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1997 neon expresso 2 dr., 5spd, 2.0L DOHC, engine won't start

The switch under the clutch pedal is now making a loud clicking noise
i was wondering what this switch is called and if this may be the problem.
error codes at present time are 12,21,44

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  • Shawn Russwurm
    Shawn Russwurm Jan 02, 2009

    MOTOR 1258 I checked the switch under the clutch pedal with a new one it is called the "clutch pedal position switch" its okay.

    Double checked all wiring from the battery to the solenoid on the starter for breaks etc. appears to be okay.

    Checked all fuses in the fuse panel and under the hood in the engine compartment all appear okay.

    Now for the relays under the hood.

    When I try to beep the horn the horn relay clicks.

    When I turn the ignition key the starter relay clicks. Still no start.

    Checked the battery voltage output its 12 volt.

    Checked voltage at the positive terminal on the starter solenoid 12 volts.

    I'm now very tempted to tell my son that the starter is failing.

    What do you think?





  • Shawn Russwurm
    Shawn Russwurm Jan 02, 2009

    MOTOR 1258

    As for code 44 I found out that that it is the code for the battery temperature switch.

    I found that the original had a hairline crack so I replaced it with one from a wreck.

  • Shawn Russwurm
    Shawn Russwurm Jan 02, 2009

    thanks for your help

    motor 1258

    i'll get right on that lined up another starter at the wreckers going to swap them out.

  • Shawn Russwurm
    Shawn Russwurm Jan 04, 2009

    yup bench tested the donor starter its good

    just need to get time to swap out the starters now

  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    12 is battery disconnected in last 50 starts. 21-oxygen sensor.

    44 not 100% getting conflicting results but appears maybe battery related.

    What is your problem, just the switch getting loud?

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Yup, I'd have to agree if all those things check out. Funny I thought there must have been more to the question, when all it asked about was switch noise & codes. Anyway, sounds like you've checked everything, right down to power at solenoid terminal when key cycled to start, so That would be my next step.

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler Jan 02, 2009

    Make sure they bench test it before you take it. Did you try bench testing yours yet?

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