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1989 Toyota Tercel 5 speed stick trouble starting

Hi I have 1989 Tercel 5 speed stick, recently I had to change the rightbatery connector, it has fusible links in line, I''m not sure thepurpose of it, but the connector to the terminal was shot so Iunscrewed it and changed it anyhow, I had no problem starting theengine after changing it, then I tried to start it and it failed tostart, I lthought I wasn't pushing down the clutch enough,and then itstarted. Today, I was out driving, stopped and started no problem untilI made my ast stop at the gas station,went to start it up and nothing, checked the connection on the batteryterminals nothing loose, checked the inline fusible links all good,checked the fuseblock all good. Finally push started it and it startedright up, could it maybe the starte and nothing to do with the batteryterminals? I will try to post a picture of the terminal connecton forclarification

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Sounds like you may have a problem with the clutch safety switch. It's acts similar to a neutral safety on an automatic transmission. Check it with a ohm meter to see if you have continuity when you push the clutch. It is located under the dash on the clutch linkage. Do Not bypass this switch as it can be dangerous if you start in gear.

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Sounds like your clutch safety switch, the switch that keeps the vehicle from starting unless clutch pedal is depressed, is not working.. the correct thing to do would be to buy a new one.. on the other hand cutting the wires and wiring them together will work just fine.. but keep in mind the vehicle will then start in gear with out pushing in the clutch pedal so use extra precaution when starting if you decide to take this route.. hope i could help

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There may be a clutch safety switch problem here,

Some car has a safety sensor switch that keep the start from spinning if the clutch is not press down.

If this switch is not functioning then it will apply power to the starter.

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