Dodge Avenger: A word about your keys - Things to know before starting your vehicle - Dodge Avenger Owners ManualDodge Avenger: A word about your keys

The authorized dealer that sold you your new vehicle hasthe key code numbers for your vehicle locks. Thesenumbers can be used to order duplicate keys from yourauthorized dealer. Ask your authorized dealer for thesenumbers and keep them in a safe place.

Vehicle Key

Vehicle Key

Ignition Key Removal

Automatic TransaxlePlace the shift lever in PARK. Turn the ignition switch tothe ACC position, push the key and cylinder inward,rotate the key to the LOCK position, and remove the key.

Ignition Switch Positions

Ignition Switch Positions

1 — LOCK 3 — ON.

2 — ACC (ACCESSORY) 4 — START

NOTE:

• If you try to remove the key before you place the shiftlever in PARK, the key may become trapped temporarilyin the ignition switch lock cylinder. If thisoccurs, rotate the key to the right slightly, then removethe key as described. If a malfunction occurs, thesystem will trap the key in the ignition switch lockcylinder to warn you that this safety feature is inoperable.

The engine can be started and stopped, but thekey cannot be removed until you obtain service.

• For vehicles not equipped with the Electronic VehicleInformation Center (EVIC), the power windowswitches, radio, hands–free system (if equipped), andpower outlets will remain active for 45 seconds afterthe ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position.

Opening either door will cancel this feature.

• For vehicles equipped with the Electronic VehicleInformation Center (EVIC), the power windowswitches, radio, hands–free system (if equipped), andpower outlets will remain active for up to 10 minutesafter the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position.

Opening either door will cancel this feature. Thetime for this feature is programmable. Refer to “ElectronicVehicle Information Center (EVIC)/PersonalSettings (Customer-Programmable Features)” in “UnderstandingYour Instrument Panel” for furtherinformation.

WARNING:

NEVER leave children alone in a vehicle. Leavingchildren in a vehicle unattended is dangerous for anumber of reasons. A child or others could be seriouslyor fatally injured. Don’t leave the keys in theignition. A child could operate power windows,other controls, or move the vehicle

CAUTION:

An unlocked car is an invitation to thieves. Alwaysremove key from the ignition and lock all doorswhen leaving the vehicle unattended.

Key-In-Ignition Reminder

Opening the driver’s door when the key is in the ignition,sounds a signal to remind you to remove the key.

NOTE:

• The Key-In-Ignition reminder only sounds when theignition key is placed in the LOCK or ACC position.

• With either front door open, and the key in theignition, neither the power door locks nor RemoteKeyless Entry (RKE) transmitter will function.

Locking Doors With A Key

There is only one external door lock cylinder which islocated in the driver’s door only.

You can insert the key with either side up. To lock thedoor, turn the key rearward, to unlock the door, turn thekey forward. For door lock lubrication, refer to “MaintenanceProcedures” in “Maintaining Your Vehicle”.

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