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2000 Elantra manual trans car won't crank

I have a 2000 Elantra manual drive with 100 K miles. This car ran great until this evening. Now it is not starting. The battery is relatively new and appears to be functioning OK. All of the other electrics are working OK except refusing to crank.
In another forum I read about a possible problem with clutch safety switch. Does the manual transmission one has this switch?

Appreciate the responses

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  • mathevanp Jan 15, 2009

    When the key turned on to start nothing happened. No click or cranking sound..

    Tried to start the car in shift lever in neutral with clutch fully pressed - nothing happened.

    Tried to start the car in the 1st gear with clutch fully pressed
    - nothing happened


  • kimsmail1025 Feb 18, 2009

    Help I'm having the same problem with my 97 Hyundai Elantra. We tried unplugging the switch and that did not help. Any ideas?

  • Damian Lyman May 11, 2010

    Yes it has the switch.What exactly does it do when you turn the key to start it?

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While the suggested resistance check of the clutch safety switch should catch a bad switch. However it may still be bad. I had the experience on my 2001 Elantra with the same problem happening intermittently. I checked and I had the delay check the switch and it looked okay. After three more trips and having them test other things including replacing the Starter motor under warranty they just replaced the switch. No more problem until 3 years later same thing started happening. I asked them to specifically check this and they just adjusted how far the switch button stuck out for teh clutch pedal to engage it under the dash. 4 days later it happened again. I said f it or something like that and went and bought the 15 dollar switch and put it in myself. I've not had a problem since then. But then I'm just coming up to the 3 yr anniversary of that switch.
You can also just bypass the switch and remember not to crank your starter without the clutch engaged unless you want to experience what whiplash is like firsthand.
Just change the switch.

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The neutral safety switch is the switch located on your clutch pedal, it activates when the clutch is down to prevent you from starting it in 1st gear and so on.

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    Jon B Jan 15, 2009

    Here is how you test the switch. With a $8.00 volt ohms meter you can unplug the leads from the switch on the clutch pedal. Connect your ohms meter to the switch and have someone depress the clutch. or remove the switch and same idea.
    If depressed the ohms meter swings over to the right, switch is good, if not, replace it.


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