Dodge Nitro: Compass and trip computer - Understanding your instrument panel - Dodge Nitro Owner's ManualDodge Nitro: Compass and trip computer

The Compass/Trip Computer features a driverinteractive display (displays information on outside temperature, compass direction, and trip information). It is located on the lower left part of the cluster below the fuel and engine temperature gauge, and the tachometer.

Compass/Trip Computer Display Compass/Trip Computer Display

Control Buttons

Press and release the odometer/trip odometer reset button (right side of the instrument cluster) to access the compass/trip computer displays.

NOTE: The system will display the last known outside temperature when starting the vehicle and may need to be driven several minutes before the updated temperature is displayed. Engine temperature can also affect the displayed temperature, therefore temperature readings are not updated when the vehicle is not moving.

Display Button Display Button

The compass/trip computer, when the appropriate conditions exist, will show the following messages in the odometer display:
• Door Ajar (door)
• Lift Gate Ajar (gATE)
• Loose Fuel Cap (gASCAP) These messages can be manually turned off by pressing the right button (on the instrument cluster).

Trip Conditions

Trip Odometer (ODO) / ECO (Fuel Saver Indicator) This display shows the distance traveled since the last reset. Press and release the right button (on the instrument cluster) to switch from odometer, to Trip A or Trip B, or to ECO. Press and hold the right button while the odometer/trip odometer is displayed to reset.

Trip A

Shows the total distance traveled for trip A since the last reset.

Trip B

Shows the total distance traveled for trip B since the last reset.

ECO (Fuel Saver Indicator)

The ECO-ON indicator will illuminate when you are driving in a fuel efficient manner and can be used to modify driving habits in order to increase fuel economy. The ECO display will toggle between ECO and ECO-ON depending on driving habits and vehicle usage.

Compass/Temperature Display

Compass Variance

Compass Variance is the difference between Magnetic North and Geographic North. To compensate for the differences, the variance should be set for the zone where the vehicle is driven, per the zone map. Once properly set, the compass will automatically compensate for the differences and provide the most accurate compass heading.

• A good calibration requires a level surface and an environment free from large metallic objects such as buildings, bridges, underground cables, railroad tracks, etc.

• Magnetic materials should be kept away from the top of the right rear quarter window. This is where the compass sensor is located.

Compass Variance Map Compass Variance Map

To Set the Variance

Start the engine and leave the transmission gear selector lever in the PARK position. Press and hold the CMTC reset button (for approximately ten seconds) until the current variance zone number is displayed. To change the zone, press and release the CMTC reset button to increase the variance one step. Repeat as necessary until the desired variance is achieved.

NOTE: The factory default zone is 8. During programming, the zone value will wrap around from zone 15 to zone 1.

Manual Compass Calibration

If the compass appears erratic inaccurate or abnormal, you may wish to calibrate the compass. Prior to calibrating the compass, make sure the proper zone is selected. 1. Start the engine and leave the transmission in the PARK position. 2. Press and hold the CMTC reset button (for approximately 10 seconds) until the current variance zone number is displayed.

3. Release the CMTC reset button, then press and hold again for approximately 10 seconds, until the direction is displayed, with the CAL indicator on continuously in the display. 4. To complete the compass calibration, drive the vehicle in one or more complete 360–degree circles, under 5 mph (8 km/h) in an area free from power lines and large metallic objects, until the CAL indicator turns off. The compass will now function normally.

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