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I bought this jeep with a ceased engine, put another engine in. when trying to start, there is a security light on the dash. the vehicle runs for about 5 secs then dies. tried starting repeatidly, same problem. disconnected negative terminal, reconnected and light gone, able to start vehicle. turn vehicle of, and security light is on when next time to start. how do i deactivate this as i do not have any keyheads for central locking. i tried locking and unlocking vehicle by key and still no joy.

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  • rumdevil69 Apr 28, 2010

    the light is the word securityon the left hand top of instrument cluster. when it is illuminated the car starts and runs for approx 5 seconds. i have tried another crank sensor, a new dizzy, a new coil, had a diagnostic computer check for fault codes, and no codes come up. when i disconnect the battery, for even 10 seconds, i can start and run the car. when i turn the engine of and go to restart it after about 5 mins, the security light is back on and i have to disconnect the battery and repeat procedure to start. my vehicle is a 1997 jeep cherokee sport, 4.0l efi auto trans. i have had a auto electrician look at it and we worked out it is something to do with the security system. how do i disable it??

  • rumdevil69 Jun 28, 2010

    hi ottawa tech. thank you for that answer, i have got around it by putting in a solinoid that cuts the whole earth of to the car. When i need to start the car, i turn the earth on start it. the car keeps running fine. only downfull is that everytime you stop, ya need to turn the soloniod of. but it works for me.


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This is a built in anti theft program in the computer system, called the SKIS module. unfortunately, the only way to rectify this problem is to tow the vehicle to the dealer, and have them unlock the module. call your local dealer and ask them what their particular procedure is. for future reference, any time the battery is disconnected on these vehicles, you need to provide a back up power to the system (ie booster pack). sorry i dont have better news, but thats the way she be! good luck!

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  • Geoff Walton Jun 28, 2010

    i am glad to hear you sorted it out. very interesting way of making things work! please rate my answer if it helped!


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What shape is the light that is illuminated?
Are you certain its not a CEL ?


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