Shift Lever Override/Remote Start issue
This is a rotten Easter Egg that could come in handy, though, its not technically an egg since it is referenced, albeit briefly and without much detail, in the owner's manual. If this belongs elsewhere, we'll let the admins worry about that.
The manual for my 2013 Laredo X references the Shift Lever Override. 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. Had the same thing happen twice more that day and again the next morning. Spoke to the dealer and they 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 had no answers 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 is stuck in Park... acts as though the brake is not depressed. If I turn it off and restart, its fine. Kinda defeats the purpose of remote start.
I had wondered about the remote start thing because in a remote start that initial brake depression is not required, which might be confusing to whatever software is involved with theft deterrent, etc., though, there is apparently a solenoid and a linkage of some sort that could be the culprit as well. Also, the theft deterrent thing entered my 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? If not, try it and let me know. I have never seen this override on any other vehicle that is user accessible, though, other Jeep model have it.
Will update in a few days after the dealer visit.