Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Disable Seat Belt Chime

If the seat belt chime in your Jeep Wrangler JK is bothersome, disable it. Here’s how.By Charlie Gaston – November 25, 2015

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

When it comes to disabling the seat belt chime in your Jeep Wrangler, it’s important to note the clock is always ticking and you are essentially up against the second hand until the job is complete. At each step, you have a specific number of seconds to complete a specific sequence of actions and you have to do it right the first time or you’ll need to start over. These sequences are designed to be exact to ensure you don’t unknowingly disable the feature without being prepared to reverse the action. While we don’t recommend driving without a seat belt (that would be illegal), we do know sometimes it’s preferred to disable the seat belt chime in your vehicle. Here are three options to get the job done.

Materials Needed

  • Owner’s manual
  • Paperclip

Option 1 – Do the programming yourself

  • Put your key into the ignition and turn it to the “OFF” position.
  • Pull both the seat belt and lap belt across your chest and lap, respectively, and then click yourself in.
  • Turn the key to the “RUN” position.
  • The seat belt warning light will stop displaying on the dashboard.
  • You have exactly 60 seconds to begin the following series of actions:
  1. You have exactly 10 seconds to unbuckle and then buckle your seat belt three times. End with your seat belt buckled.
  2. Turn the key to the “OFF” position, at which point you’ll hear a single chime signalling the end of the programming procedure.
  3. Repeat the above procedure to reverse programming.
Figure 1. Buckling and unbuckling the seat belt three times is required to program.

Option 2 – Disconnect the connector

Using a paperclip, join the green and black wires on the connector located underneath the driver’s side seat of your Jeep Wrangler. Doing so will disable the chime. This modification is reversible; simply reconnect it when desired.

Figure 2. This is the connector.

Option 3 – Visit a local Jeep dealership

For a small fee of around $20 to $40, a local Jeep dealership can disable (or enable) the seat belt chime in your Jeep Wrangler. This step is generally recommended for those Jeep owners who can’t work fast enough to complete the job on their own. Otherwise, save your money and complete this easy modification on your own.

Figure 3. Make an appointment for faster service.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Disable and Enable System Codes

Tired of hearing the seat belt chime in your Jeep Wrangler? Want greater control over your vehicle’s stability than what Jeep’s assigned to the car? These and many, many other car signals can all be easily changed at home. To learn how, read on.By Jeffrey Bausch – November 23, 2015

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

The great thing about owning a Jeep Wrangler JK is all of the many different ways in which you can customize it to your preferences. One of the easier things you can do is update and customize the vehicle’s system codes.

Figure 1. Jeep Wrangler warning lights.

Tired of hearing the car’s seat belt chime go off while off-roading? Have you learned how to change the oil in your car and want to do away with the annoying light-up reminder on your dashboard? You can change these things easily by following these super-simple instructions.

Material Needed

  • None

Update 1 – Turn off the change oil notification

Turn the ignition switch to the ON position, but don’t start the engine. Fully depress the accelerator pedal slowly three times within 10 seconds. Now turn the ignition switch to the OFF/LOCK position. That’s it!

Figure 2. CEL fault light on for oil change.

Update 2 – Permanently disable the car’s electronic stability program

Get the steering wheel centered, and check to make sure the front wheels are straight. Turn the ignition ON, but don’t start the engine. Set the transfer case to 4hi, then set the parking brake. Turn the steering wheel to the right 180 degrees. Now depress and hold the ESP button for seven seconds—you’ll likely hear a chime at five seconds, and ESP OFF may show up on the instrument panel. Regardless of these notifications, keep holding for seven seconds. When complete, release the ESP button, turn the steering wheel back to center, and turn the steering wheel to the left 180 degrees. Depress and hold the ESP button for seven seconds again. Turn the steering wheel to the right back to center. For the last time, depress and hold the ESP button for seven seconds. Now turn the Wrangler off.

