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The starter engages when you depress the clutch pedal. This can be done even without the key in the ignition. The big trouble with this is that as you drive and shift, the starter engages and grinds against the flywheel.

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Its a safety switch malfunction.

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How can depressing the clutch engage the starter ?


It sounds like current is feeding into the start wire off the switch. Trace the wire from the clutch switch to the ignition switch connector. Does the wire look good? Examine closely the connector and see if you see a burnt terminal, or some broken plastic in the connector, some way for the start wire to pick up current. If you see nothing wrong, IDK, probably will need a shop to chase the wiring down and find it. I don't know if a bad starter relay (stuck on) could do that, likely not if it only happens when you depress clutch and have clutch switch on.
Good luck.

Dec 31, 2012 | 1991 Chevrolet C1500

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Clutch relay switch


If the starter will not crank the engine, then yes, it is possible that it may have to do with the Clutch Pedal Position (CPP) switch. Then again, maybe not. I t also could be a problem with the security system not recognizing your key, or it could be even more simple like a loose battery cable connection. Without proper diagnosis, I would not even rule out a bad starter motor or starter motor relay.

The place to BEGIN diagnosis on this problem would be to scan your onboard computer network for possible fault codes and verify Powertrain Control Module (PCM) inputs from both the ignition switch and the CPP switch. Also check for battery voltage at the "S" terminal (small wire) on the starter to see if the signal from the starter relay is getting to the starter (with the clutch pedal depressed).

Jan 29, 2012 | 2004 Dodge Neon

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I can start my car just by depressing the clutch pedal and not using my key.


Obviously your starter is stuck in engaged position. If the starter turns every time you engage the clutch you will very soon wear out the starter motor or break the teeth on the starter gear. The problem is probably either the ignition modual or the solinoid or nearby wiring. You should start by having those things checked.

Aug 17, 2011 | 1994 Ford Escort

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1995 gmc serria will not start no click from starter, manual trans


replace the starter. Being a manual transmission you should be able to pop the clutch to get it going till you replace the starter. If you don't know how to pop the clutch follow these steps. That way you can still drive the car. When need to.
  1. Get inside the vehicle and depress the clutch to shift the car into "Neutral." Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the "On" position. This is the place the key would be after a normal turn of the ignition switch for starting. Instead, with a clutch pop, the ignition will already need to be on so that when the engine is turned over, the key is in the On position.

  2. Move the car in position to be pushed from behind or sent down a slope for the starting procedure. Check to see that the brakes will work when pressed and how hard the steering wheel will need to be turned before the vehicle is started. Power steering and brakes will make both systems work poorly until the vehicle is started.
  3. 3 Sitting inside the driver's seat with the clutch depressed, put the shifter into first gear. Keep your foot depressed onto the clutch and the brake pedal without depressing the brake pedal. Roll down the window and signal to your helper to push. As the car rolls, you will steer toward any slope that will assist the helper in getting the car down the street. Allow the momentum of the vehicle to increase to constant motion.
  4. 4 Release the clutch quickly and be prepared to throttle the gas pedal as the engine is turned over by the motion of the vehicle. When in gear, the engine will be forced to crank and the ignition will send a spark for a start. The quicker the vehicle is going before the clutch is released will determine how many times the engine will turn over. More cranks equal more opportunities to ignite the gas and air for combustion and the engine to start without a battery or starter

Dec 06, 2010 | GMC K1500 Cars & Trucks

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When i push my clutch pedal down the starter engages, what is the cause of this?


Hi!!

The clutch switch is designed to prevent vehicle from accidentally engage the starter unless the clutch pedal is depressed. (It is the equivalent to the Neutral Safety Switch for automatic transmissions.)

Pressing the clutch pedal by itself will NOT activate the starter unless the key is in the RUN position.

Check your ignition switch. it may be stuck on RUN.

Don't forget to rate this post. Good Luck!!

Jul 06, 2010 | 1993 Ford Escort 4 Door

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I have a 2000 Nissan Maxima that was having trouble starting. I put a charger on the battery over night but it would not even turn over. I replaced the battery but it still won't turn over?


Check the following:
1. Broken, loose or disconnected wiring in the starting circuit.
2. Starter motor pinion jammed in flywheel ring gear
3. Starter Solenoid faulty
4. Starter motor faulty
5. Ignition switch faulty
6. Defective Battery fusible link (140 amp)
7. Automatic transaxle not completely engaged in park or clutch pedal not completely depressed.
8. Broken or stripped timing chain
9. Ignition components damp or damaged.
10. Broken, loose or disconnected wires at hte ignition coils or faulty coils.
11. Defective MAF sensor.
12. Worn, faulty or incorrectly gapped spark plugs.

Jun 27, 2010 | 2000 Nissan Maxima

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Clutch pedal, starter, ignition... where is the safety relay for the clutch pedal depression to allow start? 1994 Jeep YJ 4.0 this has happened twice


If you find the switch, you can temporarily jump across it, 'till you get a new one. When you go to buy it you are looking for a clutch switch.
Neutral switches are found on automatic trans vehicles. If you jump it out, be VERY careful to make sure you start in neutral with the clutch depressed as without the switch, it will start in any gear even with the clutch engaged.

Oct 29, 2009 | 1995 Jeep Wrangler

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Clutch cranks my car


I suspect the starter solenoid,mounted on the starter was 'stuck' on the engaged position.operation in the condition you describe has caused it's failure.starter needs to be replaced.

Oct 10, 2009 | 1995 Ford Escort

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1989 Honda Accord won't crank - starter good - what next?


check powers out of the ignition switch big in big out usually first place to start

Jun 20, 2009 | 1989 Honda Accord 4 Door

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Starter not work but can bump start nissan sunny "N" reg


Rock your car back and forth. The starter is stuck between teeth. I had a jeep that had the same problem. It had teeth missing on the starter motor. This seemed to do the trick

Oct 18, 2008 | 1995 Nissan 240SX

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