Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Turn Off Headlight Lock/Unlock When Pressing Key Fob

Headlights are adjusted to stay on from stock, for at least 90 seconds. Luckily, you don’t need to worry about that nuisance any longer!By Neftali Medina – November 17, 2015
Contributors: DCCTools, Linusgizmos, Expedition Portal

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-Present).

The standard headlight display on most Jeeps allow the headlights to stay illuminated for 90 seconds after the vehicle is turned off. This happens even when the Jeep is unlocked, and although it does no harm, it is often looked to as an annoying feature. These lights were originally set as consumer options that were available to be customized from factory. However, here in-lies a problem, the factory options can only be changed using Jeep’s in-house scan tools, the StarSCAN. That is, unless you purchase a scan tool system. Scan tool systems function just as a StarSCAN, except they work universally with many different types of vehicle brands, as long as the proper software is used. Use these instructions to use a scan tool system.

Material Needed

  • Scan tool

Although the scan tool is expensive, it also has the ability to customize many other options available on Jeep models. So the prices reflects more than the capability to turn headlights on or off.

Step 1 – Connect tool

Locate the diagnostic port and connect the tool. The diagnostic port should be located under the driver’s side dashboard on the vehicle near the hood lever. Once located, connect the scan tool to the port.

Figure 1. Module connected to the OBD-II port.

Step 2 – Run scan tool

Power up the scan tool and begin to navigate through all of the available menu options. You’ll notice a few things to choose from, so navigate to the “customer options” section. Locate the command that tells how long the headlights can stay on and decrease the time to 0. Power down the scan tool and disconnect from the vehicle.

Figure 2. Use the scan tool.

After turning the lights off, test it with the key fob.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Install Car Stereo and Speaker System

This article will show you some of the many changes you can make to improve your Jeep’s stereo and speaker system.By Jared Hammond – November 25, 2015
Contributors: dlud51, imedic31, ngiovas, 4x4LOYR

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-Present).

Have you ever wished that your Jeep Wrangler had better sound quality? Maybe your speakers don’t sing as well as you’d like, or your underwhelmed by the quality of the bass. This guide will show you how to install a stereo and speaker system to your Jeep Wrangler. Stereo upgrades are entirely modular. If you just want to upgrade the speakers, then that’s fine, but if you want to push more out of those speakers, you’re going to need to install an amplifier.

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-Present).

Have you ever wished that your Jeep Wrangler had better sound quality? Maybe your speakers don’t sing as well as you’d like, or your underwhelmed by the quality of the bass. This guide will show you how to install a stereo and speaker system to your Jeep Wrangler. Stereo upgrades are entirely modular. If you just want to upgrade the speakers, then that’s fine, but if you want to push more out of those speakers, you’re going to need to install an amplifier.

Figure 1. Remove top tray and bolt underneath.

Figure 2. Bolt behind window switches.

Figure 3. Bolts beside steering wheel column.

  • Figure 4. Remove the four bolts around the head unit.

Step 2 – Replacing the front speakers

To access the front speakers, you’ll need to remove the side panels, glove box, and the lower dash panels. These can all be pried off. For the glove box, you’ll need to squeeze on the sides and then pull it out. On the driver’s side, you’ll need to unbolt and remove the instrument panel in order to get the speaker box out. The speaker boxes are fastened by two bolts on the side and one bolt on the back. Getting the speaker boxes out can be tricky because you need to rotate them downwards to get them out. Once the speaker boxes are out, you can remove the speakers by undoing the three screws on the front and unplugging the connector. Do the same thing in reverse to install your new speakers.

Figure 5. Pry off the side panels.

Figure 6. Remove glove box and lower panel (passenger’s side).

Figure 7. Front speaker removal (passenger’s side).

  • Figure 8. Unbolt the lower dash panel then pull out speaker from below (driver’s side).

Step 3 – Replacing the tweeters

After dealing with the front speakers, the rest of your speakers are going to seem easy. The tweeters are easily pried out of their housings at the top of the dash. Disconnect the small speaker and install your new ones.

Figure 9. Tweeter removal.

Step 4 – Replacing the sound bar speakers

The rear speakers on your sound bar are also super simple to replace. Just remove the three screws holding the speakers to the sound bar. Be careful so that the speaker does not fall when you remove the last screw. Then unplug the connector. Plug your new speaker in and fasten it to the sound bar.

