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bypass neutral safety switch on a 5spd

I want to install a remove starter and I will need to bypass the neutral safety switch. You know the thing that makes you push in the clutch to start the truck. Does anyone know how to bypass it?
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Hope your emergency brake is in good condition since you'll be leaving the truck in neutral all the time.

What year is your truck? Some years wiring color is different.
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I recommend getting it installed by a professional shop. Many states have banned remote starters in manual transmission vehicles because of improper installations. Just to cover your own *** in the future, get a shop to install it.

And on that note, that's all I'll say.
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http://www.the12volt.com/default.asp?

I'd search their forums.

Maybe even join and ask.

But I wouldn't do a remote start.

My truck runs best with me in the seat.
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I bypassed mine when I switched to an automatic-at first, then I rerouted it to the auto shifter. I can't remember the wire colors, but it's the last two wires on the neutral safety switch. You would have to jumper these together somehow, or better yet, wire in some kind of toggle so you can bypass it only when needed.

Just remember, if your working on your truck with a remote start and it's in gear, you'll run over yourself, and if your at the mall and forget to push the clutch, you'll run over someone else.

or maybe you meant remote start like starting your car from your house so you dont have to go outside in the cold. I was thinking more like a wired remote you would use while working on your engine. Man, that could get dangerous if you left it in gear, as you'd have no way to shut off the motor from in the house if the truck took off down the road by itself.
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Most people put it in reverse to "lock" the truck because it's the gear that gives the most resistance to rolling.

Now, if that is your habit, you could bypass the clutch switch, and use the backup light switch as a "safety" switch. If you did accidently leave it in reverse, the truck wouldn't start.
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mine is a 99, when i get home on the 26th, i can get you some pics...

on the 99 (probably 98-00??) u need to splice into the Pink/White and the Pink wires.. i used one of those splice things that allows you to just branch off the current wire, then ran the wires behind my dash, and to the console where i have one of those "missile switches" and its wired in parallel, so i can either push the clutch or flip the switch..

whats your reason behind doing this? for offroad reasons or just becuase?



i have still to test mine to see if the starter strong enough to start the truck on a hill :(
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I want to bypass it so I can start the truck from the house in the morning. I have also been told that actually starting a vehicle without pushing the clutch is better for the motor
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i dont see how, if u dont push the clutch, and its in gear, it strains the whole system..

its up to you, so ur wanting to perminetly bypass the saftey switch?
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I want to bypass it so I can start the truck from the house in the morning. I have also been told that actually starting a vehicle without pushing the clutch is better for the motor
That makes no sense. You may have heard it, but I bet it wasn't explained, lol. With the clutch pushed in, there's less rotating mass for the starter to turn -- that's worse how?

You never said what year it was.
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Most people put it in reverse to "lock" the truck because it's the gear that gives the most resistance to rolling.
i leave mine in 1st, does it really matter?
my parking brake is messed up and i don't feel like driving down the e-way with it stuck on again.
my cables are all rusted up on the inside where the one cable splits into two.

Edit: btw i seen someone with one at the post office start there car and it went flying over the curb and got stuck on it.
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Either uses cylinder compression to keep the truck from rolling -- but reverse is the lowest gear in the vehice, or backwards (wheels to engine) the highest gear. So it resists rolling best.
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help with ns switch change from auto to 5 speed tran.

i am going from auto to straight shift i need to know what i need to do to get my problem
fixed if anyone can help me i have a 2004 ranger edge i think all that switch does is not to
let the truck start unless the clutch is push in am i right or wrong. i not looking to put an
remote start on it the truck dose not have the wire that plug in for that switch if some
one can help me out i thank you very much. wt
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Pushing in the clutch puts all that pressure on the rear side of the crank's main thrust bearing.....without any oil pressure yet it, relies on the thin layer left when last shut down for lube.
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i am going from auto to straight shift i need to know what i need to do to get my problem
fixed if anyone can help me i have a 2004 ranger edge i think all that switch does is not to
let the truck start unless the clutch is push in am i right or wrong. i not looking to put an
remote start on it the truck dose not have the wire that plug in for that switch if some
one can help me out i thank you very much. wt
Issue 1: Some years of automatic Rangers used a jumper cap to replace the clutch position switch. Not sure if a 2004 has it or not. If it does, then it should be possible to plug the dash harness into the clutch pedal position switch after removing the cap.

Issue 2: If the manual conversion is still using the factory-installed, automatic-style engine/trans harness, it was originally set up to not allow the starter to turn unless the transmission was in Neutral or Park. This was switched at the Transmission Range Sensor on the driver side of the automatic transmission. With the auto harness, there must be continuity from the pink to the tan/red at the TRS or the starter cannot be energized.

If Issue 2 is overcome but nothing is done about Issue 1, then the starter would always operate, regardless of the clutch pedal position. Doing it this way would eliminate a factory safety feature of the manual trucks - the one that disallows the possibility of the truck lurching forward/backward when the starter is operated in gear without the clutch pedal depressed.
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Having an Automatic start on a Manual is kind of a Big no-no. Cause you cannot guarantee that once you start it, you forgot to take it out of gear and put your e-brake on. If you do bypass the switch, better make sure its done right.

I usually just leave any manual in first except on a hill. the new mustangs have a great e-brake though, we had one come in at work where the guy said it took forever to get it rolling but that was because his ebrake wasn't all the way off, but the light was. but the damn thing held and smoked the brakes.
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I for one would like to bypass this switch on my manual. Being my 1st vehicle out of 75 with this feature, I find it useless can't get used to it. No remote start here.
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Having an Automatic start on a Manual is kind of a Big no-no. Cause you cannot guarantee that once you start it, you forgot to take it out of gear and put your e-brake on. If you do bypass the switch, better make sure its done right.

I usually just leave any manual in first except on a hill. the new mustangs have a great e-brake though, we had one come in at work where the guy said it took forever to get it rolling but that was because his ebrake wasn't all the way off, but the light was. but the damn thing held and smoked the brakes.
If the install is done by a pro this will never happen. I had it installed on my 240 when i lived in Ottawa (it was awesome) and this is the process i had to take to ensure that my car would automatically start.

1. when i get home i have to put car in neutral, release clutch and engage parking break.
2. Then i have to press the start button on my key fob until my lights flashed at me indicating the auto-start has been activated.
3. I step out of car and close door
4. I look my doors and my car turns off.
5. Now my car is ready to be turned on at any time by pressing the start button on the key fob.
6. If the doors or trunk is opened at any point before the car has been remotely started the auto-start is disarmed and i cannot start the car remotely. However if i got in my car and forgot i was in gear i could launch my car forward (only did that once)
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I have 1987 ford ranger 2.3 l with a 5 speed i also would like to know how to bypass the neutral safety switch the truck will not turn over when you turn the key my truck is wierd it has a safety switch on the tranny with 2 wires right at the base of the shifter and one on the clutch pedal with 2 red and white wires 2 black wires and 2 purple and white wires with 1 plug missing id like to bypass that to a toggle switch so when i turn the switch off the truck wont start any ideas ?
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This is the simplest way to bypass the neutral safety switch. so simple. my ranger is a 1988 xlt so i don't know if this will work for yours but its worth a shot.
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My Ranger is a 2000, and I want to bypass the part of the Clutch Position Switch that cuts off the cruise control, but retain the other functions.

Can anyone tell me which wires that involves?

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