To ensure you’ve done this right, turn the car on and you should see the ESP light turn on, and “ESP OFF” will read in the odometer for 12 seconds before disappearing. It’ll show up every time you start the car, and the ESP beacon will stay lit up for as long as ESP is permanently disabled.

If you ever change your mind and want to re-enable ESP, repeat this same procedure.

Figure 3. ESP disabled.

Update 3 – Turn off the seat belt chime

Turn the ignition ON, but not the engine. Buckle and unbuckle the driver’s side seat belt three times within 10 seconds. Turn the ignition off. The chime is now off, but do note that the notification light will still turn on on the dashboard.

Figure 4. Having your selt belt off helps when four-wheeling.

Update 4 – Adjust throttle response

Turn the ignition ON, but not the engine. Wait for all dash lights to turn on, then off on the dashboard. Depress gas pedal to the floor and release once. Turn the ignition switch off.

Couple of things to note: the throttle response is adjusted based on how quickly or slowly you send the gas pedal to the floor and back. The faster you do this, the faster the throttle’s response will be.

Also, this is not a permanent solution—the ECM will continue to learn and adjust based on your driving habits.

Figure 5. Reset your throttle adaptations.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Change RER to RHR for MyGIG Head Unit

The MyGIG is a solid infotainment system for the Jeep Wrangler JK. The RER is a bit of a dated version—if you find yourself frustrated by this system in your car and want to upgrade to an RHR or other option, read on to learn how.By Jeffrey Bausch – November 23, 2015

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

The MyGIG is a solid unit, and a nice add-on by Chrysler to its Jeep Wrangler vehicles. Between navigation and satellite radio, there are plenty of options for keeping you informed and entertained on the road.

Figure 1. Jeep Wrangler MyGIG heat unit.

But if you’re finding yourself a bit frustrated by an older unit that’s simply dated and in need of an upgrade, here’s how you can do it yourself at home.

Materials Needed

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Phillips head screwdriver

Step 1 – Remove radio

Using a flat head screwdriver, pop the dash off the face of the radio. Remove the panel gently by pulling forward. There are four 7mm screws–remove them and pull the radio out. Unplug all wires without damaging them.

Figure 2. Radio surround popped off.

Step 2 – Run jumper kit

Open glove compartment, pull down drawer, un-hinge door to drop it to floor—this will give you access to the Uconnect module.

Figure 3. Drop the glove box enough to run jump cables through.

Disconnect the two cables going into the Uconnect module and plug them into your new radio’s jumper kit.

Close the glove compartment.

Step 3 – Install RHR radio

Plug in the existing radio harness; if you are using the aforementioned jumper kit, this is where you connect the new wires (do not connect the existing Uconnect harness—it’s now useless if you upgraded to the jumper kit).

Figure 4. Connect the harnesses.

Plug all wires into their appropriate connectors (marked accordingly on the rear of the RHR radio)—this includes AM/FM connector, GPS, and USB connector.

Figure 5. Push hard unit back into enclosure.

Slide the radio into its hosting slot, re-install four screws, and snap face plate back into place.

Figure 6. Snap surround back into place.

Now run through the menu and adjust the settings, so that your navigation is set up in the appropriate state, radio settings are saved accordingly, etc.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: Car Stereo Sound Diagnostic

Is your Wrangler making odd noises? Worse yet—is the audio system failing to work properly? This can be terribly frustrating, but fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to figure out what the issues are prior to bringing it in to have it fixed.By Jeffrey Bausch – November 19, 20

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

There are plenty of reasons why the audio in your Jeep Wrangler might sound a bit funny. Nine times out of 10, it’s related to something technical, which can turn some people off from trying to diagnose the issue themselves. Fortunately, there are a number of simple steps you can take to easily determine the cause of your Wrangler’s audio issues, without the risk of having to take the entire system apart. Read on to learn how.

Scenario 1 – No bass

It may not be working properly.

