What to know about the Clutch Switch:
A number of new features make manual transmission cars easier to drive on an everyday basis, including the clutch switch. This simple device is a safety feature, designed to prevent the engine from starting while the transmission is in gear. That doesn’t mean you have to put the transmission in neutral to start the car, though. The switch stops the starter from actuating unless the clutch pedal is pressed to the floor. It mounts to the back of the clutch pedal assembly, and is really nothing more than a clutch-specific on/off switch. When the pedal is free, the switch is off. When you press it to the floor, the switch activates, turning the system on and allowing the engine to crank.
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Facts to Note:
Similar to your brake light switch and other electronic devices that see regular use, the clutch switch will wear out over time and require replacement.
Because it’s an electronic component, there is no visible wear and tear that would indicate a problem.
How to Fix:
The under dash panels by the clutch pedal are removed
The faulty clutch switch is disconnected and detached from the clutch pedal support
The new clutch switch is fixed and adjusted
The electrical connector is connected to the new switch and the panels are re-installed
The vehicle is started to check the clutch switch for proper operation
If you’re experiencing problems that seem consistent with erratic switch failure (the car sometimes won’t crank with the pedal depressed fully), have it analyzed by one of your expert mechanics.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to replace the Clutch Switch:
Engine will not start even with the clutch pedal depressed fully
Intermittent “no start” with the pedal depressed
The car will start without the clutch pedal pressed in
Importanceof this service:
While your clutch switch is a relatively simple part, your car won’t operate until a new one is fixed in place of the broken one. Conversely, switch failure will not stop you from driving the car if it has already started – it only prevents the engine from cranking. Have your car analyzed as soon as possible to prevent any inconvenience.