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Jeep Cherokee Kill Switch

Q. We have a 1989 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4x4 with a V-6 (?) It's also automatic. The problem may not be model specific. When we purchased this Jeep, a kill switch had been installed into the ignition. To start the Jeep you must pull the turn signal toward you. The last couple of years it has gotten wonky and now refuses to turn over at all.

Jeep Cherokee Kill Switch

Our local dealer said it sounds like the kill switch has shorted out or was loosened when the ignition switch was changed a couple of years ago. For $90.00 an hour they were willing to spend a couple of hours or days looking for the problem, but said that the expense could be more than the value of the Jeep.

My husband and his brother have decided to do it themselves, but they aren't sure what they are looking for. We have not been able to find any information on the brand, which the dealer said was Carlock, he thinks. When it starts the jeep runs beautifully, so we think getting rid of the kill switch would be a good thing.

Have you heard of this Kill Switch system? Is there a place I can find out what should and shouldn't be in the steering column? Can you help us? Are you at all surprised that I passed the Jeep on to my college aged son and bought a Honda CRV? Of course now he has no way to get around. Help!


A. Many many years ago my Uncle, who was a mechanic for the City of New York, gave me a 1965 Plymouth Belvedere. Nice car, wish I still had it. Anyway, I got in one morning and it wouldn't start. So I popped the hood and checked a few things and found there was no spark. After a while I decided the points were bad so I pulled out the distributor and replaced them. Still wouldn't start.

Being a kid I called him up and said it wouldn't start. He asked me if I had the kill switch on. I had no idea what he was talking about. He forgot to tell me there was a kill switch in the glove compartment that my wife later told me she was playing with trying to figure out what it was for.

Anyway, I tried to find information on Carlock and could not find anything. Since I don't know what it is or how it's supposed to work or be wired, I can't help you.

My best advice is to forget the dealer and go to a car alarm shop. If anyone would know this system it would be them.

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