADING DISC⬙ when the disc
is loading, and “READING DISC” when the radio is
reading the disc.
LOAD / EJT - Eject
Press the LOAD/ EJT button and the pushbutton with the corresponding number where
the CD was loaded and the disc will unload
and move to the entrance for easy removal.
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Radio display will show ⬙EJECTING DISC⬙ when the disc
is being ejected and prompt the user to remove the disc.
Press and hold the LOAD/ EJT button for 5 seconds and
all CDs will be ejected from the radio.
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 after a 2 minute timeout.
If the CD is removed and there are no other CD’s in the
radio, the radio will remain in CD mode and display
⬙INSERT DISC” for 10 seconds. If no discs are inserted
within 10 seconds “NO DISCS LOADED” will be displayed.
TIME Button (CD MODE for CD Audio Play)
Press this button to change the display from a large CD
playing time display to a small CD playing time display.
RW/FF (CD MODE for CD Audio Play)
Press and hold FF (Fast Forward) and the CD player will
begin to fast forward until FF is released or RW or
another CD button is pressed. The RW (Reverse) button
works in a similar manner.
TUNE Control (CD MODE for CD Audio Play)
Pressing the TUNE control allows the setting of the Tone,
Fade, and Balance. See Radio Mode.
AM/FM Button (CD MODE for CD Audio Play)
Switches the Radio to the Radio mode.
On some vehicles a disc can be ejected with the radio and
ignition OFF.
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RND/PTY Button (Random Play Button) (CD
MODE for CD Audio Play)
Press this button while the CD is playing to activate
Random Play. This feature plays the selections on the
compact disc in random order to provide an interesting
change of pace.
Press the SEEK button to move to the next randomly
selected track.
Press and hold the FF button to fast forward through the
tracks. Release the FF button to stop the fast forward
feature.
Press the RND button a second time to stop Random
Play.
Buttons 1 - 6 (CD MODE for CD Audio Play)
Selects disc positions 1 - 6 for Play/Load/Eject.
Notes On Playing MP3 Files
The radio can play MP3 files, however, acceptable MP3
file recording media and formats are limited. When
writing MP3 files, pay attention to the following restrictions.
Supported Media (Disc Types)
The MP3 file recording media supported by the radio are
CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW.
Supported Medium Formats (File Systems)
The medium formats supported by the radio are ISO 9660
Level 1 and Level 2 and includes the Joliet extension.
When reading discs recorded using formats other than
ISO 9660 Level 1 and Level 2, the radio may fail to read
files properly and may be unable to play the file normally. UDF and Apple HFS formats are not supported.
The radio uses the following limits for file systems:
• Maximum number of directory levels: 15
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• Maximum number of files: 255
• Maximum number of folders: 100
• Maximum number of characters in file/folder names:
• Level 1: 12 (including a separator ⬙.⬙ and a
3-character extension)
• Level 2: 31 (including a separator ⬙.⬙ and a
3-character extension)
Multisession disc formats are supported by the radio.
Multisession discs may contain combinations of normal
CD audio tracks and computer files (including MP3 files).
Discs created with an option such as ⬙keep disc open after
writing⬙ are most likely multisession discs. The use of
multisession for CD audio or MP3 playback may result in
longer disc loading times.
Supported MP3 File Formats
The radio will recognize only files with the *.mp3 extension as MP3 files. Non-MP3 files named with the *.mp3
extension may cause playback problems. The radio is
designed to recognize the file as an invalid MP3 and will
not play the file.
When using the MP3 encoder to compress audio data to
an MP3 file, the bit rate and sampling frequencies in the
following table are supported. In addition, variable bit
rates (VBR) are also supported. The majority of MP3 files
use a 44.1 kHz sampling rate and a 192, 160, 128, 96 or
VBR bit rates.
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MPEG Specification
MPEG-1 Audio
Layer 3
MPEG-2 Audio
Layer 3
Sampling Frequency (kHz)
48, 44.1, 32
24, 22.05, 16
Bit rate (kbps)
320, 256, 224,
192, 160, 128,
112, 96, 80, 64,
56, 48, 40, 32
160, 128, 144,
112, 96, 80, 64,
56, 48, 40, 32, 24,
16, 8
ID3 Tag information for artist, song title and album title
are supported for version 1 ID3 tags. ID3 version 2 is not
supported by the radios.
Playlist files are not supported. MP3 Pro files are not
supported.
Playback of MP3 Files
When a medium containing MP3 data is loaded, the
radio checks all files on the medium. If the medium
contains a lot of folders or files, the radio will take more
time to start playing the MP3 files.
Loading times for playback of MP3 files may be affected
by the following:
• Media - CD-RW media may take longer to load than
CD-R media
• Medium formats - Multisession discs may take longer
to load than non-multisession discs
• Number of files and folders - Loading times will
increase with more files and folders
To increase the speed of disc loading, it is recommended
to use CD-R media and single-session discs. To create a
single-session disc, enable the Disc at Once option before
writing to the disc.
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Operation Instructions - (CD Mode for MP3 Audio
Play)
SEEK Button (CD Mode for MP3 Play)
Pressing the right side of the SEEK button plays the next
MP3 File. Pressing the left side of the SEEK button plays
the beginning of the MP3 file. Pressing the button within
the first ten seconds plays the previous file.
LOAD/EJECT Button (CD Mode for MP3 Play)
LOAD/ EJECT - Load
Press the LOAD/ EJECT button and the pushbutton with the corresponding number where
the CD is being loaded. The radio will display
PLEASE WAIT and prompt when to INSERT
DISC. After the radio displays ⬙LOAD DISC⬙ insert the
CD into the player.
LOAD / EJECT - Eject
Press the LOAD/ EJECT button and the pushbutton 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 DISC⬙ when the disc
is being ejected and prompt the user to remove the disc.
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 after a 2 minute timeout.
If the CD is removed and there are no other CD’s in the
radio, the radio will remain in CD mode and display
⬙INSERT DISC” for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes the radio
will go to the previous tuner mode.
Radio display will show ⬙LOADING DISC⬙ when the disc
is loading.
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MSG or INFO Button (CD Mode for MP3 Play)
Press and MSG or INFO button while playing MP3 disc.
The radio scrolls through the following TAG information:
Song Title, Artist, File Name, and Folder Name (if available).
Press the MSG or INFO button once more to return to
⬙elapsed time⬙ priority mode.
Press and hold the MSG or INFO button while in the
message display priority mode or elapsed time display
priority mode will display the song title for each file.
RW/FF (CD Mode for MP3 Play)
Press the FF side of the button to move forward through
the MP3 selection.
AM/FM Button (CD Mode for MP3 Play)
Switches back to Radio mode.
RND/ PTY Button (CD Mode for MP3 Play)
Pressing this button plays files randomly.
SET/DIR Button (CD Mode for MP3 Play)
Press the SET/DIR Button to display folders, when
playing an MP3 discs that have a file/folder structure.
Turn the TUNE control to display available folders or
move through available folders. Press the TUNE control
to select a folder.
Buttons 1 - 6 (CD Mode for MP3 Play)
Selects disc positions 1 - 6 for Play/Load/Eject.
TUNE Control (CD Mode for MP3 Play)
Pressing the TUNE Control allows the adjustment of
Tone, Balance, and Fade.
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Operating Instructions - Hands Free Phone (If
Equipped)
Refer to Hands Free Phone in Section 3 of the Owner’s
Manual.
SALES CODE REC — AM/FM/CD (6–DISC) RADIO
WITH NAVIGATION SYSTEM
Operating Instructions - Satellite Radio Mode (If
Equipped)
Refer to the Satellite Radio section of the Owner’s
Manual.
Operating Instructions - Video Entertainment
System (VES威) (If Equipped)
Refer to separate Video Entertainment System (VES威)
Guide.
REC Radio
Satellite Navigation Radio with CD Player with MP3
Capability (REC) - combines a Global-Positioning
System-based navigation system with an integrated color
screen to provide maps, turn identification, selection
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menus and instructions for selecting a variety of destinations and routes, AM/FM stereo radio and six-disc CD
changer with MP3 capability.
Mapping information for navigation is supplied on a
DVD that is loaded into the unit. One map DVD covers
all of North America. Refer to your “Navigation User’s
Manual” for detailed operating instructions.
Operating Instructions — Satellite Radio (If
Equipped)
Refer to your “Navigation User’s Manual” for detailed
operating instructions.
Clock Setting Procedure
Refer to “Setting the Clock” under ”System Settings” in
your Navigation User’s Manual for details about setting
the clock.
VIDEO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM (SALES CODE
XRV) — IF EQUIPPED
The optional VES™ (Video Entertainment System) consists of a DVD player and LCD (liquid crystal display)
screen, a battery-powered remote control, and two headsets. The system is located in the headliner behind the
front row seat. Refer to your VES™ User’s Manual for
detailed operating instructions.
SATELLITE RADIO — IF EQUIPPED
Satellite radio uses direct satellite to receiver broadcasting technology to provide clear digital sound, coast to
coast. The subscription service provider is Sirius™ Satellite Radio. This service offers over 100 channels of music,
sports, news, entertainment, and programming for children, directly from its satellites and broadcasting studios.
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System Activation
NOTE: Your vehicle’s radio must be on and in satellite
mode when the activation process takes place.
To activate your Sirius Satellite Radio service, call the
toll-free number 888-539-7474, or visit the Sirius web site
at www.sirius.com. Please have the following information available when activating your system:
1. The Electronic Serial Number/Sirius Identification
Number (ESN/SID).
2. Credit card information.
3. Your Vehicle Identification Number.
Electronic Serial Number/Sirius Identification
Number (ESN/SID)
The Electronic Serial Number/Sirius Identification Number is needed to activate your Sirius Satellite Radio
system. To access the ESN/SID, refer to the following
steps:
ESN/SID Access With REF Radios
With the ignition switch in the ACCESSORY position and
the radio OFF, press the CD Eject and Time buttons
simultaneously for 3 seconds. The first four digits of the
twelve-digit ESN/SID number will be displayed. Press
the SEEK UP button to display the next four digits.
Continue to press the SEEK UP button until all twelve
ESN/SID digits have been displayed. The SEEK DOWN
will page down until the first four digits are displayed.
The radio will exit the ESN/SID mode when any other
button is pushed, the ignition is turned OFF, or 5 minutes
has passed since any button was pushed.
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ESN/SID Access With RAQ and RAK Radios
With the ignition switch in the ACCESSORY position and
the radio OFF, press the CD Eject and TIME buttons
simultaneously for 3 seconds. All twelve ESN/SID numbers will be displayed. The radio will exit the ESN/SID
mode when any other button is pushed, the ignition is
turned OFF, or 5 minutes has passed since any button
was pushed.
Selecting Satellite Mode in REF, RAQ, and RAK
Radios
ESN/SID Access With REC Navigation Radios
Please refer to your Navigation User’s Manual.
Selecting Satellite Mode — RAQ and RAK Radio
Press the MODE button repeatedly until the word ⬙SAT⬙
appears in the display.
With the ignition in the ACCESSORY position and the
radio off, press the CD Eject and Set buttons simultaneously until the 12 digits of the ESN/SID appear on the
screen.
Selecting Satellite Mode — REF Radio
Press the MODE button repeatedly until the word ⬙SAT⬙
appears in the display.
A CD may remain in the radio while in the Satellite radio
mode.
These radios will also display the current station name
and program type. For more information such as song
title and artist press the MSG or INFO button.
A CD or tape may remain in the radio while in the
Satellite radio mode.
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Selecting a Channel
Press and release the SEEK or TUNE knob to search for
the next channel. Press the top of the button to search up
and the bottom of the button to search down. Holding the
TUNE button causes the radio to bypass channels until
the button is released.
Storing and Selecting Pre-Set Channels
In addition to the 12 AM and 12 FM pre-set stations, you
may also commit 12 satellite stations to push button
memory. These satellite channel pre-set stations will not
erase any AM or FM pre-set memory stations. Follow the
memory pre-set procedures that apply to your radio.
Press and release the SCAN button (if equipped) to
automatically change channels every 7 seconds. The
radio will pause on each channel for 7 seconds before
moving on to the next channel. The word ⬙SCAN⬙ will
appear in the display between each channel change. Press
the SCAN button a second time to stop the search.
Using the PTY (Program Type) Button (if
equipped)
Follow the PTY button instructions that apply to your
radio.
NOTE: Channels that may contain objectionable content
can be blocked. Contact Sirius Customer Care at 888-5397474 to discuss options for channel blocking or unblocking. Please have your ESN/SID information available.
PTY Button ⴖSCANⴖ
When the desired program type is obtained, press the
⬙SCAN⬙ button within five seconds. The radio will play 7
seconds of the selected channel before moving to the next
channel of the selected program type. Press the ⬙SCAN⬙
button a second time to stop the search.
NOTE: Pressing the ⬙SEEK⬙ or ⬙SCAN⬙ button while
performing a music type scan will change the channel by
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one and stop the search. Pressing a pre-set memory
button during a music type scan, will call up the memory
channel and stop the search.
Reception Quality
Satellite reception may be interrupted due to one of the
following reasons.
PTY Button ⴖSEEKⴖ
When the desired program is obtained, press the ⬙SEEK⬙
button within five seconds. The channel will change to
the next channel that matches the program type selected.
• The vehicle is parked in an underground parking
structure or under a physical obstacle.
Satellite Antenna
To ensure optimum reception, do not place items on the
roof around the rooftop antenna location. Metal objects
placed within the line of sight of the antenna will cause
decreased performance. Larger luggage items should be
placed as far forward as possible. Do not place items
directly on or above the antenna.
• Driving under wide bridges or along tall buildings can
cause intermittent reception.
• Dense tree coverage may interrupt reception in the
form of short audio mutes.
• Placing objects over or too close to the antenna can
cause signal blockage.
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REMOTE SOUND SYSTEM CONTROLS — IF
EQUIPPED
The remote sound system controls are located on the rear
surface of the steering wheel. Reach behind the wheel to
access the switches.
The right hand control is a rocker type switch with a push
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 button located in the center of the right hand control
will switch modes to Radio or CD.
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.
The following describes the left hand control operation in
each mode.
Radio Operation
Pressing the top of the switch will SEEK up for the next
listenable station and pressing the bottom of the switch
will SEEK down for the next listenable station.
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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.
COMPACT DISC MAINTENANCE
To keep the compact discs in good condition, take the
following precautions:
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.
1. Handle the disc by its edge; avoid touching the
surface.
If you press the switch up or down twice it plays the
second track, three times, it will play the third, etc.
The button in the center of the left hand switch changes
CD’s on the 6–Disc in-dash CD changer radio. This
button does not function for all other radios.
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 benzine, 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.
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NOTE: If you experience difficulty in playing a particular disc, it may be damaged (i.e. scratched, reflective
coating removed, a hair, moisture or dew on the disc)
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 cellular phone being On 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.
CLIMATE CONTROLS
Manual Control
The Air Conditioning and Heating System is designed to
make you comfortable in all types of weather. The
following describes its operation:
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Air Conditioning Operation
To turn the air conditioning On or Off perform the
following steps:
• Position the mode control button to the desired airflow
setting.
engine speed or power may be noticed when the compressor cycles. This is a normal occurrence since the
compressor will cycle on and off to maintain comfort and
improve fuel economy.
Front Blower Control
• Set the front blower control to any desired speed.
• Press the Snowflake (A/C) button which is located to
the right of the temperature control slide. An indicator
light on the Snowflake (A/C) button shows that the air
conditioning is On.
• Press the Snowflake (A/C) button a second time to
turn the air conditioning Off.
NOTE: The compressor will not engage until the engine
has been running for several seconds. Slight changes in
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The Front Blower controls the
amount of air delivered to the
passenger
compartment.
There are four blower speeds.
The fan speed increases as
you turn the control clockwise. When the front blower
control is turned to OFF, the
blower will be turned off and
the system will be positioned
in recirculation mode.
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Front 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.
Recirculation Mode (Panel or Bi-Level)
Select either the Panel or Bi-Level
mode positions when the outside air
contains smoke, odors, high humidity,
or if rapid cooling of the interior is
desired. This feature allows for recirculation of interior air only, when either of these positions are selected. Air
flows through the panel outlets or panel and floor outlets
in these modes.
Panel
Outside air flows through the outlets located in the
instrument panel. These outlets can be adjusted to
direct the airflow.
Bi-Level
Air flows through the outlets located in the instrument panel and those located on the floor.
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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.
Defrost
Outside air is primarily directed to the windshield
through the defroster outlet located at the base of
the windshield and side window demist outlets.
Heat (Floor)
Outside air flows primarily through the floor outlets located under the instrument panel. A small
amount of air is directed through the defrost and side
window demister 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.
Mix
Outside air flows in equal proportions through the
floor and defroster outlet.
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Temperature Control
The temperature of the air is controlled by a slide located
on the top center of the control panel. Move the slide left
or right to change the temperature. The blue area of the
scale indicates cooler temperatures while the red area
indicates warmer temperatures.
Rear Temperature Control — If Equipped
Rotating this knob left to the
“REAR CONTROL” position
allows the passengers in the
second and third row seats to
control the blower speed and
temperature by means of the
rear control located in the rear
of the center floor console as
described under “Rear Zone
Control.” Rotating this knob
to the “OFF” position, turns off the rear climate controls.
Rotating this knob to the right of the “OFF” position
allows the Driver and front passenger to control the rear
blower speed, and the rear temperature using the front
temperature slide. The mode, front or rear, is always
controlled by the front mode control. For example: Panel
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mode on the front control will give you air from the
outlets in the headliner in the rear. Floor mode in the
front will give you floor in the rear.
