Mustang will not start, unless you pop the clutch, put in a brand new starter and it still will not start on its own, battery is good, all lights in car work and so does the power windows.
There are several systems which control the starter. Stick-shifts may have a starter cut-out switch on the clutch lever. Automatics have a cut-out switch on the brake pedal lever. These switches are easily hit by the drivers feet and rendered inoperative. Check your brakelights if this is an automatic.
The idea when these systems were designed is to prevent the car from starting in gear or to lurch. It was thought that requiring your foot to be on the brake pedal or requiring the clutch to be pressed in would disengage the drivetrain or prevent lurching.
The alignment of shift linkage can also affect the switches. Usually this is arranged in a trio: brakeswitch, shift lever, and ignition switch or clutchswitch, shift lever, ignition switch. The manufacturers simply want you to have the car in Park or Neutral, clutch depressed, and foot on the brake before turning the ignition to start.
You may also need to check the small wires on the starter relay to see if a signal from the trio is getting through. That is what the trio is designed to control.
Sep 01, 2015 |
2001 Ford Mustang V6