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300 2009 owner’s manual

Chrysler LLC 81-026-0943

Second Edition

Printed in U.S.A.

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9/8/08 3:37:51 PM

VEHICLES SOLD IN CANADA With respect to any Vehicles Sold in Canada, the name Chrysler LLC shall be deemed to be deleted and the name Chrysler Canada Inc. used in substitution therefor. DRIVING AND ALCOHOL Drunken driving is one of the most frequent causes of accidents. Your driving ability can be seriously impaired with blood alcohol levels far below the legal minimum. If you are drinking, don’t drive. Ride with a designated non-drinking driver, call a cab, a friend, or use public transportation.

WARNING!

Driving after drinking can lead to an accident. Your perceptions are less sharp, your reflexes are slower, and your judgment is impaired when you have been drinking. Never drink and then drive.

This manual illustrates and describes the operation of features and equipment that are either standard or op- tional on this vehicle. This manual may also include a description of features and equipment that are no longer available or were not ordered on this vehicle. Please disregard any features and equipment described in this manual that are not on this vehicle. Chrysler LLC reserves the right to make changes in design and specifications, and/or make additions to or improvements to its products without imposing any obligation upon itself to install them on products previ- ously manufactured.

Copyright © 2008 Chrysler LLC

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

STARTING AND OPERATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 305

WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .395

MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415

MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 473

IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .491

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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 501

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CONTENTS

䡵 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 䡵 How To Use This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 䡵 Warnings And Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

䡵 Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 䡵 Vehicle Modifications/Alterations . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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INTRODUCTION This Owner’s Manual has been prepared with the assis- tance of service and engineering specialists to acquaint you with the operation and maintenance of your 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 referencing 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 authorized dealer knows your vehicle best, has the factory-trained technicians and genuine Mopar威 parts, and is interested in your satisfaction.

HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL Consult the Table of Contents to determine which section contains the information you desire. The detailed index at the back of this Owner’s Manual contains a complete listing of all subjects. Consult the following table for a description of the symbols that may be used on your vehicle or throughout this Owner’s Manual:

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WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS This Owner’s Manual contains WARNINGS against op- erating procedures that could result in an accident or bodily injury. It also contains CAUTIONS against proce- dures that 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 on the left front corner of the instrument panel. The VIN is 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, the vehicle registration, and the title.

NOTE:

It is illegal to remove the VIN.

VIN Location

VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS/ALTERATIONS

WARNING!

Any modifications or alterations to this vehicle could seriously affect its roadworthiness and safety and may lead to an accident resulting in serious injury or death.

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䡵 A Word About Your Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 ▫ Wireless Ignition Node (WIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 ▫ Integrated Ignition Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 ▫ Ignition Key Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 ▫ Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 䡵 Sentry Key威 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 ▫ Replacement Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 ▫ Customer Key Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 ▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

䡵 Vehicle Security Alarm — If Equipped . . . . . . . . 18 ▫ Rearming Of The System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 ▫ To Arm The System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 ▫ To Disarm The System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 䡵 Illuminated Entry System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 䡵 Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 ▫ To Unlock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 ▫ To Lock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 ▫ To Unlatch The Trunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

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▫ How To Use Remote Start

▫ Using The Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 ▫ Programming Additional Transmitters . . . . . . 25 ▫ Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 ▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 䡵 Remote Starting System — If Equipped . . . . . . . 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 䡵 Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 ▫ Manual Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 ▫ Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 ▫ Child Protection Door Lock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 ▫ Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 ▫ Wind Buffeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

䡵 Windows

䡵 Trunk Lock And Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 䡵 Trunk Safety Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 ▫ Trunk Emergency Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 䡵 Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 ▫ Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 ▫ Lap/Shoulder Belt Untwisting Procedure . . . . 47 ▫ Seat Belt Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 ▫ Enhanced Seat Belt Use Reminder System

(BeltAlert威)

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 ▫ Automatic Locking Mode — If Equipped . . . . 49 ▫ Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . 50 ▫ Seat Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 ▫ Driver And Front Passenger Supplemental

Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . 51

▫ Event Data Recorder (EDR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 ▫ Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 䡵 Engine Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . . 75 䡵 Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

▫ Transporting Passengers

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▫ Exhaust Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 ▫ Safety Checks You Should Make Inside The

Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

▫ Periodic Safety Checks You Should Make

Outside The Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

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A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS Your vehicle uses a keyless ignition system. This system consists of a Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter with Integrated Key and a Wireless Ignition Node (WIN) with integral ignition switch. You can insert the double- sided integrated key into the ignition switch with either side up. Wireless Ignition Node (WIN) The Wireless Ignition Node (WIN) operates similar to an ignition switch. It has four operating positions, three with detents and one that is spring-loaded. The detent posi- tions are LOCK, ACC, and ON. The START position is a spring-loaded momentary contact position. When re- leased from the START position, the switch automatically returns to the ON position.

