2007 Dodge Caliber Owner’s 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 2
3
UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 3
4
UNDERSTANDING YOUR INSTRUMENT PANEL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 4
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STARTING AND OPERATING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205 5
6
WHAT TO DO IN EMERGENCIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265 6
7
MAINTAINING YOUR VEHICLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277 7
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 319 8
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IF YOU NEED CONSUMER ASSISTANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337 9
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INDEX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345 10


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CONTENTS
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Vehicle Identification Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
How To Use This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Vehicle Modifications/Alterations . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Warnings And Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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INTRODUCTION
WARNING!
This manual has been prepared with the assistance of
service and engineering specialists to acquaint you with
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain
the operation and maintenance of your new vehicle. It is
vehicle components contain or emit chemicals
supplemented by a Warranty Information Booklet and
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
various customer oriented documents. You are urged to
birth defects or other reproductive harm. In addition,
read these publications carefully. Following the instruc-
certain fluids contained in vehicles and certain prod-
tions and recommendations in this manual will help
ucts of component wear contain or emit chemicals
assure safe and enjoyable operation of your vehicle.
known to the State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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

HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL
aware of all safety warnings.
Consult the table of contents to determine which section
When it comes to service, remember that your dealer
contains the information you desire.
knows your vehicle best, has the factory-trained techni-
The detailed index, at the rear of this manual, contains a
cians and genuine Mopar parts, and is interested in
complete listing of all subjects.
your satisfaction.
Consult the following table for a description of the
symbols that may be used on your vehicle or throughout
this owner’s manual:

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WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS
This manual contains WARNINGS against operating
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
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is found on the
driver’s front corner of the instrument panel, visible
through the windshield. This number also appears on the
vehicle registration or title.
Vehicle Identification Number
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.


THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE
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CONTENTS
A Word About Your Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
▫ To Release The Steering Wheel Lock . . . . . . . . .13
▫ Ignition Key Removal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
▫ Automatic Transaxle Ignition

Interlock System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Locking Doors With The Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Key-In-Ignition Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
▫ Manual Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Sentry Key — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

▫ Power Door Locks — If Equipped . . . . . . . . . .15
Replacement Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

▫ “Child-Protection” Door Lock System
Sentry Key Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
(Rear Doors) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
▫ General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
Remote Keyless Entry — If Equipped . . . . . . . .19
Steering Wheel Lock — Manual
▫ To Unlock The Doors And Liftgate . . . . . . . . . .20
Transmission Only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

▫ To Lock The Doors And Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . .21
If You Wish To Manually Lock
The Steering Wheel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
▫ Using The Panic Alarm: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

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▫ To Turn Off “Flash Lights With Lock” . . . . . . . .21
▫ Second Row Center Lap/Shoulder

Belt Operating Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Programming Additional Transmitters . . . . . . . .22

▫ Seat Belt Pretensioners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

▫ Enhanced Driver Seat Belt Reminder
Battery Replacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
System (BeltAlert) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Security Alarm System — If Equipped . . . . . . .24
▫ Seat Belts And Pregnant Women . . . . . . . . . . . .39
▫ To Set The Alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
▫ Driver And Front Passenger Supplemental
▫ To Disarm The System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
Restraint System (SRS) - Airbag . . . . . . . . . . . .39
▫ Security System Manual Override . . . . . . . . . . .25
▫ Child Restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Liftgate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
Engine Break-In Recommendations . . . . . . . . . .61
Power Windows— If Equipped . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
Safety Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
▫ Power Window Switches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
▫ Exhaust Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
▫ Auto Down . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
▫ Safety Checks You Should

Make Inside The Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
Window Lockout Switch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
▫ Periodic Safety Checks You Should
Occupant Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
Make Outside The Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
▫ Lap/Shoulder Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
▫ Adjustable Upper Shoulder Belt Anchorage . . . .33

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A WORD ABOUT YOUR KEYS
Ignition Key Removal
The dealer that sold you your new vehicle has the key
Automatic Transaxle
code numbers for your vehicle locks. These numbers can
Place the shift lever in PARK. Turn the ignition switch to
be used to order duplicate keys from your dealer. Ask
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the ACC position, push the key and cylinder inward,
your dealer for these numbers and keep them in a safe
rotate the key to the LOCK position, and remove the key.
place.
Ignition Key Positions
Vehicle Key
NOTE: If you try to remove the key before you place
the lever in PARK, the key may become trapped tempo-
rarily in the ignition cylinder. If this occurs, rotate the key
to the right slightly, then remove the key as described. If
a malfunction occurs, the system will trap the key in the

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THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING YOUR VEHICLE
ignition cylinder to warn you that this safety feature is
Manual Transaxle—If Equipped
inoperable. The engine can be started and stopped but
Turn the ignition switch to the ACC position, push the
the key cannot be removed until you obtain service.
key and cylinder inward, rotate the key to the LOCK
position, and remove the key.
WARNING!
Locking Doors With The Key
You can insert the key with either side up. To lock the
Never leave children alone in a vehicle. Leaving
door, turn the key rearward, to unlock the door, turn the
children in a vehicle unattended is dangerous for a
key forward. See Section 7 of this manual for door lock
number of reasons. A child or others could be
lubrication.
seriously or fatally injured. Don’t leave the keys in
the ignition. A child could operate power windows,

Key-In-Ignition Reminder
other controls, or move the vehicle.
Opening the driver’s door when the key is in the ignition,
sounds a signal to remind you to remove the key.
NOTE: With the driver’s door open, and the key in the
CAUTION!
ignition, both the power door locks and Remote Keyless
Entry (RKE) will not function.
An unlocked car is an invitation to thieves. Always
remove key from the ignition and lock all doors
when leaving the vehicle unattended.