How to Disable the Alarm on a 1993 Cherokeeby Ryan Bauer
The theft-deterrent system of the 1993 Jeep Cherokee will keep thieves from tampering with your vehicle. However, these systems commonly create embarrassing situations when they malfunction and go off at an unwanted time. Disabling the alarm will prevent this from happening. It may also be necessary to disable the alarm while performing certain types of electrical work or when upgrading the factory alarm to an aftermarket model.
Insert the key into the door lock and turn it counterclockwise. This will turn the alarm off if it is currently sounding.
Open the hood and disconnect the negative battery terminal by using a wrench to loosen the nut on the cable. Tuck the cable behind something so that it will not spring back into contact with the battery.
Remove the driver's side kick panel. Work a prying tool such as a flathead screwdriver around the perimeter of the panel until it is free to come off. Do not use force to remove the panel. A half-purple, half-yellow wire will now be exposed. This is the disarm wire for the alarm system.
Strip away a section of the wire with wire strippers. Do not cut the wire. Strip both ends of a spare length of any type of electrical wire. Wrap one end of the wire around the newly-exposed section of the alarm wire.
Find any metal bolt close to the wire and slightly loosen it. This will serve as a ground point. Wrap the other end of the wire around the bolt and tighten it back into place. The alarm is now disabled.
Replace the negative battery cable, ensuring the nut is securely tightened.
- To reverse this disarm process, simple remove the ground wire and cover the exposed section of the alarm wire with electrical tape.
Things You'll Need
- Socket wrench
- Wire strippers
- Spare length of wire
- Flathead screwdriver
Ryan Bauer is a freelance writer located in Ozark, Missouri. He has written numerous articles and books, including "How to Improve Your Credit Score 100 Points in 100 Days." Bauer is an experienced automotive mechanic and computer technician.