towing DODGE RAM 4500 CHASSIS CAB 2009 4.G Owners Manual
Page 75 of 429
occur. For recommended viscosity and quality grades,
refer to “Engine Oil” under “Maintenance Procedures” in
NON-DETERGENT OR STRAIGHT MINERAL OILS
MUST NEVER BE USED.
A new engine may consume some oil during its first few
thousand miles (kilometers) of operation. This is a nor-
mal part of the break-in and is not an indication of
•During the first 500 mi (805 km) your new vehicle
is driven, do not tow a trailer. Doing so may
damage your axles, driveline and vehicle.
•Limit your speed to 50 or 55 mph (80 or 90 km/h)
during the first 500 mi (805 km) of towing.
Exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, an ex-
tremely 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.
•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 Recirculation.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE 73
Page 79 of 429
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE
Mirrors .............................. 81
▫ Inside Day/Night Mirror ................ 81
▫ Automatic Dimming Mirror — If Equipped . . . 82
▫ Outside Mirrors ...................... 82
▫ Outside Mirrors Folding Feature .......... 83
▫ Power Mirrors — If Equipped ............ 83
▫ Heated Power Mirrors — If Equipped ...... 84
▫ Trailer Towing Mirrors — If Equipped ...... 84
Hands-Free Communication (UConnect)—
If Equipped ........................... 86
▫ Operation .......................... 88
▫ Phone Call Features ................... 96
▫ UConnect System Features .............. 99
▫ Advanced Phone Connectivity ........... 104
▫ Things You Should Know About Your
UConnect System................... 105
▫ General Information .................. 114
Page 86 of 429
Set the top switch to the left or right for the left or right
mirror, and set it to the center off position to prevent
accidentally moving a mirror when you are finished
adjusting the mirror. To adjust a mirror, select left or right
with the top switch, and press one of the four arrows for
the direction you want the mirror to move.Heated Power Mirrors — If Equipped
Heated mirrors are automatically activated when you
depress the rear window defroster switch located on the
instrument panel. Refer to “Rear Window Features” in
this Section, for further information.
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 out-
board, the mirror head should be rotated (flipped in or
Power Mirror Movement
84 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE
Page 87 of 429
NOTE:Fold the trailer towing mirrors rearward prior to
entering an automated car wash. A small blindspot mirror is integrated onto the main
Trailer Towing Position
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 85
Page 102 of 429
•After theReadyprompt and the following beep, say
Emergency and the UConnect system will instruct
the paired cellular phone to call the emergency num-
ber. This feature is supported in the U.S., Canada, and
•The emergency number dialed is based on the country
where the vehicle is purchased (911 for the U.S. and
Canada and 060 for Mexico). The number dialed may
not be applicable with the available cellular service
•If supported, this number may be programmable on
some systems. To do this, press the PHONE button
and say ‘Setup’, followed by ‘Emergency’.
•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 emergency situations, when the cell phone has
network coverage and stays paired to the UConnect
If you need towing assistance:
•Press the PHONE button to begin.
•After the Readyprompt and the following beep, say
100 UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE
Page 103 of 429
•The towing assistance number dialed is based on the
country where the vehicle is purchased (1-800-528-
2069 for the U.S., 1-877-213-4525 for Canada, 55-14-
3454 for Mexico City and 1-800-712-3040 for outside
Mexico City in Mexico).
•If supported, this number may be programmable on
some systems. To do this, press the PHONE button
and say “Setup”’, followed by “Towing Assistance”.
To learn how to page, refer toWorking 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.
Voice Mail Calling
To learn how to access your voice mail, refer to Working
with Automated Systems.
Working with Automated Systems
This method is used in instances where one generally has
to press numbers on the cellular phone keypad while
navigating through an automated telephone system.
You can use your UConnect system to access a voice
mail system or an automated service, such as a paging
service or automated customer service line. Some ser-
vices require immediate response selection. In some
instances, that may be too quick for use of the UConnect
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 press
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 followed with a
pound, (3746#),youcanpresstheVOICE RECOGNI-
TION button and say, 3746#Send.Saying a number,
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 101
Page 115 of 429
pair a phone
phone pairing pairing
phonebook phone book
return to main menu return or main menu
select phone select
set up phone settings or phone set up
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 113
Page 137 of 429
To Resume Speed
To resume a previously set speed, push and release the
RESUME button. Resume can be used at any speed above
30 mph (50 km/h).
To Vary The Speed Setting
When the Electronic Speed Control is on, speed can be
increased by pressing and holding the RESUME/ACCEL
button. When the button is released, a new set speed will
Tapping the ACCEL button once will result in a speed
increase of 1 mph (2 km/h). Each time the button is
tapped, speed increases so that tapping the button three
times will increase speed by 3 mph (4.8 km/h).
Tapping the DECEL button once will result in a speed
decrease of 1 mph (2 km/h). Each time the button is
tapped, speed will decrease. For example, tapping the
button three times will decrease the speed by 3 mph
(4.8 km/h)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.
To Accelerate For Passing
Depress the accelerator as you would normally. When the
pedal is released, the vehicle will return to the set speed.
When driving uphill, at elevations above 2,000 ft
(610 m), or when the vehicle is heavily loaded (especially
when towing) the vehicle may slow below the SET speed.
If the vehicle speed drops below 25 mph (40 km/h), the
speed control will automatically disengage. If this hap-
pens, you can push down on the accelerator pedal to
maintain the desired speed.
Vehicles equipped with a 6–speed manual transmission
should be operated in 4th or 5th gear under the above
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE 135
Page 167 of 429
The gauge pointer will likely indicate a higher tempera-
ture when driving in hot weather, up mountain grades,
or when towing a trailer. It should not be allowed to
exceed the upper limits of the normal operating range.
Driving with a hot engine cooling system could
damage your vehicle. If temperature gauge reads “H”
pull over and stop the vehicle. Idle the vehicle with
the air conditioner turned off until the pointer drops
back into the normal range. If the pointer remains on
the “H” and you hear continuous chimes, turn the
engine off immediately, and call an authorized deal-
ership for service.
A hot engine cooling system is dangerous. You or
others could be badly burned by steam or boiling
coolant. You may want to call an authorized dealer-
ship for service if your vehicle overheats. If you
decide to look under the hood yourself, see Section 7
of this manual. Follow the warnings under the Cool-
ing System Pressure Cap paragraph.
14. Vehicle Security Light — If Equipped This light will flash at a fast rate for approxi-
mately 15 seconds, when the vehicle security
alarm is arming, and then will flash slowly
until the vehicle is disarmed.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL 165
Page 170 of 429
18. Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL)The Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) 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 five seconds, and remain on
until the vehicle is started. If the bulb does not come on
during starting, have the condition investigated
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 authorized dealer for service as
soon as possible.
Prolonged driving with the MIL on could cause
damage to the engine control system. It also could
affect fuel economy and drivability.
If the MIL is flashing, severe catalytic converter
damage and power loss will soon occur. Immediate
service is required.
19. Brake Warning Light This light monitors various brake functions,
including brake fluid level and parking brake
application. If the brake light turns on, it may
indicate that the parking brake is applied, that
the brake fluid level is low, or that there is a problem with
the anti-lock brake system reservoir.
168 UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL