Ram 1500 Key Fob Tricks: Start It, Roll Down Your Windows, & More



 When you come in to get a RAM 1500 from us, your premier RAM dealer in Kentucky, you're going to get a RAM 1500 key fob with it. Now, we all know what a key fob is and what it looks like. It's not a new invention, after all, having been created in the 1980s. Since then, and even in the past decade alone, the capability of the key fob has come an incredibly long way. Your Dodge RAM key fob can do more than you might realize. Long gone are the days when it could only lock/unlock and start your car.

RAM 1500 Key Fob Capabilities

It's been nearly a decade since 2012, and even after that amount of time, the abilities of a key fob have come far. The 2012 RAM 1500 key fob had remote entry (with lock & unlock) capabilities, a panic button, and even remote start capabilities, all thanks to the "2X" button. These features can still all be seen on the newer versions of the RAM 1500 key fob, but with more hidden additions.

CDJR's Keyless Enter 'n Go ramps up the convenience that's delivered to you by your RAM 1500 key fob. You can lock or unlock your doors and also your tailgate (including the liftgate, swing gate, and trunk for other CDJR models).

You can also start or shut down the engine without even touching the fob, as long as it's within five feet of your truck. By simply grabbing your handle, your door will unlock, as long as the fob is detected by the vehicle. You can also lock it by pressing the convenient buttons on the door handles.

Unlike older models, you don't have to insert the fob into any of the new RAM trucks for sale or even turn a key to start the ignition. You simply have to have your key with you, hit the start engine button, and press the gas.

Control Your Windows (and More) Even When the Engine Is Off

Want to roll down or roll up your windows without fully starting your vehicle? Make sure your RAM 1500 key fob is with you, and press the engine start button once, without pressing on the brakes. This will allow your car to enter "ACC," or accessory mode. While in this mode, you can access your windshield wipers, roll your windows up or down, and turn on the radio!

If you press the engine start button an additional time, you'll enter the "Run" mode, wherein you can access the instrument cluster and climate control system. This is perfect for those days when you didn't want to go into the grocery store with your spouse and elected to stay in the truck instead (even though they take two hours to get their shopping done).

FAQs About the RAM 1500 Key Fob

How do I reprogram my Dodge RAM key fob?

If your key fob has an issue and it's not working properly, you likely just need to reprogram it. Lucky you for, 2019 RAM 1500 key fob programming, and programming for pretty much every RAM 1500 key fob, is quite easy. Just follow the steps below!

  1. Without pressing the brakes, hit the engine start button until it is in "Run" mode.
  2. Once the chimes in your truck stop, press & hold the "Unlock" button on your RAM 1500 key fob for 10 seconds. Release.
  3. As you're releasing the "Unlock" button, press & release the "Panic" key.
  4. Once you hear a chime, press the button(s) that you need to reprogram.
  5. Turn your ignition off to end programming.

How do you program a key fob for a 2015 Dodge RAM?

Programming a RAM 1500 key fob for a 2015 model is slightly different than the steps you see above. If you've gotten a replacement 2015 key fob, follow the steps below to program it to your RAM 1500.

  1. Press then release the "Lock" button on your fob five times within a ten-second span.
  2. Press and holding the "Unlock" button while inserting the key into your ignition, and then turn it to the "Run" mode/position.
  3. Keep holding "Unlock" while you turn the keys, and simultaneously press the "Lock" button with it.
  4. Release both buttons.
  5. Press the "Unlock" button one more time.

After this, your fob should be recognized by your 2015 RAM vehicle!

How do you roll down windows with a Dodge key fob?

As we mentioned, you can access your window controls and even windshield wiper and radio controls by clicking the start engine button until it's in "ACC," or accessory mode.

How do you start a RAM 1500 without a key fob?

In the back of your key fob, you can open a compartment that holds a traditional key. Take that key out and unlock your vehicle (the old-fashioned way). Then, take the bottom end of the key and hold it against the engine ignition button, press the brakes, and press the button with the key. Your truck will recognize the key and start up!

How do you start a 2016 Dodge RAM without a key fob?

Similarly to the process we talked about above, you can use your traditional metal analog key to press against the ignition or insert into the keyhole like you used to do before the digital age!

How do you start a RAM truck with a dead key fob?

This is the same process as when you need to start it without your key fob. Get the regular key out of the back of the fob, press it against the ignition, press the brake, and you're good to go! You can also replace your key fob battery and use the fob.

How much does it cost to replace a Dodge RAM key fob?

The price to replace your key fob can range between $500 to $600, depending on which RAM model/trim you own. If you just need a new key fob battery or a RAM 1500 key fob cover, those will naturally cost a lot less, and you likely won't pay any more than about $40 for both items together.

Montgomery CDJR Near Lexington Is Here for You

Key fobs have made the driving life a lot more convenient. However, they can come with issues if you're unsure of how to operate them when their batteries die or need reprogramming. Thanks to Montgomery CDJR in Nicholasville, you can now drive with the confidence that, if something does go wrong, you'll have no problem fixing it. And if things don't resolve themselves like you hoped they would, you're always welcome here at our RAM 1500 repair shop, where our service experts can diagnose and fix the issue for you.


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