Wireless Ignition Node (WIN)

1 — LOCK 2 — ACC (ACCESSORY) 3 — ON 4 — START

Integrated Ignition Key The Integrated Key (FOBIK) operates the ignition switch. It also contains the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) trans- mitter and a valet key, which stores in the rear of the RKE transmitter. The valet key allows for entry into the vehicle should the battery in the vehicle or the RKE transmitter go dead. The valet key is also for locking the glove box. You can keep the valet key with you when valet parking. To remove the valet key from the RKE transmitter, slide the mechanical latch at the top of the RKE transmitter sideways with your thumb and then pull the key out of the RKE transmitter with your other hand.

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Valet Key Removal

NOTE: You can insert the double-sided valet key into the lock cylinders with either side up. Ignition Key Removal Place the shift lever in PARK. Turn the key to the LOCK position and then remove the key.

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(EVIC),

NOTE: • For vehicles not equipped with the Electronic Vehicle Information Center the power window switches, radio, power sunroof (if equipped), and power outlets will remain active for 10 minutes after the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position. Opening either front door will cancel this feature. • For vehicles equipped with the EVIC, the power window switches, radio, power sunroof (if equipped), and power outlets will remain active for up to 60 min- utes after the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position. Opening either front door will cancel this feature. The time for this feature is programmable. Refer to “Delay Power Off to Accessories Until Exit,” under “Personal Settings (Customer-Programmable Features)” in the “Electronic Vehicle Information Cen- ter (EVIC) — If Equipped,” in Section 4.

WARNING!

Never leave children alone in a vehicle. Leaving unattended children in a vehicle is dangerous for a number of reasons. A child or others could be seri- ously or fatally injured. Don’t leave the key in the ignition. A child could operate power windows, other controls, or move the vehicle.

CAUTION!

An unlocked car is an invitation to thieves. Always remove the key from the ignition and lock all doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.

Key-In-Ignition Reminder Opening the driver’s door when the key is in the ignition and the ignition position is LOCK or ACC, sounds a signal to remind you to remove the key.

The Key-In-Ignition reminder only sounds NOTE: when the ignition key is placed in the LOCK or ACC position.

SENTRY KEY姞 The Sentry Key威 Immobilizer system prevents unautho- rized vehicle operation by disabling the engine. The system does not need to be armed or activated. Operation is automatic, regardless of whether the vehicle is locked or unlocked. The system uses the factory-mated Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter with integrated key and Wireless Igni- tion Node (WIN) to prevent unauthorized vehicle opera- tion. Therefore, only RKE transmitters that are pro- grammed to the vehicle can be used to start and operate the vehicle. The system will shut the engine off in two seconds if an invalid RKE transmitter is used to start the engine.

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After turning the ignition switch to the ON position, the Vehicle Security Light will turn on for three seconds for a bulb check. If the light remains on after the bulb check, it indicates that there is a problem with the electronics. In addition, if the light begins to flash after the bulb check, it indicates that someone used an invalid RKE transmitter to start the engine. Either of these conditions will result in the engine being shut off after two seconds. If the Vehicle Security Light turns on during normal vehicle operation (vehicle running for longer than 10 sec- onds), it indicates that there is a fault in the electronics. Should this occur, have the vehicle serviced as soon as possible. NOTE: • The Sentry Key威 Immobilizer system is not compatible with aftermarket remote starting systems. Use of these systems may result in vehicle starting problems and loss of security protection.

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• Exxon/Mobil Speedpass™, additional RKE transmit- ters, or any other transponder-equipped components on the same key chain will not cause a fault unless the additional part is physically held against the RKE transmitter being used to start the vehicle. Cell phones, pagers, or other Radio Frequency (RF) elec- tronics will not cause interference with this system.

All of the RKE transmitters provided with your new vehicle have been programmed to the vehicle electronics. Replacement Keys

NOTE: Only RKE transmitters that are programmed to the vehicle electronics can be used to start and operate the vehicle. Once an RKE transmitter is programmed to a vehicle, it cannot be programmed to any other vehicle.

CAUTION!

Always remove the keys from the vehicle and lock all doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.

At the time of purchase, the original owner is provided with a four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN). Keep the PIN in a secure location. This number is required for authorized dealer replacement of RKE trans- mitters. Duplication of RKE transmitters may be per- formed at an authorized dealer or by using the Customer Key Programming procedure. This procedure consists of programming a blank RKE transmitter to the vehicle electronics. A blank RKE transmitter is one that has never been programmed. NOTE: When having the Sentry Key威 Immobilizer system serviced, bring all vehicle RKE transmitters with you to an authorized dealer.

Customer Key Programming If you have two valid RKE transmitters with integrated keys, you can program new RKE transmitters to the system by performing the following procedure: 1. Insert the first valid integrated key into the ignition switch and turn the ignition switch to the ON position for at least three seconds, but no longer than 15 seconds. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position and remove the first key. 2. Insert the second valid integrated key and turn the ignition switch to the ON position within 15 seconds. After 10 seconds, a chime will sound and the Vehicle Security Light will begin to flash. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position and remove the second key. 3. Insert a blank integrated key into the ignition switch and turn the ignition switch to the ON position within 60 seconds. After 10 seconds, a single chime will sound

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and the Vehicle Security Light will stop flashing, turn on

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