JEEP COMPASS 2015 1.G Owner's Manual
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• In a collision, an unrestrained child, even a tiny baby, can become a projectile
inside the vehicle. The force required to hold even an infant on your lap could
become so great that you could not hold the child, no matter how strong you
are. The child and others could be severely injured or killed. Any child riding in
your vehicle should be in a proper restraint for the child's size.
• Rearward-facing child seats must never be used in the front seat of a vehicle
with a front passenger air bag. An air bag deployment could cause severe injury
or death to infants in this position.
• Only use a rearward-facing child restraint in a vehicle with a rear seat.
• Improper installation of a child restraint to the LATCH anchorages can lead to
failure of an infant or child restraint. The child could be severely injured or
killed. Follow the manufacturer’s directions exactly when installing an infant or
• 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.
• If your vehicle is equipped with a split rear seat, make sure the tether strap
does not slip into the opening between the seatbacks as you remove slack in
Head restraints are designed to reduce the risk of injury by restricting head
movement in the event of a rear impact. Head restraints should be adjusted so that
the top of the head restraint is located above the top of your ear.
The head restraints for all occupants must be properly adjusted prior to operating
the vehicle or occupying a seat. Head restraints should never be adjusted while the
vehicle is in motion. Driving a vehicle with the head restraints improperly adjusted
or removed could cause serious injury or death in the event of a collision.
Front Head Restraints
To raise the head restraint, pull upward on the head restraint. To lower the head
restraint, press the adjustment button, located on the base of the head restraint, and
push downward on the head restraint.
Rear Head Restraints
The rear seat is equipped with nonadjustable head restraints.
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The power seat switch is located on the
outboard side of the seat near the floor.
Use the switch to move the seat up,
down, forward, rearward, or to tilt the
Manual Seat Adjustment
• Lift up on the adjusting bar located at the front of the seat near the floor and
release it when the seat is at the desired position. Then, using body pressure, move
forward and backward on the seat to be sure that the seat adjusters have latched.
Power Seat Switch
Seat Adjusting Bar
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• Lift the recliner handle located on the outboard side of the seat, lean back and
release at the desired position.
Driver’s Seat Height Adjustment
• The height adjustment lever is located
on the outboard side of the seat. Raise
the lever to raise the seat. Lower the
lever to lower the seat.
• The lumbar lever is on the inboard side of the seatback. Rotate the lumbar lever
downward to increase the lumbar support or upward to decrease the lumbar
support as desired.
Seat Height Adjustment/Recliner/Lumbar
1 — Height Adjustment2 — Recliner
Lumbar Support Lever
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Folding Rear Seatback
• To fold each rear seatback, pull the strap forward to move the seatback forward
Reclining Rear Seatback
• To recline each rear seatback, pull the
strap forward just enough to release
the seatback latch. Then push the
seatback to a reclined position, ap-
proximately 35 degrees maximum, and
release the strap.
Be certain that the seatback is securely locked into position. If the seatback is not
securely locked into position, the seat will not provide the proper stability for child
seats and/or passengers. An improperly latched seat could cause serious injury.
Rear Seatback Pull Straps
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Front Heated Seats
The controls for the front heated seats are located on the center instrument panel
• Press the switch once to select High-
• Press the switch a second time to
select Low-level heating.
• Press the switch a third time to shut
the heating elements Off.
If the High-level setting is selected, the
system will automatically switch to Low-
level after approximately 30 minutes.
The Low-level setting will turn Off auto-
matically after approximately 30
• Persons who are unable to feel pain to the skin because of advanced age,
chronic illness, diabetes, spinal cord injury, medication, alcohol use, exhaus-
tion or other physical conditions must exercise care when using the seat heater.
It may cause burns even at low temperatures, especially if used for long periods
• 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. Sitting in a seat that
has been overheated could cause serious burns due to the increased surface
temperature of the seat.
Heated Seat Switches
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TILT STEERING COLUMN
The tilt lever is located on the steering column, below the turn signal lever.
• Push down on the lever to unlock the
• With one hand firmly on the steering
wheel, move the steering column up or
down as desired.
• Pull upward on the lever to lock the
column firmly in place.
Do not adjust the steering column while driving. Adjusting the steering column
while driving, or driving with the steering column unlocked, could cause the driver
to lose control of the vehicle. Be sure the steering column is locked before driving
your vehicle. Failure to follow this warning may result in severe injury or death.
Steering Column Lever
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ENGINE BREAK-IN RECOMMENDATIONS
A long break-in period is not required for the engine and drivetrain (transmission and
axle) in your 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. Wide-open throttle acceleration in low gear can be
detrimental and should be avoided.
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. For the recommended viscosity
and quality grades, refer to “Maintaining Your Vehicle.”
A new engine may consume some oil during its first few thousand miles (kilome-
ters) of operation. This should be considered a normal part of the break-in and not
interpreted as an indication of an engine problem or malfunction.
Never use Non-Detergent Oil or Straight Mineral Oil in the engine or damage may
OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE
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TURN SIGNAL/LIGHTS LEVER
• Rotate the end of the lever to the first detent for parking lightsand to the
second detent for headlights.
Instrument Panel Dimmer
• Rotate the center portion of the lever to the extreme bottom position to fully dim
the instrument panel lights and prevent the interior lights from illuminating when
a door is opened.
• Rotate the center portion of the lever up to increase the brightness of the
instrument panel lights when the parking lights or headlights are on.
•Rotate the center portion of the lever upward to the next detent position to brighten
the odometer and radio controls when the parking lights or headlights are on.
• Rotate the center portion of the lever upward to the last detent to turn on the
Flash To Pass
• Pull the lever toward you to activate the high beams. The high beams will remain
on until the lever is released.
High Beam Operation
• Push the lever forward to activate the high beams.
For safe driving, turn off the high beams when oncoming traffic is present to prevent
headlight glare and as a courtesy to other motorists.
Turn Signal/Lights Lever
OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE
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• Turn on the parking lights or low beam headlights and pull out the end of the lever.
Turn Signals/Lane Change Assist
• Tap the lever up or down once and the turn signal (right or left) will flash three
times and automatically turn off.
Intermittent, Low And High Operation
• Rotate the end of the lever to the first detent position for one of five intermittent
settings, the second detent for low wiper operation and the third detent for high
• Pull the lever toward you and hold for as long as spray is desired.
• Pull down on the lever and release when a single wipe is desired.
The mist feature does not activate the washer pump; therefore, no washer fluid will
be sprayed on the windshield. The wash function must be activated in order to spray
the windshield with washer fluid.
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• Rotate the center portion of the lever forward to the first detent for rear wiper
• Rotate the center portion of the lever past the first detent to activate the rear
ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
The Electronic Speed Control switches are located on the steering wheel.
• Push the ON/OFF button to activate
the Speed Control.
CRUISEwill appear on the instru-
ment cluster to indicate the Speed Con-
trol is on.
• Push the ON/OFF button a second
time to turn the system off.
• With the Speed Control on, push and
release the SET – button to set a de-
sired speed.Electronic Speed Control Switches
1 — Push On/Off2 — Push Resume/Accel3 — Push Set/Decel4 — Push Cancel
OPERATING YOUR VEHICLE