In order for the bass in your car to work properly, air needs to be pushed and pulled at the same time in the speakers—so as one pulls, the other pushes. To facilitate this set-up, speaker terminals have positive and negative designations, which must be connected similarly to the head unit or stereo AM—positive to positive, and negative to negative.

  • Check to ensure this is the case in your car. If so, turn the bass balance for the system from center to right speaker, then center to left. If the bass disappears in the center position, reverse positive and negative on just one speaker. This will allow both speakers to push at the same time.

Figure 1. Test the bass on the speakers.

Scenario 2 – No sound

Check the fuses in your Wrangler—there should be two: one to retain memory of the stations and settings, and another to turn the unit off when the car’s not in use.

  • If this doesn’t work, check to make sure your stereo is properly coded. You can hard-reset it by disconnecting the battery from the vehicle, and then reconnecting it after a few hours (this is good to do overnight).
  • If this doesn’t work, check the speaker wiring for short circuits and shorts to earth on the actual speaker terminals (remember, the latter items cannot touch any metal parts on the vehicle).

Figure 2. Checking the fuse box.

Scenario 3 – Distortion from one side of the speakers

Start off by checking that your balance and fader controls are aligned properly. If they are, move on to check the wiring for breaks or short circuits, and to make sure no bare wiring is touching the car either.

Figure 3. Speakers mounted on the roof.

Scenario 4 – No display

This can be a bit frustrating, but it usually means there are bad solder joins or blown dial bulbs. Worse yet, chances are a circuit board located inside the system might be broken. To determine if this is the issue, reset your car’s stereo system and check the fuses. If there’s nothing to note, this might require a replacement.

Figure 4. A full replacement may be necessary.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Replace Door/Top Seal

The Jeep Wrangler JK seals the doors and the top with a rubber seal. Learn how to replace it here.By Bassem Girgis – November 18, 2015

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

The Jeep Wrangler has been known to leak water inside the cabin. Nothing feels worse than sitting in a puddle of water in your own car. The rubber seals between the doors and the top tend to crack, fold, or wear, causing water to leak inside. The connections between the windshield, the doors and top tend to wear in a quicker matter, which caused water to get trapped and leak inside your cabin. The best way to stop the leak is to replace the seal completely. This guide will help you remove the old seal and install a new on in your Jeep Wrangler.

Material Needed

  • New seal (weatherstripping)

Step 1 – Remove old seal

To remove the old seal, start from the area where the seals connect, grab it and pull it out. The Wrangler should have pins holding the seal in place; however, if it’s been replaced before, it could be held in place with adhesive.

Figure 1. Remove seal.

Step 2 – Install new seal

The new seal should come with push pins; however, some are sold with adhesive. It’s recommended you purchase the one with the pins as the factory intended. Start aligning the seal in place and push the pins in the factory holes as you go until the seal is tight and in place.

Figure 2. Install new seal.

Step 3 – Install top seal

To install the top’s seal, you will have to remove the top. Unlock all the tabs that hold the top in place, and remove the middle screw that’s securing it. Remove the top and place it somewhere safe. Repeat Step 2, removing the old seal and installing the new one in place. The seal wraps around the edges of the top.

Figure 3. Remove the top to replace the top’s seal.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Repair Blank Gauges

Have your gauges suddenly gone blank, or has your dash lit up like a Christmas tree? This is a common issue with the JK Wranglers, but our diagnostic will help guide you through the process of correcting it.By Brett Foote – November 18, 2015

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

There’s nothing more frustrating than an electrical problem, and the Wrangler JK is (semi) famous for one in particular. Many owners have experienced the frustration of a total gauge blackout, and sometimes even an error message. A “no bu5” message means that the vehicle’s computer isn’t talking to the gauges, but the source of the problem isn’t always the same. Keep reading and we’ll guide you through the process of finding as well as fixing the cause of your gauge failure.

