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Emergency, car not starting, clutch?

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  1. xj0hnx

    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    So my wife went to go to the store, and the car wouldn't start. when you turn the key all the power comes on, but there is nothing else. Nothing happens in the engine bay though. No activity from the starter, it's like the clutch isn't being pushed in.

    Unfortunately this is the one model I don't have a service manual for. What should I be looking at?
     
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  2. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    Bypass the clutch switch and see if something happens

    Also can you hear the fuel pump spool up when the key is switched to on?

    Any sound from the main relay clicking on?
     
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    If I remember correctly there is a plastic piece on the clutch pedal that engages the switch. Mine broke once and I had the same problem. I put a bolt in place of the plastic piece and it worked. Not sure if this is your problem, but worth checking.

    (pics from a thread on HT)
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  5. xj0hnx

    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    I hear the fuel pump, and I am guessing the main relay, everything looks and sound normal except it's not starting. There's no click or chunk, or anything.
     
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    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    Found this little piece of plastic on the floor of the driver side, so I guessing that's it.

    Anyone know the technical name for it so I can look up where exactly it goes?
     

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    I posted a pic above. When you look at the hinge on the pedal you should be able to see where it used to be. Clutch interlock switch maybe.
     
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    I am pretty sure it goes where the top red arrow is.

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    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    Yea, that's it. I can see up in there to where it was, but I have no idea how I am going to get my big ass hands up there to put something in it's place. I guess I could just jump C418 right, that's all it does it connect those two wires, so if I just connected them together it would be like the interlock is always depressed?
     
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    It is a real pita for sure.
     
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    child labor FTW... put the boy to work
     
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    Unfortunately he is in Germany visiting his family over there :(
     
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    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    I broke a couple at the junk yard trying to remove them, not designed to be removed I guess. The local Honda has them in stock for $3, I guess I'll just go pick one up. The hard part is going to be getting the new one in, it's a really tight fit.
     
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    I used a bolt. It won't break like the plastic.
     
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    I was thinking about doing that, but didn't have one the right size.
     
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    Done this before, works well.
     
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    Same.

    I've done this on a few land rover discovery IIs on the brake pedal too.
     
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