2005 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 2
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UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 3
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 4
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STARTING AND OPERATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 5
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WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291 6
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MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303 7
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 359 8
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 389 9
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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 399 10


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CONTENTS
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Warnings And Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
▫ Roll Over Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
How To Use This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Vehicle Modifications / Alterations . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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INTRODUCTION
Before you start to drive this vehicle, read this manual. Be
Thank you for selecting a Jeep Liberty and welcome to
sure you are familiar with all vehicle controls, particu-
our worldwide family.
larly those used for braking, steering and transmission
and transfer case shifting. Learn how your vehicle
This is a specialized utility vehicle designed for both
handles on different road surfaces. Your driving skills
on-road and off-road use. It can go places and perform
will improve with experience. When driving off-road or
tasks for which conventional two-wheel drive vehicles
working the vehicle, don’t overload it or expect it to
were not intended. However, on-road ride and handling
overcome the laws of nature. Always observe federal,
will have a different feel from what drivers experience
state, provincial, and local laws wherever you drive.
with other vehicles, so take time to become familiar with
your vehicle.
As with other vehicles of this type, failure to operate this
vehicle correctly may result in loss of control or an
The two-wheel drive utility vehicle was designed for
accident. Be sure to read “On-Road/Off-Road Driving
on-road use only. It is not intended for off-road driving
Tips” in Section 5 of this manual.
or use in other severe conditions suited to a four-wheel
drive vehicle.


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Roll Over Warning
Utility vehicles have a significantly higher roll over rate
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than other types of vehicles. This vehicle has a higher
ground clearance, higher center of gravity, and narrower
track than many passenger cars. It is capable of perform-
ing better in a wide variety of off-road applications.
Driven in an unsafe manner, all vehicles can be caused to
go out of control. Because of the higher center of gravity
and the narrower track, if this vehicle is out of control it
may roll over when some other vehicles may not.
Do not attempt sharp turns or abrupt maneuvers or other
unsafe driving actions that can cause loss of vehicle
Roll Over Warning Label
control. Failure to operate this vehicle safely may result
in an accident, roll over of the vehicle, and severe or fatal
injury. Drive carefully.

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Failure to use driver and passenger seat belts provided
NOTE: After you read the manual, it should be stored
is a major cause of severe or fatal injury. In fact, the U.S.
in the vehicle for convenient reference and remain with
government notes that the universal use of existing seat
the vehicle when sold so that the new owner will be
belts could cut the highway death toll by 10,000 or more
aware of all safety warnings.
each year, and could reduce disabling injuries by 2
When it comes to service, remember that the manufac-
million annually. In a roll over crash an unbelted person
turer knows your vehicle best, has the factory-trained
is significantly more likely to die than a person wearing
technicians and genuine Mopar parts, and is interested
a seat belt. Always buckle up.
in your satisfaction.
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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WARNING!
HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL
Consult the table of contents to determine which section 1
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain
contains the information you desire.
vehicle components contain or emit chemicals
The detailed index, at the rear of the manual, contains a
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
complete listing of all subjects.
birth defects or other reproductive harm. In addition,
certain fluids contained in vehicles and certain prod-

WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS
ucts of component wear contain or emit chemicals
This manual contains WARNINGS against operating
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
procedures which could result in an accident or bodily
birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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.

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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
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.
Vehicle Identification Number
NOTE: It is illegal to remove the VIN plate.

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VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS / ALTERATIONS
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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.