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Anyone know how this thing works? I thought it was a good idea so I had it put in my car, but I don't know anything about it and the manual doesn't mention it (or at least I haven't found anything about it yet).

Also, I can't get the EVIC's compass to change. The default is zone 8, but I live in zone 7. Any ideas?
 

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Is it showing cal veritcally on the display? If so, there is a process for calibrating it that involves driving in circles to set it.

As for the engine block heater, I believe you have to buy a cord seperately through the parts department, then you simply plug it into the wall to keep the engine warm. It is primarily offered for extreme cold climates such as the very northern states and Canada.
 

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TommyLee said:
Is it showing cal veritcally on the display? If so, there is a process for calibrating it that involves driving in circles to set it.

As for the engine block heater, I believe you have to buy a cord seperately through the parts department, then you simply plug it into the wall to keep the engine warm. It is primarily offered for extreme cold climates such as the very northern states and Canada.
actually in canada we call them "provinces"... ;)
 

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Start the car and leave the CVT in park. Then, cycle through your EICAS until you see "Personal Options." Press and hold until a new menu comes up. Then, cycle through the options until you see the Compass Zone. Press and hold again to change the zone. You shouldn't have to calibrate it, but if you do you'll need to find yourself an empty parking lot. Once you do, press and hold the button on the "Calibtate Compass" display and then drive in a very slow circle. It will tell you when it's calibrated.

For those that don't know, EICAS stads for Engine Indication and Crew Alert System. :D
 

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Ya... I'll be moving to North Dakota this late summer, so I may have to get the engine block heater... depends on whether I find a place with a garage or not!
 

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Start the car and leave the CVT in park. Then, cycle through your EICAS until you see "Personal Options." Press and hold until a new menu comes up. Then, cycle through the options until you see the Compass Zone. Press and hold again to change the zone.

This is exactly what I have done, and the zone doesn't change. I press and hold and nothing happens at all. Reads zone 8.:confused:
 

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clockmaker said:
Anyone know how this thing works? I thought it was a good idea so I had it put in my car, but I don't know anything about it and the manual doesn't mention it (or at least I haven't found anything about it yet).

Also, I can't get the EVIC's compass to change. The default is zone 8, but I live in zone 7. Any ideas?
All right guys, mucho reading ahead. For those who do not know, the Caliber has many personal options you can customize.

Personal Settings (Customer Programmable Features)
This allows the driver to set and recall features when the transmission is in PARK (automatic transmission) or the vehicle is stopped (manual transmissions). Press and release the EVIC button until Personal Settings is displayed in the EVIC. Use the EVIC button to display one of the following choices:

Lock Doors Automatically at 15 MPH (24 Km/h)
When ON is selected all doors lock automatically when the speed of the vehicle reaches 15 mph (24 km/h). Press and hold the EVIC button when in this display until “ON” or “OFF” appears to make your selection.

Auto Unlock On Exit
When ON is selected all the vehicle’s doors will unlock when the driver’s door is opened if the vehicle is stopped (manual transmissions) or the vehicle is stopped and the transmission is in P (Park) or N (Neutral) position (automatic transmissions). Press and hold the EVIC button when in this display until “ON” or “OFF” appears to make your selection.

Remote Unlock Driver’s Door 1st
When DRIVER’S DOOR 1ST is selected only the driver’s door will unlock on the first press of the remote keyless entry unlock button and require a second press to unlock the remaining locked doors. When REMOTE UNLOCK ALL DOORS is selected all of the doors will unlock at the first press of the remote keyless entry unlock button. Press and hold the EVIC button when in this display until “DRIVER’S DOOR 1ST” or “ALL DOORS” appears to make your selection.

Sound Horn with Remote Key Lock
When ON is selected a short horn sound will occur when the remote keyless entry “Lock” button is pressed. This feature may be selected with or without the flash lights on lock/unlock feature. Press and hold the EVIC button when in this display until “ON” or “OFF” appears to make your selection.

Flash Lights with Remote Key Lock
When ON is selected, the front and rear turn signals will flash when the doors are locked or unlocked using the remote keyless entry transmitter. This feature may be selected with or without the sound horn on lock feature selected. Press and hold the EVIC button when in this display until “ON” or “OFF” appears to make your selection.

Delay Turning Headlamps Off
When this feature is selected the driver can choose to have the headlamps remain on for 0, 30, 60, or 90 seconds when exiting the vehicle. Press and hold the EVIC button when in this display until 0, 30, 60, or 90 appears to make your selection.

