Dodge Nitro: Remote starting system
This system uses the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter to start the engine conveniently from outside the vehicle while still maintaining security. The system has a range of approximately 300 ft (91 m).
The vehicle must be equipped with an automatic transmission to be equipped with Remote Start.
How to Use Remote Start
All of the following conditions must be met before the engine will remote start:
Shift lever in PARK.
Hazard switch off.
Brake switch inactive (brake pedal not pressed).
Ignition key removed from ignition switch.
Battery at an acceptable charge level.
RKE PANIC button not pressed.
Do not start or run an engine in a closed garage or confined area. Exhaust gas contains Carbon Monoxide (CO) which is odorless and colorless. Carbon Monoxide is poisonous and can cause serious injury or death when inhaled.
Keep Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitters away from children. Operation of the Remote Start System, windows, door locks or other controls could cause serious injury or death.
To Enter Remote Start
Press and release the REMOTE START button on the RKE transmitter twice, within five seconds. The parking lights will flash and the horn will chirp twice (if programmed). Then, the engine will start and the vehicle will remain in the Remote Start mode for a 15-minute cycle.
The park lamps will turn on and remain on during Remote Start mode.
For security, power window and power sunroof operation (if equipped) are disabled when the vehicle is in the Remote Start mode.
The engine can be started two consecutive times (two 15-minute cycles) with the RKE transmitter. However, the ignition switch must be cycled to the ON position before you can repeat the start sequence for a third cycle. Remote start will also cancel if any of the following occur:
The engine stalls or RPM exceeds 2500.
Any engine warning lamps come on.
The hood is opened.
The hazard switch is pressed.
The transmission is moved out of PARK.
The brake pedal is pressed.
To Exit Remote Start Mode without Driving the Vehicle
Press and release the REMOTE START button one time, or allow the engine to run for the entire 15-minute cycle.
To avoid unintentional shut downs, the system will disable the one time press of the REMOTE START button for two seconds after receiving a valid Remote Start request.
To Exit Remote Start Mode and Drive the Vehicle
Before the end of the 15-minute cycle, press and release the UNLOCK button on the RKE transmitter to unlock the doors and disarm the Vehicle Security Alarm (if equipped). Then, prior to the end of the 15-minute cycle, insert the key into the ignition switch and turn the switch to the ON position.
The ignition switch must be in the ON position in order to drive the vehicle.