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Keeps wanting to start

91 escort gt manual when I press the clutch down the car wants to continue to turn over when the clutch is fully depressed is there a sensor that needs to be replaced?

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Had the same problem here with a car which was given to me. You need to buy a new electrical switch part of the ignition. Oreilly's has them for about $50. It is a **** poor design on Ford's part. Basically, what happens is that heat is generated in the contacts of the switch which in part melts a little plastic push rod. When the plastic pushrod is melted, the contact makes contact all the time, thus causing the starting circuit to be energized all the time. Since the circuit is energized but interlocked with the clutch safety switch, whenever you push the clutch in, the safety switch is made, thereby engaging the starter.

What you will need to do is remove the plastic around the steering wheel and revome the electrical switch which is mated to the ignition switch. There is one screw on the driver's side of the steering column which you will need to remove to accomplish this. Not a bad job at all and not much $$$ to repair either.

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