Figure 10. Sound bar speaker removed and polyfill fiber inserted.

Step 5 – Installing an aftermarket amplifier

To round off the stereo system, you’ll need an aftermarket amplifier. If you have the Infinity sound system factory installed, then you already have an amplifier installed below the driver’s side dash. If you’re installing a new amplifier, you’ll need to get more creative. Typically, aftermarket amplifiers are installed in the trunk.

You’ll likely need to fabricate your own bracket or modify one to mount the amplifier. The hardest part of this step is the wiring. You’ll need to directly power your amplifier from the battery. Make sure you have an inline fuse installed to your power wire. Route wires along the sides of the interior. You can pry off the clips holding down the corner side panels and pull up the carpet enough to move your wires through to the trunk. Don’t power your amp just yet. You’ll need to ground it first. Find a point where you can reach the chassis, clean the metal of any paint or rust, then drill a bolt down to the chassis. Hook up your ground to the chassis bolt. Next, you’ll need to hook up your amplifier to the rest of the system. Route your speaker wires and head unit wires to the amplifier on the opposite side from your power wire. Plug in your wires and your power. Turn on the amplifier as well as the stereo to test and adjust to your liking.

Figure 11. Power wire and fuse connected to the battery.

Figure 12. Bolting down the ground wire.

Figure 13. Amplifier and subwoofer installed to the trunk.

Pro Tip

You can also easily add a subwoofer into the mix, but this will cost you some space.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Reset MyGIG

Read on to learn the simplest DIY fixes for the MyGIG radio in your 2007 to present Jeep Wrangler.By Charlie Gaston – November 25, 2015

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-Present).

MyGIG radio is a touchscreen system that can oftentimes be reset right from your own home. However, if your system continues to experience problems, it’s highly recommended that you seek outside, professional assistance. You don’t want to damage your MyGIG radio system needlessly—the cost to repair the entire system could run you as much as $900, which is no small price tag. Let’s go over the easy fixes before explaining at what point it’s advisable to make an appointment at your local Jeep dealer for professional help.

Materials Needed

  • 10mm socket and ratchet, or 10mm wrench

Step 1 – Unhook the battery

  • Pop the hood of your Jeep Wrangler.
  • Unhook the battery, starting with the negative connector (black) and then finishing the job with the positive connector (red).
  • Removing your battery for about an hour should perform a “hard reset” of your MyGIG radio system.
  • If it doesn’t, proceed to Step 2.

Figure 1. You could also simply unhook the negative connector for the four-hour period.

Step 2 – Press the correct series of menu options

With your battery back in your Jeep Wrangler, press the radio button followed by the seek (up) button and finally the navigation (NAV) button to reset the touchscreen.

Figure 2. Follow the series correctly.

Pro Tip

To simply return to the main menu, hit the following buttons simultaneously: seek (up), seek (down) and menu.

Step 3 – Check your dip switches

Always make sure your dual in-line package (or “dip” as it is also known) switches are in good working order and not “off” slightly due to a bad connection.

If the Lockpick module is the problem, remove the radio and then disconnect the Lockpick module. When you are done, reconnect your original equipment manufacturer (OEM) cables that run to the radio. Doing so will allow you to reset (and maintain) your clock if it showed problems maintaining the correct time. Once you’re done, reconnect the Lockpick and reinstall your radio.

Figure 3. This is a “dip” switch.

Step 4 – Seek professional assistance

Your local Jeep dealer can access the engineering menu and reset the system without causing further problems. While there are instructions out there on how to access and maneuver the engineering menu, we don’t recommend doing so on your own. Save this area of your MyGIG radio system to the professionals.

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Figure 4. Make an appointment for faster service.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Replace Cabin Air Filter

Need to change an old cabin air filter, but don’t want to pay a mechanic up to $100 to do it? Keep reading, as we’ll explain how to make this simple repair on your own.By Charlie Gaston – November 25, 2015

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-Present).