Rear Window Defrosting and Rear Window
Washer/Wiper
See the “Rear Window Features” section of this book.
Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) — If
Equipped
The control can be turned on by pressing the POWER
button. When the control is turned on, it will be in the last
mode prior to being turned off. Pressing the POWER
button again will turn off the control. The control can also
be turned on by pressing any button and it will display
the corresponding operating mode for that button.
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Automatic Control
The ATC system can maintain a steady comfort level in
various weather conditions with a simple operation:
• Select your desired temperature setting by pressing
the + or – side of the TEMP rocker switch.
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The ATC system uses an infrared sensor located in the
overhead console to measure the temperature of the
driver. Based on the sensor input, the system will automatically control comfort by varying the temperature, fan
speed, and mode. This maintains a comfortable temperature, even under changing conditions. It is important that
the infrared sensor is kept clean and that objects are not
blocking the sensor. It is also important that objects are
not used that may scratch or damage it in any way.
Level Of Automatic Control
72°F (22°C) is the recommended setting for maximum
comfort for the average person, however, this may vary.
NOTE: The temperature setting can be adjusted at any
time without affecting automatic control operation. It is
not necessary to move the temperature setting for cold or
hot vehicles. The system automatically adjusts the temperature, mode and fan speed to provide comfort as
quickly as possible.
NOTE: In cold weather, the fan will not turn on in
AUTO mode until the engine coolant has warmed up
sufficiently. This is indicated by the WARM UP DELAY
message on the display.
NOTE: The temperature can be displayed in U.S. or
Metric by selecting the US/M customer programmable
feature. Refer to the ⬙Overhead Console-Customer Programmable Features.⬙ The mode will also be shown in the
display and will change as required during automatic
operation.
NOTE: The system can be put into recirculate mode
without affecting ATC operation. This will prevent outside air from entering the vehicle. Use this mode to
temporarily block out any outside odors, smoke, or dust.
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Manual Control (ATC)
You also may choose to customize your comfort by
selecting the fan speed and mode manually. Pressing the
fan speed button or any mode button places the system
into manual operation.
While in manual operation there are six fan speeds
available and the choice of any mode. The airflow
temperature is adjusted automatically to maintain the
desired comfort level. You can adjust the temperature by
pressing the + or – TEMP rocker switch.
FAN Control
Use this button to regulate the amount of air delivered through the system in any mode you select.
Press the + or – side of the button to increase or decrease
fan speed.
Air Conditioning Operation
Press this button to turn on the air conditioning
compressor. A snow flake symbol in the display
shows that the compressor is on. Compressor operation is
automatic when you press the AUTO button and no
snowflake is shown.
The compressor may operate at any temperature above
32°F (0°C).
NOTE: The compressor will not engage until the engine
has been running for several seconds. Slight changes in
engine speed or power may be noticed when the compressor cycles. This is a normal occurrence since the
compressor will cycle on and off to maintain comfort and
improve fuel economy.
Recirculate Button
Press this button to recirculate the air inside the
vehicle. Outside air is prevented from entering
the vehicle. Use this mode to temporarily block
out any outside odors, smoke, dust or when
rapid cooling of the interior is required.
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Manual control of Recirculation is possible only in Panel,
Floor, and Bi-Level modes. It will not operate in Mix, or
Defrost modes. The recirculation symbol will flash three
times indicating recirculation is not available in these
modes.
NOTE: If the interior of the windows begin to fog, press
the recirculate button to return to outside air. Some
conditions will cause captured interior air to fog windows when in recirculate mode.
Panel
Outside air flows through the outlets located in the
instrument panel. These outlets can be adjusted to
direct the airflow.
Floor (Heat)
Outside air flows primarily through the floor outlets located under the instrument panel. A small
amount of air is directed through the defrost and side
window demister outlets.
Mix
Outside air flows in equal proportions through the
floor and defroster outlets.
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.
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
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the A/C snowflake button has not been pressed. This
dehumidifies the air to help dry the windshield.
Rear Temperature Control (ATC)
The “REAR” button cycles through the following modes:
the rear control located in the rear of the center floor
console as described under the ⬙Rear Zone Climate
Control.⬙
NOTE: The display will show “CONTROL IN REAR.”
Rear Control from Front
This allows the driver or passenger to control the rear
blower speeds using the FAN +/– rocker switch and the
rear temperature using the TEMP +/– rocker switch.
While in this mode, pressing the POWER button will turn
the rear system off. Pressing the POWER, TEMP or FAN
buttons will turn the rear system back on.
REAR OFF
This turns the rear system off. The control will return to
the front system display after approximately 5 seconds if
no buttons are pushed while in one of the rear system
displays. You may also return to the front system display
sooner by pushing any button except the POWER, REAR,
TEMP or FAN buttons.
NOTE: The display will show a “REAR” fan speed
graph and a “REAR” temperature graph.
NOTE: The display will show “REAR OFF.”
CONTROL IN REAR
This allows the passengers in the second row seats to
control the blower speed and temperature by means of
Rear Window Defrosting and Rear Window
Washer/Wiper
See the “Rear Window Features” section of this book.
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Rear Zone Climate Control — If Equipped
Headliner air comes from the outlets in the headliner.
Each of these outlets can be individually adjusted to
direct the flow of air. Moving the air vane knobs on the
outlets to one side will shut off the airflow.
The rear compartment control uses two rotary knobs: one
for the temperature control and the other for the fan
speed control. The mode for the rear air conditioning and
heating system is always controlled by the front control
unit. Fan and temperature can be controlled from the
front control unit or the rear control unit.
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Rear Rotary Blower Control
The second row seat occupants have control of the rear
blower speed, only when the front control unit is in the
“REAR CONTROL” position or CONTROL IN REAR⬙
for ATC.⬙
NOTE: For best operation, make sure that ventilation
grilles located in the rear storage area are not obstructed
by stowed articles.
The rear blower switch has an “Off” position and a range
of blower speeds. Rotating the rear blower control clockwise will increase the blower speed.
Rear Rotary Temperature Control
The second row seat occupants have control of the rear
temperature control, only when the front control unit is
in the “REAR CONTROL” position.
To change the temperature in the rear of the vehicle,
rotate the temperature control knob to the right or left.
The blue area indicates cooler temperatures while the red
area indicates warmer temperatures.
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Front Unit to Rear Unit Chart
If the Front Control is
selected
Panel
Bi-Level
• Between Bi-Level Floor
Floor
Mix
Defrost
Rear Airflow will come
from
Headliner
Headliner
Bi-Level
Floor
Floor
Floor
Operating Tips
Fast Cooldown
For a fast cooldown, set the blower fan to the highest
setting, set 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 set the mode selector to the Recirculation
panel or Recirculation Bi-level position. When a comfortable condition has been reached, choose a mode position
and adjust the temperature control 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
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and blower speed to maintain comfort. 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.
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.
When stopped in heavy traffic, it may be necessary to
shift into NEUTRAL and press the accelerator slightly for
fast idle operation.
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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REAR WINDOW FEATURES
Rear Window Wiper/Washer
4
A rotating switch located on the climate control
panel turns the rear wiper On or Off. Pressing the
rotating switch inward activates the rear window
washer. Rotating the switch will enable one of five
intermittent delay times for the rear wiper. The delay
times range from 20 to 1 second.
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If the rear wiper is operating when the ignition is turned
off, the wiper will automatically return to the “Park”
position. When the vehicle is restarted, the wiper will
resume operation.
Rear Window Defrosting
A push-button type switch is located in the climate
control panel. Press the switch and the rear window defroster and electric remote control heated mirrors
(if equipped) will turn On. An amber indicator on the
push-button will light when the defroster is turned On.
An symbol will be displayed when the defroster is turned
on with an ATC control. Push again to turn Off prior to
time-out. The defroster will automatically turn Off after
fifteen minutes. For ten more minutes of operation, push
the button again. To prevent excessive battery drain, use
the defroster only when the engine is operating.
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CAUTION!
Use care when washing the inside of the rear window to prevent damage to heating elements. Use a
soft cloth and a mild washing solution, wiping
parallel to the heating elements. Also, keep all
objects a safe distance from the window to prevent
damaging the heating elements.
STARTING AND OPERATING
CONTENTS
䡵 Starting Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
▫ Shifting Procedure - NV 144 Transfer Case . . . 252
▫ Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
▫ NV 244 Generation II Transfer Case Operating
Information / Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253
▫ Normal Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
▫ Shifting Procedure - NV 244 Generation II
Transfer Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 256
▫ Engine Block Heater — If Equipped . . . . . . . . 244
䡵 Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
▫ Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
䡵 Four-Wheel Drive Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
▫ NV 144 Transfer Case Operating
Information/Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
䡵 Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
䡵 Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
▫ Four-Wheel Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) . . . 260
䡵 Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262
䡵 Rocking The Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
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䡵 Tire Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
▫ Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
▫ Tire Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
▫ Alignment And Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
▫ Tire Identification Number (TIN) . . . . . . . . . . 268
䡵 Supplemental Tire Pressure Information – If
Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
▫ Tire Loading And Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . 269
䡵 Tires—General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
▫ Tire Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
▫ Tire Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274
▫ Radial-Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
䡵 Tire Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
䡵 Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
䡵 Tire Rotation Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
䡵 Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
▫ Compact Spare Tire — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . 277
▫ Limited Use Spare — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . 278
▫ Tire Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
▫ Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
▫ Life Of Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
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▫ Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
▫ Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
▫ MMT In Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287
▫ Materials Added To Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287
▫ Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287
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▫ Fuel System Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 289
▫ Trailer And Tongue Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
▫ Carbon Monoxide Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290
▫ Towing Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300
䡵 Catalytic Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291
▫ Towing Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305
䡵 Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
▫ Trailer Towing Mirrors — If Equipped . . . . . . 307
▫ Certification Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
䡵 Snowplow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
▫ Curb Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294
▫ Dodge Durango Models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
▫ Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 294
䡵 Recreational Towing (Behind Motorhome, Etc.) . . 308
䡵 Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296
▫ Recreational Towing 2WD Models . . . . . . . . . 308
▫ Common Towing Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296
▫ Recreational Towing 4WD Models . . . . . . . . . 308
▫ Trailer Hitch Classification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 298
䡵 Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312
▫ Trailer Towing Weights (Maximum Trailer
Weight Ratings) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
䡵 Equipment Identification Plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313
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STARTING PROCEDURES
Automatic Transmission
Start the engine with the selector lever in NEUTRAL or
PARK position. Apply the brake before shifting to any
driving range.
WARNING!
Do not attempt to push or tow your vehicle to get it
started. Vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission cannot be started this way. Unburned fuel
could enter the catalytic converter and once the
engine has started, ignite and damage the converter
and vehicle. 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.
See section 6 of this manual for the proper jump
starting procedures and follow them carefully.
Normal Starting
Normal Starting of either a warm or cold engine is
obtained without pumping or depressing the accelerator
pedal.
Tip Start Feature
Your vehicle has a “Tip Start” starting system. With “Tip
Start” the driver does not need to hold the key in the
’Start’ position until the vehicle starts, but can release the
key (still in the ignition) and the vehicle will continue
through the start cycle.
• Turn the ignition key to the START position, until the
start motor engages.
• Release the key (still in the ignition) and the starter
will continue through the start cycle until the vehicle
starts or for 5 seconds (whichever comes first).
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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.
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.
WARNING!
Never pour fuel or other flammable liquid into the
throttle body air inlet opening in an attempt to start
the vehicle. This could result in flash fire causing
serious personal injury.
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.
After Starting
The idle speed is automatically controlled on fuel injected
engines and will decrease as the engine warms up.
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CAUTION!
Long periods of engine idling can cause excessive
exhaust temperatures which can damage your vehicle. Do not leave your vehicle unattended with the
engine running.
WARNING!
Do not leave children or animals inside parked
vehicles in hot weather. Interior heat build up may
cause serious injury or death.
Engine Block Heater — If Equipped
The engine block heater warms engine coolant and
permits quicker starts in cold weather. Connect the cord
to a standard 110-115 volt AC electrical outlet with a
grounded, three wire extension cord.
The 3.7L/4.7L engine block heater cord is located at the
front of the engine compartment near the radiator cap.
The 5.7L engine block heater cord is located on the left
side of the engine compartment and rearward of the
power distribution center.
WARNING!
Remember to disconnect the cord before driving.
Damage to the 110-115 volt electrical cord could
cause electrocution.
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AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
Automatic Transmission
The electronic PRNDL on the instrument cluster indicates
the transmission gear selected. The selector lever is
mounted on the right side of the steering column. To
drive, move the selector lever from Park or Neutral to the
desired drive position. Pull selector lever toward you
when shifting into Reverse, Second, First or Park, or
when shifting out of Park.
“P” Park
Supplements parking brake by locking the transmission.
Engine can be started in this range. Never use Park while
vehicle is in motion. Apply parking brake when leaving
vehicle in this range. Always apply parking brake first,
then place selector in Park position.
Brake/Transmission Interlock System
This system prevents you from moving the gear shift out
of Park and into any gear unless the brake pedal is
pressed. This system is active only while the ignition
switch is in the ON position. Always depress the brake
pedal first, before moving the gear selector out of PARK.
Gear Ranges
DO NOT race the engine when shifting from Park or
Neutral position into another gear range.
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WARNING!
Your vehicle could move and injure you and others if
it is not completely in P (Park). Check by trying to
move the gearshift lever back and forth without first
pulling the lever toward you, after you have set it in
P (Park). Make sure it is in Park before leaving the
vehicle.
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WARNING!
Never use Park position on an automatic transmission as a substitute for the parking brake. Always
apply parking brake fully when parked to guard
against vehicle movement and possible injury or
damage.
WARNING!
It is dangerous to shift the selector lever out of “P” or
“N” if the engine speed is higher than idle speed. If
your foot is not firmly on the brake pedal, the
vehicle could accelerate quickly forward or in reverse. You could lose control of the vehicle and hit
someone or something. Only shift into gear when
the engine is idling normally and when your right
foot is firmly on the brake pedal.
“R” Reverse
Use this range only after the vehicle has come to a
complete stop.
“N” Neutral
Shift to Neutral when vehicle is standing for prolonged
periods with engine running. Engine may be started in
this range. Set the parking brake if you must leave the
vehicle.
NOTE: Towing the vehicle (except as specified under
Towing A Disabled Vehicle), coasting, or otherwise driving the vehicle while in N (Neutral) can cause severe
transmission damage
“D” Drive
For most city and highway driving.
“2” Second
For driving slowly in heavy city traffic or on mountain
roads where more precise speed control is desirable. Use
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it also when climbing long grades, and for engine braking when descending moderately steep grades. To prevent excessive engine speed do not exceed 45 miles per
hour (72 km/h) in this range.
• the engine coolant has reached normal operating temperature;
“1” First
For driving up very steep hills and for engine braking at
low speeds 25 mph (40 km/h) or less when going down
hill. To prevent excessive engine speed do not exceed 25
mph (40 km/h) in this range.
• the “TOW/HAUL” switch has not been activated;
Overdrive Operation
The overdrive automatic transmission contains an electronically controlled fourth and fifth (if equipped) speed
(Overdrive). The transmission will automatically shift
from Drive to Overdrive if the following conditions are
present:
• vehicle speed is above approximately 30 mph (48
km/h);
• transmission has reached normal operating temperature.
NOTE: If the vehicle is started in extremely cold temperatures, the transmission may not shift into Overdrive
and will automatically select the most desirable gear for
operation at this temperature. Normal operation will
resume when the transmission fluid temperature has
risen to a suitable level. Refer also to the Note under
torque converter clutch, later in this section.
• the transmission selector is in Drive;
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If the transmission temperature gets extremely hot, the
transmission will automatically select the most desirable
gear for operation at this temperature. If the transmission
temperature becomes hot enough the TRANS TEMP light
may illuminate and the transmission may downshift out
of Overdrive until the transmission cools down. After
cooldown, the transmission will resume normal operation.
When To Use “TOW/HAUL” Mode
The transmission will downshift from Overdrive to Drive
if the accelerator pedal is fully depressed at vehicle
speeds above approximately 35 mph (56 km/h).
When driving in hilly areas, towing a trailer, carrying a
heavy load, etc., and frequent transmission shifting occurs, press the “TOW/HAUL” button. This will improve
performance and reduce the potential for transmission
overheating or failure due to excessive shifting. When
operating in “TOW/HAUL” mode, 5th gear (if
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equipped) is disabled and 2-3 and 3-4 shift patterns are
modified. Shifts into Overdrive (4th gear) are allowed
during steady cruise (for improved fuel economy) and
automatic closed-throttle downshifts to 3rd gear (for
improved braking) will occur during steady braking.
The “TOW/HAUL” light will illuminate in the instrument cluster to indicate when the switch has been
activated. Pressing the switch a second time restores
normal operation. If the “TOW/HAUL” mode is desired,
the button must be pressed each time the engine is
started.
Torque Converter Clutch
A feature designed to improve fuel economy is included
in all automatic transmissions. A clutch within the torque
converter engages automatically at a calibrated speed at
light throttle. It engages at higher speeds under heavier
acceleration. This may result in a slightly different feeling
or response during normal operation in high gear. When
the vehicle speed drops below a calibrated speed, or
during acceleration, the clutch automatically and
smoothly disengages. The feature is operational in Overdrive and in Drive.
NOTE: The torque converter clutch will not engage
until the transmission fluid and engine coolant are warm
[usually after 1-3 miles (1.6 - 4.8 km) of driving]. Because
the engine speed is higher when the torque converter
clutch is not engaged, it may seem as if the transmission
is not shifting into Overdrive when cold. This is normal.
