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Clutch safety switch problem

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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Replace the switch

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