Shift Lever Override/Remote Start issue
The manual for my 2013 Laredo X references the Shift Lever Override, albeit briefly and without much detail. I wondered what that was about and then tucked that nugget away.
My 2nd day of ownership I learned why it was in there...the shifter was stuck in Park. I followed the procedure - popped the cap in the cup holder (beneath the rubber insert), depressed the pink tab, shifted out of park and was on my way. BTW, the cap is rigid and I broke it getting it out. Anyway, had the same thing happen twice more that day and again the next morning. Spoke to the dealer and they immediately asked if I was depressing the brake pedal when attempting to shift from Park...I guess its a question they have to ask...like, "is your computer plugged in?".
The dealer has no answers so far and I'm taking it in for a look see while they install the tow package. I started replaying the various scenarios and trying to recreate the issue. It occurred to me I had been playing with remote start quite a bit trying to determine max range. Sure enough, the issue can be recreated regularly...remote start, climb in, depress brake, try to shift and it acts as though the brake is not depressed. I had wondered about this because in a remote start that initial brake depression is not required, which might be confusing to whatever software is involved, though, there is apparently a solenoid and a linkage of some sort that could be the culprit.
Wonder if this is a bug or intended to be a theft deterrent...that second one comes to mind because, BTW, pressing the tab with the engine running activates the alarm. The manual says perform the procedure in ACC mode and now I know why.
Has anyone else experienced this issue? I have never seen this override on another vehicle that is user accessible, though other Jeep models have it, and, Jeep is obviously aware of the potential for the issue. No one seems to know the cause or logic involved that requires the override. Any thoughts?
Will update in a few days after the dealer visit.