Dodge Journey: Indicators

Indicators are located in various positions within the CCN and are all connected to the CCN electronic circuit board. All indicators, except the inverter indicator (if equipped), are controlled by CAN data bus messages. The brake indicator is controlled by CAN data bus messages from the Controller Antilock Brake (CAB) as well as by hard-wired park brake switch inputs to the CCN. The seatbelt indicator is controlled by the CCN and is turned on and off depending upon the CAN message received. The Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) is normally controlled by CAN data bus messages from the Powertrain Control Module (PCM); however, if the CCN loses CAN data bus communication, the CCN circuitry will automatically turn the MIL on and display NoBUS in the right VFD until CAN data bus communication is restored. The CCN uses CAN data bus messages from the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM), the ORC, the CAB, and the Sentry Key Remote Entry Module (SKREEM) to control all of the remaining indicators.

The various CCN indicators are controlled by different strategies. Some receive fused ignition switch output from the CCN circuitry and have a switched ground. Others are grounded through the CCN circuitry and have a switched battery feed. However, all indicators are completely controlled by the CCN microprocessor based upon various hard wired and electronic message inputs. The cruise indicator located within the VFD unit is dimmable. All other indicators are illuminated at a fixed intensity, which is not affected by the selected illumination intensity of the CCN general illumination LED's. The illumination intensity of the dimmable indicators is synchronized with that of the CCN general illumination LED's.

In addition, certain indicators in this instrument cluster are automatically configured or self-configured. This feature allows the configurable indicators to be enabled by the CCN circuitry for compatibility with certain optional equipment. The CCN defaults for the ABS indicator and airbag indicator are enabled, and these configuration settings must be programmatically disabled in the CCN using a diagnostic scan tool for vehicles that do not have this equipment. The automatically configured or self-configured indicators remain latent in each CCN at all times and will be active only when the CCN receives the appropriate CAN message inputs for that optional system or equipment.

The hard-wired indicator inputs may be diagnosed using conventional diagnostic methods. However, the CCN circuitry and CAN/LIN bus message controlled indicators are diagnosed using the CCN self-diagnostic actuator test. Some indicators are requested to be turned on via the LIN bus. See Diagnosis and Testing . Proper testing of the CAN/LIN data bus and the electronic message inputs to the CCN that control an indicator requires the use of a diagnostic scan tool. Refer to the appropriate diagnostic service information. Specific details of the operation for each indicator may be found elsewhere in this service information.


The CCN has several illumination lamps that are illuminated whenever the exterior lighting is turned On. The illumination intensity of these lamps is adjusted when the left multifunction dimming control ring is rotated (down to dim, up to brighten) to one of five available minor detent positions. The CCN monitors a resistormultiplexed input from the headlamp switch on a dimmer input circuit. In response to that input, the CCN electronic circuitry converts a fused 12-volt input it receives on a hard-wired panel lamps dimmer switch signal circuit into a 12-volt Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) output.

The CCN uses this PWM output to control the illumination intensity of the cluster, the instrument panel center stack illumination, and the VFD unit on the CCN circuit board. The CCN also transmits electronic dimming level messages over the LIN data bus to other electronic modules (such as the ASBM, HVAC control head, the radio, and the clock) in the vehicle to control and synchronize their illumination intensity.

In addition, the dimming control ring on the headlamp switch has a Parade Mode position to provide a parade or funeral mode. The CCN monitors the request for this mode from the headlamp switch, then transmits an electronic dimming level message to illuminate all VFD units in the vehicle at full (daytime) intensity for easier visibility when driving in daylight with the exterior lighting turned on.

The hard-wired headlamp switch and panel lamps dimmer inputs to and outputs from the CCN may be diagnosed using conventional diagnostic methods. However, proper testing of the PWM processing of the CCN and the electronic dimming level messages sent by the CCN over the CAN data bus requires the use of a diagnostic scan tool. Refer to the appropriate diagnostic service information.

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