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Old 05-19-2015, 04:00 PM
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Yeah, try the double tap on the interior door switch. It works on mine. I'd have to believe the Durango would be the same.


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Well, when I got home, I realized I stand corrected.

I couldn't lock the doors with the power lock buttons without it complaining and refusing, but I was able to push down all the manual lock buttons on the top edges of the doors, then do the same for the driver's door before I closed it.

Upon trying to unlock the car by grabbing the handle, it stayed closed as tight as a tomb. I used the spare fob to get in.

Now, I should say, it took some doing to lock the fob in the car. There is no way you could do it accidentally - at least not the way I did it. By the time you did the whole dance, something would have to click that you're forgetting something.

Having said that, it appears the dealer could pull off the magic trick I thought was an illusion. i was certain it wouldn't work.

Go figure. Now if only it would prevent someone from putting the car in drive without the key being in the vehicle until you punch the UConnect PIN into the touch screen to override it...

So, that got me thinking: where could you hide the key on the vehicle when you're out surfing or something (or need to leave your vehicle for a friend or spouse to take home) where it wouldn't trigger the locks for someone else, but could allow you to get to it to get in later?

I found two spots that are probably not national secrets to car thieves, but not likely to be explored too closely in favor of easier prey:

Spot 1: the back side of the trailer hitch receiver is open. Popping the key up in there shields it from the sensors, but is easy enough to hide it in while you finish pulling gear out of the hatch. Just lock the doors and put the key in there before lowering the gate.

Spot 2: just ahead of either front tire, near the back of the bumper are nice and dark little nooks that will hide the key nicely. The system won't detect the key there.
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Now, I should say, it took some doing to lock the fob in the car. There is no way you could do it accidentally ...something would have to click that you're forgetting something.
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Clearly you don't know my wife- lol.

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So, that got me thinking: where could you hide the key on the vehicle when you're out surfing or something (or need to leave your vehicle for a friend or spouse to take home) where it wouldn't trigger the locks for someone else, but could allow you to get to it to get in later?

I found two spots that are probably not national secrets to car thieves, but not likely to be explored too closely in favor of easier prey:

Spot 1: the back side of the trailer hitch receiver is open. Popping the key up in there shields it from the sensors, but is easy enough to hide it in while you finish pulling gear out of the hatch. Just lock the doors and put the key in there before lowering the gate.

Spot 2: just ahead of either front tire, near the back of the bumper are nice and dark little nooks that will hide the key nicely. The system won't detect the key there.
Did you double check that spot 1 doesn't allow you to open the liftgate? Since it's not beside the vehicle I'm sure it wont allow the side doors to be unlocked but it MIGHT still allow the hatch...

Dont forget you could just pull the old school key out of the fob and lock the fob inside then put the old school key anyplace (or tie it to your shorts) and that would get you into the car.

I love your idea about not putting the car in drive without the PIN. They should couple that with a silence button for when you leave the wife/kids in the car while you run inside the convenience store. Which basically just points out that the uconnect system has such MASSIVE potential that they totally didn't use to the fullest. They dont even have all the features of the competition. They stink.
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Did you double check that spot 1 doesn't allow you to open the liftgate? Since it's not beside the vehicle I'm sure it wont allow the side doors to be unlocked but it MIGHT still allow the hatch...
The first time I did it, it didn't. However, just now I tried and the hatch went up so the hitch receiver doesn't appear to block the radio signal reliably enough to serve the purpose.

Having said that, I did discover something interesting some might not know. If you start raising the gate and you realize you need to stop it for whatever reason, just hit the lift gate button and it will halt wherever it is at the moment. To close the gate, just push it closed manually. The interior cargo area button won't operate with the gate partially open.

So, if your gate is aiming to crash into something overhead or behind it, you can essentially do a panic stop. It's also useful if you have a receiver rack of bikes on the back and need to only open the gate a small amount to grab something.

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Dont forget you could just pull the old school key out of the fob and lock the fob inside then put the old school key anyplace (or tie it to your shorts) and that would get you into the car.
Does the alarm still go off if the fob is in the car? If I use the key with the fob not present, it does. It's too late at night to be testing that right now....at least my neighbors would thinks so, anyway...

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I love your idea about not putting the car in drive without the PIN.
My worst case scenario would be my fictional wife (seeing as I'm not married) is going to drive me to the airport. I grab my key and take my suitcase out to the car. While out there, I start it and get the AC going. My wife realizes I've done this and comes out without her key.

We drive to the airport where she proceeds to drop me off at the passenger loading/unloading area (you know, the white zone....there is no stopping in the Red Zone....). I get out and head into the terminal...with the key.

Now, the Jeep bongs at her, but it bings and bongs over all kinds of things so she ignores it. The Jeep is running, all seems well.

On the way home, she remembers we need milk, so she stops by the grocery store....and ends up stranded with no key to start the car.

By needing the PIN to put the car in er at the airport, she could know to a) quickly grab me before I get too far and get my key or b) could head straight home and get her key before going to the store.

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They should couple that with a silence button for when you leave the wife/kids in the car while you run inside the convenience store. Which basically just points out that the uconnect system has such MASSIVE potential that they totally didn't use to the fullest. They dont even have all the features of the competition. They stink.
I'm not sure they would ever want to do that.

After all, their goal is likely to not have you leave the vehicle with it running and passengers are in it. That encourages people to leave children in the car with it running. The lawyers would be very annoyed at that prospect.
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