Dodge Nitro: Lights - Understanding the features of your vehicle - Dodge Nitro Owner's ManualDodge Nitro: Lights

Multifunction Lever

The multifunction lever controls the operation of the parking lights, headlights, headlight beam selection, passing light, fog lights, instrument panel light dimming and turn signals. The multifunction lever is located on the left side of the steering column.

Multifunction Lever Multifunction Lever

Headlights and Parking Lights

Turn the end of the multifunction lever to the first detent for parking lights and instrument panel lights. Turn to the second detent for headlight operation.

Headlight Switch Headlight Switch

To change the brightness of the instrument panel lights, rotate the center portion of the multifunction lever up or down.

NOTE: If the driver’s door is left open, and the headlights or parking lights are left on, a chime will sound.

Instrument Panel Dimmer

Rotate the center portion of the lever to the extreme bottom position to fully dim the instrument panel lights and prevent the interior lights from illuminating when a door is opened. Rotate the center portion of the lever up to increase the brightness of the instrument panel lights when the parking lights or headlights are on. Rotate the center portion of the lever upward to the next detent position to brighten the odometer and radio when the parking lights or headlights are on.

Rotate the center portion of the lever upward to the last detent to turn on the interior lighting.

Dimmer Control Dimmer Control

Lights-On Reminder

If the headlights or parking lights are on after the ignition is turned OFF, a chime will sound when the driver’s door is opened.

High/Low Beam Switch

Push the multifunction lever away from you to switch the headlights to high beams. Pull the lever toward you to switch the headlights back to low beams.

Flash-to-Pass

You can signal another vehicle with your headlights by lightly pulling the multifunction lever toward the steering wheel. This will turn on the high beam headlights until the lever is released.

Front Fog Lights

the multifunctionThe front fog light switch is in the multifunction lever. To activate the front fog lights, turn on the parking or low beam headlights and pull out the end of the lever.

Fog Light Operation Fog Light Operation

NOTE: The fog lights will only operate with the parking lights or the headlights on low beam. Selecting high beam headlights will turn off the fog lights.

Turn Signals

Move the multifunction lever up or down and the arrows on each side of the instrument cluster flash to show proper operation of the front and rear turn signal lights.

Turn Signal Operation Turn Signal Operation

NOTE:
• If either light remains on and does not flash, or there is a very fast flash rate, check for a defective outside light bulb. If an indicator fails to light when the lever is moved, it would suggest that the indicator bulb is defective.
• A tone will chime if the turn signals are left on for more than 1 mile (2 km).

Lane Change Assist

Tap the lever up or down once, without moving beyond the detent, and the turn signal (right or left) will flash three times then automatically turn off.

Daytime Running Lights

The high beam headlights will turn on as Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and operate at lower intensity whenever the ignition is ON, the engine is running, the headlight switch is off, the parking brake is released and the shift lever is in any position except PARK.

NOTE: The Daytime Running Lights will turn off automatically when a turn signal is in operation and turn on again when the turn signal is not operating.

Interior Lights

The overhead light comes on when a door is opened. It may also be turned on by rotating the control for the dimmer switch on the multifunction lever fully upward. The overhead light will automatically turn off in approximately 10 minutes if a door is left open or the dimmer control is left in the dome light position and the key is not in the ignition. Turn the ignition switch ON to restore the overhead light operation.

Daytime Brightness Feature

Certain instrument panel components (odometer, radio display) can be illuminated at full brightness during the daytime. This can be helpful when driving with your headlights on during the daytime, such as in a parade or a funeral procession. To activate this feature, rotate the left stalk one detent lower than the dome light.

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