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Old 01-28-2006, 02:44 PM   #1
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Lightbulb clutch switches!!

Hi all on Saturday: Thought it would be good to pass on some info about the two clutch pedal operated switches. #1: By following the post on semi-disabling the red switch, for the cruise control, so it is not depressed each time the pedal is pushed down, it does seem to help match the RPM, to each shift, and the car is somewhat nicer to drive. I never used the clutch to unswitch my cruise control anyway, so it works OK! #2!! I disabled the black switch, which requires you depress the pedal to start the car, just because I prefer be able to start it in neutral etc., without using the clutch pedal. However, this is what has occured! I unfastened the connector from the switch itself, and merely shorted the 2 wires together, with a short jumper. The car seemed to start OK and the pedal annoyance was gone. But!!, today I drove to the grocery store and back home, once at the store I didn't think it was going to start, but after I got back here, I went out to put the car in the garage, and, NADA!! Dash lights came on but no starting period!! I removed the jumper wire, and plugged in the connector, and it works OK again. It's a nuisance to me, but its not worth the possibilty of not getting going as normal. I suspect that the computer does not like these 2 wires being perm. connected, and finally says, enough?? I know a bit about electronics, as I am a retired chip designer, but the chance of frying the computer or???, it's just not worth it to me. Anyone have any experiences with this let me know! art in Ga.

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Old 01-28-2006, 03:05 PM   #2
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Hmmmmmmmmmmm.....kinda confusing, the only thing i can think of is something in the ECU disabling or reversing the activated maybe since it was activated before and after turn-off, it reversed polarity when you took the key out it, staying in the open position and didnt switch back on when the key was inserted, but switched to the open position (which it was already in so nothing really happened0....if something wierd happens like that i generally just say use it how it was meant...if you dont like depressing the clutch youde prolly have to make another switch somewhere else that you would turn on when you got in and off when it started....doesnt seem worth just depressing the clutch fer a second but i agree it is somewhat annoying.
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