JEEP COMPASS 2015 1.G Owner's Manual
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5. Engine Temperature Gauge
6. Gear Selection Display
(See page 80 for Instrument Cluster Indicator Light information.)
CONTROLS AT A GLANCE
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Locking And Unlocking The Doors
Lock The Doors And Liftgate
• Press and release the LOCK button on
the RKE transmitter to lock all doors
and liftgate. The turn signal lights will
flash and the horn will chirp to ac-
knowledge the signal.
Unlock The Doors And Liftgate
• Press and release the UNLOCK button
on the RKE transmitter once to unlock
the driver’s door, or twice within five
seconds to unlock all doors and lift-
gate. The turn signal lights will flash to
acknowledge the unlock signal. The
illuminated entry system will also turn
All doors can be programmed to unlock
on the first push of the UNLOCK button.
Refer to “Programmable Features” in the
“Electronics” section of this guide.
• To turn the Panic Alarm feature ON or OFF, press and hold the PANIC button on
the RKE transmitter for at least one second and release. When the Panic Alarm is
on, the headlights and park lights will flash, the horn will pulse on and off and the
interior lights will turn on.
• The Panic Alarm will stay on for three minutes unless you turn it off by pressing the
PANIC button a second time or if the vehicle speed is 5 mph (8 km/h) or greater.
When you turn off the Panic Alarm by pressing the PANIC button a second time, you
may have to move closer to the vehicle due to the radio frequency noises of the
1 — UnLock2 — Lock3 — Remote Start4 — Panic
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• When leaving the vehicle, always make sure the ignition is in the OFF position,
remove the key fob from the vehicle, and lock your vehicle.
• Never leave children alone in a vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle.
Allowing children to be in a vehicle unattended is dangerous for a number of
reasons. A child or others could be seriously or fatally injured. Children should
be warned not to touch the parking brake, brake pedal or the transmission gear
• Do not leave the Key Fob in or near the vehicle (or in a location accessible to
children). A child could operate power windows, other controls, or move the
The vehicle must be equipped with an automatic transmission to be equipped with
• Push the REMOTE START buttonx2on the Key Fob twice within five seconds.
Pushing the REMOTE START button a third time shuts the engine off.
• To drive the vehicle, push the UNLOCK button, insert the key in the ignition and
turn to the ON/RUN position.
With remote start, the engine will only run for 15 minutes (timeout) unless the
ignition key is placed in the ON/RUN position.
The vehicle must be started with the key after two consecutive timeouts.
All of the following conditions must be met before the engine will remote start:
• Gear selector in PARK
• Doors closed
• Hood closed
• 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
• System not disabled from previous remote start event
• Vehicle theft alarm not active
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• 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 Key Fob transmitters away from children. Operation of the Remote Start
System, windows, door locks or other controls could cause serious injury or
VEHICLE SECURITY ALARM
This Vehicle Security Alarm monitors the doors, liftgate, and ignition switch for
When the alarm is activated, the interior switches for door locks are disabled. The
Vehicle Security Alarm provides both audio and visual signals repeatedly for three
minutes. If the disturbance is still present (driver's door, passenger door, other doors,
ignition) after three minutes, the parking lights and tail lights will flash for an
additional 15 minutes.
To A r m :
• Lock the door using either the power door lock switch (one door must be open) or
the LOCK button on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter (doors can be
open or closed), and close all doors.
The Vehicle Security Light in the instrument cluster will flash for 16 seconds. This
shows that the Vehicle Security Alarm is arming. During this period, if a door is
opened, the ignition is cycled to ON/RUN, or the power door locks are unlocked in any
manner, the Vehicle Security Alarm will automatically disarm.
• The Vehicle Security Alarm will not arm if you lock the doors with the manual door
• Once armed, the Vehicle Security Alarm disables the unlock switch on the driver
door trim panel and passenger door trim panel.
To D i s a r m T h e S y s t e m :
• Push the Key Fob UNLOCK button or cycle the ignition to the ON/RUN position.
The Vehicle Security Alarm is designed to protect your vehicle; however, you can
create conditions where the Vehicle Security Alarm will give you a false alarm. If one
of the previously described arming sequences has occurred, the Vehicle Security
Alarm will arm regardless of whether you are in the vehicle or not. If you remain in the
vehicle and open a door, the alarm will sound. If this occurs, disarm the Vehicle
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If the Vehicle Security Alarm is armed and the battery becomes disconnected the
Vehicle Security Alarm will remain armed when the battery is reconnected. The
exterior lights will flash, and the horn will sound. If this occurs, disarm the Vehicle
SEAT BELT SYSTEMS
• All seating positions in your vehicle are equipped with lap/shoulder belts.
• Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a seat belt properly.
• Position the lap belt so that it is snug and lies low across your hips, 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 seat belt reduces the risk of sliding under the seat belt in a collision
• Position the shoulder belt across the shoulder and chest with minimal, if any slack
so that it is comfortable and not resting on your neck. The retractor will withdraw
any slack in the shoulder belt.
Seat Belt Pretensioner
• The front seat belt system is equipped with pretensioning devices that are
designed to remove slack from the seat belt in the event of a collision.
• A deployed pretensioner or a deployed air bag must be replaced immediately.
• 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.
• A shoulder belt placed behind you will not protect you from injury during a
collision. You are more likely to hit your head in a collision if you do not wear
your shoulder belt. The lap and shoulder belt are meant to be used together.
