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How Do I Disable a GPS Tracker in My Car

Jayken is a holder of diploma in automotive engineering. He has 3 months of experience.

A car tracker

A car tracker


These instructions will show you how to disable a GPS disabler from my vehicle.

Please note that the lienholder may know if your car is under lien when you disable the GPS. They do so to protect themselves so that they take your car if you don't pay for your bills.

These are the tools I used when I was disabling the GPS; a screwdriver which I used to remove the trim under the dash board, plies for cutting wires, and a wire connector.

Now am going to give you steps on how you can disable your car GPS.

Position of a car tracker

Position of a car tracker

Locate the GPS

After signing for a contract, we are always shown the location of the device. What is funny is that they always tell us that the device is hidden and cannot be found. But I located it using the following tricks;

  • Always, the device needs a clear shot to the sky to receive a GPS signal
  • It requires a clear shot to nail down its signal status
  • The device must be located at the ignition since it functions by interfering with the starter signal
  • Its human nature to be lazy, so they cannot hide it forever

To locate the device, you must access your dashboard from the underside. Search for wires that are thicker than the normal wires and the wires connected to the upper part of the car. Here, you must understand what you are looking for, the device is a plastic device that has the same size as a deck, and it has 2 wires running into the ignition wires.

Don't think twice; remove the electrical tape and zip ties. However, you must be careful not to break or cut the wire directly connected to your car. You might ruin it.

Ensure you have access to all the components

In my case, I had six wires. One wire was connected to the GPS antenna; this means it needed a clear disconnection. I tracked the wire to the top of the car and eliminated the trim around the car door.

The other wire was the GSM antenna itself; it was near the eye.

The wire connected to the ignition provides power to the device, cut it. The other wire goes to the vehicle ground. The other three wires are connected to the ignition, and once they are cut, you can't start or turn over your car.

Now we can remove the components.

Caution, make sure you remove the negative cable from your battery first. This will ensure that the device reports that the car has no battery after deactivating it; the device has a small battery that can last up to 3 days.

The safest way to remove these components is by first disconnecting the receiver's antenna and then pulling the eye or antenna part. At first, I thought of doing it the hard way.

Mend your ignition

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Since your device is removed, connect the ignition wires. You must ensure that the black wires are connected.

The red wire was damaged, and I chose to remove it and fix it with another wire.

After reconnecting your battery terminals, your car should start right up if you followed this process properly.

Reassemble your car

Connect the plastic trim back together and carry your car back to the parking.

How do you know if someone is using a tracker on you?

Since tracking devices are small and most of them invisible. They can be placed anywhere on the car, so I found it wise to discuss how to know that you have a tracker on your car. Unfortunately, unless you see it, it is hard to know if you are being tracked.

In case you suspect that the method didn't work, install a GPS tracking device to see if you are being tracked. The GPS tracking device is small, like a matchbox – it is black or grey. They are used on rare occasions.

Once a GPS tracking device is located, it is easier to shut it down remotely. Stopping your car engine is the best way to do this; this will buy you time to figure out how to dislocate it.


For anyone thinking of removing the GPS, remember that you signed a contract for it when you bought your car. So, if you remove it, you void your contract, and your vehicle will be on the search. You might be required to even pay for removing the GPS, but that is in some states.

Understand the uses of a GPS

GPS can be used in many ways, but we will highlight a few;

  • Used to locate you
  • Locate lost items
  • Retrieving and recovering stolen cars
  • Tracking the unlawful
A photo of how the tracking system works

A photo of how the tracking system works


I decided to end the discussion with some uses of a GPS to know the risk and advantages of a GPS tracking device; please note that after removing the tracker, your car cannot be tracked in case of theft unless you have your tracker.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Ian Muiruri


Ian Muiruri (author) from Machakos on October 07, 2020:

Some new cars have, there was one I know. My friend had just purchased and it had a tracker

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 07, 2020:

I didnt know there were GPS trackers in new cars one purchases.

Seems like an invasion of privacy.

I usually buy used vehicles from one previous owner so I do not deal with contracts.

No payments...but who knows...maybe a GPS tracker.

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