2024 Dodge Hornet Keys and Smart Key Guide

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2024 Dodge Hornet Keys and Smart Key Owner’s Manual

For more ease and safety, the 2024 Dodge Hornet has advanced smart keys that allow keyless entry, push-button start, and remote start. Modern technology should be a seamless part of your drive experience.

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Dodge KEYS Guide

KEY FOBS

Your vehicle is equipped with a key fob which supports Passive Entry, Remote Keyless Entry (RKE), Keyless Enter ‘n Go™ (if equipped), Remote Start (if equipped), and Panic button operation. The key fob allows you to lock or unlock the doors and liftgate from distances up to approximately 66 ft (20 m). In some conditions, this distance can be reduced or increased. The key fob does not need to be pointed at the vehicle to activate the system. The key fob also contains an emergency key, which is stored in the rear of the key fob.

NOTE:

  • The key fob’s wireless signal may be blocked if the key fob is located next to a metallic object, mobile phone, laptop, wireless charging pad, or other electronic device. This may result in poor performance.
  • If the key fob’s battery is near depletion, the key fob performance can be reduced.
  • With the ignition on and the vehicle moving at 2 mph (4 km/h), all RKE commands are disabled.2024 Dodge Hornet KEY FOBS 1
  1. Unlock
  2. Liftgate
  3. Emergency Key
  4. Lock
  5. Remote Start (If Equipped)
  6. Panic

NOTE:
In case the ignition switch does not change with the push of a button, the key fob may have a low or fully depleted battery. A low-key fob battery can be verified by referring to the instrument cluster, which will display directions to follow page 272.

To Unlock/Lock The Doors And Liftgate
Push and release the unlock button on the key fob once to unlock the driver’s door. If selected within Uconnect Settings, pushing the unlock button twice within five seconds will unlock all the doors and the liftgate. To lock all the doors and the liftgate, push the lock button once. Unlock settings can be changed within the Uconnect system on page 145.
When the doors are unlocked, the turn signals will flash and the illuminated entry system will be activated. When the doors are locked, the turn signals will flash and the horn will chirp.

Using The Panic Feature
To turn the Panic feature on or off, push the Panic button on the key fob. When the Panic feature is activated, the turn signals will flash, the horn may pulse on and off (if equipped with a horn alarm), and the interior lights will turn on.
The Panic feature will stay on for three minutes unless you turn it off by either pushing the Panic button a second time or driving the vehicle at a speed of 15 mph (24 km/h) or greater.

NOTE:

  • The interior lights will turn off if you place the ignition in the ON/RUN position while the Panic feature is activated. However, the exterior lights and horn (if equipped with a horn alarm) will remain on.
  • You may need to be closer than 66 ft (20 m) from the vehicle when using the key fob to turn off the Panic feature due to the radio frequency noises emitted by the system.

Key Left Vehicle Feature
If a valid key fob is no longer detected inside the vehicle while the vehicle’s ignition system is in the ON/RUN or START position, the message “Key Fob Has Left The Vehicle” will be shown in the instrument cluster display along with an interior chime. An exterior audible and visual alert will also be activated to warn the driver.
The vehicle’s horn will rapidly chirp three times along with a single flash of the vehicle’s exterior lights.

NOTE:

  • The doors have to be open and then closed for the vehicle to detect a key fob. The Key Left Vehicle feature will activate when the first door is closed and no key fob is detected in the vehicle.
    If the warning has been activated, and the other doors are closed, no other warnings will be issued.
  • These alerts will not be activated in situations where either the vehicle’s engine is left running with the key fob inside, or the key fob’s wireless signals are blocked.

Using The Key Fob To Open/Close Vehicle Windows — If Equipped

To Open The Windows
From outside of the vehicle, push the unlock button on the key fob twice, and hold for several seconds. All vehicle door windows will open.

To Close The Windows
From outside of the vehicle, push the lock button on the key fob twice, and hold for several seconds. All vehicle door windows will close.

NOTE

  • This feature is enabled through the Uconnect Settings page.
  • The vehicle must be equipped with front and rear auto up/down windows.

Replacing The Battery In The Key Fob
The replacement battery is one CR2032 battery.

