Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Clutch Safety Switch

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Manual transmission vehicles are equipped with a clutch safety switch that is installed on the vehicle’s pedal mechanism. The switch is designed to prevent the vehicle from starting when the clutch pedal is not being pressed to prevent any sort of unintentional starting of the engine with the transmission in gear, as this will cause the vehicle to lunge forward and can be a potential safety hazard. When the clutch pedal is depressed, the clutch safety switch is closed and power is allowed into the vehicle’s ignition circuit so that the vehicle can be started when the key is turned. When the clutch safety switch fails, it can lead to issues starting the vehicle, and possibly even safety concerns. Usually a problematic clutch safety switch will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver of a potential problem that needs to be serviced.

1. Vehicle does not start

One of the first symptoms commonly associated with a bad or failing clutch master safety switch is a vehicle that does not start. The clutch safety switch is designed to close and provide electricity when the pedal is depressed. However, if the switch fails, it will not be able to provide power for the starting circuit. This will lead to a vehicle that does not start when the key is turned, even if the pedal is depressed.

2. Starts while in gear

Another symptom of a problem with the clutch safety switch is a vehicle that starts while the transmission is in gear. If the clutch safety switch shorts internally, it can cause power to flow to the starting circuit if the pedal is not depressed, which will allow the vehicle to be started without stepping on the pedal and disengaging the clutch. This is a problem, as starting the engine of a manual transmission vehicle while the transmission is in gear may cause the vehicle to unexpectedly lunge forward, which could be a potential safety hazard.

2. Check Engine Light comes on

An illuminated Check Engine Light is another symptom of a problem with bad or failing clutch safety switch. Some vehicles will have their clutch safety switch circuit wired into the computer, and if a problem with the circuit or signal is detected, it will set off the Check Engine Light. A Check Engine Light can also be activated by a variety of other problems, so having the computer scanned for trouble codes is recommended.

A clutch safety switch is a simple but important safety feature installed on virtually all vehicles equipped with manual transmissions. Any problems with it can lead to issues with starting the vehicle, or can create potential safety concerns. For this reason, if you suspect that your vehicle is displaying any of the symptoms above, or you suspect your clutch safety switch may be having an issue, have the clutch inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine if a clutch safety switch replacement is needed.


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William

18 years of experience
129 reviews
William
18 years of experience
Nissan 300ZX - Clutch is not working - Lehigh Acres, Florida
William carefully listened to my description of the issue, asked detailed questions, tested the operation of the clutch and determined the problem to be a worn clutch, not the slave cylinder as I suspected. He impressed me with his detailed description of the worn part involved, how it caused my car's symptoms, and why replacing the slave cylinder would not correct them.
Kia Rio - Clutch is not working - Naples, Florida
Very good service

Berchel

16 years of experience
97 reviews
Berchel
16 years of experience
Chevrolet Cavalier - Clutch is not working - Baltimore, Maryland
100% Satisfied. I booked an inspection to have my brother's Chevy Cavalier checked out. His clutch system failed, rendering his car stranded in the parking lot of his apartment complex, in Baltimore City. My brother is a disabled vet, who lives independently, yet relies heavily upon family to help him. We live in Frederick, MD. For a month, we racked our brains, trying to figure out how to get his car from Baltimoret to our local garage without spending a fortune. Low and behold, I found Your Mechanic and Berchel came to our rescue! Berchel had a prior cancellation and contacted me 3 hours ahead of our scheduled appointment to inquire if we could meet sooner. When told, my brother's were still in Frederick and had to drive to Baltimore to meet him, he agreed to stay in the area and patiently wait for their arrival. In the interim, he had gone to the address where the car was located. My brother's were impressed by Berchel's friendly personality, excellent customer services skills, automotive knowledge, mechanical skills and ability to quickly diagnose the clutch malfunction and problem solve to make it temporarily drivable. Berchel explained everything he was doing, why he was doing it as, he checked the car. He was thorough, knowledgeable, honest and upfront. With his expertise, Berchel managed to get the clutch to function, so my brother COULD drive his Chevy Cavalier, from Baltimore to Frederick, for repair at our local garage. We are so grateful and appreciative. He is a top notch mechanic and wonderful human being!! Thank you, Berchel. 

Edmar

20 years of experience
144 reviews
Edmar
20 years of experience
Mazda 6 - Clutch is not working Inspection - Frisco, Texas
He is efficient, knowledgeable, kind and great at what he does. I am so impressed and pleased with my services. Thank you so much!

Scott

32 years of experience
345 reviews
Scott
32 years of experience
Subaru Outback - Clutch is not working - Denver, Colorado
Scott was very thorough with his work on my Subaru, communicated effectively to coordinate my appointment, and provided excellent recommendations for further services to resolve my problem (which ended up being more of a problem than initially anticipated). Very helpful and friendly, and I would highly recommend!

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