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Old 06-19-2006, 06:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Location of Clutch Safety (Neutral Safety) Switch?

My 97 F350 (5 speed) will not start with the key. I have power at the steering column when turning the key to the start position. I haven't checked the same wire at the solenoid, but the vehicle will start shorting across the posts (smaller and right large posts). I may have damaged the ignition switch while trying to turn the key with the steering wheel locked, but I think it is more likely the clutch safety switch. Problem is that I cannot locate it. I have looked all round the firewall inside and out, as well as the top of the clutch pedal. All I can see around the pedal is the pedal return spring. Nothing else from there up aside from the pivot mount. If anyone has a diagram or link to a pic of the switch and it's location, it would sure help me out. Thanks!
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Re: Location of Clutch Safety (Neutral Safety) Switch?

Look at the rod that goes from the clutch pedal through the firewall into the clutch master cylinder.
The switch is right there, by the firewall. It might have popped loose or it could be just plain dirty.

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Re: Location of Clutch Safety (Neutral Safety) Switch?

Thank you, Sir!! Your tip led me to the right place. The CSS was indeed loose and there was a piece of plastic we found behind the floor mat that became very clear as to what it was once I found the switch. It was a clip that retained the switch around the pedal. I was looking for a little switch or plug similar to that on the brake. While looking for where the rod went through the firewall, I found the red/blue wire that feeds to the switch and followed it over. No wonder I couldn't find it, I never thought to look above the accelerator pedal! Not used to an electronic accelerator setup! Anyway, you pointed me in the right direction and I very much appreciate it, to say the least! It was a real pain in the backside to get back on the shaft, but I finally got the clip on the switch and the truck started right up. Thanks a million!
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