• A seat belt that is too loose will not protect you properly. In a sudden stop, you
could move too far forward, increasing the possibility of injury. Wear your seat
• A frayed or torn seat belt could rip apart in a collision and leave you with no
protection. Inspect the seat belt system periodically, checking for cuts, frays,
or loose parts. Damaged parts must be replaced immediately. Do not disas-
semble or modify the system. Seat belt assemblies must be replaced after a
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SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM (SRS) — AIR
Air Bag System Components
Your vehicle may be equipped with the following air bag system components:
• Occupant Restraint Controller (ORC)
• Air Bag Warning Light
• Steering Wheel and Column
• Instrument Panel
• Knee Impact Bolsters
• Advanced Front Air Bags
• Supplemental Side Air Bags
• Front and Side Impact Sensors
• Seat Belt Pretenioners
• Seat Belt Buckle Switch
• Seat Track Position Sensors
Supplemental Side Air Bags
• This vehicle is equipped with Supplemental Seat-Mounted Side Air Bags (SABs)
located in the outboard side of the front seats. The SABs are marked with a SRS
AIRBAG label sewn into the outboard side of the seats.
• This vehicle is equipped with Supplemental Side Air Bag Inflatable Curtains
(SABICs) located above the side windows. The trim covering the SABICs is labeled
SRS AIRBAG. The SABICs may help reduce the risk of partial or complete ejection
of vehicle occupants through side windows in certain side impact events.
• The SABICs and SABs (“Side Air Bags”) are designed to activate in certain side
impacts and certain rollover events. The Occupant Restraint Controller (“ORC”)
determines whether the deployment of the Side Air Bags in a particular side
impact or rollover event is appropriate, based on the severity and type of collision.
Vehicle damage by itself is not a good indicator of whether or not Side Air Bags
should have deployed.
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Children 12 years or younger 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.
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.
•For additional information, refer towww.Seatcheck.org or call 1–866–SEATCHECK.
• Canadian residents should refer to Transport Canada’s website for additional
LATCH – Lower Anchors And Tethers For CHildren
• Your vehicle is equipped with the child restraint anchorage system called LATCH,
which stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren.
• The rear outboard seating positions have lower anchors and top tether anchors.
The rear center seating position has a top tether anchor only.
LATCH System Weight Limit
You may use the LATCH anchorage sys-
tem until the combined weight of the
child and the child restraint is 65 lbs
(29.5 kg). Use the seat belt and tether
anchor instead of the LATCH system once
the combined weight is more than 65 lbs
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Locating the LATCH Lower Anchorages
The lower anchorages are round bars that are found at the rear of the seat
cushion where it meets the seatback. They 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 gap between the seatback and seat cushion.
Locating the Tether Anchorages
In addition, there are tether strap anchorages behind each rear seating position
located on the back of the seat.
Center Seat LATCH
Do not install child restraints with rigid
lower attachments in the center seating
position. Only install this type of child
restraint in the outboard seating posi-
tions. Child restraints with flexible, web-
bing mounted lower attachments can be
installed in any rear seating position. In
the center position, the inner anchorages
are 15.5 inches (390 mm) apart.
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Installing The Child Restraint Using The LATCH Lower Anchors
Never“share” a LATCH anchorage with two or more child restraints.
1. Loosen the adjusters on the lower straps and on the tether strap of the child seat
so that you can more easily attach the hooks or connectors to the vehicle
2. Attach the lower hooks or connectors of the child restraint to the lower anchorages
in the selected seating position.
3. If the child restraint has a tether strap, connect it to the top tether anchorage. See
below for directions to attach a tether anchor.
4. Tighten all of the straps as you push the child restraint rearward and downward
into the seat. Remove slack in the straps according to the child restraint
5. Test that the child restraint is installed tightly by pulling back and forth on the
child seat at the belt path. It should not move more than 1 inch (25.4 mm) in any
Installing The Child Restraint Using The Vehicle Seat Belts
The seat belts in the passenger seating positions are equipped with a Switchable
Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) that is designed to keep the lap portion of the
seat belt tight around the child restraint. Any seat belt system will loosen with time,
so check the belt occasionally, and pull it tight if necessary.
Tether Weight Limit
Always use the tether anchor when using the seat belt to install a forward facing child
restraint, up to the recommended weight limit of the child restraint.
To Install A Child Seat Using An ALR:
1. Pull enough of the seat belt webbing from the retractor to pass it through the belt
path of the child restraint. Do not twist the belt webbing in the belt path.
2. Slide the latch plate into the buckle until you hear a “click.”
3. Pull on the webbing to make the lap portion tight against the child seat.
4. To lock the seat belt, pull down on the shoulder part of the belt until you have
pulled all the seat belt webbing out of the retractor. Then, allow the webbing to
retract back into the retractor. As the webbing retracts, you will hear a clicking
sound. This means the seat belt is now in the Automatic Locking mode.
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5. Try to pull the webbing out of the retractor. If it is locked, you should not be able
to pull out any webbing. If the retractor is not locked, repeat the last step.
6. Finally, pull up on any extra webbing to tighten the lap portion around the child
restraint while you push the child restraint rearward and downward into the
7. If the child restraint has a top tether strap and the seating position has a top tether
anchorage, connect the tether strap to the anchorage and tighten the tether strap.
See below for directions to attach a tether anchor.
8. Test that the child restraint is installed tightly by pulling back and forth on the
child seat at the belt path. It should not move more than 1 inch (25.4 mm) in any
Installing The Top Tether Strap (With Either Lower Anchors Or Vehicle Seat Belt):
When installing a forward-facing child restraint, always secure the top tether strap,
up to the tether anchor weight limit, whether the child restraint is installed with the
lower anchors or the vehicle seat belt.
Tether Anchorage Installation
1. Route the tether strap to provide the most direct path for the strap between the
anchor and the child seat, routing it over the center of the head restraint.
2. Attach the tether strap hook of the child restraint to the top tether anchorage and
remove slack in the tether strap according to the child restraint manufacturer’s
Tether Strap Installation