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Unread 07-25-2011, 03:41 PM   #1
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Security or electrical issue??

I am completely NOT mechanical. So be forwarned if I use the wrong terminology or thingamabob. I'm also a JeepForum noob - so please be gentle! My husband will most likely read this post & frown at me since he's the vehicle god...

I have a '95 Ltd that's having what started as a security issue. I walked out to get something out of it, opened the door (it wasn't locked - I work for the state police & was in our parking lot) & the security system went off. My husband says the horn hasn't been working - well, it worked for the alarm!! Its really embarrasing to work for the police & have it sound/look like you're trying to steal your own vehicle!

I tried the after-market fob = NOTHING. I shut the door & tried left, right, left, right, etc = NOTHING. I tried starting it. It cranked & turned over, but quickly died. The next turn resulted in a click - no crank or firing. The alarm was still going off. The horn finally quit, but the lights & clicking were still present about 5 minutes into this fiasco. Finally, the lights & clicking stopped, but turning the key results in NOTHING. No gauges, no lights, no alarm, no click, nothing. I've gone to the passenger door & rear door to do the LRL thing = NOTHING.

I had a buddy (with a '98 XJ) try a jump from Jeep to Jeep with absolutely NOTHING happening. Well, once or twice we actually got the gauges & lights to come on & a click when turning the key, but no crank or firing. He did the no-no of touching the leads together while they're still connected to my ZJ -- sparks flew, so the battery seems ok. Battery doesn't look corroded & wires look kind of iffy, but not horrible.

Does this sound like the security system malfunctioning or like an electrical issue? Any fixes?

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Unread 07-25-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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Common security issue with the 1995 models, actually fixed it on my buddy's Jeep last week. The thread here will detail how to fix it, it is about a 1 hour job.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/h...our-zj-483020/
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Unread 07-26-2011, 04:47 AM   #3
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Common security issue with the 1995 models, actually fixed it on my buddy's Jeep last week. The thread here will detail how to fix it, it is about a 1 hour job.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/h...our-zj-483020/
Holy crap dude, a hour? I just did the disable mod yesterday it took me like ten min. It is so nice not having to unlock the truck from passenger side before trying to get in.
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Unread 07-26-2011, 06:35 AM   #4
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I have read that some that do the wire mod run into issues with their interior lights staying on. Has anyone had this issue? To fix mine (93 ZJ 4.0L I-6) I only had to unlock my passenger door with the key. 1995zj, have you solved the mystery?
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Unread 07-26-2011, 10:06 AM   #5
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The OP says nothing about if she used the key in the tailgate to unlock and reset the alarm. (she's a noob, remember)

I would put the key in the tailgate and turn it a few times first, before trying any wiring mods. Also charge the battery fully. Sparks are not test for whether the battery has enough amps to start the engine. (connections of the cables can be iffy too)

Good luck
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Unread 07-26-2011, 10:06 AM   #6
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Holy crap dude, a hour? I just did the disable mod yesterday it took me like ten min. It is so nice not having to unlock the truck from passenger side before trying to get in.
OP said they are not mechanical, 1 hour is probably reasonable for someone who has not removed trim pieces or played with wires before.
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Unread 07-26-2011, 11:43 AM   #7
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is your air bag light on?
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Unread 07-26-2011, 03:00 PM   #8
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Common security issue with the 1995 models, actually fixed it on my buddy's Jeep last week. The thread here will detail how to fix it, it is about a 1 hour job.
So this fix will work even with absolutely no power? That's actually my main question. I read through most of the threads on fixing the security issues, but they all seemed to refer to vehicles that actually responded when the key was inserted in the ignition. Mine does absolutely NOTHING when the key is in the ignition & turned.

My husband will probably be doing this procedure -- actually after speaking with him last night I'm pretty sure he had already planned on doing it. He just hadn't had an issue with it yet. He's most definitely the skill-level of a 10 minute job. I could probably try for an hour & still not do anything constructive! Thanks!

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The OP says nothing about if she used the key in the tailgate to unlock and reset the alarm. (she's a noob, remember)
I did try the tailgate -- that's what I meant when I said I tried "the passenger & rear door thing" in the OP.

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is your air bag light on?
No air bag light -- no lights at all.

Thanks everyone!
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