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How to: Clutch Switch Bypass

Discussion in 'Under the Hood' started by hvac man, May 8, 2004.

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    1. hvac man

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      Hey guys whats up? I was searching for a good thread on how to bypass the clutch safety switch and was soon dissapointed that there was not much help. I then went out to the garage and started messing around with the wires and found an extreamly easy way to bypass the switch.

      What you will need:

      screw driver

      wire strippers

      Wire connectors

      18ga wire

      on/off type switch



      Step 1:

      Locate the sensor on the clutch pedal and remove.

      Step 2:

      Locate pink, and red/blue wires.

      Step 3:

      Splice the two of them together using a crimp-on wire splice connector.

      Step 4:

      Reinstall the sensor to the clutch pedal and your done.

      There is another way to do it using a 2 position switch so that when the vehicle in not off-road the switch will work like normal. For this method follow these steps.

      Step 2 A:

      use a crimp-on wire connector on each of the wires indevidualy with a pig tail wire off of each one.

      Step 2 B:

      Run each of the pig tail wires into a standard two position toggle switch.

      Step 2 C:

      Refer back to step 3 to finish.



      Pictures to follow in the next post.
       
      Last edited: May 8, 2004
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    3. hvac man

      hvac man Elite Explorer Elite Explorer

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      The pics and what you will need:
       

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      Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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      Finally!! I was hoping someone would figure that out :D Thanks!
       
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      I saw that you guys had posted a thread about working on it but no one had ever replied about finishing it ;) That was like a year or more ago so..... :D I hope it helps someone.
       
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      Hey HVAC,

      If you go look at an automatic equipped truck Ford installed a bypass clip in the clutch 3 position harness. Simple, just a little jumper for the 3-4 circuits...
      When I converted my truck from stick to auto I used the ford clip to elimiinate the clutch 3 pos switch, just like Ford would do. Same computer harness for a 5 speed or auto, manual or auto t case, etc.. only changes are in the transmission harness.

      All the 3 pos switch does is tell the following when the clutch is in:

      Cruise control
      4x4 Electric shift
      Neautral safety

      What did you need to tap into it for? Your new T case?
       
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      I just did it because I think that anyone serious about wheeling in a 5 spd should think of this as a prerequisite. I for one do not like pressing the clutch in on a steep hill or what not ;)

      I also did this mod for .10 cents and I never had to leave my garage :D I think that is worthy of sharing it with the rest of the members here ;)
       
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      You mean to start the truck back up after a stall?
      Which one did you bypass?
       
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      Yes, I bypassed the safety switch ;)
       
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      Man I did this years ago... Except I never "re-wired" it I just moved the switch and the saftey down on the clutch pedel. The only issue I had was the truck wasn't geared low enough to start up in gear... :)

      Those with an atlas probably won't have that problem.

      Make sure your battery cables are CLEAN when doing this.
       
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      So in theory...One could use that as a Ignition disabler on an auto if they put a switch in the line .....hrm.
       
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      Crankcase, that is correct.
      If you look under your dash you will see ther wiring for the 3 position clutch switch is there, Ford just installed a plastic clip that effectiveley jumps the 3 circuits, one of them is the ignition feed (clutch must be pushed in to start truck)
      Of course the same wire can be found in the steering column, and transmission harness (neautral safety).
      So all you gotta do is put a switch on it and waalaa! kill switch to disable the starter.
      Excatly what they do when they install an alarm, they cut the wire and route/loop it to a relay controlled by the alarm....
       
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      I finally did this mod. It works great with the Atlas II. No problem at all starting in gear while in low range :thumbsup:
       
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      The info in this post was worth the elite status.

      Thanks, I installed a switch inline of mine.
       
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      Another satisfied customer :D
       
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      I just did this mod. Thanks for posting the info (years ago, haha)! It took me longer to drive 5 miles to the store and back then it did to do this mod.

      I did mine a little differently. I cut both wires right next to the clutch and put covers over those ends. Then hooked the free ends up to a switch.
      One switch position and the clutch safty is bypassed, the other position is an anti-theft setting and the starter won't turn.
       
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      Anyone tried this mod on a newer model. I am trying to do this currently on my 02.
       
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      The clutch/starter interlock is similar on your 02 Ranger. The color codes at the clutch switch connector should be solid pink and white w/pink stripe.
       
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      Ill try those. I blew a fuse with the other colors thanks.
       
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      Update for newer models

      Went out and tried those wires (solid pink, white w/pink stripe)and worked perfect.
      Those are the wires in the 1 and 2 positions on the plug.
       
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      on an older model (93) these are the last two wires on the switch right?
      sorry, im a bit colorblind.
       
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      Yes the 2 pink wires
       
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      Could anyone tell me what color wires I should be looking for to bypass this switch on a '99? My switch isn't working, and I'd rather bypass for $.10 than replace for $50...
       
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      sorry to beat a dead horse, But I need confirmation that the pink and white/pink wires on the clutch master cylinder are indeed the wires that keep the starter from engaging. my 98 explorer wont start and I think this could be inhibiting it. if I were to connect said wires together (solder), would this be equivalent to pressing the clutch pedal in to start the truck?
       
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      No need to solder anything. Go to Radioshack and grab a bag of the little blue splice connectors. They have one straight through hole and one hole that only goes halfway through. Just punch the halfway hole all the way through with a file or screwdriver. Use the splice connector to connect the pink and pink/white wires. This shorts the clutch safety switch so that you don't have to push the clutch in to start the truck. I did my Ranger a few weeks ago, and it worked great.
       

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