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Car won't start when I push in the clutch. I have full battery power. I am looking at the clutch safety switch. Need to know where the location is and if it is something I can replace as a novice car owner?

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  • Snyde19 Jun 28, 2009

    Thanks, I'll look for it there. I'll let you know what happens.

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On cluch pedal arm under dash. Follow pedal arm up.
CAUTION if you override this switch the car will be able to move (jump) when you crank the starter.

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