Pressing the⬙TOW/HAUL⬙ button will demonstrate that
the transmission is able to shift into and out of Overdrive.
NOTE: If the vehicle has not been driven in several
days, the first few seconds of operation after shifting the
transmission into gear may seem sluggish. This is due to
the fluid partially draining from the torque converter into
the transmission. This condition is normal and will not
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cause damage to the transmission. The torque converter
will refill within five seconds of shifting from Park into
any other gear position.
FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE OPERATION
NV 144 Transfer Case Operating
Information/Precautions
The NV 144 is an electric shift transfer case and is
operated by the Four-Wheel-Drive (4WD) Control
Switch, which is located on the instrument panel.
The NV 144 transfer case provides 2 mode positions:
All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and 4-Wheel-Drive LOCK.
The NV 144 transfer case is designed to be driven in for
AWD for normal street and highway conditions (all road
surfaces roads).
When additional traction is required, the transfer case
4LOCK position can be used to lock the front and rear
driveshafts together and force the front and rear wheels
to rotate at the same speed. This is accomplished by
rotating the 4WD Control Switch to the 4LOCK position
- see Shifting Procedure section for specific shifting
instructions. The 4LOCK position is designed for loose,
slippery road surfaces only. Driving in the 4LOCK position on dry hard surfaced roads may cause increased tire
wear and damage to the driveline components.
Transfer Case Position Indicator Lights
Transfer case position indicator lights are located on the
instrument cluster, and indicate the current and desired
transfer case selection. If there are no indicator lights on
or flashing the transfer case position is All-Wheel Drive
(AWD).
The “SVC 4WD” warning light monitors the electric shift
4WD system. If this light remains on after engine start up
or illuminates during driving, it means that the 4WD
system is not functioning properly and that service is
required.
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WARNING!
Always engage the parking brake when powering
down the vehicle if the ⴖService 4WDⴖ light is
illuminated. Not engaging the parking brake may
allow the vehicle to roll which may cause personal
injury.
NOTE: Do not attempt to make a shift while only the
front or rear wheels are spinning. The NV 144 transfer case
is not equipped with a synchronizer and therefore the
front and rear driveshaft speeds must be equal for the shift
to take place. Shifting while only the front or rear wheels
are spinning can cause damage to the transfer case.
Proper operation of four-wheel-drive vehicles depends
on tires of equal size, type and circumference on each
wheel. Any difference in tire size can cause damage to the
transfer case.
Because four-wheel-drive provides improved traction,
there is a tendency to exceed safe turning and stopping
speeds. Do not go faster than road conditions permit.
For additional information on the appropriate use of each
transfer case mode position see the information below:
AWD
Normal All-Wheel-Drive High Range - Employs interaxle differential. Allows front and rear wheels to rotate at
different speeds. All road surfaces.
4LOCK
Four-Wheel-Drive LOCK - Locks the front and rear
driveshafts together. Forces the front and rear wheels to
rotate at the same speed. Additional traction for loose,
slippery road surfaces only.
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Shifting Procedure - NV 144 Transfer Case
NOTE: Delayed shifting out of 4LOCK may be experienced due to uneven tire wear, low tire pressure, or
excessive vehicle loading.
NOTE: If any of the requirements to select a new
transfer case position have not been met, the transfer case
will not shift. The indicator light will flash and the
current transfer case position will be maintained. To retry
a selection, turn the control knob back to the current
position, wait five (5) seconds, and retry the shift.
AWD to 4LOCK or 4LOCK to AWD
With the key ON and the engine either OFF or RUNNING, rotate the transfer case switch, located on the
instrument panel to the desired position.
NOTE: The 4x4 system will not allow shifts between
AWD/4LOCK if the rear wheels are spinning (no traction). In this situation the position indicator light will
continue to flash. At this time, reduce speed and stop
spinning the wheels to complete the shift. There may be
a delay up to 13 seconds for the shift to complete after the
wheels have stopped spinning.
NOTE: The ignition key must be ON for a shift to take
place and for the position indicator lights to be operable.
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If the key is not ON then the shift will not take place and
no position indicator lights will be on or flashing.
NV 244 Generation II Transfer Case Operating
Information / Precautions
The NV 244 Generation II is an electric shift transfer case
and is operated by the 4WD Control Switch, which is
located on the instrument panel.
The NV 244 Generation II transfer case provides 4 mode
positions - Normal all-wheel-drive high range, fourwheel-drive LOCK, four-wheel-drive low range, and
neutral.
This transfer case is equipped with an inter-axle differential that allows driving the vehicle in the normal
all-wheel-drive position (AWD) at all times on any given
road surface, including dry hard surfaced roads. The
AWD mode allows the front and rear wheels to rotate at
different speeds. This eliminates driveline binding and
component wear normally associated with driving the
vehicle in the 4LOCK position on dry hard surfaced
roads. This feature provides the safety, security, and
convenience of operating in all-wheel drive at all times
regardless of road conditions.
When additional traction is required, the 4LOCK and
4LO positions can be used to lock the front and rear
driveshafts together through the transfer case inter-axle
differential and force the front and rear wheels to rotate
at the same speed. This is accomplished by rotating the
4WD Control Switch to these positions. The 4LOCK and
4LO positions are intended for loose, slippery road
surfaces only. Driving in the 4LOCK and 4LO positions
on dry hard surfaced roads may cause increased tire wear
and damage to the driveline components.
The transfer case Neutral (N) position is selected by
depressing the recessed button located on the lower left
hand corner of the 4WD Control Switch.
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NOTE: The transfer case Neutral (N) position is to be
used for recreational towing only. See Recreational Towing section for specific procedures on shifting into and
out of Neutral (N).
Transfer Case Position Indicator Lights
Transfer case position indicator lights are located on the
instrument cluster. If there are no indicator lights on or
flashing the transfer case position is All-Wheel Drive
(AWD) and indicate the current and desired transfer case
selection (4HI ⇔ 4LOCK).
The “SVC 4WD” warning light monitors the electric shift
4WD system. If this light remains on after engine start up
or illuminates during driving, it means that the 4WD
system is not functioning properly and that service is
required.
WARNING!
Always engage the parking brake when powering
down the vehicle if the ⴖService 4WDⴖ light is
illuminated. Not engaging the parking brake may
allow the vehicle to roll which may cause personal
injury.
NOTE: Do not attempt to make a shift while only the
front or rear wheels are spinning. The NV 244 Generation
II transfer case is not equipped with a synchronizer and
therefore the front and rear driveshaft speeds must be
equal for the shift to take place. Shifting while only the
front or rear wheels are spinning can cause damage to the
transfer case.
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When operating your vehicle in 4LO, the engine speed is
approximately three times that of the AWD or 4LOCK
positions at a given road speed. Take care not to overspeed the engine and do not exceed 40 km/h (25 mph).
WARNING!
You or others could be injured if you leave the
vehicle unattended with the transfer case in the
Neutral (N) position without first fully engaging the
parking brake. The transfer case Neutral (N) position
disengages both the front and rear driveshafts from
the powertrain and will allow the vehicle to move
regardless of the transmission position. The parking
brake should always be applied when the driver is
not in the vehicle.
Proper operation of four-wheel-drive vehicles depends
on tires of equal size, type and circumference on each
wheel. Any difference in tire size can cause damage to the
transfer case.
Because four-wheel drive provides improved traction,
there is a tendency to exceed safe turning and stopping
speeds. Do not go faster than road conditions permit.
For additional information on the appropriate use of each
transfer case mode position see the information below:
AWD
Normal All-Wheel-Drive High Range - Employs interaxle differential. Allows front and rear wheels to rotate at
different speeds. All road surfaces.
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4LOCK
Four-Wheel-Drive LOCK - Locks the transfer case interaxle differential. Forces front and rear wheels to rotate at
the same speed. Additional traction for loose, slippery
road surfaces only.
Shifting Procedure - NV 244 Generation II
Transfer Case
4LO
Four-Wheel-Drive Low Range - Low speed 4 wheel
drive. Locks the transfer case inter-axle differential.
Forces the front and rear wheels to rotate at the same
speed. Additional traction and maximum pulling power
for loose, slippery road surfaces only. Do not exceed 25
mph (40 km/h).
N
Neutral - Disengages both the front and rear driveshafts
from the powertrain. To be used for flat towing behind
another vehicle. See Recreational Towing for more information.
NOTE: The 4x4 system will not allow shifts between
AWD/ 4LOCK if the rear wheels are spinning (no
traction). In this situation a position indicator light will
flash and the original position indicator light will remain
ON. At this time, reduce speed and stop spinning the
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wheels to complete the shift. There may be a delay up to
13 seconds for the shift to complete after the wheels have
stopped spinning.
NOTE: Delayed shifting out of the 4LOCK position may
be experienced due to uneven tire wear, low tire pressure,
or excessive loading.
NOTE: When shifting into or out of 4LO some gear
noise may be heard. This noise is normal and is not
detrimental to the vehicle or occupants.
Shifting can be performed with the vehicle rolling 2 to 3
mph (3 to 5 km/h) or completely stopped. USE EITHER
OF THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES:
Preferred Procedure
1. With the engine RUNNING, slow vehicle to 2 to 3
mph (3 to 5 km/h).
2. Shift the transmission into NEUTRAL.
3. While still rolling, rotate the transfer case control
switch to the desired position.
4. After the position indicator light has stopped flashing,
shift the transmission back into gear.
Alternate Procedure
1. Bring the vehicle to complete stop.
2. With the key ON and the engine either OFF or
RUNNING, shift the transmission into NEUTRAL.
3. Rotate the transfer case control switch to the desired
position.
4. After the position indicator light has stopped flashing,
shift the transmission back into gear.
NOTE: The ignition key must be ON for a shift to take
place and for the position indicator lights to be operable.
If the key is not ON then the shift will not take place and
no position indicator lights will be on or flashing.
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NOTE: If any of the requirements to select a new
transfer case position have not been met, the transfer case
will not shift. The indicator light will flash and the
current transfer case position will be maintained. To retry
the selection, turn the control knob back to the current
position, wait five (5) seconds, and retry the shift.
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.
Be sure the parking brake is firmly set when parked and
the gear-shift lever is in PARK position. When parking on
a hill you should apply the Parking Brake before placing
the gear shift lever in PARK; otherwise the load on the
transmission locking mechanism may make it difficult to
move the selector out of PARK.
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NOTE: The instrument cluster brake warning light
indicates only that the parking brake is applied. You must
be sure the parking brake is fully applied before leaving
the vehicle.
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 be applied whenever the
driver is not in the vehicle.
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• Always fully apply the parking brake when leaving your vehicle, or vehicle may roll and cause
damage or injury. Also be certain to leave an
automatic transmission in Park. Failure to do so
may cause the vehicle to roll and cause damage or
injury.
• Be sure the parking brake is fully disengaged
before driving, failure to do so can lead to brake
failure and an accident.
• 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 key in the ignition. A child
could operate power windows, other controls, or
move the vehicle.
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BRAKE SYSTEM
In the event power assist is lost for any reason, (for
example, repeated brake applications with the engine
off), the brakes will still function. The effort required to
brake the vehicle will be significantly increased over that
required with the power system operating.
surfaces. All vehicle wheels and tires must be the same
size and type and tires must be properly inflated to
produce accurate signals for the computer.
If either the front or rear hydraulic systems lose normal
capability, the remaining system will still function with
some loss of 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 during brake use.
Significant over or under inflation of tires, or mixing
sizes of tires or wheels on the vehicle can lead to loss
of braking effectiveness.
Four-Wheel Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
The Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) 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 lock-up and help avoid skidding on slippery
WARNING!
The Anti-Lock Brake System conducts a low-speed selftest at about 12 mph (20 km/h). If you have your foot
lightly on the brake while this test is occurring you may
feel slight pedal movement. The movement can be more
apparent on ice and snow. This is normal. The Anti-Lock
Brake System pump motor runs during the self-test at 12
mph (20 km/h) and during an ABS stop. The pump
motor makes a low humming noise during operation,
which is normal.
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At the instant one of the wheels is about to lock up, a
slight pulsation can be felt in the brake pedal, indicating
that the ABS is in the regulating mode. Keep firm and
steady pressure on the brake pedal while experiencing
the pulsation. Continuous, steady brake pedal pressure
results in optimal braking power while maintaining the
ability to steer the vehicle. In the case of an emergency
brake maneuver, keep continuous full pressure on the
brake pedal. In this manner only can the ABS be most
effective. On slippery road surfaces, the ABS will respond
even with light brake pedal pressure because of the
increased likelihood of locking wheels. The pulsating
brake pedal can be an indication of hazardous road
conditions and functions as a reminder to take extra care
while driving.
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WARNING!
Anti-Lock Brake Systems contain sophisticated electronic equipment. It may be susceptible to interference caused by improperly installed or high output
radio transmitting equipment. This interference can
cause possible loss of anti-lock braking capability.
Installation of such equipment should be done by
qualified professionals.
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.
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 stop. This is
the result of the system reverting to the base brake
system.
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 properly.
POWER STEERING
The standard power steering system will give you good
vehicle response and increased ease of maneuverability
in tight spaces. The system will provide mechanical
steering capability if power assist is lost.
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If for some reason, the power assist is interrupted, it will
still be possible to steer your vehicle. Under these conditions you will observe a substantial increase in steering
effort, especially at very low vehicle speeds and during
parking maneuvers.
Continued operation with reduced power steering
assist could pose a safety risk to yourself and others.
Service should be obtained as soon as possible.
NOTE: Increased noise levels at the end of the steering
wheel travel are considered normal and does not indicate
that there is a problem with the power steering system.
CAUTION!
Upon initial start-up in cold weather, the power steering
pump may make noise for a short period of time. This is
due to the cold, thick fluid in the steering system. This
noise should be considered normal, and does not in any
way damage the steering system.
Prolong operation of the steering system at the end
of the steering wheel travel will increase the steering
fluid temperature and should be avoided when
possible. Damage to the power steering pump may
occur.
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ROCKING THE 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.
TIRE SAFETY INFORMATION
Tire Markings
The least amount of accelerator pedal pressure to maintain the rocking motion without spinning the wheels or
racing the engine is most effective. 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.
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.
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• 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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 Millimeters (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. (i.e. 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 and Loading Information Placard
Tire Loading and Tire Pressure
Tire Placard Location
NOTE: The proper cold tire inflation pressure is listed
on either the face of the driver’s door or the driver’s side
“B” pillar.
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Tire and Loading Information
Tire Placard Location
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 in the “Vehicle Loading” section of this manual.
combined weight of occupants, cargo/luggage and
trailer tongue weight (if applicable) should never exceed
the weight referenced here.
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, refer to the
“Vehicle Loading” section of this manual.
2. Determine the combined weight of the driver and
passengers that will be riding in your vehicle.
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
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.
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. (since 5 x 150 = 750,
and 1400 – 750 = 650 lb.)
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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.
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.
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: For the following example the combined weight
of occupants and cargo should never exceed 865 lbs. (392
Kg).
NOTE: The following table shows examples on how to
calculate total load, cargo/luggage and towing capacities
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1. Safety—
WARNING!
Overloading of your tires 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:
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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 problems.
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.
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 is listed on either
the face of the driver’s door or the driver’s side “B” pillar.
Some vehicles may have Supplemental Tire Pressure
Information for vehicle loads that are less than the
maximum loaded vehicle condition. These pressure conditions will be found in the “Supplemental Tire Pressure
Information” section of this manual.
Tire Placard Location
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 under inflated.
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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 1 mile
(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.
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
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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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.
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.
WARNING!
CAUTION!
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 limited
tread life. When the tread is worn to the tread wear
indicators, the temporary use spare tire needs to be
replaced. 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.
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.
Do not install more than one compact spare tire/wheel
on the vehicle at any given time.
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Limited Use Spare — If Equipped
The limited use spare tire is for temporary emergency use
on your vehicle. This tire is identified by a limited use
spare tire warning label located on the limited use spare
tire and wheel assembly. This tire may look like the
original equipped tire on the front or rear axle of your
vehicle, but it is not. Installation of this limited use spare
tire affects vehicle handling. Since it is not the same tire,
replace (or repair) the original tire and reinstall on the
vehicle at the first opportunity.
WARNING!
The limited use spare tires are for emergency use
only. Installation of this limited use spare tire affects
vehicle handling. With this tire, do not drive more
than 60 mph (100 km/h). Keep inflated to the cold
tire inflation pressure listed on either your tire
placard or limited use spare tire and wheel assembly.
Replace (or repair) the original tire at the first
opportunity and reinstall it on your vehicle. Failure
to do so could result in loss of vehicle control.
Tire Spinning
When stuck in mud, sand, snow, or ice conditions, do not
spin your vehicle’s wheels above 35 mph (55 km/h).
See the paragraph on Freeing A Stuck Vehicle in Section
6 of this manual.
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WARNING!
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 (55 km/h) when you are stuck. And
don’t let anyone near a spinning wheel, no matter
what the speed.
Tread Wear Indicators
Tread wear indicators are in the original equipment tires
to help you in determining when your tires should be
replaced.
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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 tread is worn to the
tread wear indicators, the tire should be replaced.
Many states have laws requiring tire replacement at this
point.
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Life of Tire
The service life of a tire is dependent upon varying
factors including but not limited to:
Keep unmounted tires in a cool, dry place with as little
exposure to light as possible. Protect tires from contact
with oil, grease and gasoline.
• Driving style
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.
• Tire pressure
• Distance driven
WARNING!
