Jeep Cherokee (KL): Remote starting system

This system uses the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter to start the engine conveniently from outside the vehicle while still maintaining security. The system has a range of approximately 300 ft (91 m).


  • The vehicle must be equipped with an automatic transmission to be equipped with Remote Start.
  • Obstructions between the vehicle and RKE transmitter may reduce this range.

How To Use Remote Start

All of the following conditions must be met before the engine will remote start:

  • Shift Lever in PARK
  • Doors closed
  • Hood closed
  • Liftgate closed
  • Hazard switch off
  • Brake switch inactive (brake pedal not pushed)
  • Battery at an acceptable charge level
  • RKE PANIC button not pushed
  • System not disabled from previous remote start event
  • Vehicle alarm system indicator flashing
  • Ignition in STOP/OFF position
  • Fuel level meets minimum requirement


  • Do not start or run an engine in a closed garage or confined area. Exhaust gas contains Carbon Monoxide (CO) which is odorless and colorless. Carbon Monoxide is poisonous and can cause serious injury or death when inhaled.
  • Keep Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitters away from children. Operation of the Remote Start System, windows, door locks or other controls could cause serious injury or death.

Remote Start Abort Message On Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) or Driver Information Display (DID) - If Equipped

The following messages will display in the EVIC/DID if the vehicle fails to remote start or exits remote start prematurely:

  • Remote Start Aborted - Door Open
  • Remote Start Aborted - Hood Open
  • Remote Start Aborted - Fuel Low
  • Remote Start Aborted - Liftgate Open
  • Remote Start Disabled - Start Vehicle To Reset
  • Remote Start Aborted - Too Cold
  • Remote Start Aborted - Time Expired

The message will stay active until the ignition is turned to the ON/RUN position.

To Enter Remote Start Mode

Push and release the REMOTE START button on the RKE transmitter twice within five seconds. The vehicle doors will lock, the parking lights will flash, and the horn will chirp twice (if programmed). Then, the engine will start, and the vehicle will remain in the Remote Start mode for a 15-minute cycle.


  • If an engine fault is present or fuel level is low, the vehicle will start and then shut down in 10 seconds.
  • The park lamps will turn on and remain on during Remote Start mode.
  • For security, power window and power sunroof operation (if equipped) are disabled when the vehicle is in the Remote Start mode.
  • The engine can be started two consecutive times with the RKE transmitter. However, the ignition must be cycled by pushing the START/STOP button twice (or the ignition switch must be cycled to the ON/RUN position) before you can repeat the start sequence for a third cycle.

To Exit Remote Start Mode Without Driving The Vehicle

Push and release the REMOTE START button one time or allow the engine to run for the entire 15-minute cycle.

NOTE: To avoid unintentional shutdowns, the system will disable the one time push of the REMOTE START button for two seconds after receiving a valid Remote Start request.

To Exit Remote Start Mode And Drive The Vehicle

Before the end of 15-minute cycle, push and release the UNLOCK button on the RKE transmitter to unlock the doors and disarm the Vehicle Security Alarm (if equipped). Then, prior to the end of the 15-minute cycle, push and release the START/STOP button. If the START/ STOP button is not present, insert the Key Fob into the ignition switch and turn the switch to the ON/RUN position.


  • For vehicles not equipped with the Keyless Enter- N-Go feature, the ignition switch must be in the ON/RUN position in order to drive the vehicle
  • For vehicles not equipped with the Keyless Enter- N-Go feature, the message "Remote Start Active - Insert Key and Turn To Run" will display in the EVIC/DID until you insert the key. Refer to "Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)" or "Driver Information Display" in "Understanding Your Instrument Panel" for further information.
  • For vehicles equipped with the Keyless Enter-N-Go feature, the message "Remote Start Active - Push Start Button" will display in the EVIC/DID until you push the START button.

Remote Start Comfort Systems - If Equipped

When remote start is activated, the heated steering wheel and driver heated seat features will automatically turn on in cold weather. In warm weather, the driver vented seat feature will automatically turn on when the remote start is activated. These features will stay on through the duration of remote start or until the ignition switch is cycled to the ON/RUN position.

NOTE: The Remote Start Comfort System can be activated and deactivated through the Uconnect Settings. For more information on Remote Start Comfort System operation, refer to "Uconnect Settings" in "Understanding Your Instrument Panel."

Remote Start Windshield Wiper De-Icer Activation - If Equipped

When Remote Start is active and the outside ambient temperature is less than 40 F (4.4 C), the Windshield Wiper De-Icer will be enabled. Exiting Remote Start will resume previous operation, except if the Windshield Wiper De-Icer is active. The Windshield Wiper De-Icer timer and operation will continue.

General Information

The following regulatory statement applies to all radio frequency (RF) devices equipped in this vehicle: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules and with Industry Canada licence-exempt RSS standard(s).

Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and

2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

NOTE: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.

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