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Old 02-18-2013, 03:51 PM   #1
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Starting my car with out the clutch in

So the other day I tried to start my car without the clutch in and it worked...I thought the clutch had to be in to start all manuals? Why can I do this?

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Old 02-18-2013, 03:55 PM   #2
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Clutch bypass? I have that on mine, it's a fuse into the automatic tranny slot, no need for the clutch.

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Clutch bypass? I have that on mine, it's a fuse into the automatic tranny slot, no need for the clutch.
x2, I've had to do this before after I blew up the clutch in my jeep. we towed it behind a pickup to a garage. Had to start the engine to use the power brakes.

I think on mine it was the bottom most driverside fuse in the panel behind the glovebox. (TJ)
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:07 PM   #4
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The old YJ's don't have a switch. The TJ I had, had one and the JK does. My 89 YJ doesn't.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:44 PM   #5
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my 89 will start in gear all day. Kinda dangerous, kinda useful. I like it.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:13 PM   #6
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my 95 does this as well. as far as I know yjs didnt have a neutral safety switch.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:23 PM   #7
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I think it depends on the year as well. For instance back when people actually had common sense you didnt have to have all of these "safety" features.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:27 PM   #8
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My YJ is the same way, either it never had one or the PO removed that safety switch, wherever it may be. But I gotta tell you, my Toyota pickup had a button you could push to crank without the clutch being pushed in. It actually saved me from walking to the gas station from the highway.

Was running nearly on fumes and was going up the final hill before my exit (a long one). The gas that I did have ran to the back of the tank away from the gas pickup, so the engine was starved and quit. Because of the neutral safety disable switch, I was able to drive it with the starter up the rest of the hill (about 500 ft), until it leveled and then it started getting gas again and I was able to exit and made it rolling into the gas station.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:28 PM   #9
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Yep. No neutral safety switch on the manual YJ's. Never had them. You learn to either clutch anyways, or make sure the transmission is in neutral.

Makes for an easier time restarting the Jeep if you stall on an incline.

Also makes for an interesting time if you forget to pop the transmission into neutral when you start it up in the morning.
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My '90 lurches forward but, I don't care.
What I want to know is when it happens and I bang into something, how come my air bag never goes off?
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My '90 lurches forward but, I don't care.
What I want to know is when it happens and I bang into something, how come my air bag never goes off?
Your yj has an airbag???
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:54 PM   #12
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Your yj has an airbag???
Well, like I said nothin never went off after some pretty good hits?
I have been riding around smilin and waving at people like I had an airbag.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:05 PM   #13
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So it won't hurt anything if I start it with the clutch? Didnt figure it was bad by any means just found it strange. Thanks for all the responses guy!
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My '90 lurches forward but, I don't care.
What I want to know is when it happens and I bang into something, how come my air bag never goes off?
Was unaware YJ's ever came with airbags...

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No, YJ's don't have the clutch start switch like modern vehicles do. Definitely helps out on the steep inclines if you stall. Pop it in gear and crank.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:21 PM   #15
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My '90 lurches forward but, I don't care.
What I want to know is when it happens and I bang into something, how come my air bag never goes off?
Lol
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:55 PM   #16
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My 95 does it, apparently there's no safety switch like in modern cars.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:02 PM   #17
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My '90 lurches forward but, I don't care.
What I want to know is when it happens and I bang into something, how come my air bag never goes off?
You're not hitting hard enough
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:59 PM   #18
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Wait they're supposed to not start with the clutch out? Mine always started without the clutch, I figured they didn't have the technology back in 1991 to do that lol.
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off roading it is better to start the engine in gear clutch out, than to have to hold the brake and the clutch and get going again on a step hill.
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With dual batteries and a dead motor you can actually go pretty far just cranking in gear. Not recommended but a good last ditch option.

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