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Hi guys, this is my second post. Anyways, been doing my search in the forum and was trying to find the clutch safety switch. I have a 2000 zx3, standard. I'm having starting issues. Checked the battery, relays, key starter, etc. Please help and if possible pics, please. Key turns, lights in dash light up, just no engine turning over. Talked to locksmith says nothing is wrong with ignition switch. thanks for the help....
 

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The bottom cover under the dashboard will probably have to be unscrewed and dropped down to see what you're doing, the hood release can stay attached to it. There is some discussion of the switches in the clutch master cylinder thread, but the switch you're interested in is black and it is the one that is depressed when the clutch pedal is pressed all the way down. There is also a red switch which clicks as soon as the clutch pedal starts to move to disengage the cruise control, but it doesn't affect starting. An odd aspect of most of the switches mounted on the pedal box is that most of them are self adjusting. This is done by unhooking the switches from their mounts and then stiffly pulling the plunger out of the switch to reset the length. Then the switch is reinstalled, and it self adjusts the first time you push the pedal down.
 

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I had the same problem, everything lit up, but engine wouldn't turn over. First, I thought it was my starter.
I took the clutch/ingition switch out of it's bracket and held it in my hand and pushed the plunger and the car started right up!
I drive a 2001 ZX3 S2, but my switch doesn't adjust. I ended up bending the push plate on the clutch pedal so it would engage the switch. I have thought about just overriding the switch with a bit of soldering, but haven't done so yet.
Just get down on your floorboard, and push the clutch pedal with your hand, and watch up by the firewall to see where it hits the switch. There's a little rubber foot mounted on the clutch pedal that hits it. The switch itself, comes out by sliding it back to unclip from the bracket.
Hope this helps!
 

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Thanks guys,
Just found the Clutch Safety Switch or the lack of a switch. Previous owner apperently did the by pass and hid the cables really good. Stripped the cables a little bit higher and the car started. Thanxs
 

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I am having the same problem. I looked under and found the safety switch but the bracket the plastic switch is mounted to is angled to where the clutch has to be completely in the floor (me standing on the clutch pretty much) for it to engage and let me start my car. Any suggestions?
 

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Bend the mounting bracket closer.

Did you notice that the last post in this thread was from 8-31-08? For future help, or for help on this problem, please start your own thread unless you find a thread that answers your question. Thanks for posting!
 

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hi, same problem. turn key, dash lights up, can turn on radio, but no start and no sound. I took it to a mechanic before and said it was the clutch switch that needed to be adjusted, but didn't tell me how to do it so here i am a year later trying to figure this out on my own. gonna mess with it some more, but no real instructions in forum. :(
 

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Clutch Pedal Start Switch is Adjustable

Did some work replacing the clutch master cylinder in my 2003 XTS - after the job was done I realized that I had pressed the clutch pedal start switch all the way in and it had now adjusted to be half the length it was originally.

I found that if you wiggle the little plunger and pull out it will come out all the way to full plunger travel and then once you install it it will reset to a default based on how far your pedal actually travels.

I have seen a lot of posts from people concerned about the pedal not being adjusted or bent and I think that the little plunger in the switch is the most common culprit - especially if you have been working around it recently.

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