Tires and spare tire should be replaced after six
years, regardless of the remaining tread. Failure to
follow this warning can result in sudden tire failure.
You could lose control and have an accident resulting in serious injury or death.
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WARNING!
CAUTION!
• Do not use a tire, wheel size or rating other than
Replacing original tires with tires of a different size
may result in false speedometer and odometer readings.
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.
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
– IF EQUIPPED
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 the face of the driver’s door.
TIRE CHAINS
Use “Class S” chains on Durango, or other traction aids
that meet SAE Type “S” specifications.
NOTE: Chains must be the proper size for the vehicle,
as recommended by the chain manufacturer.
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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
Durango trucks.
NOTE: The use of class “S” chains is permitted on
Durangos with P245/70R17 tires.
CAUTION!
Do not use tire chains on 4x4 Durango trucks
equipped with tires other than P245/70R17 tires.
There may not be adequate clearance for the chains
and you are risking structural or body damage to
your vehicle. Do not use tire chains on the 4X2 front
wheels of Durango models. 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 tend to 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 all season
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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FUEL REQUIREMENTS
All engines (except 5.7L engines) are designed to meet all emissions regulations
and provide excellent fuel economy and
performance when using high quality unleaded “regular” gasoline having an oc3.7L/4.7L
tane rating of 87. The routine use of preEngines
mium gasoline is not recommended.
Under normal conditions the use of premium fuel will
not provide a benefit over high quality regular gasolines
and in some circumstances may result in poorer performance.
The 5.7L engine is designed to meet all
emissions regulations and provide satisfactory fuel economy and performance when
using high quality unleaded gasoline having an octane range of 87 to 89. The manu5.7L Engines facturer recommends the use of 89 octane
for optimum performance.The routine use
of premium gasoline is not recommended. The use of
premium gasoline will provide no benefit over high
quality regular and mid-grade gasolines, and in some
circumstances may result in poorer performance.
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.
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 auto manufacturers world-wide have issued and
endorsed consistent gasoline specifications (the Worldwide Fuel Charter, WWFC) to define fuel properties
necessary to deliver enhanced emissions, performance
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and durability for your vehicle. We recommend 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 gasoline referred to as “Reformulated Gasoline.”
Reformulated gasolines contain oxygenates, and are specifically blended to reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality.
Gasoline/Oxygenate Blends
Some fuel suppliers blend unleaded gasoline with oxygenates such as 10% ethanol, MTBE and ETBE. 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.
We strongly support the use of reformulated gasolines.
Properly blended reformulated gasolines will provide
excellent performance and durability for the engine and
fuel system components.
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DO NOT use gasolines containing METHANOL.
Gasoline containing methanol may damage critical
fuel system components.
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MMT In Gasoline
MMT is a manganese-containing metallic additive that is
blended into some gasoline to increase octane. Gasolines
blended with MMT provide 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. We recommend that gasolines free of 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.
Materials Added To Fuel
All gasolines sold in the United States are required to
contain effective detergent additives. Use of additional
detergents or other additives is not needed under normal
conditions and would result in unnecessary cost. Therefore, you should not have to add anything to the fuel.
It is even more important to look for gasolines without
MMT in Canada because MMT can be used at levels
higher than allowed in the United States. MMT is prohibited in Federal and California reformulated gasolines.
CAUTION!
ADDING FUEL
NOTE: If fuel is poured from a portable container, the
container should have a flexible nozzle long enough to
extend into the fuel filler tube.
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.
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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.
NOTE: To avoid contact between fuel cap and paint,
hang tether strap over hook provided on inner fuel door.
NOTE: After fuel is added, the vehicle diagnostic system can determine if the fuel filler cap is loose, improperly installed, or damaged. A loose fuel filler cap message
will be displayed in the instrument cluster. Tighten the
gas cap until a ⬙clicking⬙ sound is heard. This is an
indication that the gas cap is properly tightened. Press
the odometer reset button to turn the message off. If the
problem persists, the message will appear the next time
the vehicle is started. This might indicate a damaged cap.
If the problem is detected twice in a row, the system will
turn on the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL). Resolving
the problem will turn the MIL light off.
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Fuel System Cautions
CAUTION!
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.
CAUTION!
Follow these guidelines to maintain your vehicle’s performance:
• The use of leaded gas is prohibited by Federal law. Using
•
WARNING!
• 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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leaded gasoline can impair engine performance, damage the
emission control system.
An out-of-tune engine, or certain fuel or ignition malfunctions, can cause the catalytic converter to 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.
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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 mon-
oxide, 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
the vehicle is raised. Have any abnormal conditions
repaired promptly. Until repaired, drive with all side
windows fully open.
• Keep the liftgate closed when driving your vehicle to
prevent carbon monoxide and other poisonous exhaust
gases from entering the vehicle.
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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.
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.
NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control
systems can result in civil penalties being assessed
against you.
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.
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
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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.
To minimize the possibility of catalyst damage:
VEHICLE LOADING
Certification Label
As required by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Regulations, your vehicle has a certification
label affixed to the driver’s side door.
• 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.
This label contains the month and year of manufacture,
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), Gross Axle Weight
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Rating (GAWR) front and rear, and Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN). A Month-Day-Hour (MDH) number is
included on this label and shows 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.
The label also specifies maximum capacities of front and
rear axle systems. Total load must be limited so that
GVWR is 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 component 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 do 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.
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Inflation Pressure (Cold)
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.
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.
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 heavier items down low and be sure that the weight
is distributed equally. Stow all loose items securely before
driving.
Improper weight distribution 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
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WARNING!
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.
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.
A loaded vehicle is shown in the following example. Note
that neither GVWR nor GAWR capabilities are exceeded.
Overloading can cause potential safety hazards and
shorten service life.
NOTE: The weights shown in this chart are not the
weights for your vehicle. Also, the amount of load
added to both the front and rear axles can be computed
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TRAILER TOWING
In this section you will find safety tips and information
on limits to the type of towing you can reasonably do
with your vehicle. Before towing a trailer carefully review this information to tow your load as efficiently and
safely as possible.
To maintain warranty coverage, follow the requirements
and recommendations in this manual concerning vehicles used for trailer towing.
Common Towing Definitions
The following trailer towing related definitions will assist
you in understanding the following information:
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)
The GVWR is the total allowable weight of your vehicle.
This includes driver, passengers, cargo and tongue
weight. The total load must be limited so that you do not
exceed the GVWR.
Gross Trailer Weight (GTW)
The gross trailer weight (GTW) is the weight of the trailer
plus the weight of all cargo, consumables and equipment
(permanent or temporary) loaded in or on the trailer in its
⬙loaded and ready for operation⬙ condition. The recommended way to measure GTW is to put your fully loaded
trailer on a vehicle scale. The entire weight of the trailer
must be supported by the scale.
Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR)
The gross combination weight rating (GCWR) is the total
permissible weight of your vehicle and trailer when
weighed in combination. (Note that GCWR ratings include a 68 kg (150 lbs) allowance for the presence of a
driver).
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Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR)
The GAWR is the maximum capacity of the front and rear
axles. Distribute the load over the front and rear axles
evenly. Make sure that you do not exceed either front or
rear GAWR.
WARNING!
It is important that you do not exceed the maximum
front or rear GAWR. A dangerous driving condition
can result if either rating is exceeded. You could lose
control of the vehicle and have an accident.
Tongue Weight (TW)
The downward force exerted on the hitch ball by the
trailer. In most cases it should not be less than 10% or
more than 15% of the trailer load. You must consider this
as part of the load on your vehicle.
Frontal Area
The maximum height and maximum width of the front of
a trailer.
Trailer Sway Control
The trailer sway control is a telescoping link that can be
installed between the hitch receiver and the trailer tongue
that typically provides adjustable friction associated with
the telescoping motion to dampen any unwanted trailer
swaying motions while traveling.
Weight-Carrying Hitch
A weight-carrying hitch supports the trailer tongue
weight, just as if it were luggage located at a hitch ball or
some other connecting point of the truck. These kind of
hitches are the most popular on the market today and
they’re commonly used to tow small- and medium-sized
trailers.
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Weight-Distributing Hitch
A weight-distributing hitch includes a receiver attached
to the tow vehicle, plus a removable hitch head and
spring bar assembly that fits into the receiver opening
and hook up brackets that connect the spring bars to the
trailer frame.
Fifth-Wheel Hitch
A special high platform with a coupling that mounts over
the rear axle of the tow vehicle in the truck bed. Connects
a vehicle and fifth-wheel trailer with a coupling king pin.
Gooseneck Hitch
The gooseneck hitch employs a pivoted coupling arm
which attaches to a ball mounted in the bed of a pickup
truck. The coupling arm connects to the hitch mounted
over the rear axle in the truck bed.
Trailer Hitch Classification
The rear bumper is intended to tow trailers up to 2,000
lbs (907 kg) without added equipment or alterations to
the standard equipment. Your vehicle may be factory
equipped for safe towing of trailers weighing over 2,000
lbs (907 kg) with the optional Trailer Tow Prep Package.
See your dealer for package content.
The following chart provides the industry standard for
the maximum trailer weight a given trailer hitch class can
tow and should be used to assist you in selecting the
correct trailer hitch for your intended towing condition.
Refer to “Trailer Towing Weights (Maximum Trailer
Weight Ratings)” for the website address that contains
the necessary information for your specific drivetrain.
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Trailer Hitch Classification
Class
Max. GTW (Gross Trailer
Wt.)
Class I - Light Duty
2,000 lbs (907 kg)
Class II - Medium
3,500 lbs (1587 kg)
Duty
Class III - Heavy Duty
5,000 lbs (2268 kg)
Class IV - Extra
10,000 lbs (4540 kg)
Heavy Duty
Fifth Wheel/
Greater than 10,000 lbs (4540
Gooseneck
kg)
All trailer hitches should be professionally installed on
your vehicle.
Trailer Towing Weights (Maximum Trailer Weight
Ratings)
NOTE: For additional trailer towing information (maximum trailer weight ratings) refer to the following website
addresses:
• http:// www.dodge.com/towing.
• http:// www.dodge.ca (Canada).
Trailer and Tongue Weight
Always load a trailer with 60% to 65% of the weight in
the front of the trailer. This places 10% to 15% of the
Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) on the tow hitch of your
vehicle. Loads balanced over the wheels or heavier in the
rear can cause the trailer to sway severely side to side
which will cause loss of control of vehicle and trailer.
Failure to load trailers heavier in front is the cause of
many trailer accidents.
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Never exceed the maximum tongue weight stamped on
your bumper or trailer hitch.
• The weight of any other type of cargo or equipment
put in or on your vehicle.
• The weight of the driver and all passengers.
NOTE: Remember that everything put into or on the
trailer adds to the load on your vehicle. Also, additional
factory-installed options, or dealer-installed options,
must be considered as part of the total load on your
vehicle. Refer to the Tire and Loading Information placard in the Tire Safety Information Section of this manual.
Consider the following items when computing the
weight on the rear axle of the vehicle:
Towing Requirements
To promote proper break-in of your new vehicle drivetrain components the following guidelines are recommended:
• The tongue weight of the trailer.
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CAUTION!
WARNING!
• Avoid towing a trailer for the first 500 miles (805
km) of vehicle operation. Doing so may damage
your vehicle.
• During the first 500 miles (805 km) of trailer
towing, limit your speed to 50 mph (80 km/h).
Improper towing can lead to an injury accident.
Follow these guidelines to make your trailer towing
as safe as possible:
Make certain that the load is secured in the trailer
and will not shift during travel. When trailering
cargo that is not fully secured, dynamic load shifts
can occur that may be difficult for the driver to
control. You could lose control of your vehicle and
have an accident.
Perform the maintenance listed in Section 8 of this
manual. When towing a trailer, never exceed the GAWR,
or GCWR, ratings.
• When hauling cargo or towing a trailer, do not overload your vehicle or trailer. Overloading can cause a
loss of control, poor performance or damage to brakes,
axle, engine, transmission, steering, suspension, chassis structure or tires.
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• Safety chains must always be used between your
vehicle and trailer. Always connect the chains to the
frame or hook retainers of the vehicle hitch. Cross the
chains under the trailer tongue and allow enough
slack for turning corners.
• Vehicles with trailers should not be parked on a grade.
When parking, apply the parking brake on the tow
vehicle. Put the tow vehicle automatic transmission in
P for Park. With a manual transmission, shift the
transmission into reverse. And with four-wheel-drive
vehicles, make sure the transfer case is not in neutral.
Always, block or ⬙chock⬙ the trailer wheels.
• GCWR must not be exceeded.
• Total weight must be distributed between the tow
vehicle and the trailer such that the following four
ratings are not exceeded:
2. GTW
3. GAWR
4. Tongue weight rating for the trailer hitch utilized
(This requirement may limit the ability to always
achieve the 10% to 15% range of tongue weight as a
percentage of total trailer weight).
Towing Requirements — Tires
− Do not attempt to tow a trailer while using a compact
spare tire.
− Proper tire inflation pressures are essential to the safe
and satisfactory operation of your vehicle. Refer to the
Tires–General Information section of this manual on
Tire Pressures for proper tire inflation procedures.
− Also, check the trailer tires for proper tire inflation
pressures before trailer usage.
1. GVWR
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− Check for signs of tire wear or visible tire damage
before towing a trailer. Refer to the Tires–General
Information section of this manual on Tread Wear
Indicators for the proper inspection procedure.
− When replacing tires refer to the Tires–General Information section of this manual on Replacement Tires for
proper tire replacement procedures. Replacing tires
with a higher load carrying capacity will not increase
the vehicle’s GVWR and GAWR limits.
actuated brakes. When towing a trailer equipped with
a hydraulic surge actuated brake system, an electronic
brake controller is not required.
− Trailer brakes are recommended for trailers over 1,000
lbs (454 kg) and required for trailers in excess of 2,000
lbs (907 kg).
Towing Requirements — Trailer Brakes
− Do not interconnect the hydraulic brake system or
vacuum system of your vehicle with that of the trailer.
This could cause inadequate braking and possible
personal injury.
− An electronically actuated trailer brake controller is
required when towing a trailer with electronically
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If the trailer weighs more than 1,000 lbs (454 kg)
loaded, it should have its own brakes and they
should be of adequate capacity. Failure to do this
could lead to accelerated brake lining wear, higher
brake pedal effort, and longer stopping distances.
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WARNING!
NOTE: Do not cut or splice wiring into the vehicles
wiring harness.
Do not connect trailer brakes to your vehicle’s hydraulic brake lines. It can overload your brake system and cause it to fail. You might not have brakes
when you need them and could have an accident.
Towing any trailer will increase your stopping distance. When towing you should allow for additional
space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front
of you. Failure to do so could result in an accident.
The electrical connections are all complete to the vehicle
but you must mate the harness to a trailer connector.
Refer to the following illustrations.
Towing Requirements — Trailer Lights & Wiring
Whenever you pull a trailer, regardless of the trailer size,
stop lights and turn signals on the trailer are required for
motoring safety.
The Trailer Tow Package may include a 4 and 7 pin
wiring harness. Use a factory approved trailer harness
and connector.
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STARTING AND OPERATING 305
If using a manual transmission vehicle for trailer towing,
all starts must be in FIRST gear to avoid excessive clutch
slippage.
Towing Tips — Automatic Transmission
The “D” range can be selected when towing. However, if
frequent shifting occurs while in this range, the “TOW
HAUL” or “OD/OFF” range should be selected.
NOTE: Using the “TOW HAUL” or “OD/OFF” range
while operating the vehicle under heavy operating conditions will improve performance and extend transmission life by reducing excessive shifting and heat build up.
This action will also provide better engine braking.
7- Pin Connector
Towing Tips
Before setting out on a trip, practice turning, stopping
and backing the trailer in an area away from heavy
traffic.
The automatic transmission fluid and filter should be
changed if you REGULARLY tow a trailer for more than
45 minutes of continuous operation. See Schedule “B” in
section 8 of this manual for transmission fluid change
intervals.
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NOTE: Check the automatic transmission fluid level
before towing.
Towing Tips — Tow/Haul (If Equipped)
To reduce potential for automatic transmission overheating, turn the “TOW HAUL OD/OFF” feature ON when
driving in hilly areas or shift the transmission to Drive
position 2 on more severe grades.
Towing Tips — Electronic Speed Control (If
Equipped)
Towing Tips — Cooling System
To reduce potential for engine and transmission overheating, take the following actions:
− City Driving
When stopped for short periods of time, put transmission
in neutral and increase engine idle speed.
− Highway Driving
Reduce speed.
− Don’t use in hilly terrain or with heavy loads.
− Air Conditioning
Turn off temporarily.
− When using the speed control, if you experience speed
drops greater than 10 mph (16 km/h), disengage until
you can get back to cruising speed.
− refer to Cooling System Operating information in the
Maintenance section of this manual for more information.
− Use speed control in flat terrain and with light loads to
maximize fuel efficiency.
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Trailer Towing Mirrors — If Equipped
These mirrors are designed with an adjustable mirror
head to provide a greater vision range when towing
extra-wide loads. To change position inboard or outboard, the mirror head should be rotated (flipped Out or
In). A small blindspot mirror is integrated onto the main
mirror surface.
SNOWPLOW
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.
Dodge Durango Models
NOTE: Do not use Dodge Durango Models for snowplow applications.
CAUTION!
Using this vehicle for snowplow applications can
cause damage to the vehicle.
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Recreational Towing 4WD Models
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
RECREATIONAL TOWING (BEHIND
MOTORHOME, ETC.)
Recreational Towing 2WD Models
Recreational towing of 2WD models is not allowable.
