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sprinkles08, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep master tech
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Alarm won't shut off, tried both doors, 97 dakota, about to

Customer Question

alarm won't shut off
JA: Have you tried locking and unlocking the driver's side door using the key itself?
Customer: tried both doors
JA: What is the model/year of your Dodge?
Customer: 97 dakota
JA: Are you fixing your Dakota yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: about to remove door panel and try o short switch
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: thats all
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dodge
Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.
Hi Im David,,,,If it's factory then there are two ways to turn it off. First would be pressing the unlock button on the key fob.If you don't have a functional key fob then it can be disarmed by unlocking the doors. There is a microswitch on the back of each lock cylinder that is wired to the central timer module (CTM) and disarms security when the doors are unlocked. I'm assuming you have at least tried the driver's door. You'll also want to do the same with the passenger door. It's not uncommon for the disarm switches to either fail or fall off the back of the lock cylinder, the driver's door is always the first one to fail and you may be able to get it to disarm from the passenger side.If you can't get it to disarm from the passenger door either then you either have a CTM problem or a problem with both of the disarm switches. You could try removing the door panels to physically look at the switches, or some electrical testing can be done to check their operation to determine if the wiring and switches are ok or not.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
thats where I was headed but thought best to check. where is ctm located if IO have to replace it?
Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

sorry, cant talk right now, i will send you a diagram of the location

Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

heres the location

Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

do you still need assistance?

Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.


Expert:  david craig replied 11 months ago.

checking in to see how its going??????????

Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

Jumping the wires at the disarm switch shouldn't accomplish anything because it's a resistive MUX circuit rather than just connecting the two wires when the key is turned.

What are the actual symptoms you're experiencing?