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post #1 of 23 Old 12-07-2010, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Push button start

What's up? I'm thinking of putting in a push button start button and was wondering if anyone else has done this. I totally rewired the jeep in 2009 so all the wiring is new.

I'm assuming a power wire and ignition wire run to the button.....then I would need a toggle switch for the accessories???

Any ideas or info would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 23 Old 12-08-2010, 02:25 AM
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Well you would need two switches, a Toggle for the ignition and a button for the starter. The ignition toggle can double as an accessory switch or you can use a separate one. Ant all the circuits should be fused so ou don't burn anything up.

Do you just want to run the wires from the old switch. That would probably be the easiest.


You would need a D.P.S.T. momentary push button and a T.P.D.T. (Tripple pole, Double Throw) toggle switch to begin with.


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post #3 of 23 Old 12-08-2010, 05:06 AM
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Another option is to leave the ignition switch as and wire a momentary push button switch straight from power to the S terminal of the solenoid. This would keep the key system in place for at least a little security and still have the push button starter. You can either splice into the existing switch on the column or run a separate system parallel to the stock one. Just remember that push button starters can be dangerous, especially if you allow your (or other) kids to play around the Jeep.
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post #4 of 23 Old 12-08-2010, 06:21 AM
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only thing you need is power to switch then starter solinoid. keep the key. turn key on, push button. that way nobody can start without key
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I have been thinking about doing the same thing to my 78. The "ears" have been long gone on my column starter switch and when cold, it is physically hard to engage the starter with out the added leverage of the 'ears"

It is the light blue wire from the solenoid (John Strenk's photo labeled starter). I dont like splices, so I though about running a new light blue wire from the solenoid to a momentary switch on the dash. The other side of that switch would go to a positive hot wire. The only source for light blue wire is Summit racing or Painless, both expensive. If anyone knows another source, would like to know. I think size 14 gauge would be plenty.

I have the same concern as jeepdaddy ( but I am the only kid at my house) so I thought about one of those covers over the momentary switch that you have to flip up first.

I was going to leave the ignition with the key switch on the stirring column.
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You can remove the blue wire with the terminal still attached from the ignition switch plug and get a push button switch with a spade connector and just plug it on.
No splicing that way.

Maybe get a floor starter switch.

Look at Digikey, or Allied Electronics for more switch options. Even McMaster Car sells tons of Momentary Panel Mount Push Button Switches.


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Hmmm....so cut the power wire and ignition wire and splice in the push button. Keep the key to turn to the on position, and use the button to start.
So the actual ignition switch would still be in place and would stop the jeep by turning the key off; so would still need to keep the metal slider attached for the key to turn the switch on and off.....seems simple enough.
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Get on that says "Don't Panic" In big friendly letters.
LMAO!
that huge OfficeMax "That was Easy" button comes to mind!
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use any color wire, no splicing is needed, it hooks to one of the screws on the starter solenoid. the other end goes to the battery. it comes in handy when you want to turn the motor over without starting it.
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Why? I never understood doing this.. Just like how the new cars are coming out from the factory with push buttons. Are we that lazy of a race anymore to twist a key cylinder?

You can get new key cylinders at Auto Zone, and replace the one with broken ears.

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Another option is to leave the ignition switch as and wire a momentary push button switch straight from power to the S terminal of the solenoid. This would keep the key system in place for at least a little security and still have the push button starter. You can either splice into the existing switch on the column or run a separate system parallel to the stock one. Just remember that push button starters can be dangerous, especially if you allow your (or other) kids to play around the Jeep.
I did this, spliced into the existing ignition switch, so the key works like it used to, or I can use the push button if I choose. Still need the key to power the ignition and unlock the steering wheel.

For my momentary push button, I used my existing cigarette lighter as the switch. I had to pry the metal tabs a little inside the lighter so it wouldn't stick. I can no longer use my cig lighter for cigs, but a covert 007 push button is much cooler.
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For my momentary push button, I used my existing cigarette lighter as the switch. I had to pry the metal tabs a little inside the lighter so it wouldn't stick. I can no longer use my cig lighter for cigs, but a covert 007 push button is much cooler.
Take the lighter out and nobody would ever be able to fire it from inside!

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mine still has key for acc and push button for starter only

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