NOTE:

  • Customers are recommended to use a battery obtained from Mopar®. Aftermarket coin battery dimensions may not meet the original OEM coin battery dimensions.
  • Perchlorate material — special handling may apply. See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate for further information.
  • Do not touch the battery terminals that are on the back housing or the printed circuit board.

To replace the key fob battery, proceed as follows:

  1. Remove the emergency key (2) by sliding the emergency key release (1) on the back of the key fob and pulling the emergency key out with your other hand.
    2024 Dodge Hornet KEY FOBS 2
    1. Emergency Key Release
    2. Emergency Key
  2. Hold the key fob with the button side facing down, and locate the small rectangular gap on the left side between the housing and the back cover of the key fob. Insert a small flat-bladed tool, or a coin into the gap, then rotate downward to loosen the halves. Gently pry the two halves of the key fob apart making sure not to damage the seal during removal.
    2024 Dodge Hornet KEY FOBS 3
  3. Remove the cap covering the key fob battery.
  4. Insert the small flat-bladed tool into the gap next to the battery and pry the battery upward to remove it.
  5. When replacing the battery, match the (+) sign on the battery to the (+) sign on the inside of the bat-tery clip, located on the back cover. Avoid touching the new battery with your fingers. Skin oils may cause battery deterioration. If you touch a battery, clean it with rubbing alcohol.
    2024 Dodge Hornet KEY FOBS 4
  6. Replace the battery cap, then reassemble the key fob case by snapping the two halves together.

WARNING!

  • The integrated key fob contains a coin cell battery. Do not ingest the battery; there is a chemical burn hazard. If the coin cell battery is swallowed, it can cause severe internal burns in just two hours and can lead to death.
  • If you think a battery may have been swallowed or placed inside any part of the body, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Keep new and used batteries away from children. If the battery compartment does not close securely, stop using the product and keep it away from children.

Programming And Requesting Additional Key Fobs
Programming the key fob may be performed by an authorized dealer.

NOTE:

  • Once a key fob is programmed into a vehicle, it cannot be repurposed and reprogrammed into another vehicle.
  • Only key fobs that are programmed to the vehicle electronics can be used to start and operate the vehicle.

WARNING!

  • Always remove the key fobs from the vehicle and lock all doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.
  • For vehicles equipped with Keyless Enter ‘n Go™ Ignition, always remember to place the ignition in the OFF position when exiting the vehicle.

Duplication of key fobs may be performed at an authorized dealer. This procedure consists of programming a blank key fob to the vehicle electronics. A blank key fob has never been programmed.

NOTE:

  • When having the Sentry Key Immobilizer system serviced, bring all vehicle keys with you to an authorized dealer.
  • Emergency keys must be ordered to the correct key cut to match the vehicle locks.
  • It is not mandatory to replace the key fob if a new emergency key is needed, and vice versa.

SENTRY KEY

The Sentry Key Immobilizer system prevents unauthorized vehicle operation by disabling the engine. The sys-tem does not need to be armed or activated. Operation is automatic, regardless of whether the vehicle is locked or unlocked.
The system uses a key fob, keyless push-button ignition and a Radio Frequency (RF) receiver to prevent unauthorized vehicle operation. Therefore, only key fobs that are programmed into the vehicle can be used to start and operate the vehicle. The system cannot reprogram a key fob obtained from another vehicle.
After placing the ignition in the ON/RUN position, the Vehicle Security Light will turn on for three seconds for a bulb check. If the light remains on after the bulb checks, it indicates that there is a problem with the electronics. In addition, if the light begins to flash after the bulb check, it indicates that someone attempted to start the engine with an invalid key fob. If a valid key fob is used to start the engine but there is an issue with the vehicle electronics, the engine will start and shut off after two seconds.
If the Vehicle Security Light turns on during normal vehicle operation (vehicle running for longer than
10 seconds), it indicates that there is a fault in the electronics. Should this occur, have the vehicle serviced as soon as possible by an authorized dealer.

CAUTION!
The Sentry Key Immobilizer system is not compatible with some aftermarket Remote Start systems. Use of these systems may result in vehicle starting problems and loss of security protection.

All of the key fobs provided with your new vehicle have been programmed to the vehicle electronics page 272.

NOTE:
A key fob that has not been programmed is also considered an invalid key.