Visit a local mechanic or Jeep dealer and you could spend anywhere between $70 and $100 for a cabin air filter replacement, including parts and labor. Complete the repair on your own and you only need to cover the cost of parts, which should run you approximately $7 (retail cost). Plus, by making the repair on your own, you’ll further save when it comes to time. Making an appointment at a local mechanic or Jeep dealer could require one to three hours, depending on how busy the facility is at the time of your appointment. However, by making the repair on your own, you can complete the job in a fraction of that time. It really is that easy and affordable. Let’s get started!

Materials Needed

  • Cabin air filter replacement
  • Razor (or) cutters

Step 1 – Take out your glove compartment

Press the stop-pins or release buttons located on either side of the opening to remove the glove compartment without much force. Be careful of the opening and make any needed adjustments as you slowly remove the glove compartment. Set it aside momentarily.

Figure 1. Remove your glove compartment.

Pro Tip

For the 2011 Jeep Wrangler (only), open the two screen doors, and then remove the filters, which retail for around $6 each. Close the screens and re-attach the glove compartment, and then you’re done.

Step 2 – Enter “Recirculation” mode

Place your key into the ignition and turn on your vehicle. Switch your air conditioning system into “Recirculation” mode. This will cause the fan behind the air grate to expand and open. Turn off your engine and remove your key.

Figure 2. This is the generic symbol for “Recirculation” mode.

Step 3 – Install new air filter

Go ahead and grab your razor or diagonal cutters and cut out the air grate, which should be facing toward the rear of the glove compartment. Discard the air grate in a trash can, and then install a replacement air filter—simply slide it in for a snug fit. You can find replacement air filters at local auto parts stores and online. Quality does not vary substantially from brand to brand; however, you will need to purchase an aftermarket air filter that is an equivalent to your original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

Figure 3. This is an old air grate.

Figure 4. Install a new air filter.

From here, you need to reinstall the glove box and then you are done.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Install Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay proves to be an excellent companion when driving the Jeep Wrangler. Here’s how to install the feature.By Charlie Gaston – November 25, 2015

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler (2007-Present).

Apple CarPlay makes it easier (as well as safer) to control and, in most cases, improve your driving experience for continued entertainment, excitement and musical variety. The popular application is compatible with the iPhone and most android devices. Best of all, getting set up is easy and straightforward. You won’t need to visit a specialist, but you will need to follow a few instructions, which are outlined here for your convenience, along with a few great links for your continued reading. So, grab your phone, hop into your Jeep Wrangler and let’s get started!

Materials Needed

  • Firmware update
  • iPhone or android phone
  • SD card or flash driver
  • USB cord

Step 1 – Choose your receiver

For a basic receiver, we recommend installing the AppRadio 4 smartphone receiver by Pioneer. It features a touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free and a long list of other applications as well as features. Or, you could go with a more advanced receiver such as the Avic-NEX, which is also manufactured by Pioneer. It comes with a DVD player, GPS, a more sophisticated touchscreen and more.

Figure 1. Syncing up CarPlay.

Step 2 – Download your firmware file

  • Save the firmware file to a flash drive.
  • Once you’re done, head to your Jeep Wrangler and plug the flash drive into port #1.
  • If you used an SD card, go ahead and slide it into the SD port.

Figure 2. Save the information to a USB flash drive.

Pro Tip

Updates are available online by visiting the website of the manufacturer who made your receiver; for example, Pioneer. However, your receiver must be compatible with Apple CarPlay.

Step 3 – Access your menu options

  • Press “Settings.”
  • Next, go to “System Information.”
  • Select “Firmware Update.”
  • Click through all of the on-screen prompts, including the warning screen if you feel comfortable doing so.
  • Next, click “Start,” as directed on screen.
  • Allow it reboot and prepare as needed.
  • This step could take 5-10 minutes or more.

Figure 3. Select “Firmware Update.”

Step 4 – Plug in your iPhone or android phone

To complete the installation process, go ahead and plug your phone into your receiver using a USB cord; you should have already downloaded the app to your phone. (You may need to unlock your phone before continuing. You now have CarPlay on your phone and it is ready to be used with your receiver.

Figure 4. CarPlay offers a wide range of features for your enjoyment.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Remove Center Console

Removing the center console in a JK Wrangler can be a major pain if you don’t know the tricks to doing it right. Here’s how to accomplish its removal without breaking any parts.By Brett Foote – November 25, 2015
Contributors: 14Sport

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present).

