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Clutch Switch Replacement

Clutch Switch Replacement Explained in Less than 5 Minutes

Why drive a standard transmission anymore? Besides how fun it is driving a stick shift vehicle, one of the biggest reasons it’s even easier to drive a standard daily is the electronic component, the clutch switch. The clutch switch makes a standard transmission safer and even easier to drive.

What is a clutch switch?

Of course, you know about the clutch. It’s essential and a fundamental difference between a standard and automatic transmission vehicle. The clutch switch is an additional safety feature with standard transmission vehicles. It is a simple, yet powerful piece of the standard transmission.

What does the clutch switch actually do? The main purpose is to make sure the engine doesn’t start while the transmission is in gear. It’s an essential piece to safely operating a standard transmission vehicle.

As a bonus, forget about having to put it in neutral to start your car too. The clutch switch keeps the starter from actuating – until the clutch pedal is pressed to the floor. So there’s no need for neutral starts with a working clutch switch. This means there won’t be any more lurching forward either!

But just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s not a crucial component. For example, vehicles with a broken clutch switch will not operate until a replacement one is installed. The good news is that if the car is already started when it fails, it’s still drivable. Be careful, though. While it is drivable, it isn’t capable of cranking with a broken clutch switch. So the most advisable thing to do is get it diagnosed as soon as possible to keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely.

So, where is the clutch switch, anyway?

Just like it sounds, the clutch switch is a clutch-specific on/off switch. It’s an electrical component hiding on the back of the clutch pedal assembly.

Be aware:

  • The clutch switch wears out over time. Therefore, it will require replacement from time to time.
  • The wear and tear aren’t visible to the naked eye. Since it’s an electrical component, you literally can’t see if there’s a problem with the switch.

If any of the following is happening with your vehicle, it’s a good indication that it’s time to replace your clutch switch:

  • Even with the clutch pedal depressed fully, the engine won’t start.
  • When the pedal is depressed, there are intermittent “no starts”
  • Without the clutch pedal depressed at all, the car will start.

How to Replace Your Clutch Switch

  1. Remove the under dash panels by the clutch pedal.
  2. Disconnect the current clutch switch.
  3. Remove the clutch switch from the clutch pedal support.
  4. Install the replacement clutch switch and adjust it accordingly.
  5. Connect the electrical connection to the new switch.
  6. Put the under dash panels back.
  7. Start the vehicle.
  8. Check the clutch switch is operating correctly.

When to consult a mechanic:

If the car sometimes doesn’t crank even with the pedal depressed fully, it can seem like there’s an intermittent switch failure. Contact one of our expert mechanics to check the situation. They’ll provide you with a precise diagnosis of what’s happening and how they can help.

When in doubt, our mobile mechanics are ready to pop by your home or office seven days a week. Our team will provide a transparent quote, and our services are guaranteed for 12 months or 12,000 miles.

By the way, if you’d like to learn more about transmissions, be sure to check out this blog post, “what is the transmission?”

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