A factory installed alarm may have been an added bonus when you first purchased your 1997 Jeep Cherokee. However, sometimes there are other factors such as a dying car battery, a minor traffic accident or a remote with a faulty battery that may set off your alarm at any given time. Bypass this alarm system with a few simple tools and supplies from your local automotive store.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Ratchet wrench with socket set
- Wire cutters
- Wire strippers
- Ground wire (with eyelet)
- 3-way wire connector
Raise and secure the Jeep Grand Cherokee engine bonnet. Remove the negative (black) battery cable from the battery terminal using the socket wrench.
Open the driver's side door and locate the kick panel, which is located near the vehicle's bonnet release lever. Use a screwdriver to remove the plastic covering.
Locate the factory installed alarm disable wire, which is purple with a yellow stripe. Use the wire cutters to cut the wire, then strip off half an inch of the plastic sheath from each end of the cut wire with the wire strippers. This should leave you with exposed wire on each end of the severed wire.
Unscrew a bolt from the unused pedal mount, which is the foot pedal to the very left, that is unused in automatic transmission equipped vehicles. If your Jeep Grand Cherokee is a manual, there will be a used bolt at the bottom of the door frame. Attach the ground wire to the bolt using the eyelet end of the wire. Re-fasten the bolt with the screwdriver.
Insert all three exposed wires: the two alarm disabled wire ends and the ground wire end, into the 3-way wire connector. Lightly tug on the wires to ensure they are inserted into the connector all the way. Insert the 3-way connector into the kick panel area and replace the kick panel.
Replace the negative (black) battery terminal back onto the battery post and tighten with the wrench. Lower and secure the vehicle engine bonnet.
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