2004 Jeep Liberty KJ Owners Manual

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SECTION
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1
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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 2
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UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 3
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 4
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STARTING AND OPERATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207 5
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 271 6
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MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283 7
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 329 8
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 347 9
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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 357 10


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CONTENTS
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Warnings And Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
▫ Roll Over Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
How To Use This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Vehicle Modifications / Alterations . . . . . . . . . . . 8

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handles on different road surfaces. Your driving skills
Thank you for selecting a Jeep Liberty and welcome to
will improve with experience. When driving off-road or
our worldwide family.
working the vehicle, don’t overload it or expect it to
overcome the laws of nature. Always observe federal,
This is a specialized utility vehicle designed for both
state, provincial, and local laws wherever you drive.
on-road and off-road use. It can go places and perform
tasks for which conventional two-wheel drive vehicles
As with other vehicles of this type, failure to operate this
were not intended. However, on-road ride and handling
vehicle correctly may result in loss of control or an
will have a different feel from what drivers experience
accident. Be sure to read “On-Road/Off-Road Driving
with other vehicles, so take time to become familiar with
Tips” in Section 5 of this manual.
your vehicle.
Roll Over Warning
The two-wheel drive utility vehicle was designed for
Utility vehicles have a significantly higher roll over rate
on-road use only. It is not intended for off-road driving
than other types of vehicles. This vehicle has a higher
or use in other severe conditions suited to a four-wheel
ground clearance, higher center of gravity, and narrower
drive vehicle.
track than many passenger cars. It is capable of perform-
ing better in a wide variety of off-road applications.
Before you start to drive this vehicle, read this manual. Be
Driven in an unsafe manner, all vehicles can be caused to
sure you are familiar with all vehicle controls, particu-
go out of control. Because of the higher center of gravity
larly those used for braking, steering and transmission
and transfer case shifting. Learn how your vehicle

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and the narrower track, if this vehicle is out of control it
Failure to use driver and passenger seat belts provided
may roll over when some other vehicles may not.
is a major cause of severe or fatal injury. In fact, the U.S. 1
government notes that the universal use of existing seat
Do not attempt sharp turns or abrupt maneuvers or other
belts could cut the highway death toll by 10,000 or more
unsafe driving actions that can cause loss of vehicle
each year, and could reduce disabling injuries by 2
control. Failure to operate this vehicle safely may result
million annually. In a roll over crash an unbelted person
in an accident, roll over of the vehicle, and severe or fatal
is significantly more likely to die than a person wearing
injury. Drive carefully.
a seat belt. Always buckle up.
This manual has been prepared with the assistance of
service and engineering specialists to acquaint you with
the operation and maintenance of your new vehicle. It is
supplemented by a Warranty Information Booklet and
various customer oriented documents. You are urged to
read these publications carefully. Following the instruc-
tions and recommendations in this manual will help
assure safe and enjoyable operation of your vehicle.

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NOTE: After you read the manual, it should be stored
WARNING!
in the vehicle for convenient reference and remain with
the vehicle when sold so that the new owner will be

Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain
aware of all safety warnings.
vehicle components contain or emit chemicals
When it comes to service, remember that the manufac-
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
turer knows your vehicle best, has the factory-trained
birth defects or other reproductive harm. In addition,
technicians and genuine Mopar parts, and is interested
certain fluids contained in vehicles and certain prod-
in your satisfaction.
ucts of component wear contain or emit chemicals
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.

HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL
Consult the table of contents to determine which section
contains the information you desire.
The detailed index, at the rear of the manual, contains a
complete listing of all subjects.

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WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS
This manual contains WARNINGS against operating
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procedures which could result in an accident or bodily
injury. It also contains CAUTIONS against procedures
which 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 located on a
stamped plate on the bottom of the left front A-Pillar,
visible from outside of the vehicle through the wind-
shield. This number also appears on the Automobile
NOTE: It is illegal to remove the VIN plate.
Information Disclosure Label affixed to a window on
your vehicle. Save this label for a convenient record of
your vehicle identification number and optional equip-
ment.

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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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CONTENTS
A Word About Your Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
▫ To Manually Lock The Steering Wheel . . . . . . .17
▫ Ignition Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
▫ To Release The Steering Wheel Lock . . . . . . . . .17
▫ Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Illuminated Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Sentry Key Immobilizer System — If Equipped . .14
Doors And Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
▫ Important Note About Service . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
▫ Manual Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
▫ Replacement Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
▫ Power Door Locks — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . .21
▫ Customer Key Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ Automatic Door Locks — If Equipped . . . . . . .21
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
▫ Child Protection Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
Steering Wheel Lock — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . .17
Remote Keyless Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

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▫ To Unlock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
▫ Power Windows — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . .32
▫ To Lock The Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
▫ Wind Buffeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
▫ To Unlatch The Swing Gate Flip-Up Window . .24
Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
▫ Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
▫ To Use The Panic Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belt Operating Instructions . . . . .36
▫ To Program Additional Transmitters . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage . . . .40
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
▫ Automatic Locking Mode — If Equipped . . . . .41
▫ Transmitter Battery Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
▫ Energy Management Feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Security Alarm System — If Equipped . . . . . . . . .28
▫ Seat Belt Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
▫ To Set The Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
▫ Enhanced Driver Seat Belt Use Reminder System

(BeltAlert) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
To Disarm The System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
▫ Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Rear Swing Gate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
▫ Seat Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32