Towing the vehicle with the transmission in Neutral can
cause severe transmission damage. Removal of the driveshaft for towing is not recommended since this allows
transmission fluid to leak out.
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CAUTION!
Vehicles equipped with an NV 144 Transfer Case
(which has no neutral position) may NOT be used
for recreational towing.
STARTING AND OPERATING 309
WARNING!
You or others could be injured if you leave the
vehicle unattended with the transfer case in the
Neutral (N) position without first fully engaging the
parking brake. The transfer case Neutral (N) position
disengages both the front and rear driveshafts from
the powertrain and will allow the vehicle to move
despite the transmission position. The parking
brake should always be applied when the driver is
not in the vehicle.
NOTE: The NV 244 Generation II transfer case must be
shifted into Neutral (N) for recreational towing. The
Neutral (N) selection button is located on the lower left
hand corner of the 4WD Control Switch. Shifts into and
out of transfer case Neutral (N) can take place with the
selector switch in any mode position.
Shifting into Neutral (N)
Use the following procedure to prepare your vehicle for
recreational towing.
CAUTION!
It is necessary to follow these steps to be certain that
the transfer case is fully in Neutral (N) before
recreational towing to prevent damage to internal
parts.
CAUTION!
Internal damage to the transfer case will occur if a
front or rear wheel lift is used when recreational
towing.
1. Bring vehicle to a complete stop.
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2. Shut engine OFF.
3. Turn the ignition key to the ON position without
starting the engine.
11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 with the transmission in Drive
(D).
12. Turn ignition key to the unlocked OFF position.
4. Depress brake pedal.
13. Shift automatic transmission into Park (P).
5. Shift automatic transmission to Neutral (N).
14. Attach vehicle to tow vehicle with tow bar.
6. Using the point of a ballpoint pen or similar object,
depress the recessed transfer case Neutral (N) button for
4 seconds.
NOTE: Items 1 through 5 are requirements that must be
met prior to depressing the Neutral (N) selection button,
and must continue to be met until the 4 seconds elaspes
and the shift has been completed.
7. After shift is completed and the Neutral (N) light
comes on release Neutral (N) button.
8. Start engine.
9. Shift automatic transmission into Reverse (R).
10. Release brake pedal for five seconds and ensure that
there is no vehicle movement.
If any of these requirements (with the exception of 3 - Key
ON) are not met prior to depressing the Neutral (N)
button or are no longer met during the 4 second timer,
then the Neutral (N) indicator light will flash continuously until all requirements are met or until the Neutral
(N) button is released.
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NOTE: The ignition key must be ON for a shift to take
place and for the position indicator lights to be operable.
If the key is not ON, the shift will not take place and no
position indicator lights will be on or flashing.
3. Turn the ignition key to the ON position without
starting the engine.
4. Depress brake pedal.
5. Shift automatic transmission to Neutral (N).
CAUTION!
Damage to the transmission may occur if the transmission is shifted into Park (P) with the transfer case
in Neutral (N) and the engine RUNNING. With the
transfer case in Neutral (N) ensure that the engine is
OFF prior to shifting the transmission into Park (P)
Shifting OUT of Neutral (N)
Use the following procedure to prepare your vehicle for
normal usage.
1. Bring vehicle to a complete stop.
2. Shut engine OFF.
6. Using the point of a ballpoint pen or similar object,
depress the recessed transfer case Neutral (N) button for
1 second.
7. After the Neutral (N) indicator light turns off release
the Neutral (N) button.
8. After the Neutral (N) button has been released the
transfer case will shift to the position identified by the
selector switch.
9. Shift automatic transmission into Park (P).
10. Start the engine.
11. Shift automatic transmission into Drive (D).
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NOTE: Items 1 through 5 are requirements that must be
met prior to depressing the Neutral (N) selection button,
and must continue to be met until 1 second elapses and
the shift has been completed.
CAUTION!
• Do not use a bumper mounted clamp-on tow bar
on your vehicle. The bumper face bar will be
damaged.
• Do not disconnect the rear driveshaft because
fluid will leak from the transfer case and damage
internal parts.
If any of these requirements are not met prior to depressing the Neutral (N) button or are no longer met during
the 1 second time, then all of the position indicator lights
will flash continuously until all requirements are met or
until the Neutral (N) button is released.
NOTE: The ignition key must be ON for a shift to take
place and for the position indicator lights to be operable.
If the key is not On, the shift will not take place and no
position indicator lights will be on or flashing.
NOTE: Flashing neutral (N) position indicator light
indicates that shift requirements have not been met.
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.
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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.
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.
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CONTENTS
䡵 Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
䡵 Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325
䡵 Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
䡵 Emergency Tow Hooks — If Equipped . . . . . . . . 327
䡵 Changing A Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
䡵 Towing A Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 328
▫ Jack Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
▫ Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329
▫ Removing The Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319
▫ Two-Wheel Drive Vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329
▫ Tire Changing Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320
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HAZARD WARNING FLASHER
The flasher switch is on the top of the steering column,
just behind the steering wheel. Press the flasher switch
and all front and rear directional signals will flash
intermittently.
Press the switch a second time to turn off the emergency
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.
If it is necessary to leave the vehicle to go for service, the
flasher system will continue to operate with the ignition
key removed and the vehicle locked.
ADDING FUEL
If using a portable fuel container, it should have a flexible
nozzle long enough to reach past the restriction in the
fuel filler tube.
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CHANGING A FLAT TIRE
WARNING!
• 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.
• 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.
Jack Location
In the Durango, the scissor jack and tire changing tools
are stowed under the second row seat.
The jack is secured in place with a winged stud and a
fixed stud. It is very important to secure the jack tightly
in place by engaging the slot in the base to the fixed stud
under the middle seat. The winged stud inserts through
the eyelet in the end of the jack’s worm screw.
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WARNING!
The jack is designed 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.
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Removing The Spare Tire
The spare tire on the Dodge Durango is located underneath the vehicle in the rear.
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2. Engage the jack wrench extension to the spare tire
winch through the hole in the floor.
Remove the spare tire before attempting to jack the truck.
1. Remove the rubber plug from the floor in the cargo
area.
3. Turn the wrench counterclockwise to lower the spare
tire. Continue to turn the wrench until the spare tire can
be pulled out from under the vehicle.
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It is recommended that you stow the flat or spare to
avoid tangling the loose cable.
Tire Changing Procedure
WARNING!
CAUTION!
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.
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 scissor
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.
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• 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.
Preparations
Park the vehicle on a firm level surface, avoiding ice or
slippery areas. Set the parking brake and place the gear
selector in PARK (automatic transmission). On Four
Wheel Drive vehicles, shift the transfer case to the “4L”
position.
• Passengers should not remain in the vehicle when the
vehicle is being jacked.
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.
Instructions
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. When changing a front wheel, place the jack under the
frame rail behind the wheel. Locate the jack as far
forward as possible on the straight part of the frame
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(prior to inboard transition. Operate the jack using the
jack drive tube and the wheel wrench - the tube extension, may be used but is not required.
the tire as posssible with the drive tubes extending to the
rear. Connect the jack tube extension and wheel wrench.
Rear Left Jacking Location
Front Jacking Location
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 as close to
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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 with the cone shaped end
of the nuts toward the wheel. 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.
Rear Right Jacking Location
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.
NOTE: Do not oil wheel studs. For chrome wheels, do
not substitute with chrome plated wheel nuts.
6. Using the wheel wrench, finish tightening the nuts in
a crisscross pattern. Correct nut tightness is 135 ± 10 ft.
lbs. (183 ± 14 N·m) dynamic torque. If in doubt about the
correct tightness, have them checked with a torque
wrench by your dealer or at a service station.
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WARNING!
WARNING!
A loose tire or jack thrown forward in a collision or
hard stop could injure someone in the vehicle.
Always stow the jack, tools and the extra tire and
wheel in the places provided.
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.
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.
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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.
• To assure that spare tires, flat or inflated are securely
stowed, spares must be stowed with the value stem
facing the ground.
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES 325
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.
JUMP STARTING
For convenience in checking the spare tire inflation, stow
with the valve stem toward the rear of the vehicle.
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
2 times. It cannot be overtightened. Push against the tire
several times to be sure it is firmly in place.
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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 the 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 with an output that
exceeds 12 volts.
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Check the Battery Test Indicator (if equipped). If a light or
bright colored dot is visible in the indicator (if equipped),
DO NOT jump-start the battery.
If the indicator (if equipped) is dark or shows a green dot,
proceed as follows:
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.
WARNING!
1. Wear eye protection and remove all metal jewelry such
as watch bands or bracelets which might make an
unintended electrical contact.
2. Park the booster vehicle within cable reach but without letting the vehicles touch. Set the parking brake, place
the automatic transmission in PARK and turn the ignition
OFF on both vehicles.
3. Turn OFF heater, radio and all unnecessary electrical
loads.
Do not permit vehicles to touch each other as this
could establish a ground connection and personal
injury could result.
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.
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WARNING!
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.
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;
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.
3. Damage to charging system of booster vehicle or
of immobilized vehicle.
EMERGENCY TOW HOOKS — IF EQUIPPED
Your vehicle may be equipped with emergency tow
hooks.
7. When removing the jumper cables, reverse the above
sequence exactly. Be careful of the moving belts and fan.
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WARNING!
CAUTION!
Chains are not recommended for freeing a stuck
vehicle. Chains may break, causing serious injury or
death.
Tow hooks are for emergency use only, to rescue a
vehicle stranded off road. Do not use tow hooks for
tow truck hookup or highway towing. You could
damage your vehicle.
WARNING!
Stand clear of vehicles when pulling with tow
hooks. Tow straps and chains may break, causing
serious injury.
TOWING A DISABLED VEHICLE
Proper towing or lifting equipment is required to prevent
damage to your vehicle. Use of safety chains is recommended. Attach towing device to main structural members of the vehicle — not to bumpers or associated
brackets. State and local laws applying to vehicles
under tow must be observed.
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Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles
The manufacturer recommends towing with all wheels
OFF the ground. Acceptable methods are to tow the
vehicle on a flatbed or with one end of the vehicle raised
and the opposite end on a towing dolly.
If the vehicle is to be towed more than 15 miles (25 km )
or faster than 30 mph, it must be towed on a flatbed, or
with the rear wheels raised and the front wheels on the
ground, or with the front end raised and the rear wheels
on a towing dolly.
Two-Wheel Drive Vehicles
NOTE: Towing the vehicle, with the rear wheels on the
ground, at more than 30 mph (50 km/h) or for more than
15 miles (25 km ) can cause severe transmission damage.
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. The speed must not exceed 30
mph (50 km/h) and the distance must not exceed 15
miles (25 km).
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CONTENTS
䡵 Engine Compartment 3.7L V6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 334
䡵 Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340
䡵 Engine Compartment 4.7L V-8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335
▫ Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340
䡵 Engine Compartment 5.7L HEMI V-8 . . . . . . . . . 336
▫ Engine Oil Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344
䡵 Onboard Diagnostic System — OBD II . . . . . . . . 337
▫ Drive Belts — Check Condition And
Tensioner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345
▫ Loose Fuel Filler Cap Message . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
䡵 Emissions Inspection And Maintenance
Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 338
▫ Spark Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345
▫ Ignition Cables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346
䡵 Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339
▫ Engine Air Cleaner Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346
䡵 Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340
▫ Engine Fuel Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346
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▫ Catalytic Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 347
▫ Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 362
▫ Maintenance-Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 348
▫ Transfer Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364
▫ Air Conditioner Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . 349
▫ Axles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365
▫ Power Steering — Fluid Check . . . . . . . . . . . . 350
▫ Selection Of Lubricating Grease . . . . . . . . . . . 365
▫ Front Suspension Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 351
▫ Appearance Care And Protection From
Corrosion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 366
▫ Drive Shaft Constant Velocity Joints . . . . . . . . 351
▫ Body Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 351
▫ Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352
䡵 Power Distribution Center (Fuse/Relay) . . . . . . . 370
䡵 Fuse Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371
▫ Interior Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371
▫ Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352
▫ Underhood Fuses
(Power Distribution Center) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373
▫ Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353
▫ Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354
▫ Emission Related Components . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
▫ Underhood Fuses
(Integrated Power Module) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375
▫ Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
䡵 Replacement Light Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 376
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䡵 Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 377
▫ Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 384
▫ Headlights/Parking/Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . 377
䡵 Fluids And Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385
▫ Rear Side Marker, Tail Lights, Turn Signals
And Backup Lights — Replacement . . . . . . . . 378
䡵 Fluids, Lubricants And Genuine Parts . . . . . . . . 386
▫ License Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 382
▫ Center High-Mounted Stoplight . . . . . . . . . . . 383
▫ Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 386
▫ Chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 387
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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, engine, and automatic
transmission 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 drivable and not
need towing, see your dealer for service as soon as
possible.
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
while the engine is running, severe catalytic converter damage and power loss will soon occur.
Immediate service is required.
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Loose Fuel Filler Cap Message
After fuel is added, the vehicle diagnostic system can
determine if the fuel filler cap is loose, improperly
installed, or damaged. A loose fuel filler cap message will
be displayed in the instrument cluster. Tighten the gas
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cap until a ⬙clicking⬙ sound is heard. This is an indication
that the gas cap is properly tightened. Press the odometer
reset button to turn the message off. If the problem
persists, the message will appear the next time the
vehicle is started. This might indicate a damaged cap. If
the problem is detected twice in a row, the system will
turn on the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL). Resolving
the problem will turn the MIL light off.
is functioning and is not on when the engine is running,
and that the OBD (On Board Diagnostic) system is ready
for testing.
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.
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:
For states which have an I/M (Inspection and
Maintenance) requirement, this check verifies the
following: the MIL (Malfunction Indicator Lamp)
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 is determined not ready
for the I/M test, your vehicle may fail the test.
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. If you crank or start the engine, you
will have to start this test over.
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3. 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.
4. 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.
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.
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威 parts for maintenance
and repairs will not be covered by the manufacturer’s
warranty.
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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.
WARNING!
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
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.
Checking Engine 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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1. Position the vehicle on a level surface.
2. Turn Off the engine and allow approximately 5 minutes for the oil to settle to the bottom of the crankcase.
3. Remove the engine oil level indicator (dipstick).
4. Wipe the engine oil level indicator (dipstick) clean.
5. Install the engine oil level indicator (dipstick) and
make sure it is seated in the tube.
6. Remove the engine oil level indicator (dipstick), keeping the handle above the tip, and read the oil level on the
engine oil level indicator (dipstick).
7. Add oil only if the level is below the “SAFE” range (at
or below the “ADD” mark) on the engine oil level
indicator (dipstick). Adding one quart of oil when the
reading is at the ADD mark will result in a reading at the
top of the SAFE range.
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Overfilling or underfilling the crankcase will cause
oil aeration or loss of oil pressure. This could damage your engine.
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Frequency Of Oil Change
Road conditions and your style 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.
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.
• Extensive engine idling.
• Driving in dusty conditions.
• Short trips of less than 10 miles (16.2 km).
• More than 50% of your driving is at sustained high
speeds during hot weather, above 90°F (32°C).
• Trailer towing, Taxi, Police or delivery service (commercial service).
• Off-Road or desert operation.
• If equipped for and operating with E-85 (ethanol)
fuel.
4x4 Models, If Used Primarily For Off-Road Operation
Every 50 hours of use.
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 and the crankcase inlet air cleaner. The
crankcase ventilation system should also be checked
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This symbol means that the oil has
been certified by the American
Petroleum Institute (API). The
manufacture only recommends
API Certified engine oils that
meet
the
requirements
of
DaimlerChrysler Material Standard MS-6395. Use Mopar or an
equivalent oil meeting the specifi-
periodically. Make sure that these units are always clean.
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 manufacture only
recommends engine oils that are API certified and meet
the requirements of DaimlerChrysler Material Standard
MS-6395. Use Mopar or an equivalent oil meeting the
specification MS-6395.
Engine Oil Identification (API) Symbol
There is a symbol to aid you in selecting the proper
engine oil.
cation MS-6395.
Engine Oil Viscosity (SAE Grade)
For 3.7L/4.7L engines SAE 5W-30 engine oil is recommended for all operating temperatures. For the 5.7L
engine SAE 5W-20 engine oil is recommended for all
operating temperatures. This engine oil improves low
temperature starting and vehicle fuel economy. Your
engine oil filler cap also shows the recommended
engine oil viscosity for your vehicle.
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For information on engine oil filler cap location, see the
Engine Compartment illustration in this section.
Lubricants which do not have both, the engine oil certification mark and the correct SAE viscosity grade number should not be used.
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.
Materials Added to Engine Oils
The manufacture strongly recommends against the addition of any additives (other than leak detection dyes) to
the 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威 Engine Oil Filters are a high quality oil
filter and are recommended.
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Drive Belts — Check Condition and Tensioner
Belt tension is controlled by means of an automatic
tensioner. No belt tension adjustments are required.
However, belt and belt tensioner condition should be
inspected at the specified intervals, and replaced if required. See your authorized dealer for service. At the
mileage indicated in the maintenance schedule, all belts
and tensioner should be checked for condition. Improper
belt tension can cause belt slippage and failure. Belts
should be inspected for evidence of cuts, cracks, glazing,
or frayed cords and replaced if there is indication of
damage which could result in belt failure. Low generator
belt tension can cause battery failure. Also check belt
routing to make sure there is no interference between the
belts and other engine components.
Spark Plugs
Spark plugs must fire properly to assure proper engine
performance and emission control. The plugs installed in
your vehicle should operate satisfactorily in normal
service for the mileage indicated in the Maintenance
Chart. New plugs should be installed at this mileage. The
entire set should be replaced if there is any malfunction
due to a faulty spark plug. Check the Vehicle Emissions
Control Information label for the proper type of spark
plug for your vehicle.