Material Needed

  • Battery load tester (optional)

Step 1 – Check your battery

The most common cause of gauge failure is a bad battery, but not necessarily a dead one, so the issue can be a bit of a surprise. The smallest drop in voltage from the battery can cause the TIPM to go crazy. First, try to disconnect the positive and negative terminals, wait 15 minutes, then reconnect them. Inspect your battery terminals and clean them if necessary. Start the Jeep and see if it corrects the problem. If not, you will need to put a load tester on the battery and see if the battery needs to be replaced. If you don’t have access to a load tester, many auto parts stores can test the battery for free.

Figure 1. A bad battery is the most common cause of gauge failure.

Step 2 – Check electrical connections

Various other electrical connections have been known to cause gauge failure, as well. One of which is the electric sway bar disconnect module. Other connections that can come undone are the grounds located in the footwells. Check these connections and ensure they are plugged in/bolted down securely, then try disconnecting them and reconnecting them. If this doesn’t correct the problem, move on to Step 3.

Figure 2. Check to make sure the sway bar disconnect module hasn’t come unplugged.

Figure 3. Check the grounds in both footwells and tighten if necessary.

Step 3 – Check the TIPM

If your battery and connections are in good shape and everything is snug, your TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module) is likely bad. This is not great news since new ones cost around $280 and a dealership can charge more than that in labor to replace one, but doing it yourself is quite easy. Faulty TIPMs are also a common problem with the Wrangler JK, so replacing one can also save you another headache further down the road.

Figure 4. If all else fails, your TIPM is probably the culprit.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: Locks and Alarm Diagnostic Guide

Are you having problems with your power door locks or alarm? Check out our diagnostic guide, which will walk you through the process of finding and correcting that problem for good.By Brett Foote – November 18, 2015

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

Electrical problems are by far the most frustrating issue to diagnose, because they are often unpredictable and inconsistent. Something might be working just fine one minute, and the next minute it’s going haywire or simply not working at all. This also makes diagnosing the problem tough, even if you take your vehicle to the dealership, because everything might be working just fine when are trying to find the cause of the issue. If you’re having trouble with your power door locks or alarm system, keep reading and we’ll walk you through the steps to find as well as correct the problem.

Materials Needed

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Q-tips

Step 1 – Check your electrical connections

They might be dirty or worn, which can cause various issues.

Electrical connectors, over time, can become dirty or corroded. This impacts their ability to send and receive signals, which in turn impacts the functionality of the parts they supply power to. If your power door locks stop working or works intermittently, particularly on just one of the doors, a dirty or bad connector could be the culprit. Check the pins in the door connector plug, which is the one that you disconnect when the doors are taken off. Also, check to make sure that it is firmly connected and not loose or completely disconnected. If the pins are dirty or corroded, you can clean them with rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip.

Figure 1. Check your electrical connector to ensure it is plugged in and not corroded.

If your connector is in good shape, move on to Step 2.

Step 2 – Check your power door lock actuator

Actuator failure will cause the lock to stop working.

The power door lock actuator receives power and is what actually makes your door lock or unlock. When these parts fail, your locks cease to function, so if your lock has completely stopped working (instead of intermittently), this is likely the problem. Replacement actuators cost a little under $100 and are very easy to install.

Figure 2. Check your power door lock actuator.

If you are having issues with the door lock and alarm system, move on to Step 3.

Step 3 – Alarm system and door lock issues

You may have noticed that if you lock your Jeep with the key fob but try to unlock them with the key in the door, the alarm will go off. This is a feature unique to the Wrangler, intended to protect it in the event that the top is off and someone tries to reach inside and unlock it. There is nothing in the door that can disable the alarm, which is solely controlled through the key fob. This means that you can lock the door with the key and unlock it with the key without setting off the alarm. Many owners are “alarmed” by this unique and interesting feature, but rest assured it doesn’t mean that something is wrong with your JK.

Figure 3. If you lock your Jeep with the key fob, don’t unlock it manually (unless you like loud noises).