Headlamps On With Wipers (Available with Auto Headlights Only)
When ON is selected and the headlight switch is in the AUTO position, the headlights will turn on approximately 10 seconds after the wipers are turned on. The headlights will also turn off when the wipers are turned off if they were turned on by this feature. Press and hold the EVIC button when in this display until “ON” or “OFF” appears to make your selection.

NOTE: Turning the headlights on during the daytime causes the instrument panel lights to dim. To increase the brightness, refer to “Lights” in this section.

Delay Power Off to Accessories Until Exit
When this feature is selected, the power window switches, radio, hands–free system, power sunroof, and power outlets will remain active for up to 60 minutes after the ignition switch has been turned off. Opening a vehicle door will cancel this feature. Press and hold the EVIC button when in this display until “Off”, “45 sec.”, “5 min.”, or “10 min.” appears to make your selection.

Turn Headlamps on with Remote Key Unlock
When this feature is selected the headlamps will activate and remain on for up to 90 seconds when the doors are unlocked using the remote keyless entry transmitter. Press and hold the EVIC button when in this display until “OFF”, “30 sec.”, “60 sec.”, or “90 sec.” appears to make your selection.

Confirmation of Voice Commands — If Equipped
When ON is selected all voice commands from the U-Connect system are confirmed. Press and hold the EVIC button when in this display until “ON” or “OFF” appears to make your selection.

Display English or Metric
The EVIC, odometer, and navigation system units can be changed between English and Metric. Press and hold the EVIC button when in this display until “US” or “METRIC” appears to make your selection.

Compass Variance
NOTE: Magnetic materials should be kept away from the Instrument Panel. This is where the compass sensor is located.

To set the variance: with the ignition in the ON position, with a short button press (less than one seconds) press and release the EVIC button several times until you have displayed the Personal Settings (Customer Programmable Features) menu.

Once in the Personal Settings (Customer Programmable Features) menu, press and release (less than one seconds) the EVIC button several times until “Compass Variance” is highlighted. The “Compass Variance” message and the current variance zone number will be displayed.

To change the zone, press and hold (longer than two seconds) the EVIC button to increment the variance one step. Repeat as necessary, with individual long (longer than two seconds) EVIC button presses for each increment, until the desired variance is achieved. To exit the Variance Programming, press the EVIC button with a short (less than one second) button press.

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

Compass Calibration
The Compass will automatically calibrate if the Cal indicator is flashing, by driving around slowly (under 5 mph / 8 km/h) in one or more complete circles in an area free from large metallic objects or power lines, until the Cal indicator turns off. If during normal use 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. To manually calibrate the Compass: start the engine and leave the transmission in the PARK position.With a short button press (less than one second) press and release the EVIC button several times until the EVIC displays the Personal Settings (Customer Programmable Features) menu.

Once in the Personal Settings (Customer Programmable Features) menu, press and release (less than one second) the EVIC button several times until “Calibrate Compass (Yes)” is displayed. A long (longer than two seconds) EVIC button Press will place the Compass in calibration mode. The Cal indicator will come on continuously in the EVIC display to indicate that the compass is now in the calibration mode and that the vehicle can now be driven to calibrate. (A short EVIC button press from the "Calibrate Compass (Yes)" screen will exit the EVIC Customer Programmable features, and return it to its normal operating mode).

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, large metallic objects, until the CAL indicator turns off. The compass will now function normally.

Dan
 

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That is precisely what the owner's manual (which I have read thoroughly) says, and the zone setting will not change on my car when I do exactly this.
 

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My Cummins Diesel Ram came stock with a block heater. One of my gas Rams also had a block heater because I ordered it that way. In both cases, they put a little electric heater unit in place of one of the engine's freeze plugs. This keeps the engine coolant warm. An electric cord with a male 110V connector then runs out the front of the grill.

In areas with very cold climates, I've actually seen electical pedistals in parking lots for people to plug their car into.
 

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clockmaker said:
That is precisely what the owner's manual (which I have read thoroughly) says, and the zone setting will not change on my car when I do exactly this.
I think this part is particularly confusing but critical.

DodgeInfoCenter said:
To change the zone, press and hold (longer than two seconds) the EVIC button to increment the variance one step. Repeat as necessary, with individual long (longer than two seconds) EVIC button presses for each increment, until the desired variance is achieved. To exit the Variance Programming, press the EVIC button with a short (less than one second) button press.
I know from dealing the electronics you need to press and hold in one stroke, if you move your finger off and reapply pressure the computer will interpret it as 2 separate pushes, exiting the menu.

Dan
 
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