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When replacing plugs, do not overtighten. You could
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Ignition Cables
Replace the ignition cables (5.7L engines only) at the
mileage interval shown in the maintenance charts.
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 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”.
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.
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.
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.
NOTE: Intentional tampering with emissions control
systems can result in civil penalties being assessed
against you.
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To minimize the possibility of catalyst damage:
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.
• 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.
Maintenance-Free Battery
All Dodge trucks are equipped with maintenance-free
batteries. You will never have to add water, nor is
periodic maintenance required.
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WARNING!
CAUTION!
Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. Always wash hands
after handling the battery.
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 the
vehicle, disconnect both vehicle battery cables before connecting the charger to battery. Do not use a
“fast charger” to provide starting voltage.
To determine the battery charge, check the battery test
indicator (if equipped) on top of the battery. Refer to the
illustration.
Air Conditioner Maintenance
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 performance
test. Drive belt tension should also be checked at this
time.
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WARNING!
• Use only refrigerants and compressor lubricants
approved by the manufacturer for your air conditioning system. Some unapproved refrigerants are
flammable and can explode, injuring you. Other
unapproved refrigerants or lubricants can cause
the system to fail, requiring costly repairs. Refer
to Section 3 of the Warranty Information book for
further warranty information.
• The air conditioning system contains refrigerant
under high pressure. To avoid risk of personal
injury or damage to the system, adding refrigerant
or any repair requiring lines to be disconnected
should be done by an experienced repairman.
Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling
R-134a Air Conditioning Refrigerant is a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) that is endorsed by the Environmental Protection Agency and is an ozone-saving product. However, the manufacturer recommends that air conditioning
service be performed by dealers or other service facilities
using recovery and recycling equipment.
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 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. Damaged seals
should be replaced to prevent leakage or contamination
of the grease.
Drive Shaft Constant Velocity Joints
All four wheel drive models are equipped with four
constant velocity joints. Periodic lubrication of these
joints is not required. However, the joint boot should be
inspected for external leakage or damage periodically. If
external leakage or damage is evident, the joint boot and
grease should be replaced immediately. Continued operation could result in failure of the joint due to water
and dirt contamination of the grease. This would require
complete replacement of the joint assembly. Refer to the
Service Manual for the detailed replacement procedure.
Body Lubrication
Locks and all body pivot points, including such items as
seat tracks, doors,liftgate 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
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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 should be checked for fluid level at
regular intervals. When freezing weather is anticipated,
flush out the water in the reservoir by operating the
system. Fill the reservoir with windshield washer antifreeze (not radiator antifreeze), and operate the system
for a few seconds to flush out the residual water.
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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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威 All
Weather Windshield Washer Solution used with water as
directed on the container, aids cleaning action, reduces
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.
Cooling System
Inspection
Check engine coolant (antifreeze) protection every 12
months (before 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. Check face of radiator for any accumulation of
bugs, leaves, etc. If dirty, clean the radiator core by gently
spraying water from a garden hose at the back of the core.
Check the coolant bottle tubing for condition and tightness of connection at coolant bottle and radiator. Inspect
the entire system for leaks.
With the engine at normal operating temperature (but
not running), check the coolant pressure cap for proper
vacuum sealing by draining a small amount of coolant
from the radiator drain cock. If the cap is sealing properly, the coolant will begin to drain from the coolant
bottle. Do not remove the pressure cap when the cooling
system is hot.
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WARNING!
You or others can be badly burned by hot coolant or
steam from your radiator. If you see or hear steam
coming from under the hood don’t open the hood
until the radiator has had time to cool. If you open
the hood and see steam or hot coolant escaping from
the radiator, don’t touch anything. Get away quickly.
Never try to open a pressure cap when the radiator is
hot.
Cooling System Maintenance
At the intervals shown in the Maintenance Schedules
section of this manual, the system should be drained,
flushed and refilled. See your authorized dealer for
proper cooling system maintenance.
Cooling System — Drain, Flush And Refill
If the solution is dirty and contains a considerable
amount of sediment, it should be cleaned and flushed.
See your authorized dealer for proper draining, flushing
and refilling of your vehicle’s cooling system.
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.
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Recommended Engine Coolant
This vehicle has been factory filled with an Ethylene
Glycol based engine coolant with long life corrosion
inhibitors (called HOAT, for Hybrid Organic Additive
Technology). Follow the “Maintenance Schedule” for the
recommended coolant change intervals. Refer to Fluids,
Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct fluid type.
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• Mixing of coolants other than specified engine
coolant, may result in engine damage, and decrease 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
engine coolant (antifreeze) products. Do not use
additional rust inhibitors or antirust products, as
they may not be compatible with the radiator
engine 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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Adding Coolant
When adding coolant, or refilling the system, a minimum
solution of 50% recommended HOAT ethylene glycol
engine coolant (antifreeze) and distilled water should be
used. Use higher concentrations (not to exceed 70%) if
temperatures below ⫺34°F (⫺37°C) are anticipated.
Use only high purity water such as distilled or deionized
water when mixing the water/engine coolant 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.
WARNING!
Never add coolant to the radiator when the engine is
overheated. Do not loosen or remove pressure cap to
cool overheated engine. The coolant is under pressure and severe scalding could result.
Coolant Pressure Cap
The coolant pressure cap must be fully tightened to
prevent loss of coolant, and to insure that coolant will
return to the radiator from the coolant recovery bottle.
The pressure cap should be inspected and cleaned if there
is any accumulation of foreign material on the sealing
surfaces.
NOTE: Mixing coolant types will decrease the life of the
engine coolant and will require more frequent coolant
changes.
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WARNING!
The warning words “DO NOT OPEN HOT” on the
coolant 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 when the system is hot or under pressure.
The radiator normally remains completely full, so there is
no need to remove the pressure cap except checking
coolant freeze point or replacement with new antifreeze
coolant. Your service attendant should be advised of this.
When additional coolant is needed to maintain the
proper level, it should be added to the coolant bottle. Do
not overfill.
Points To Remember
Coolant Level
The coolant bottle system provides a quick visual method
for determining that the coolant level is adequate. With
the engine idling, and warmed to normal operating
temperature, remove the cap from the bottle, remove the
dipstick and wipe the excess coolant from it. Reinsert the
dipstick and remove. Observe the dipstick checking the
holes along the stem for coolant. Check the coolant level
whenever the hood is raised.
A. Do not overfill the coolant bottle.
B. Check coolant freeze point in the radiator and in the
coolant bottle. If antifreeze needs to be added, contents of
coolant bottle also must be protected against freezing.
C. If frequent coolant additions are required, or if the
level in the coolant bottle does not drop when the engine
cools, the cooling system should be pressure tested for
leaks.
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D. Maintain coolant concentration at 50% HOAT ethylene glycol engine coolant (minimum) and distilled water
for proper corrosion protection of your engine.
E. Make sure that the radiator and coolant bottle overflow hoses are not kinked or obstructed.
F. Keep the front of the radiator clean. If your vehicle is
equipped with air conditioning, keep the front of the
condenser clean also.
G. The thermostat should not be changed for summer or
winter operation. If replacement is ever necessary, install
ONLY the correct type thermostat. Other designs may
result in unsatisfactory cooling performance.
Emission Related Components
Fuel System Hoses And Vapor/Vacuum Harnesses
When the vehicle is serviced for scheduled maintenance,
inspect surface of hoses and nylon tubing for evidence of
heat and mechanical damage. Hard and brittle rubber,
cracking, checking, tears, cuts, abrasions, and excessive
swelling suggest deterioration of the rubber. Particular
attention should be given to examining hose surfaces
nearest to high heat sources, such as the exhaust manifold.
Insure nylon tubing in these areas has not melted or
collapsed.
Inspect all hose clamps and couplings to make sure they
are secure and no leaks are present.
NOTE: Fluids such as oil, power steering fluid, and
brake fluid are used during assembly plant operations to
ease the assembly of hoses to couplings. Therefore, oil
wetness at the hose-coupling area is not necessarily an
indication of leakage. Actual dripping of hot fluid when
systems are under pressure (during vehicle operation),
should be noted before hose is replaced based on leakage.
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You are urged to use only the manufacturer’s specified
hoses and clamps, or their equivalent in material and
specification, in any fuel system servicing. It is mandatory to replace all clamps that have been loosened or
removed during service. Care should be taken in installing new clamps to insure they are properly torqued.
Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) Valve
Proper operation of the crankcase ventilation system
requires that the PCV valve be free of sticking or plugging because of deposits. Deposits can accumulate in the
PCV valve and passage with increasing mileage. Have
the PCV valve, hoses, and passages checked for proper
operation at the intervals specified. If the valve is
plugged or sticking, replace with a new valve – Do not
attempt to clean the PCV valve! Check ventilating hose
for indication of damage or plugging with deposits.
Replace if necessary.
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 Cylinders
The fluid level in the master cylinders should be checked
whenever the vehicle is serviced, or immediately if the
brake system warning light is on. If necessary, add fluid
to bring level to the full mark on the side of the reservoir
of the brake master cylinder. Be sure to clean the top of
the master cylinder area before removing the cap. With
disc brakes, fluid level can be expected to fall as the brake
pads wear. Brake fluid level should be checked when
pads are replaced. If the brake fluid level is abnormally
low, check system for leaks.
Refer to Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct
fluid type.
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WARNING!
CAUTION!
Use of brake fluid that may have a lower initial
boiling point, or is unidentified, as to specifications
may result in sudden brake failure during hard
prolonged braking. You could have an accident.
Do not allow a petroleum-base fluid to contaminate
the brake fluid. Seal damage may result.
WARNING!
Overfilling the brake fluid reservoir can result in
spilling brake fluid on hot engine parts and the
brake fluid catching on fire.
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.
Use only brake fluid that has been in a tightly closed
container to avoid contamination from foreign matter or
moisture.
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1. Operate the engine at idle speed and normal operating
temperature.
WARNING!
Worn brake hoses can burst and cause brake failure.
You could have an accident. If you see any sign of
cracking, scuffing, or worn spots, have the brake
hoses replaced immediately.
2. The vehicle must be on level ground.
3. Fully apply the parking brake and press the brake
pedal.
4. Place the gear selector momentarily in each gear
position ending with the lever in P (Park).
Automatic Transmission
Fluid Level Check
Check the fluid level while the transmission is at normal
operating temperature 180°F (82°C). This occurs after at
least 15 miles (24 km) of driving. At normal operating
temperature the fluid cannot be held comfortably between the fingertips.
To check the automatic transmission fluid level properly,
the following procedure must be used:
5. Remove the dipstick, wipe it clean and reinsert it until
seated.
6. Remove the dipstick again and note the fluid level on
both sides. The fluid level should be between the “HOT”
(upper) reference holes on the dipstick at normal operating temperature. Verify that solid coating of oil is seen on
both sides of the dipstick. If the fluid is low, add as
required into the dipstick tube. Do not overfill. After
adding any quantity of oil through the oil fill tube, wait
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a minimum of two (2) minutes for the oil to fully drain
into the transmission before rechecking the fluid level.
NOTE: If it is necessary to check the transmission below
the operating temperature, the fluid level should be
between the two “COLD” (lower) holes on the dipstick
with the fluid at approximately 70°F ( 21°C) (room
temperature). If the fluid level is correctly established at
room temperature, it should be between the “HOT”
(upper) reference holes when the transmission reaches
180°F ( 82°C). Remember it is best to check the level at the
normal operating temperature.
CAUTION!
7. Check for leaks. Release parking brake.
To prevent dirt and water from entering the transmission
after checking or replenishing fluid, make certain that the
dipstick cap is properly reseated. It is normal for the
dipstick cap to spring back slightly from its fully seated
position, as long as its seal remains engaged in the
dipstick tube.
Automatic Transmission Fluid And Filter Change
It is important that proper lubricant is used in the
transmission. Refer to Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine
Parts for correct fluid type. It is important that the
transmission fluid be maintained at the prescribed level
using the recommended fluid.
Be aware that if the fluid temperature is below 50°F
(10°C) it may not register on the dipstick. Do not add
fluid until the temperature is elevated enough to
produce an accurate reading.
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CAUTION!
Using a transmission fluid other than the manufacturers recommended fluid may cause deterioration
in transmission shift quality and/or torque converter
shudder. Using a transmission fluid other than the
manufacturers recommended fluid will result in
more frequent fluid and filter changes. Refer to
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct
fluid type.
Special Additives
The manufacturer strongly recommends against the addition of any additives to the transmission. Exception to
this policy is the use of special dyes to aid in detecting
fluid leaks. The use of transmission sealers should be
avoided, since they may adversely affect seals.
Transfer Case
Inspect the transfer case for fluid leaks. If a fluid leak is
evident the transfer case fluid level may be low. Have the
transfer case serviced immediately.
CAUTION!
Damage may result from operation of the vehicle
with low transfer case fluid.
The transfer case fluid should be drained and refilled at
the intervals specified.
Lubricant Selection
Refer to Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct
fluid type.
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Axles
Refer to Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts for correct
fluid type.
Front Axle
Front Axle fluid level should be 3/4” (20 mm) below the
bottom of the fill hole.
The manufacturer does not recommend regularly scheduled oil changes for axles in vehicles whose operation is
classified as normal truck service.
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 chassis
components. This symbol, an example shown below, is
located on the grease container and identifies the application and quality of the grease.
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.
Rear Axle
Rear Axle fluid levels should be 7/8⬙ (22 mm) below the
fill hole for 8 1/4⬙ axles, and 1 1/4⬙ (31 mm) below the fill
hole for 9 1/4⬙ axles.
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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
quality level available and when combined as shown can
be used for 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.
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.
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• Avoid using abrasive compounds and power buffing
that may diminish the gloss or thin out the paint
finish.
The most common causes are:
• Road salt, dirt and moisture accumulation.
• Stone and gravel impact.
• Insects, tree sap and tar.
CAUTION!
• Salt in the air near seacoast localities.
Do not use abrasive or strong cleaning materials
such as steel wool or scouring powder, which will
scratch metal and painted surfaces.
• Atmospheric fallout/industrial pollutants.
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.
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 liftgate be kept clear
and open.
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• 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.
• If you carry special cargo such as chemicals, fertilizers,
de-icer salt, etc., be sure that such materials are well
packaged and sealed.
• 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.
• If a lot of driving is done on gravel roads, consider
mud or stone shields behind each wheel.
• 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威 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.
• 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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
POWER DISTRIBUTION CENTER (FUSE/RELAY)
Your vehicle is equipped with two electrical power
distribution centers located next to each other in the left
side of the engine compartment.
2. Dry with a soft tissue.
The power distribution centers house new plug-in
“Maxi” fuses which replace all the in-line fusible links
previously used. The power distribution centers also
contain “Mini”fuses and plug-in “ISO” relays. A label
inside the latching cover of the Power Distribution Centers identifies each component for ease of replacement, if
necessary. These fuses and relays can be obtained from
your dealer.
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.
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.
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fuse to be disconnected, without removing it from the
fuse block. Pressing the I.O.D. fuse back into the cavity
reconnects it.
FUSE BLOCK
CAUTION!
When replacing a blown fuse, it is important to use
only a fuse having the correct amperage rating. The
use of a fuse with a rating other than indicated may
result in a dangerous electrical system overload. If a
properly rated fuse continues to blow, it suggests a
problem in the circuit that must be corrected.
Interior Fuses
The fuse block contains blade-type mini-fuses, relays, and
circuit breakers for high-current circuits. It is located in the
left kick panel. It is accessible through a snap-in cover.
