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Old 09-14-2009, 06:29 AM
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Wiring push start button directly to starter?

Hey everyone I have a 87 nissan 4x4 that I will be using as a woods truck just had a question about push button starts. Hope someone can help. Hi, I don't have a hot rod but I was wondering is there any reason that you can't do what nova guy did? "The way I got it ran now is a positive cable from the bat to the starter. A wire on the big post of the starter to one side of a push button, a wire from the little post on the starter to the other side of the push button." and with the negative battery cable grounded to the starter when you push the push button would it not be like crossing over the big post to the little terminal to get the starter to throw out and start? So whould there be any need for a toggle switch or fuses? I would have my key turned forward to power everything but the starter so when I turned my key off the truck would shut off right? Just wondering if it would work and not catch on fire. Thanks.

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Old 09-14-2009, 05:01 PM
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The method you describe will work, but you need a fusible link, or some other safety mechanism in the always hot side (the wire connected to the large starter post). That side of your push button is always connected to 12 volts at the starter, and if you run a wire up to the dash (or wherever you mount the push button) and it shorts out to ground, you will definitely burn up some wiring, and may cause a fire or battery explosion.

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thanks for the info Bruce so happy to have my truck going again.
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