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  1. #1
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    bypassing the factory Start mechanism (push button Start)

    Ok, as of thursday I will be starting massive amounts of work on my 96 ZJ, replacing numerous parts, and hopefully adding a new part and feature altogether, was hoping somebody here could help.

    So here's the question...and explanation...

    I have a broken ignition, which currently requires me to use both the key and a screwdriver to catch and turn, (ingenuity and desperation at work) replacing the switch provided no help, except screwing it up more ie. if the steering wheel locks it takes two people to start (one holding the wheel and one twisting key and screwdriver...possibly a third praying to the jeep gods for it to work)

    I already attempted installing a momentary on switch(usually off) which promptly blew a relay fuse when pressed, and I assume it's the fact that my car has a factory anti theft system-My dilemma-can I make this momentary on switch work by somehow bypassing the anti theft system where it decides someone is attempting to steal the car? and still have it require the key or possibly a kill switch? I really need to figure something out because I have all the time in the world, but barely anymore money to spend on this thing, and i refuse to take it to a shop that charges 200 bucks to even look at it.

    hope someone has an answer, been trying forever, if all else fails I'll figure it out on my own and post the info on how to do it here.

    Thanks.

  2. #2
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    ive seen pull trigger starters you put the key turn it then push the button actually my G/F's father has one his 96 4.0L.

  3. #3
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    When my brother owned my current ZJ, the ignition tumbler went out. Temporarily, he pulled the cover on the bottom of the steering column and added two switches, a toggle switch for accessory power and a push button switch for the starter. He still had to have the key to unlock the column obviously. This worked fine for about 3 months until he just replaced the steering column.

  4. #4
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    Interesting idea. What size switch for the amps would you need though?

  5. #5
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    My switch went out and kinda had the same issue as you did. I just replaced the steering column and saved a lot of headache trying to wire a switch.


 

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