NOTE: If you are leaving your vehicle dormant for
longer than 21 days you may want to take steps to protect
your battery. You may do this by disconnecting the
battery or by disconnecting the two ignition-off draw
(I.O.D.) fuses located in the Auxiliary Power Distribution
Center (PDC) located in the engine compartment. The
I.O.D. cavities include a snap-in retainer that allows the
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Mini Fuse/Color
F1
15 Amp Blue
F2
10 Amp Red
F3
10 Amp Red
F4
10 Amp Red
F5
(2) 10 Amp Red
F6
F7
10 Amp Red
25 Amp Natural
F8
10 Amp Red
F9
F10
10 Amp Red
10 Amp Red
Description
Instrument Cluster Battery
Feed
Occupant Classification
Module (OCM) Battery Feed
Ignition Run/Start for Controller (NGC), Integrated
Power Module (IPM), AC
Relay and Fuel Pump Relay
Door Node and NonMemory Power Mirror
Switch Battery Feed
Airbags (2 Fuses in Yellow
Holder)
Ignition Run/Start Unlock
Radio Battery Feed
Ignition Run/Start for
Cluster/Transfer Case/Seat
Sw. Back lighting
SDAR/DVD Battery Feed
Spare
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Cavity
F11
F12
Mini Fuse/Color
10 Amp Red
20 Amp Yellow
F13
10 Amp Red
F14
10 Amp Red
F15
15 Amp Blue
F16
20 Amp Yellow
F17
F18
20 Amp Yellow
10 Amp Red
F19
15 Amp Blue
F20
25 Amp Natural
Description
Heated Mirrors
Cluster Battery Feed
Ignition Run HVAC
Module/Heated Rear Glass
(EBL) Relay
ABS Module Ignition Run
Battery Feed Blue Tooth,
Compass/Trip Computer
(CMTC), Sentry Key Diagnostics
Reconfigurable Power Outlets
Cigar Lighter Ignition
Spare Fuse
Heating & Air Conditioning
w/ATC Only Battery Feed
Amplifier Battery Feed
Underhood Fuses (Power Distribution Center)
1
2
3
4
Cartridge
Fuse / Relay
30 Amp Pink
30 Amp Pink
40 Amp Green
30 Amp Pink
5
6
40 Amp Green
20 Amp Blue
7
40 Amp Green
8
40 Amp Green
9
10
11
Spare
30 Amp Pink
40 Amp Green
Cavity
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Starter
Front Wiper
Brake Batt
JB Feed Acc #
2
Power Seats
JB Feed Ign #
1
JB Feed Ign #
2
JB Feed Acc
Delay
ASD
Power Liftgate
( If Equipped)
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Cavity
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
Cartridge
Fuse / Relay
40 Amp Green
Mini Fuse
30 Amp Pink
40 Amp Green
50 Amp Red
10 Amp
Spare
20 Amp
20 Amp
Spare
20 Amp
20 Amp
20 Amp
15 Amp
15 Amp
Spare
Red
Description
JB Feed / EBL
/ T Case
Brake
JB Feed RR
ABS Pump
JB Feed
Crank
Yellow Fuel Pump
Yellow NGC
Yellow
Yellow
Yellow
Blue
Blue
ABS Batt
NGC Batt
Trailer Tow
A/C Clutch
JB Feed Stop
Cavity
Cartridge
Fuse / Relay
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
Relay
Relay
Spare
Relay
Relay
Relay
Relay
36
37
Spare
Spare
38
39
40
Spare
Relay
Relay
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JB Feed Acc #
1
Spare
Run Start
Run Remote
Starter
ETAX
AC Clutch
Fuel Pump
Rly
Brake Supression
Blower Motor
ASD Rly
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Underhood Fuses (Integrated Power Module)
Cartridge
Cavity Fuse / Relay
1
Relay
2
Relay
3
4
Relay
Relay
5
Relay
6
Relay
7
Relay
Mini Fuse
8
9
10 Amp Red
10 Amp Red
10
10 Amp Red
Description
Wiper On/Off
Rly
Wiper Hi/Lo
Rly
Horn Rly
Rear Wiper
Rly
Lt T-Tow
Stop/Turn Rly
Rt T-Tow
Stop/Turn Rly
Park Lamps
Rly
Lt Park Lamps
T-Tow Park
Lamps
Rt Park Lamps
Cavity
11
Cartridge
Fuse / Relay
Relay
Mini Fuse
12
13
14
20 Amp Yellow
20 Amp Yellow
20 Amp Yellow
15
16
17
18
19
20 Amp
20 Amp
20 Amp
20 Amp
20 Amp
20
21
20 Amp Yellow
20 Amp Yellow
22
23
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40 Amp Green
Yellow
Yellow
Yellow
Yellow
Yellow
Description
Rad Fan Hi
Rly
FCM Batt #4
FCM Batt #2
Adjustable
Pedal
Ft Fog Lamps
Horn
Rear Wiper
FCM Batt #1
Lt T-Tow
Stop/Turn
FCM Batt #3
Rt T-Tow
Stop/Turn
FCM BATT # 5
Rad Fan
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Cartridge
Fuse / Relay
Relay
25
Relay
26
Relay
Cavity
27
28
29
30
Mini Fuse
30 Amp Green
30 Amp Green
Description
Rad Fan Lo
Rly
Ft Fog Lamps
Rly
Adjustable
Pedal Rly
IOD #1
IOD #2
Spare
Spare
REPLACEMENT LIGHT BULBS
LIGHT BULBS — Interior
Bulb No.
Dome Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WL212–2
Liftgate Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 567
Overhead Console Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . PLW214–2A
Reading Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WL212–2
Visor Vanity Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Not Serviceable
LIGHT BULBS — Outside
Bulb No.
Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . H13
Front Park/Turn/Sidemarker . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3457AK
Back-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3057
Center High Mounted Stoplight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 921
Fog Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9006LL
Rear Sidemarker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
License Plate Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Rear Tail, Stop, Turn Signal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3057
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2. Remove one nut that attaches the headlight to the
inner fender panel. Access to the nut is possible by
removing the fender panel access door which is located
in the wheel liner.
BULB REPLACEMENT
Headlights/Parking/Turn Signal
3. Grasp the headlight and pull firmly to disengage the
headlight from the fender panel.
4. While firmly holding the headlight in your hands
disconnect all connectors by following the procedure
described in step number 5 below.
1. Remove the two bolts attaching the headlight to the
inner fender panel.
5. Remove the bulb connector from the headlight making
sure to pull and release the red tab on all connectors.
Loosen the connector by pressing down on the black
and/or green release which is located below or above the
red tab. The green release is located above the red tab on
the H13, the black release is located above the 3457AK
red tab.
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6. Twist and remove socket from lamp.
7. Remove bulb from socket and replace.
NOTE: These are Halogen bulbs. Take care not to touch
the bulb with your fingers. Body oils from your fingers
could cause excessive heat build-up which reduces bulb
life.
Rear Side Marker, Tail Lights, Turn Signals And
Backup Lights — Replacement
1. Remove the two push-pins from the tail light housing.
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2. Rotate the light to the outboard side of the vehicle and
remove.
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3. Unlock and remove electrical connector.
4. Remove the three screws holding the bulb strip to the
back of the tail lamp.
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5. Remove the bulb strip from the tail light lens.
6. Remove bulbs from bulb strip by pulling the bulb
straight out.
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License Lights
1. Remove the two screws securing the lens to the
liftgate.
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2. Rotate the socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise.
Center High-Mounted Stoplight
1. Remove two screws securing stoplight housing assembly to the liftgate.
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3. Pull bulb from socket.
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2. Turn socket 1/4 counterclockwise and free from housing.
Fog Lights
1. Rotate bulb and connector 1/4 turn counterclockwise.
2. Pull bulb off of connector.
NOTE: For foglights ensure that the takeout pushfasteners are relocated back in their positions; one in the
foglight molding and the other in the hydroform.
3. Pull bulb straight from socket to remove.
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FLUIDS AND CAPACITIES
U.S.
Metric
27 Gal.
27 Gal
102L
102L
5 Qt.
6 Qt.
7 Qt.
4.7L
5.7L
6.6L
13.5 Qt.
14.5 Qt.
13.1 Qt.
14.2 Qt.
NA
16.6 Qt.
12.9L
13.8L
12.5L
13.5L
NA
15.8L
Fuel
3.7L/4.7L, 87 Octane
5.7L, 89 Octane
Engine Oil (with filter)
3.7L, SAE 5W-30, API Certified
4.7L, SAE 5W-30, API Certified
5.7L, SAE 5W-20, API Certified
Cooling System (includes 2.1 Qts./2L for coolant bottle
3.7L without Rear Heat (Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula)
3.7L with Rear Heat (Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula)
4.7L without Rear Heat (Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula)
4.7L with Rear Heat (Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula)
5.7L without Rear Heat (Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula)
5.7L with Rear Heat (Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula)
NOTE: All fluid capacities are approximate.
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FLUIDS, LUBRICANTS AND GENUINE PARTS
Engine
Component
Engine Coolant
3.7/4.7L Engine Oil
5.7L Engine Oil
Engine Oil Filter
Spark Plugs
Fuel Selection 3.7L/4.7L
Fuel Selection 5.7L
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts
Mopar威 Antifreeze/Coolant 5 Year/100,000 Mile Formula HOAT (Hybrid Organic Additive Technology) or equivalent.
Use SAE 5W-30, API Certified, meeting material standard MS-6395 or equivalent.
Use SAE 5W-20, API Certified, meeting material standard MS-6395 or equivalent.
Mopar威 Engine Oil Filter, P/N 5281090 or equivalent.
Refer to the Vehicle Emission Control Information label in the engine compartment.
87 Octane, (R+M)/2 Method
89 Octane, (R+M)/2 Method
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Chassis
Component
Automatic Transmission
Transfer Case
Front Axle
Rear Axle
Brake Master Cylinder
Power Steering Reservoir
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts.
Mopar威 ATF+4, Automatic Transmission Fluid.
Mopar威 ATF+4, Automatic Transmission Fluid.
SAE 75W-90 Multipurpose Type, GL-5 Gear Lubricant or equivalent.
SAE 75W-140 Synthetic Gear Lubricant or equivalent.
Mopar威 DOT 3 and SAE J1703 should be used or equivalent. If DOT 3
brake fluid is not available, then DOT 4 is acceptable. Use only recommended brake fluids.
Mopar威 ATF+4, Automatic Transmission Fluid.
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CONTENTS
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䡵 Emission Control System Maintenance . . . . . . . . 390
▫ Schedule “B” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 394
䡵 Emissions Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 390
▫ Schedule “A” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 405 C
䡵 Maintenance Schedules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 391
䡵 Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410 E
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EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
The “Scheduled” maintenance services, listed in bold
type on the following pages 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.
EMISSIONS TESTING
In some localities, it may be or will become a legal
requirement to ensure that all emissions components and
systems are functioning properly as a part of the test
procedure. The test center accomplishes this by checking
the On Board Diagnostic System (OBD) system with an
electronic scan tool. If your vehicle has recently been
serviced, the OBD system may have been reset to a ⬙not
ready⬙ condition because the OBD system has not had
sufficient time since the servicing to reconfirm that
emissions components are operating properly. In most
cases, a reasonable mix and amount of normal city and
highway driving and at least one overnight-off period
will be required to prepare your vehicle for this check;
however your dealer has the equipment and procedures
required to make certain that the OBD system of your
vehicle is ready for the required testing.
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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).
• Off-road or desert operation.
• If equipped for and operating with E-85 (ethanol)
fuel.
A
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N
A
N
C
E
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.
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NOTE: Most vehicles are operated under the conditions S
• Stop and go driving.
NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your
coolant every 102,000 miles (170 000 km) or 60 months,
whichever comes first and follow schedule “B” of the
⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
• 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 (32° C).
• Trailer towing.
• Taxi, police, or delivery service (commercial service).
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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392 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES
Use the schedule that best describes your driving conditions. Where time and mileage are listed, follow the
interval that occurs first.
At Each Stop for Fuel
NOTE: Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 6000 miles (10 000 km) or 6 months
whichever comes first.
• Check the engine oil level about 5 minutes after a fully
warmed engine is shut off. Checking the oil level while
the vehicle is on level ground will improve the accuracy of the oil level reading. Add oil only when the
level is at or below the ADD or MIN mark.
CAUTION!
• Check the windshield washer solvent and add if
required.
Failure to perform the required maintenance items
may result in damage to the vehicle.
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Change the engine oil filter.
E
N
Inspect the exhaust system.
A
N
Inspect the brake hoses.
C
Inspect the CV joints (if equipped) and front suspen- E
Once a Month
At Each Oil Change
• 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.
•
•
•
sion components.
• Check the automatic transmission fluid level.
• Check the coolant level, hoses, and clamps.
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394 SCHEDULE “B”
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.
• 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.
• 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 (32° C).
• Trailer towing.
• Taxi, police, or delivery service (commercial service).
NOTE: If ANY of these apply to you then change your
coolant every 102,000 miles (170 000 km) or 60 months,
whichever comes first and follow schedule “B” of the
⬙Maintenance Schedules⬙ section of this manual.
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Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter, or at 3
months whichever comes first.
Rotate tires.
Check spare tire for proper pressure and correct
stowage.
Change rear axle fluid.
Change front axle fluid (4X4).
Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary.
3,000
(5 000)
6,000
(10 000)
9,000
(15 000)
12,000
(20 000)
15,000
(25 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
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A
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T (Kilometers)
E
N Change engine oil and engine oil filter, or at 3
A months whichever comes first.
N
C Rotate tires.
E Check spare tire for proper pressure and correct
S
C
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stowage.
Change rear axle fluid.
Change front axle fluid (4X4).
Check transfer case fluid level (4X4).
Inspect brake linings.
Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary.
Replace spark plugs.
Inspect PCV valve, replace as necessary.**
18,000
(30 000)
X
X
X
21,000
(35 000)
X
24,000
(40 000)
X
X
X
27,000
(45 000)
X
30,000
(50 000)
X
X
X
X
X
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X
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SCHEDULE “B” 397 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter, or at 3
months whichever comes first.
Rotate tires.
Check spare tire for proper pressure and correct
stowage.
Change rear axle fluid.
Change front axle fluid (4X4).
Inspect brake linings.
Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary.
33,000
(55 000)
X
36,000
(60 000)
X
X
X
39, 000
(65 000)
X
42,000
(70 000)
X
45,000
(75 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
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A
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T (Kilometers)
E
N Change engine oil and engine oil filter, or at 3
A months whichever comes first.
N
C Rotate tires.
E Check spare tire for proper pressure and correct
S
C
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stowage.
Change rear axle fluid.
Change front axle fluid (4X4).
Inspect brake linings.
Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary.
Replace spark plugs.
Inspect PCV valve, replace as necessary.**
Inspect and replace ignition cables if necessary
(5.7L only).
48,000
(80 000)
X
51,000
(85 000)
X
54,000
(90 000)
X
X
X
X
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X
60,000
(100 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “B” 399 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
Inspect auto tension drive belt and replace if required.
Drain and refill automatic transmission fluid,
change filter (3.7L). This applies only if your vehicle is used for police, taxi, fleet, or frequent
trailer towing.
Drain and refill automatic transmission fluid and
change main sump filter (4.7L/5.7L only). This applies only if your vehicle is used for police, taxi,
fleet, or frequent trailer towing.
Inspect transfer case fluid (4X4).
Flush and replace engine coolant at 60 months, or
102, 000 miles (170 000 km) whichever comes first.
48,000
(80 000)
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(85 000)
54,000
(90 000)
57,000
(95 000)
60,000
(100 000)
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X
X
X
X
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A
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T (Kilometers)
E
N Change engine oil and engine oil filter, or at 3
A months whichever comes first.
N
C Rotate tires.
E Check spare tire for proper pressure and correct
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(105 000)
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stowage.
Change rear axle fluid.
Change front axle fluid (4X4).
Inspect brake linings.
Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if necessary.
Inspect auto tension drive belt and replace if required.
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X
X
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69,000
(115 000)
X
72,000
(120 000)
X
75,000
(125 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “B” 401 M
Miles
(Kilometers )
Change engine oil and engine oil filter, or at 3
months whichever comes first.
Rotate tires.
Check spare tire for proper pressure and correct
stowage.
Change rear axle fluid.
Change front axle fluid (4X4).
Check transfer case fluid level (4X4).
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
(130 000)
X
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84,000
(140 000)
X
X
X
87,000
(145 000)
X
90,000
(150 000)
X
X
X
X
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X
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X
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X
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A
I
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T (Kilometers)
E
N Change engine oil and engine oil filter, or at 3 months
A whichever comes first.
N
C Rotate tires.
E Check spare tire for proper pressure and correct stowage.
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Flush and replace engine coolant, if not replaced at 60
months.
Change rear axle fluid.
Change front axle fluid (4X4).
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X
96,000
(160 000)
X
X
X
99,000
(165 000)
X
102,000
(170 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “B” 403 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
Change engine oil and engine oil filter, or at 3
months whichever comes first.
Rotate tires.
Check spare tire for proper pressure and correct stowage.
Change rear axle fluid.
Change front axle fluid (4X4).
Inspect brake linings.
Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if
necessary.
Replace spark plugs.
Inspect and replace ignition cables if necessary (5.7L only).
Inspect PCV valve, replace as necessary.**
Inspect auto tension drive belt and replace if
required.
105,000
(175 000)
X
108,000
(180 000)
X
X
X
X
X
111,000
114,000
117,000
120,000
(185 000) (190 000) (195 000) (200 000)
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
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X
X
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X
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A
I
N Miles
T (Kilometers)
E
N Drain and refill transfer case fluid (4X4).
A Drain and refill automatic transmission fluid,
N
C change filter (3.7L). This applies only if your
E vehicle is used for police, taxi, fleet, or freS
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105,000
(175 000)
quent trailer towing.
Drain and refill automatic transmission fluid
and change main sump filter and spin-on
cooler return filter if equipped. (4.7L/5.7L
only). This applies only if your vehicle is used
for police, taxi, fleet, or frequent trailer towing.
Flush and replace engine coolant at 120
months, if not replaced at 102,000 miles (170
000 km).
Inspection and service should also be performed anytime
a malfunction is observed or suspected. Retain all receipts.
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(180 000)
111,000
114,000
117,000
120,000
(185 000) (190 000) (195 000) (200 000)
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X
SCHEDULE “A” 405 M
Schedule “A”
Miles
(Kilometers)
[Months]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Rotate tires.
Check spare tire for proper pressure and correct
stowage.
Check transfer case fluid level (4X4).
Inspect brake linings.
Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace as necessary.
Replace spark plugs.
6,000
(10 000)
[6]
X
X
X
12,000
(20 000)
[12]
X
X
X
18,000
(30 000)
[18]
X
X
X
24,000
(40 000)
[24]
X
X
X
30,000
(50 000)
[30]
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
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E
N [Months]
A Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
N
C Rotate tires.
E Check spare tire for proper pressure and corS
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E
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E
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rect stowage.
Check transfer case fluid level (4X4).
Flush and replace engine coolant at 60
months, if not replaced at 102,000 miles (170
000 km).
Inspect brake linings.
36,000
(60 000)
[36]
X
X
X
42,000
(70 000)
[42]
X
X
X
48,000
(80 000)
[48]
X
X
54,000
(90 000)
[54]
X
X
X
60,000
66,000
(100 000) (110 000)
[60]
[66]
X
X
X
X
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X
X
X
X
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SCHEDULE “A” 407 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
[Months]
Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace if
necessary.
