Your new Ram truck uses a keyless ignition system to start and stop the engine. All you need is the key fob to operate the truck. When you look at your key fob, some functions are obvious, like locking and unlocking doors. Did you know that your key fob can do more than just that? We sat down with our favorite Dodge dealership and got the details on everything your key fob can do.
Locking and Unlocking the Doors
This one is obvious- there are two buttons that indicate lock and unlock. Did you know that the truck can detect the key fob and unlock the door as soon as you touch the door handle? That’s only one of the neat features. You can lock and unlock your tailgate, too. Locking and unlocking your truck has never been easier than this.
Roll Down the Windows
Don’t want to start the truck to roll down the windows? Simply press the Start button without applying the brake and the ignition circuit will turn to ACC mode. This lets you roll windows down or up without starting the vehicle. Pressing the start button twice will place the key in Run, so you can operate the AC or check how much fuel you have before starting the truck.
Start the Engine
One of the coolest and most convenient ways that key fobs are changing the driving environment is the ability to incorporate keyless ignition systems. The ignition switch will detect the presence of the key fob within five feet of the truck, so you don’t have to dig around in your bag or fumble through your massive keyring to find the right key. Simply jump in, press the brake, and press and hold the Start button. Easy and convenient, but also more safe than older designs. Keyless ignition systems are very difficult to hack and are nearly impossible to hotwire, making vehicle thefts more of a challenge.
Starting the Engine When the Key Fob Doesn’t Work
One of the biggest concerns owners of trucks like the new Ram have is how to start the vehicle if the key fob gets wet, damaged, or the battery dies. Dodge made it easy for you to get a solution. Simply pop the back cover off of your key fob. Inside, you’ll find a key. This key can be used to unlock the doors and start the engine. Just place the key against the Start button and it will recognize the key as though the fob was working.
Dodge Ram Key Fob Tricks Conclusion
These neat little hacks make your truck even more of a pleasure to own. Knowing all of the neat things you can do with the standard key fob in your Dodge gives you access to the built-in conveniences you don’t get with inferior brands.
It is a good idea to replace the battery in your key fob every two years. This will prevent unexpected times when your truck won’t start correctly and save you lots of hassle.