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Old 11-24-2003, 12:05 PM   #1
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I've been having some battery issues lately, and I had an old weak battery installed waiting for the new one to arrive. It just clicked this AM when I tried to start it. I was parked on a hill so I figured I'd just bump start it. Rolling backwards down the hill, let out the clutch, cranked the ignition and... nothing!

Then it dawned on me: the ******* clutch interlock! So what's the deal--has Subaru completely disabled this age-old technique? Is there some sort of bypass trick for when you have to get a Subaru running without using the starter?

I ended up grabbing a battery from another car, but it's still annoying...
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Old 11-24-2003, 12:36 PM   #2
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The clutch interlock is for the starter, so it wouldn't matter if you're bump-starting.
If you have to do this (not really good for the car), it's better to do it rolling forward in first or second. Make sure the key is in the "run" position (warning lights on dash should be on) and leave it there. Get the car rolling at a few MPH and release the clutch, it should start.
How easily it starts this way will depend on how dead the battery is, as well as the engine's state of tune and how readily it starts when cranked normally with the starter.
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Old 11-24-2003, 04:53 PM   #3
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The clutch interlock is for the starter, so it wouldn't matter if you're bump-starting.
If you have to do this (not really good for the car), it's better to do it rolling forward in first or second. Make sure the key is in the "run" position (warning lights on dash should be on) and leave it there. Get the car rolling at a few MPH and release the clutch, it should start.
How easily it starts this way will depend on how dead the battery is, as well as the engine's state of tune and how readily it starts when cranked normally with the starter.
I would do it in a higher gear, like 3rd. Makes it easier to turn the engine over, and is generally easier on the drivetrain.
Just be ready to jump on the clutch as soon as the engine catches.
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Old 11-27-2003, 12:47 AM   #4
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I used to do push-starts in 2nd ...

I'm pretty sure the clutch interlock disables the ignition, not just the starter.
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Old 11-27-2003, 09:09 AM   #5
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The interlock is for the starter only, it's a safety thing so you can't crank the engine with the clutch engaged in gear and have the car move unexpectedly. There is no ignition cutout.
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