Replace spark plugs.
Inspect PCV valve, replace as necessary. *
Inspect and replace ignition cables if necessary (5.7L only).
Inspect auto tension drive belt and replace if
required.
36,000
(60 000)
[36]
42,000
(70 000)
[42]
48,000
(80 000)
[48]
54,000
(90 000)
[54]
60,000
66,000
(100 000) (110 000)
[60]
[66]
X
X
X
X
X
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N
A
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C
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A
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T (Kilometers)
E
N [Months]
A Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
N
C Rotate tires.
E Check spare tire for proper pressure and correct
S
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L
E
S
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stowage.
Check transfer case fluid level (4X4).
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.
72,000
(120 000)
[72]
X
X
X
X
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(130 000)
[78]
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84,000
(140 000)
[84]
X
X
X
90,000
(150 000)
[90]
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
X
96,000
(160 000)
[96]
X
X
X
SCHEDULE “A” 409 M
Miles
(Kilometers)
[Months]
Change engine oil and engine oil filter.
Rotate tires.
Check spare tire for proper pressure and correct stowage.
Drain and refill tranfer case fluid (4X4).
Flush and replace engine coolant, if not replaced at 60
months.
Flush and replace engine coolant at 120 months, if not
replaced at 102,000 miles (170 000 km).
Inspect brake linings.
Inspect engine air cleaner filter, replace as necessary.
Replace spark plugs.
Inspect PCV valve, replace as necessary.**
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(170 000)
[102]
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X
108,000
(180 000)
[108]
X
X
X
114,000
(190 000)
[114]
X
X
X
120,000
(200 000)
[120]
X
X
X
X
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410 SCHEDULE “A”
Inspection and service should also be performed anytime
a malfunction is observed or suspected. Retain all receipts.
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:
WARNING!
• Disconnect the Ignition-Off Draw fuse (I.O.D.) fuse
located in the Power Distribution Center (PDC). The
I.O.D. cavity includes a snap-in retainer that allows the
fuse to be disconnected, without removing it from the
fuse block.
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 right equipment. If
you have any doubt about your ability to perform a
service job, take your vehicle to a competent mechanic.
• The transfer case should be placed in the 4HI mode
and kept in this position to minimize the battery drain.
• As an alternative to the above steps you may disconnect the negative cable from the battery.
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CONTENTS
䡵 Suggestions For Obtaining Service For Your
Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 412
▫ Prepare For The Appointment . . . . . . . . . . . . 412
▫ Prepare A List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 412
▫ Be Reasonable With Requests . . . . . . . . . . . . . 412
䡵 If You Need Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 412
䡵 Warranty Information (U.S. Vehicles Only) . . . . . 415
䡵 Mopar威 Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415
䡵 Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415
▫ In Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415
䡵 Publication Order Forms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 416
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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.
Warranty service must be done by an authorized
Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep dealer. We strongly recommend
that you take your vehicle to your selling dealer. They
know you and your vehicle best, and are most concerned
that you get prompt and high quality service. The
manufacturer’s dealers have the facilities, factory-trained
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE 413
technicians, special tools, and the latest information to
assure your vehicle is fixed correctly and in a timely
manner.
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)
• 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
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
• Dealership name
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414 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
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.
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.
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WARRANTY INFORMATION (U.S. Vehicles Only)
See the Warranty Information Booklet for the terms and
provisions of DaimlerChrysler’s warranties applicable to
this vehicle.
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 1–888–327–4236 (TTY: 1–800–424–
9153), or go to http://www.NHTSA.gov. 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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416 IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE
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.
• 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.
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.
• Owner’s Manuals.
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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 417
Call Toll Free at:
• 1–800–890–4038 (U.S.)
• 1–800–387–1143 (Canada)
Or
Visit us on the World Wide Web at:
• www.techauthority.daimlerchrysler.com
• www.daimlerchrysler.ca/manuals
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420 INDEX
ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System) . . . . . . . . . . . . 186,260
Adding Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287,316
Air Cleaner, Engine (Engine Air Cleaner Filter) . . . 346
Air Conditioner Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . 223,349
Air Conditioning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Air Conditioning, Operating Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Air Conditioning, Rear Zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226
Air Conditioning Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . 349,350
Air Conditioning System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222,349
Air Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346
Air Pressure, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274,282
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48,191
Airbag Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Alarm, Panic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Alarm (Security Alarm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26,185
Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
Antenna, Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Antifreeze (Engine Coolant) . . . . . . . . . . . 356,357,385
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . 146,260
Anti-Lock Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Anti-Theft System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26,185
Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 366
Arming Theft System (Security Alarm) . . . . . . . . . 27
Automatic Dimming Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84,88
Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Automatic Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Automatic Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242,245,362
Adding Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 362
Fluid and Filter Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363
Fluid Level Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 362
Fluid Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363,387
Gear Ranges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Special Additives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364
Torque Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
Axle Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 387
Axle Lubrication (Axle Fluid) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365
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Ball Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 351
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 348
Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325
Emergency Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325
Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325
Keyless Transmitter Replacement (RKE) . . . . . . . 26
Saving Feature (Protection) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Belts, Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345
Belts, Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Body Mechanism Lubrication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 351
B-Pillar Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
Brake Assist System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139,147
Brake Control System, Electronic . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Brake Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 387
Brake System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260,360
Anti-Lock (ABS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146,260
Disc Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
Fluid Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 361
Master Cylinder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186,189
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 260
Brake/Transmission Interlock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Break-In Recommendations, New Vehicle . . . . . . . . 74
Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 377
Bulbs, Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 376
Calibration, Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Capacities, Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385
Caps, Filler
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287,288
Oil (Engine) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343
Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350
Radiator (Coolant Pressure) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354
Car Washes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367
Carbon Monoxide Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . 75,163,290
Cargo Management System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
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Cargo Organizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Cargo Organizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176
Cargo (Vehicle Loading) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
Catalytic Converter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291,347
CD (Compact Disc) Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193,200
Cellular Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88,222
Center High Mounted Stop Light . . . . . . . . . . . . 383
Certification Label . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
Changing A Flat Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325
Chart, Tire Sizing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64,65
Child Restraint Tether Anchors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67,73
Child Restraint with Automatic Belts . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Child Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 370,371
Climate Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Climate Control, Rear Zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226,232
Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192,195,202,215
Compact Disc (CD) Maintenance
Compact Spare Tire . . . . . . . . .
Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Compass Calibration . . . . . . . .
Compass Variance . . . . . . . . . .
Computer, Trip/Travel . . . . . . .
Console, Floor . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Console, Overhead . . . . . . . . . .
Contract, Service . . . . . . . . . . .
Converter, Catalytic . . . . . . . . .
Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . .
Coolant Pressure Cap . . . . . . . .
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adding Coolant (Antifreeze) .
Coolant Capacity . . . . . . . . .
Coolant Level . . . . . . . . . . . .
Disposal of Used Coolant . . .
Drain, Flush, and Refill . . . . .
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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277
159
159
160
156
172
155
414
291
358
357
354
357
385
358
355
355
354
INDEX 423
Points to Remember . . . . . . . .
Radiator Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selection of Coolant (Antifreeze)
Temperature Gauge . . . . . . . . .
Cruise Control (Speed Control) . .
Cup Holder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Customer Assistance . . . . . . . . .
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Data Recorder, Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Daytime Running Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Dealer Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340
Defroster, Rear Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
Defroster, Windshield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76,225,230
Delay (Intermittent) Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Diagnostic System, Onboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337
Dimmer Switch, Headlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Dipsticks
Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 362
Oil (Engine) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340
Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350
Disarming, Theft System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Disc Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
Disposal
Used Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355
Door Ajar Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Door Opener, Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Drive Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345
Drive Shaft Universal Joints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 351
DVD Player (Video Entertainment System) . . . . . . 215
Electric Remote Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Electrical Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170
Electronic Brake Control System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Electronic Speed Control (Cruise Control) . . . . . . 142
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) . . . . . . 139,150,189
Emergency, In Case of
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Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320
Overheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 357
Tow Hooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 328
Emission Control System Maintenance . . . . . . . . . 390
Emission Related Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
Engine
Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346
Block Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335,336
Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356,386
Cooling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354
Exhaust Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33,75,290
Fails to Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Flooded, Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Fuel Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385
Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325
Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340,385,386
Oil Filler Cap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343
Oil Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385
Oil Synthetic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344
Overheating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 357
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
Temperature Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Entry System, Illuminated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Equipment Identification Plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313
Ethylene Glycol Antifreeze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 356
Event Data Recorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Exhaust Gas Caution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33,75,290,354
Exhaust System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75,353
Extender, Seat Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Filters
Air Cleaner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346
Engine Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344,386
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Engine Oil Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344
Flashers
Hazard Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136,183,378
Flat Tire Stowage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319,325
Flooded Engine Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Floor Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172
Fluid, Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360,387
Fluid Capacities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385
Fluid Level Checks
Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 362
Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
Cooling System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354
Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340
Power Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350
Transfer Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364
Fluids, Lubricants and Genuine Parts . . . . . . . . . . 386
Fog Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135,384
Folding Rear Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117,120
Four Wheel Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
Four-Way Hazard Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
Freeing A Stuck Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Front Axle (Differential) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
Adding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346
Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Octane Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285,386
Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285,385
Tank Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385
Fueling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287
Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172,370,371
Garage Door Opener (HomeLink威) . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Gas Cap (Fuel Filler Cap) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 288,337
Gas Gauge (Fuel Gauge) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Gasoline (Fuel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
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Gasoline, Reformulated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
Gauges
Coolant Temperature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Gear Ranges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Glass Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 369
Grease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365
Gross Axle Weight Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293,297
Gross Cargo Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296
GVWR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 293,295
Hands-Free Phone (UConnect™) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 377
Delay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
High Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
High Beam/Low Beam Select Switch . . . . . . . . 137
Lights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Replacing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 377
Heated Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Heated Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222
Heater, Engine Block . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
High Beam Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
High Beam/Low Beam Select (Dimmer) Switch . . 137
Hitches
Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 298
HomeLink威 (Garage Door Opener) Transmitter . . . 162
Hood Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Hoses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
Ignition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
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Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Illuminated Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Infant Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64,65
Inflation Pressure Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Inside Rearview Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Instrument Panel and Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181
Instrument Panel Lens Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . 369
Integrated Power Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 375
Interior Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 368
Interior Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 371
Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Interior Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Intermittent Wipers (Delay Wipers) . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Jack Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317,320
Jacking Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321
Key, Replacement . . . . .
Key, Sentry (Immobilizer)
Key-In Reminder . . . . . .
Keyless Entry System . . .
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Lane Change and Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . 136,183,378
Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37,42
LATCH
(Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren) . . . . . . . 67
Life of Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76,131
Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61,191
Anti-Lock Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Automatic Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Back-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378
Brake Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
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Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 376,377
Center Mounted Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 383
Courtesy/Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155
Cruise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Daytime Running . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Door Ajar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151,189
Fog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135,184,384
Hazard Warning Flasher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316
Headlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
High Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
High Beam/Low Beam Select . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134,183
Interior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132,155
License . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 382
Lights On Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Low Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183,184
Malfunction Indicator (Check Engine) . . . . . . . . 190
Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Passing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Seat Belt Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 376
Traction Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Turn Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136,378
Warning (Instrument Cluster Description) . . . . . 183
Washer Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Loading Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Automatic Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Child Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Ignition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Power Door . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
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Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren
(LATCH) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Lubricating Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365
Lubrication, Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 351
Lug Nuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323
Luggage Carrier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Lumbar Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Maintenance Free Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Maintenance Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Schedule “A” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Schedule “B” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Malfunction Indicator Light (Check Engine)
Manual, Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Manual Transmission
Lubricant Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Map/Reading Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Memory Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Automatic Dimming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84,88
Electric Powered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Heated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Outside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Rearview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
Vanity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Mopar Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339,415
Multi-Function Control Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
New Vehicle Break-In Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Occupant Classification System (OCS) . . . . . . . . . . 52
Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Octane Rating, Gasoline (Fuel) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285
Oil, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340,386
Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385
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Change Interval . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 342
Dipstick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340
Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344,386
Filter Disposal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344
Identification Logo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343
Materials Added to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344
Recommendation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343,385
Synthetic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344
Viscosity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343,385
Onboard Diagnostic System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337,338
Opener, Garage Door (HomeLink威) . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Outside Rearview Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
Overdrive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186,247
Overdrive OFF Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247
Overhead Console . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155,156
Overhead Travel Information Center . . . . . . . . . . 156
Overheating, Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185,357
Owner’s Manual (Operator Manual) . . . . . . . . . . 416
Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Parking Brake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Parking On Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 258
Passing Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Pedals, Adjustable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141
Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Pets, Transporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Phone, Cellular . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Phone, Hands-Free (UConnect™) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Placard, Tire and Loading Information . . . . . . . . . 269
Positive Crankcase Valve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
Power
Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 360
Distribution Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 370,373
Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,16
Lift Gate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Outlet (Auxiliary Electrical Outlet) . . . . . . . . . . 170
Steering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262,350
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Sunroof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Power Steering Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 387
Pregnant Women and Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Preparation for Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321
Pretensioners
Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Programmable Electronic Features . . . . . . . . . 163,167
Programming Transmitters
(Remote Keyless Entry) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24,163,167
Radial Ply Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
Radiator Cap (Coolant Pressure Cap) . . . . . . . . . . 357
Radio Broadcast Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193,200,222
Radio Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Radio, Satellite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Radio (Sound Systems) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193,200
Rear Axle (Differential) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365
Rear Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Rear Window Defroster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238
Rear Window Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
Rear Wiper/Washer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
Rearview Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Reception, Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Reclining Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Recorder, Event Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Recreational Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 308
Shifting into Transfer Case Neutral (N) . . . . . . . 309
Shifting out of Transfer Case Neutral (N) . . . . . 311
Reformulated Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 286
Refrigerant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 350
Release, Hood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Reminder, Seat Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Remote Sound System (Radio) Controls . . . . . . . . 220
Remote Starting System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Replacement Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
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Replacement Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339
Replacement Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Reporting Safety Defects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415
Restraints, Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64,69
Restraints, Occupant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Rocking Vehicle When Stuck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Roof Type Carrier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Rotation, Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Safety Checks Inside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Safety Checks Outside Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Safety Defects, Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415
Safety, Exhaust Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Safety Information, Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Satellite Radio Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219
Schedule, Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 391
Seat Belt Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 370
Seat Belt Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Seat Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36,37
And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64,65
Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Front Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Heated . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Lumbar Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Reclining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112
Security Alarm (Theft Alarm) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26,185
Selection of Coolant (Antifreeze) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 386
Selection of Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343
Sentry Key (Immobilizer) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
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Sentry Key Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Service and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . 340,390,391
Service Assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 412
Service Contract . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 414
Service Manuals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 416
Setting the Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192,195,202,215
Shifting
Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Transfer Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
Transfer Case, Shifting into Transfer
Case Neutral (N) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 309
Transfer Case, Shifting out of Transfer
Case Neutral (N) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 311
Shoulder Belt Upper Anchorage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Signals, Turn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136,183,378
Snow Chains (Tire Chains) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Snow Plow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277,278
Spark Plugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345
Speed Control (Cruise Control) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
Automatic Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
Emergency (Jump Starting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325
Engine Block Heater . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244
Engine Fails to Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243
Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Starting Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242
Steering
Column Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Column Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 262,350
Wheel, Tilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Steering Wheel Mounted Sound System
Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 220
Storage, Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410
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Stuck, Freeing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Sun Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Supplemental Tire Pressure Information . . . . . . . . 282
Synthetic Engine Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 344
System, Remote Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Taillights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378
Temperature Control, Automatic (ATC) . . . . . . . . 227
Temperature Gauge, Engine Coolant . . . . . . . . . . 183
Tether Anchor, Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Theft System Arming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Theft System Disarming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Thermostat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
Tilt Steering Column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Tire and Loading Information Placard . . . . . . 269,282
Tire Identification Number (TIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 268
Tire Markings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Tire Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76,273
Aging (Life of Tires) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Air Pressure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
Alignment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 282
Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
Compact Spare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273
High Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 275
Inflation Pressures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274
Jacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320
Life of Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Load Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269,270
Radial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 276
Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 280
Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 284
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 264,273
Sizes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 266
Snow Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
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Spare Tire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319
Spinning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
Wheel Mounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320
Wheel Nut Torque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323
Tongue Weight/Trailer Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
Torque Converter Clutch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 249
Tow Hooks, Emergency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296
Disabled Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 328
Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
Recreational . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 308
Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
Traction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312
Traction Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149,187
Trailer Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 296
Cooling System Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 306
Hitches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 298
Minimum Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300
Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307
Trailer and Tongue Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
Wiring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 304
Trailer Towing Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
Trailer Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 299
Transaxle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245
Transfer Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 387
Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245,362
Automatic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245,362
Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363,387
Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 362
Transmitter Battery Service
(Remote Keyless Entry) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Transmitter, Garage Door Opener (HomeLink威) . . 162
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Transmitter Programming
(Remote Keyless Entry) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Tread Wear Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279
Trip Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156
Trip Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Trip Odometer Reset Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Turn Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136,183,378
Underhood Fuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 373
Universal Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Vacuum/Vapor Harnesses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359
Vanity Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Variance, Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Vehicle Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 270,292
Vehicle Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 410
Video Entertainment System
(Rear Seat Video System) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215
Warning Lights
(Instrument Cluster Description) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Warnings and Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415
Washers, Windshield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139
Washing Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 367
Weight Load Carrying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 292
Wheel Alignment and Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281
Wheel and Wheel Trim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 368
Wheel Changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 317
Wheel Mounting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320
Wheel Nut Torque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323
Wind Buffeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169
Window Fogging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 234
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Windshield Defroster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76,225,230
Windshield Washers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137,139,352
Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137,352
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Windshield Wiper Blades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352
Windshield Wipers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Wiper Blade Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352
Wiper, Rear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237
Wipers, Intermittent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Wrecker Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 328
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