Like any vehicle, the Jeep Wrangler JK has its fair share of quirks. One of the biggest is removing the center console, which involves the removal of the notoriously tricky shift knob. But if you need to remove your center console to repair something or simply because you need to swap out some interior components, you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself. Thankfully some smart Jeep owners have figured out the easiest way to remove the center console and that tricky shift knob, which we’ve detailed out for your next project below.

Materials Needed

  • Strap wrench
  • T30 Torx driver

Step 1 – Remove shift knob

While many, many Wrangler owners have destroyed their shift knobs by trying to remove them with screwdrivers and even hammers, by far the easiest way to get it off is by using a strap wrench. Also, by using a strap wrench, you are guaranteed not to damage the knob, which is almost certain to happen if you try to remove it any other way. Simply place the strap wrench around the knob, tighten, and turn slightly in each direction to loosen it up. Once loose, simply yank it straight off.

Figure 1. Use a strap wrench to loosen the shift knob so that it can be pulled off.

Step 2 – Remove screws and wiring harness

Use a T30 Torx driver to remove the two screws that are located in the rear of the console, one on each side (as shown in Figure 2). Disconnect the gray wire harness connector located underneath the passenger seat by pressing the tab on the connector and pulling it out. Some models may have more than one harness.

Figure 2. Remove the two screws from the rear sides of the console.

Figure 3. Disconnect the wiring harness located underneath the passenger seat.

Step 3 – Remove the center console

Pull the emergency brake handle all the way up and shift the transmission into neutral. Lift up on the front cup holder to release it from the seven pins that hold it in place. Remove the two T30 screws located in the front console base. Lift up from the rear of the console to pull it out.

Figure 4. Remove the two screws from the front base of the console.

Figure 5. Lift up on the console to release it from the clips that hold it in place.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Reset ECU

By Brett Foote – November 25, 2015
Contributors: kaffeene

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present).

While there are folks that swear resetting your ECU does absolutely nothing, it’s a common practice among automotive enthusiasts. The ECU (Electronic Control Module) “learns” your driving style and the parts in your ride by storing information in its memory, information that it gathers using a number of sensors located all throughout the vehicle. After installing new or performance parts, you can reset the memory in the ECU and force it to “relearn” the vehicle’s modifications and your driving style with just a few simple steps, which will allow you to take full advantage of the accessories you have added. Keep reading and we’ll walk you through the process for resetting the ECU.

Material Needed

  • Adjustable wrench

Step 1 – Ground the battery cables

Pop the hood and disconnect the positive battery cable from your battery. Ground the positive battery cable to the negative battery cable for 30 seconds. This will erase the electronic charge in the capacitors, which is what retains the ECU’s memory. After 30 seconds has passed, reconnect the positive battery cable and shut the hood.

Figure 1. Remove the positive battery cable and ground it to the negative cable for 30 seconds.

Step 2 – Manipulate key and headlights

Insert the key in the ignition, but don’t start the vehicle. Turn the key to the “ON” position, then turn the headlights on and back off. Turn the key off. The ECU will be reset to factory settings at this point. Over the next 50 warm-up periods, the ECU will gather the necessary information involving your driving habits and the parts installed on the vehicle.

Figure 2. Turn the key to the “ON” position.

Figure 3. Turn the headlights on then off, and remove the key.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Replace Dome Light

Read on to learn about some fast and affordable tips for replacing the dome lights in the Jeep Wrangler JK.By Charlie Gaston – November 25, 2015

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present).

It’s no secret that replacing a dome light is easy. The “hard” part is making sure you’ve chosen the correct replacement bulb for your vehicle. So, what is a correct replacement bulb? The answer is simple. A correct replacement bulb is one that provides adequate (if not brilliant) light to you and your passengers and, as one would assume, one that fits within the actual light housing of your vehicle. As for which bulbs are right for your 2007 and newer Jeep Wrangler, well, you’ll just have to keep reading to find out!

Materials Needed

  • LED dome light replacement bulbs
  • Pry tool or screwdriver

Step 1 – Choose the correct bulbs

When replacing the dome lights in a 2007 and newer Jeep Wrangler, it’s best to check the owner’s manual to determine the correct bulb numbers for your vehicle.

