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Old 04-11-2013, 04:14 PM   #1
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So, I'm trying to install a clutch stopper like the one pictured here. I got the stopper installed with a lot of difficulty (there is hardly any room down there) but now the car won't start. This is because I need to adjust the clutch engagement sensor to match the new travel of the clutch. That is so much easier said than done.

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Don't be fooled by the apparent ease of access. That picture is taken with a camera shooting up from the floor mat, and using a wider than normal angle. The way I see it, if I'm with my back on the floor, suspended like a torture rack (feet on the ground outside, small of the back on the door sill) well, everything is much tighter. Has anyone done this before or have any advice on how this is done? Thanks.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:36 PM   #2
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Take it out to work on? That's what I've done, but I've also worked under there too. Pulled a muscle or two but it can be done.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:45 PM   #3
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I was thinking about that, but looking at the repair manual, it advises the mechanic to always use a new clevis pin (their bolding) every time they do the uninstall/reinstall routine. I was also considering just using a vampire clip to connect the two wires that go to the switch, but that'll break cruise control- which I'm okay with as long as it doesn't have the cruise control light on the dash blinking. I dunno. Maybe I'll uninstall as much as necessary to gain access. Here's two pictures of the two pages in the manual that concern this part.


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Old 04-13-2013, 01:06 AM   #4
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Okay, for anyone doing this, here's what I did. I removed the dash panel on the driver's side (the panel that contains the mirror adjustors, what have you) and located the wires going to the clutch engagement sensor looking through the gap next to the steering wheel with a flashlight and reaching around underneath so I could see what I was doing. I then used a vampire clip (you could also use a jumper) to ensure that the clutch engagement sensor was always activated. Now I can turn my car on without having to use the clutch (I wonder how remote starters get around this problem).

The only issue is you lose cruise control. You don't have a flashing light on your dash, in fact you can still turn CC on and off, however you can't coast. You still have CC. I was wrong. Sorry.

I do have to wonder, though, if the car thinking the clutch is always engaged is going to cause mechanical issues. Anyone?

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