Ram 1500/2500/3500 Owners & Service Manuals

Ram 1500/2500/3500: To Start The Engine While In Autostop Mode

While in DRIVE the engine will start when the brake pedal is released or the throttle pedal is depressed. The transmission will automatically reengage upon engine restart. During this transition the brakes will hold the vehicle to avoid undesired vehicle movement.

Conditions that will cause the engine to start automatically while in Autostop mode.

The Engine Will Start Automatically When:

  • The transmission selector is moved from DRIVE to REVERSE or NEUTRAL
  • To maintain cabin temperature near the HVAC settings
  • HVAC is set to full defrost mode
  • Autostop time exceeds 5 minutes
  • Battery voltage drops too low
  • Low brake vacuum (e.g. after several brake pedal applications)
  • STOP/START OFF switch is pressed
  • 4WD system is put into 4LO mode
  • The emissions system requires it
  • A STOP/START system error occurs
  • The emissions system requires it
  • A STOP/START system error occurs

Conditions that force an automatic shift to PARK while in Autostop mode.

The Engine Will Not Start Automatically and the Transmission will be placed in PARK if:

  • The driver door is open and brake pedal released
  • The driver door is open and the driver seat belt is unbuckled
  • The engine hood has been opened
  • A STOP/START system error occurs

The engine may then be restarted by moving the transmission shift selector out of PARK (e.g. to DRIVE) or, in some cases, only by a KEY START. The Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) will display a SHIFT OUT OF PARK message, or a STOP/START KEY START REQUIRED message, to indicate which action is required.

Refer to "Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC)" in "Understanding Your Instrument Panel" for further information.

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