Changing a Damaged Clutch Interlock Switch in Twelve Effortless Steps
Your vehicle is equipped with a number of useful components that are meant to keep gory accidents from happening, and one of those is the clutch interlock switch. It prevents the engine from turning on by keeping an open connection between the vehicle's ignition system and motor relay coil. If you're having problems starting your car no matter how much you step on the clutch pedal, it's highly likely that its clutch interlock switch has reached the end of its service life. Replacing it immediately is important to keep your ride safe, here's how you can do it yourself:
Difficulty level: Easy
Things that you will need:
- Continuity tester
- Replacement clutch interlock switch
- Owner's manual
Step 1: Park your car at a well-lit and organized area to make the replacement procedure a whole lot easier. The last thing you want is to delay this task just because you can't find a particular tool or component in the middle of your clutter.
Step 2: Locate the clutch interlock switch of your car. This is usually found around the driver's side door. You may also read your owner's manual to check its exact location. Once you've found it, make sure that you remove the floor mat and slide the seat back to get better access to the switch.
Step 3: Check the continuity of the clutch interlock switch first to make sure that replacing it is really what you need to do to solve your dilemma.
Step 4: Disconnect the inline wiring connector and check if the clutch interlock switch is in an open state when the clutch pedal is up. You should also double-check the self-adjusting clips to see if it's not the one causing the problem. Once you've confirmed that the clutch interlock switch is indeed damaged, proceed to the rest of the replacement procedure.
Step 5: Remove the wiring harness that's attached to the clutch interlock switch. Make sure you pull it off carefully to avoid damage.
Step 6: Take off the retaining pin attached to the clutch pedal.
Step 7: Using the right type of screwdriver, remove the screws that are securing the switch bracket in place.
Step 8: Once you've taken off all the screws, you should now be able to remove the old clutch interlock switch assembly out of its mounting location. Carefully lift it up to disengage the tab and actuating rod eyelet from the clutch pedal.
Step 9: Install the replacement clutch interlock switch in place while the clutch pedal is up. Make sure that it is 1 inch away from the end of the actuating rod to avoid incorrect adjustment.
Step 10: Secure the clutch interlock switch assembly using the same set of screws that you removed from the old one.
Step 11: Put the retaining pin back into the pivot pin and then reconnect the wiring harness to the new clutch interlock switch.
Step 12: After you've replaced your car's clutch interlock switch, try to start the engine to test if it's working as it should be. Fully press down the clutch pedal and see if the engine starts quickly.
This easy task may take you around one hour to finish if all the steps are followed properly.