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willymakit

how to bypass the clutch safety switch

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Easy peasy...  Just take a 18 ga. wire, more or less by 4"- 5" more or less and find 2 female spade connectors that fit over the 2 exposed male terminals.  Make up the pigtail with the 2 female spade connectors, install and you have now defeated the clutch safety switch.  I'll replace the switch, but for now its a quick fix.

 

Is yours broken...   the only advantage I can see is you can start the car without getting in, better have the E-brake set and the trans in neutral.  One last comment, if you reach in and start the car, then turn it off reaching through the open window you'll have a dead battery by the next morning.  You have to open and close the door for the computer to shut down the interior lights.  I'm not sure if all years worked the same way, but that's how my '03' C4S works.  I have had a dead battery to prove it...  Try it yourself and see if the interior lights time out just reaching through the open window.

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Just be aware of two points:

 

  1. You are disabling a federally mandated safety item; in many states that is grounds for failing the car at its annual inspection.
  2. Your insurance company can play games with you if you have an accident such as rear ending someone of bumping into an inanimate object.  You purposely disabled a mandated safety feature designed to prevent such things, you could end up on the hook for all the damage.

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46 minutes ago, JFP in PA said:

Just be aware of two points:

 

  1. You are disabling a federally mandated safety item; in many states that is grounds for failing the car at its annual inspection.
  2. Your insurance company can play games with you if you have an accident such as rear ending someone of bumping into an inanimate object.  You purposely disabled a mandated safety feature designed to prevent such things, you could end up on the hook for all the damage.

 

+1

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3 hours ago, JFP in PA said:

Just be aware of two points:

 

  1. You are disabling a federally mandated safety item; in many states that is grounds for failing the car at its annual inspection.
  2. Your insurance company can play games with you if you have an accident such as rear ending someone of bumping into an inanimate object.  You purposely disabled a mandated safety feature designed to prevent such things, you could end up on the hook for all the damage.

I have to totally agree +2

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11 hours ago, JFP in PA said:

Just be aware of two points:

 

  1. You are disabling a federally mandated safety item; in many states that is grounds for failing the car at its annual inspection.
  2. Your insurance company can play games with you if you have an accident such as rear ending someone of bumping into an inanimate object.  You purposely disabled a mandated safety feature designed to prevent such things, you could end up on the hook for all the damage.

totally agree +3.

it's no extra effort to hold in clutch when starting.  actually, its a good idea.

I changed out clutch and brake switches regularly to avoid some of the issues noted on the forum.  check it out on search engine.

And its cheap insurance to keep a spare set of those switches in your tool kit.  They are small and fit right in.

Enjoy the ride.  Have fun.  Ps: what are you driving?

Edited by judgejon
clarity and better grammar

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