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I have a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the engine dies while driving down road, normally at slow speeds. I shut the key off and press the unlock on the remote and it restarts, it seems to me the alarm is malfunctioning, if so how can i disconect the alarm.

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  • jerrybutts88 Sep 09, 2010

    I dont have any dash alert that door is ajar and have checked door switches to see if they are working, is this solution still possible, I am a master mech in the medium duty truck field for thirty years and would not be afraid to tackle this. I leave my keys in car right now so i'm not worried about the alarm. Thanks

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2014

    wont shift out of low gear



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There's no good way to disconnect the alarm but you can fix your problem. The door switches are most often the cause of this problem, The rear hatch not closing good and or any of the doors the drivers door most as it's the one you use the most. The switches have a rubber boot on them and it sometimes gets torn and rusing inside the switch makes the switch unreliable. The switches can be bought at most auto parts stores. The driver door one has to cycle but you can cross the one for the rear hatch if you have too. the dashboard display o some models may even show which door is doing it as you can watch the display or have someone watch it for you with the doors closed and go around the car pushing and pulling on the closed doors till the light changes. the other problem is sometimes the wire harness where it goes though the door to the car on the driver door the wires wear thin and braek and still connect sometimes. the wires can be found by pushing the rubber cover back and pulling on them and a bad one will break, of corse your opening pandoras box in that you might break a wire the was good, The repair needs notr be in the bend of the door though you need to remove the door panel and the kick panel and conect the repair there and new wire tough the bending area.

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  • John P Schwantes Jr Sep 09, 2010

    If you leave the keys in the problem doesn't happen? But you remove the keys and go drive it nextr time and it does this shutdown problem then and you just reunlock the car and it restarts and drives on just fine? It doesn't do it a second time? Have you access to a true scanner that can look at the body control computer? the door locking system should be an open book with the scanner connected. I use a snap-on Venus and have used a snap-on Solise to see this system. If your working in a major shop see if there's any TSB's on this problem. I've fixed this problem on many jeeps and other chysler products and it's almost anyways went back to the switches, I have seen altenator problems do this but low voltage should show up as other problems too. Ac voltage is rare but possible so look for it with a good voltmeter. Test for AC voltage you should not be able to find any above .4 volt (four tenths ). If you don't have access to a good scanner and the door switches test out good the scanner may be the only way to find the problem as this kind of thing sets body cdes and won't show on a code reader for engine codes but certainly look for them too as they may put you on to other causes that seem unrelated. I can find TSB's and everything but let me know what you find and I'll go over to the master computer and pull what we need to know to fix your problem. Check the power problems first.



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