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'98 Ford Ranger clutch safety switch,

I have a 5 speed manual transmission, the safety switch is becoming more difficult to hit the "sweet spot" to get the engine to start. At times I can depress the clutch and wiggle my foot, other times I have to use a lot of downward force to hit the spot to start the engine. Is there something I can do to fix this? I have cleaned the switch mechanism on the pedal shaft with a compressed air can , but that didn't seem to help.

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  • lestat0delio Dec 11, 2008

    I even replace the clutch safety switch, but still have the same issue. Sometimes it recognizes the clutch is engaged and starts, but other times I get nothing. Are there other things in line with this that can cause the same issue?

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    I have been told that to replace the switch is only about $50 for the part. I have also found out that by "twisting" the mechanism (switch) to the left, I have no more issues with starting it, but now have no cruise control.

  • akutag Mar 09, 2009

    I have the same problem with my 1991 ford ranger. I am not sure where the switch is located, I haven't looked yet. I was told that it is hard to replace.


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You have to see if the pedal is linning up with the switch when it is depress. The holder may be bent or moving when it is depressed.

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  • redranger2 Aug 31, 2010

    the flex plate on the fire wall keeps flexing and gets torn. in my experience you have to weld the back plate in order for the clutch master cylinder to compress...I get mad if I am in the middle of no where when the switch and fuel pump don't work! If that's not the only thing, the emergency cut off switch works like the neutral clutch switch. my opinion is to over ride the switches like on the old fords.


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replace the switch

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