  • In the case of the 2007-present Jeep Wrangler, you would need to install SMD LED 912 or 917 bulbs in the front of your vehicle and SMD LED 578 bulbs in the rear of your vehicle.
  • These numbers apply when purchasing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or aftermarket dome light replacement bulbs.
  • Dome lights are available in a wide range of colors.
Figure 1. This is a Sylvania SMD LED 917 bulb.

Pro Tip

SMD LED stands for “Surface-Mounted Device Light-Emitting Diode.”

Step 2 – Distribute interior light more broadly

For about the cost of a cup of coffee, you can disperse the light within your Jeep Wrangler more widely and evenly (by approximately 120 degrees) and deliver greater illumination. Install one or more “bolt” LED lights along the sound bar in your vehicle. These small lights are angled, allowing you to obtain a wash of light over the driver’s seat, passenger seat or other key areas of your Jeep. The installation process is easy; however, you will need to drill the appropriately sized hole to accommodate the light of your choice and make adjustments to the wiring so the light(s) turns on and off as your vehicle door(s) open and close, respectively.

Figure 2. This is a “bolt” LED light.

Pro Tip

This low-cost modification will run you around $5 per bulb.

Step 3 – Replace your map lights

When replacing your map lights, you might need to remove or alter the tabs on the light housing to accommodate brighter, high-power LED bulbs. Alternatively, you can purchase smaller size bulbs and solder them in, should sizing become an issue at any point during installation.

Figure 3. Change your map lights as needed.

Step 4 – Adjust bulb replacements as needed

It’s worth mentioning that if you feel comfortable doing so, you can make modifications to bulbs so they more easily fit your Jeep Wrangler. These simple modification might include removing the guides along the sides for the easiest and snuggest fit possible.

Figure 4. This is the “before.”

Figure 5. This is the “after.”

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Create Extra Storage

Adding a DIY space saver storage area to your 2007 or newer Jeep Wrangler can also save you time and money in the process. Here’s how.By Charlie Gaston – November 25, 2015
Contributors: Ron Jenx

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler (2007-Present).

Adding storage to your Jeep Wrangler doesn’t necessarily mean losing the ability to see outside of your rear window while you drive. In fact, when properly planned and executed, you can add storage without leaving your Jeep appearing overloaded or unsightly. The key is to utilize under-floor storage when possible. Your other option, particularly if you don’t want to break out a metal frame, wooden cover or a slab of carpet, is to purchase a rack with drawers (installation may be required). This article covers both options.

Materials Needed

  • Rivet nuts, spacer and fastener
  • Bolts
  • Two 38 5/8″ steel studs and two 29 7/8″ steel channels
  • Self-tapping screws
  • Piece of wood to make cover
  • Carpet
  • Cutting tool
  • Lock

Step 1 – Start construction

  • Slide both the driver side and passenger side front seats forward, adjusting the headrests so they are flat.
  • Decide on the best dimensions for your frame.
  • We recommend using (2) 38 5/8″ steel studs and (2) 29 7/8″ steel channels for this project (Figure 2).
  • Assemble the frame using self-tapping screws (Figure 3).
  • Attach a piece of wood to act as a “cover” for the frame.
  • Add carpet, and then cut away excess material.

Figure 1. Push seats forward.

Figure 2. This will be your frame.

Figure 3. Assemble the frame.

Figure 4. Measure the cover for accuracy.

Figure 5. This is what the cover will look like when it’s closed.

  • Figure 6. Add carpet to the box.

Step 2 – Install a hinge

  • Install rivet nuts on either side of the frame (along the tailgate end) using a fastener.
  • Install a spacer using four bolts.
  • Add a lock when you are done.

Figure 7. Install rivet nuts.

Figure 8. Install a spacer.

Figure 9. Your storage area should be coming along.

  • Figure 10. Add a lock for protection.

Step 3 – Add storage to rear cargo area (alternative option)

  • Build a drawer for your rear cargo area using custom measurements.
  • Adventure Trailers is the go-to brand for the Jeep Wrangler.
  • Choose from a wide range of racks that feature wooden drawers.
  • A fiberthane composite is used to reduce the weight of the rack and deliver superior quality.

Figure 11. This is a cargo rack with drawers.

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