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Repair Blend Box Door

Repairing the blend box door is a tedious job, but you can save yourself hundreds of dollars by doing it yourself. This article will walk you through the process.By Brett Foote – November 18, 2015

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

If the air in your Jeep blows hot on one side and cold on the other side, you likely have a broken blend box door. The door has a hinge on it that has been known to break rather easily. This prevents the door from opening, which prevents hot air from blowing into the vehicle. The blend doors also have actuators that open and close them when you turn the heat on and off. When these actuators fail, as all electronic parts eventually do, the doors will fail to open and no hot air will come out of your vents. Keep reading and we’ll guide you through the process of diagnosing a blend box door issue.

Materials Needed

  • Ratchet and common socket sizes
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Contact cleaner
  • Q-tips

Step 1 – Check blend box door actuator

Getting to the blend box door itself involves removing the dash, which is a giant pain in the neck. But getting to the actuator is quite easy, so you can save yourself a lot of time and heartache by checking this first. Before you start, however, make sure that your coolant and R134 are topped off, as low levels can also cause this issue. The passenger’s side actuator is located up underneath the dash, and can be spotted by laying on the floor and looking up (see Figure 1). Remove the motor and open it up (it simply slides up). Check the gears to see if they are gummed up. If they are, you can clean them with contact cleaner and it should solve the problem. If it looks clean, you can order a new actuator for around $150.

Figure 1. The actuators are located underneath the dash.

Figure 2. This actuator had seized up because of buildup on gears.

Step 2 – Check blend box doors

If your actuators are functioning properly, you most likely have a broken blend box door. Excessive heat can cause the doors to warp, which can break the hinges. The hinges themselves are also known to break over time and extended use, so this is a common problem. To replace the blend box doors in a Wrangler JK, you must remove the dash assembly, which is a very tedious job. Having a dealership complete this for you can cost upwards of $1,000 or more, so if you have the patience and capability to do it yourself, it can save you a lot of money.

Figure 3. Replacing the blend box doors requires removing the entire dash assembly.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: Cruise Control Issues

Most cruise control issues are resolvable. Read on to learn how to resolve common cruise control issues affecting your Jeep Wrangler on your own.By Charlie Gaston – November 17, 2015

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

Do you spend a lot of time behind the wheel? Maybe you spend a considerable amount of travel time on the highway heading to your next off-road destination, miles away from where you live? Well, if that’s the case, then this is definitely the guide for you. Cruise control makes it safe and easy to maintain your speed without the need for any manual acceleration of your vehicle. If you’re experiencing cruise control issues, however, you’ll want to hire a handyman/woman or carry out these simple DIY solutions on your own. Let’s go through the common problems you might face when trying to operate the cruise control function in your 2007 to present Jeep Wrangler.

Materials Needed

  • Replacement fuse
  • Replacement bulb

Step 1 – Check your fuse box

The cruise control fuse might be blown.

If your cruise control fuse is blown, you will need to replace it.

  • The cruise control fuse should be listed as “M37” on your fuse box diagram.
  • Check your fuse box diagram to be sure.
  • Replace the fuse, if it is blown, with a new one.
  • The replacement fuse should not exceed 10 amp.

Figure 1. Replacement fuses are available for as little as $2.

Pro Tip

The fuse box in your Jeep Wrangler comes with a fuse puller. Use this handy, little tool to remove the old fuse and seat the new one.

Step 2 – Check your bulb

It might be blown.

The indicator lights on your dashboard may appear to be malfunctioning, when, in fact, you are actually dealing with a bad bulb.

  • Remove your instrument panel, and then replace the bulb, as needed.
  • You’ll need to remove the cluster retaining screws and disconnect the electrical connectors.
  • The cruise control feature will function properly even if the indicator light is not working.
  • The cost for this repair is around $20.
  • If you visit a local Jeep dealership, you could spend around $100, including diagnostics.

Figure 2. Remove the bad bulb from the bulb socket.

Pro Tip

Before removing your instrument cluster, you might want to run your trouble codes first. This could save you some time, especially if the problem is not a bad bulb.

