Ignition Positions (Keyless Access)

The ignition control knob can be turned to four different positions.

To shift out of P (Park), the ignition must be in ON/RUN or ACC/ACCESSORY and the regular brake pedal must be applied.

Using a tool to force the ignition

Using a tool to force the ignition control knob from its cylinder could damage it.

Make sure the keyless access transmitter is inside the vehicle when trying to turn the ignition control knob.

A (STOPPING THE ENGINE/ LOCK/OFF): When the vehicle is stopped, turn the ignition switch to LOCK/OFF to turn the engine off.

Retained Accessory Power (RAP) will remain active. See Retained Accessory Power (RAP).

The ignition control knob cannot be removed from the vehicle.

The keyless access transmitter must be inside the vehicle to start the engine. This position locks the ignition and shift lever on automatic transmission vehicles, and the ignition and steering wheel on manual transmission vehicles.

Do not turn the engine off when the vehicle is moving. This will cause a loss of power assist in the brake and steering systems and disable the airbags.

If the vehicle must be shut off in an emergency:

1. Brake using a firm and steady pressure. Do not pump the brakes repeatedly. This may deplete power assist, requiring increased brake pedal force.

2. Shift the vehicle to neutral.

This can be done while the vehicle is moving. After shifting to neutral, firmly apply the brakes and steer the vehicle to a safe location.

3. Come to a complete stop.

Shift to P (Park) with an automatic transmission, or Neutral with a manual transmission. Turn the ignition to LOCK/OFF.

4. Set the parking brake. See Parking Brake (Electric) or Parking Brake (Manual).

WARNING!
Turning off the vehicle while moving may cause loss of power assist in the brake and steering systems and disable the airbags.
While driving, only shut the vehicle off in an emergency.

If the vehicle cannot be pulled over, and must be shut off while driving, switch the ignition to ACC/ACCESSORY.

B (ACC/ACCESSORY): This position allows you to use things like the radio and the windshield wipers when the engine is off.

This position will allow you to turn off the engine.

C (ON/RUN): This position is for driving. It is the position the ignition switch returns to after the engine starts, and the control knob is released. This position can also be used for service and diagnostics, and to verify the proper operation of the malfunction indicator lamp as may be required for emission inspection purposes.

If you need to shift the transmission out of P (Park), the ignition control knob has to be in ACC/ACCESSORY or ON/RUN.

The battery could be drained if you leave the ignition in the ACC/ACCESSORY or ON/RUN position with the engine off.

You may not be able to start the vehicle if the battery is allowed to drain for an extended period of time.

D (START): This position starts the engine.

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