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Old 09-13-2009, 02:10 PM   #1
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clutch defeat??

I have a 97 tj. i have heard you can bypass pushing the clutch in to start it what do i neen too do thanks

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Pull the number 18 fuse I believe and put it in the spare fuse of 20. Behind the glove box. Have fun.

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i will give that a try thanks
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tried it and still nothing. Any new ideas?
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:17 PM   #5
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the '97 clutch interlock works a little bit different than the rest of the tj's. if you have your owners manual, you can check page 102 for detailed instructions on how to do it. from what i understand thought, there is a set of wiring harnesses by the top of the clutch pedal. if you move the plug from one harness into the other that is how you override it.
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Old 09-13-2009, 05:33 PM   #6
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I don't have a manual but i can look under there thanks
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IT would be on the clutch switch itself.
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:19 AM   #8
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The two wires coming out of the top of the clutch pedal are used to defeat the clutch bypass. to defeat this switch you need to ground out one of the two wires. It easy to get to these wires if you remove the drivers side dash speaker. Tap into one of the wires and attache the other end to ground point. MAKE SURE YOUR VEHICLE IS IN NEUTRAL EACH AND EVERYTIME YOU START YOUR VEHICLE.
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The '97 works differently than '98 and newer does where the clutch interlock defeat is concerned. For the '97, you only need to move a cable connector located above the driver's side footwell from one location to another. Here's how....
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I like how it works on my 2000. I accidentally did it on mine, just by putting in a fuse... It was weird.
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Old 01-18-2010, 04:04 PM   #11
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For a 2001, whicj fuse do youtake out and which fuse number do you put back in? In other words, how do you do this for a 2001?
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You don't need to remove any fuse, you simply install the fuse into the (I think) #10 position ... it's either the #10 or #20 fuse location on '98 and newer TJs, I forget which since I have a '97 and mine is done differently. Your owners manual fully describes this and gives the correct fuse location.
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Why do people bypass this? For remote start purposes primarily?
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Why do people bypass this?
Jeep added the ability to easily bypass the interlock because some trail conditions make the use of the starter without stepping on the clutch pedal first necessary. Like if you're in a dangerous location and need to bump the Jeep forward in gear using the starter by itself. Or if you're in water and need to start or move the Jeep without stepping on the clutch which would allow water/mud/muddy water in between the clutch disk and pressure plate.

Plus, the clutch interlock is stupid and was something added by the lawyers when people started getting too stupid to learn to safely start the engine by needing to remember to either shift into neutral or step on the clutch pedal first. Hell even my elderly grandmother had learned to do that by the time she was 14 and learning to drive on the farm.

Plus I HATE having to have to get into a Jeep to start it if I'm working on it. Being able to just reach inside to turn the key to start is very convenient, having to step on the clutch is not... since it's not hard to learn to make sure it's in neutral first.
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I have a 2003. So your saying to bypass pushing in your clutch, you put a fuse in? Or are you saying to reroute the harness? Just making sure.
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As was explained above, you insert a fuse for '98 and newer TJs to defeat the clutch interlock. How to do this is also carefully described in your Owner's Manual.
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I have the picture of how to move the connector for the '97. But idk how to upload pic on here
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Here you go, this is for a '97 TJ.
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You don't need to remove any fuse, you simply install the fuse into the (I think) #10 position ... it's either the #10 or #20 fuse location on '98 and newer TJs, I forget which since I have a '97 and mine is done differently. Your owners manual fully describes this and gives the correct fuse location.
It's #20. I just did mine the other day.
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Yeah i bypassed mine by accident. It may be different fuse on different years so check the owner manual. Whichever one says clutch defeat, just put a fuse in it. I forget what amp but manual tells you that too.

I was looking through the manual trying to figure out my courtesy lights, did not know PO pulled that fuse (#4 i think it was). Fixed that problem, and saw one marked clutch defeat so i put a fuse in to see what happened. and it did exactly that.

Now i just keep that spare fuse taped to the side of the panel incase i ever need it, but i primarily drive it on normal streets so i just leave the fuse out. But as Jerry said, there are situations where clutch defeat is convenient if not necessary.
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I remember vehicles BEFORE this switch...... much simpler then.

My yoda has a bypass switch on the dash.....
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It's #20. I just did mine the other day.
97's are different. You have to move a plug in the wiring harness going to the switch on the clutch, as posted above. I did mine a month or so ago.

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