Last week, the clutch safety switch on my 1998 Civic stopped working. (For those of you who don’t know, this switch keeps you from starting the engine without pressing the clutch first.) I wasn’t able to diagnose it myself. I tried jump-starting the car first, but that didn’t help, so I push-started the car and drove it to my favorite shop. It was going to take them four days to get the part, and I needed the car, so I talked the manager into having his mechanic bypass the clutch safety switch. It saved me time and money.
Here are my questions:
I’ve seen expensive sports cars that will start with the car either in neutral or with the clutch pressed. In these cars, you don’t have to press the clutch if the transmission is in neutral. Is there something special about these cars other than an additional sensor, or did Honda just go the cheaper route with the clutch safety switch? I would like to take advantage of the ability to start the car in neutral without pressing the clutch, but I am concerned this might damage something.
In your opinion, should there even be a clutch safety switch? I don’t plan to replace mine, mainly because I don’t want its failure to ever leave me stranded again.