IGNITION SWITCH

KEYLESS ENTER ‘N GO™ IGNITION
This feature allows the driver to operate the ignition with the push of a button as long as the key fob is in the passenger compartment.
The START/STOP ignition button has three operating modes. The three modes are: OFF, ON/RUN, and START.2024 Dodge Hornet IGNITION SWITCH 5

  1. OFF
  2. ON/RUN

The push-button ignition can be placed in the following modes:

OFF

  • The engine is stopped.
  • Some electrical devices (e.g., power locks, alarms, etc.) are still available.

ON/RUN

  • Driving mode.
  • All electrical devices are available (e.g., climate controls, heated seats, etc.).

START

  • The engine will start.

Starting The Engine With A Depleted Key Fob Battery
If the ignition state/mode does not change with the push of a button, the key fob may have a low or depleted battery. In this situation, a backup method can be used to operate the ignition switch:
Place the key fob in the cupholder, and then press the ignition button.2024 Dodge Hornet IGNITION SWITCH 6

NOTE:
If the key fob battery is depleted, and the vehicle doors are locked using the key fob lock button, Passive Entry lock button (if equipped), or the vehicle App
(if equipped), the engine must be started using the described backup starting method. The vehicle doors can then be unlocked using one of the unlock methods (key fob, Passive Entry handle, or vehicle App).
To Stop The Engine With A Depleted Key Fob Battery
Push and hold the ignition button for several seconds, or push it three times quickly.

NOTE:

  • The ignition button will not activate if the key fob is inside the rear cargo compartment while the liftgate is open.
  • If the ignition is in the ON/RUN position for 30 minutes while the gear selector is in PARK, the ignition will automatically be placed in the OFF position.
  • For information on normal starting
  • When opening the driver’s door and the ignition is in the ON/RUN (engine not running) position, a chime will sound to remind you to place the ignition in the OFF position. In addition to the chime, the “Vehicle On” message will display in the cluster.

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Disabling A Key Fob Left Inside The Vehicle
The key fob can be disabled from starting the vehicle if it is left in the passenger compartment. To do this, proceed as follows:

  1. Close all doors and the liftgate.
  2. Push the lock button on another key fob twice, or push the Passive Entry lock button on the door handle (with another key fob within range), waiting three seconds between each push.
  3. Wait 30 seconds without unlocking the vehicle or opening any doors.

To reactivate the previously disabled key fob, the vehicles must be either unlocked or started with a key fob.

WARNING!

  • When exiting the vehicle, always remove the key fob from the vehicle and lock your vehicle.
  • Never leave children alone in a vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle.
  • Allowing children to be in a vehicle unattended is dangerous for several reasons. A child or others could be seriously or fatally injured. Children should be warned not to touch the parking brake, brake pedal or the gear selector.
  • Do not leave the key fob in or near the vehicle, or in a location accessible to children, and do not leave the ignition of a vehicle equipped with Key-less Enter ‘n Go™ in the ON/RUN position. A child could operate power windows, and other controls, or move the vehicle.
  • Do not leave children or animals inside parked vehicles in hot weather. Interior heat buildup may cause serious injury or death.

CAUTION!
An unlocked vehicle is an invitation for thieves. Always remove the key fob from the vehicle and lock all doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.

KEYLESS ENTER ‘N GO™ IGNITION — PHEV ONLY
This feature allows the driver to operate the ignition with the push of a button as long as the key fob is in the passenger compartment.

NOTE:
This vehicle is equipped with an automatic shutdown feature. If the vehicle is left with the ignition in the RUN position (engine not running) with the gear selector in PARK for 30 minutes, it will automatically turn off the vehicle. If the driver door is opened, then closed while propulsion is active and the vehicle is in PARK, the vehicle will shut down. Notifications have been designed into this feature to raise awareness of the timed event by showing messages in the instrument cluster display.
The instrument cluster display will also show the mes-sage “Ready to Drive” accompanied by three audible chimes while the driver door is opened while the ignition state is in READY mode. The interior warnings will occur regardless of whether the key fob remains in the vehicle or is removed. The horn will sound three times, and the turn signals will flash if the key fob is removed from the vehicle while the ignition state is in READY mode.
To restart the vehicle, follow the normal process for starting your vehicle.
The START/STOP ignition button has three operating modes. The three modes are: OFF, ON/RUN, and START.2024 Dodge Hornet IGNITION SWITCH 5

  1. OFF
  2. ON/RUN

NOTE:

  • Pushing the START/STOP ignition button may only activate the Electric Propulsion System and not start the vehicle’s engine (if running the engine is not currently required by the Hybrid system). READY will show in the instrument cluster display whenever the vehicle is operating in Electric mode and the vehicle is stationary.
  • If the vehicle’s ignition is in either ACC or RUN, the vehicle charge indicator may not display a value greater than 99% state of charge due to vehicle loads.

