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Got some uconnect quirks

I just got a 14 Summit GC and there are 2 annoying things about uconnect that I hope can be answered:

1) Uconnect does not go into night mode when set on Auto and it's dark outside. I always have to do it manually. Could it be a bad light sensor? The headlights are set to auto so they turn on when it's dark. But the uconnect display stays in day mode even though the Auto checkbox is selected.

2) I can't turn the radio off. I can only put it on mute or turn the volume all the way down. There does not seem to be an off switch. Is this how it's supposed to be?
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:38 PM
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Re: Got some uconnect quirks

1) If you carefully read the owners manual section on setting up the display brightness, you will find out how to set it the way you want it. I'll be the first to admit the set-up is a little confusing, but it works.

2) You can't turn it off.

Both of these questions are covered extensively in other threads. Welcome to the forum , and check out the search function, it's very helpful.
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Re: Got some uconnect quirks

What you call the radio is the heart and soul of the uConnect system. It has to stay on, and you get a mute button and another button to shut off the screen.

I have my night mode set to auto, and when the headlights come on, everything on the dash goes to the brightness I have set on the dial.

My only complaint is that they don't have a separate button to keep the light off when you open the door. When I have that set and start my car in the garage, even my backup camera is dark, because the headlights come on.

The only other suv I had that didn't have a separate button ... Was my other Jeep.


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My only complaint is that they don't have a separate button to keep the light off when you open the door. When I have that set and start my car in the garage, even my backup camera is dark, because the headlights come on.

The only other suv I had that didn't have a separate button ... Was my other Jeep.


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Bill, I might be misunderstanding you here, but, I get the back-up camera image bright while backing out of my garage by switching the headlight control from auto to off till I clear the garage.
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Bill, I might be misunderstanding you here, but, I get the back-up camera image bright while backing out of my garage by switching the headlight control from auto to off till I clear the garage.
You are not misunderstanding me. But if I have to turn my auto headlights off to back out of my garage, they kinda lose the advantage of being auto. So, I do it the old fashioned way, I close my eyes and hit the gas ... I mean I use the mirrors.

I also leave my HVAC on auto, 68 year round. And if they would let us default eco to off I would never need anything but the start button and the vr button.


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Not sure if I'm understanding your problem with your day light mode. Have you tried using the interior light switch to adjust the screen that was my problem when I thought it was stuck in day time mode just move the dial down it will click out off full bright

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So, I do it the old fashioned way, I close my eyes and hit the gas ...
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Re: Got some uconnect quirks

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What you call the radio is the heart and soul of the uConnect system. It has to stay on, and you get a mute button and another button to shut off the screen.

I have my night mode set to auto, and when the headlights come on, everything on the dash goes to the brightness I have set on the dial.

My only complaint is that they don't have a separate button to keep the light off when you open the door. When I have that set and start my car in the garage, even my backup camera is dark, because the headlights come on.

The only other suv I had that didn't have a separate button ... Was my other Jeep.


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While it may be the heart and soul of everything, 95% of people don't want to hear the radio ALL the time. You push mute, next time you start her up, the radio's back on. You turn the volume all the way down, yeah it's like it's turned off, but it's not psychologically off. I need that satisfaction of knowing the radio's off. All the fords I've rented who have almost the same system these days still let you push a fake power button to turn the radio off. It's just one of those things that people like me need, I suppose.
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While it may be the heart and soul of everything, 95% of people don't want to hear the radio ALL the time. You push mute, next time you start her up, the radio's back on. You turn the volume all the way down, yeah it's like it's turned off, but it's not psychologically off. I need that satisfaction of knowing the radio's off. All the fords I've rented who have almost the same system these days still let you push a fake power button to turn the radio off. It's just one of those things that people like me need, I suppose.
l guess you'll have to buy a Ford.

I never thought about the mute button not remaining set at start up. My radio always stays on with the volume up.

I wonder if that is software upgradeable to let the default be mute.
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Re: Got some uconnect quirks

I love this thread, any time I can see Jacko and Bill go back and forth makes my day!

OK, on the UConnect, someone gave me the rundown. I shouldn't call it a radio at all... It is a touch screen with vehicle controls. It has connections for FM etc going into it but the major part of the radio (the amplifier section) is in the trunk and it has all kinds of power management.

Now as for recalling the amplifier "sleeping of muted" state, I will look into this more.

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Yeah, the radio coming back on when you restart the car after it was muted is pretty retarded functionality. Scared the heck out of me once or twice too.

That and the Eco mode setting being "reset" each time you restart the car. What were the engineers thinking? I'm a little surprised the windows don't automatically go down and the highbeams and turn signals don't turn on each time the car is started.

I contacted Chrysler asking if they'd change this by the way, hopefully they will in a future software update.
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Re: Got some uconnect quirks

Feedback does go up stream so good for you for taking the time to ask. A Lot of the functionality improvements have come directly from customer contact.
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