Step 3 – Engage your steering wheel buttons

They might need reinforcement.

It’s not science, but ask any Jeep Wrangler owner and you’ll hear again and again, sometimes, you simply need to push the cruise control button on your steering wheel repeatedly, as well as give your steering wheel a good whack with your hand.

  • This is a simple tip; however, some Jeep Wrangler owners are shocked to hear it’s a good idea to give their steering wheel a good whack.
  • Don’t worry, simple DIY tips and tricks are, oftentimes, the best antidote to common problems, such as unreliable or finicky steering wheel buttons.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable whacking your steering wheel, or do not receive positive results after doing so, go ahead and drive over to your local Jeep dealership for professional assistance.
  • Heading down to the dealership will be necessary if the problem is a defective cruise control switch, which could become stuck or have a faulty clockspring.
  • If your check engine light comes on, chances are you are dealing with a larger issue.
  • Run your trouble codes or have the dealer do it for you to ensure some other larger issue isn’t affecting the functionality of your cruise control.

Figure 3. Steering wheel buttons can be finicky from time to time.

Pro Tip

Blasting your horn a few times might also help.

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Jeep Wrangler JK: How to Install Third Row Seats

If you decide you want to load up your Jeep Wrangler with more people than luggage, then read this guide to learn how you can install a third row seat.By Bassem Girgis – November 17, 2015
Contributors: JKU2007

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

The Jeep Wrangler is a monster of a car, and even though it can drive through the toughest terrains, sometimes that’s not as fun without all your friends. If you feel like you need to have more passengers with you to enjoy the fun, then installing third row seats might be for you. You can purchase third row seating that is designed specifically for your Wrangler JK. The seat will come with the brackets needed to finish the installation safely. The process isn’t hard if you are comfortable drilling in your Jeep’s trunk. If you are still encouraged to add the third row seat, then read on to learn how to do it yourself.

Figure 1. Third row seating.

Materials Needed

  • Third row seat (with brackets and bolts)
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Socket (size of bolts that came with third row)
  • Razor blade
  • Rustoleum

Step 1 – Remove liner and mark holes

The first thing you have to do is remove the trunk’s liner. You can easily just pull it out and put it somewhere for now. Use the measurements provided with the third row seat you’ve purchased. The measurements could vary slightly depending on the seat you bought. The measurements will tell you how far the brackets should be from one another, so put the brackets in place and mark their holes where you will be drilling.

Figure 2. Align the brackets and mark their holes.

Step 2 – Drill holes

Now that you’ve marked the brackets’ holes it’s time to drill. Be patient and careful when drilling and be sure to pick the right drill bit size, depending on the size bolts provided by the third row seat you’ve purchased. Drill the holes straight down; don’t push the drill too hard, just let it do most of the work.

Figure 3. Drill holes.

Step 3 – Spray holes with Rustoleum

Drilling could allow the holes to start rusting, which will eventually spread. Rustoleum works great for that. You don’t have to spray the whole trunk; Instead, clean around the holes well, then spray the holes. This will protect them from rusting.

Figure 4. Can of Rustoleum.

Step 4 – Install the brackets

Most third row seats will come with three brackets. Install the brackets in their proper locations. This will require the help of a friend. Install the bolts and washers, and ask a friend to go under the car to install and hold the nuts from the bottom while you tighten the bolts on top. Tighten all the bolts provided with your kit.

Figure 5. Install brackets.

Step 5 – Install carpet

Before installing the seat, put the carpet back on and use your razor blade to cut around the part of the bracket that will connect to the seat. Don’t cut to show the whole bracket, just the four pieces that stick out, which will connect to your third row seat.

Figure 6. Cut the liner to show the brackets.

Step 6 – Install third row seat

The third row seat goes on top of the bracket and bolts to the bracket with six bolts. Install the seat and align it first, then tighten the six bolts.

Figure 7. Install complete.

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