The push-button ignition can be placed in the following modes:

OFF

  • The engine is stopped.
  • Some electrical devices (e.g., power locks, alarms, etc.) are still available.
  • Mechanical power (Vehicle Propulsion) is not available

ON/RUN

  • Driving mode.
  • All electrical devices are available (e.g., climate controls, heated seats, etc.).
  • As long as READY appears in the instrument cluster display, it does not matter if the engine is running or not, vehicle propulsion is available

START

  • The engine will start.

NOTE:

  • Vehicle propulsion is only available after the vehicle has passed through the START position.
  • If the brake is pressed and the ignition is placed in the RUN position with a charging cable connected to the vehicle, the instrument cluster display will not display the READY state. When the charging cable is unplugged from the vehicle, the vehicle will go into the READY state. If the vehicle is not shifted out of PARK 30 minutes after being unplugged, the vehicle will disable the READY state. After an additional 30 minutes with no change in ignition status, the ignition will turn off and the vehicle will power down page 97.

Conditions Which May Cause The Engine To Run

  • When the Hybrid Battery State of Charge (SOC) has reached <1%
  • When applying maximum vehicle acceleration
  • While maintaining the Exhaust System Catalyst Temperature in Hybrid or e-save modes
  • When the hood is open with the ignition in RUN, post-START mode
  • When Manual Mode/Tip Mode is in use
  • When the engine is temporarily operating in Fuel and Oil Refresh Mode (e.g. if the system detects a stale fuel or aged oil condition after a long period without combustion engine operation)
  • When the vehicle is started in very cold ambient temperatures
  • When the vehicle is in a lower ambient temperature and may need to support passenger compartment heating

For information on starting the engine with a depleted key fob battery, see page 34.

WARNING!

  • When exiting the vehicle, always remove the key fob from the vehicle and lock your vehicle.
  • Never leave children alone in a vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle.
  • Allowing children to be in a vehicle unattended is dangerous for several reasons. A child or others could be seriously or fatally injured. Children should be warned not to touch the parking brake, brake pedal or the gear selector.
  • Do not leave the key fob in or near the vehicle, or in a location accessible to children, and do not leave the ignition of a vehicle equipped with Key-less Enter ‘n Go™ in the ON/RUN position. A child could operate power windows, and other controls, or move the vehicle.
  • Do not leave children or animals inside parked vehicles in hot weather. Interior heat buildup may cause serious injury or death.

CAUTION!
An unlocked vehicle is an invitation for thieves. Always remove the key fob from the vehicle and lock all doors when leaving the vehicle unattended.

FAQs

How does the Smart Key system in the 2024 Dodge Hornet work?

The Smart Key system allows for keyless entry and push-button start. The vehicle senses the key fob’s presence, enabling you to unlock the doors and start the engine without removing the key from your pocket or bag.

Can I start my 2024 Dodge Hornet without the Smart Key?

No, the Smart Key must be inside the vehicle to start the engine. If the key fob battery is dead, use the physical key inside the fob to unlock the door and start the vehicle with the emergency start procedure.

How do I replace the battery in the Smart Key for my 2024 Dodge Hornet?

To replace the battery, gently pry open the key fob casing using a small flat tool, replace the old battery with a new one (typically a CR2032), and snap the casing back together.

What is the range of the remote key fob for the 2024 Dodge Hornet?

The remote key fob typically works within a range of about 30 to 60 feet. This can vary depending on environmental conditions and battery strength.

What features can I control with the Smart Key for the 2024 Dodge Hornet?

The Smart Key allows you to lock and unlock doors, start the engine, open the trunk, and sometimes control other functions like remote start, depending on the trim level.

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