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Old 03-19-2009, 06:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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have to use clutch to start/problems

1997 328i 4 door sedan 160,000. I always have to press in clutch in order to start the car. Lately I have noticed it does not always start. It sounds like it but then doesn't. So I move it to a diff gear and press in clutch again and its starts. I was told there may be a clutch switch that needs to be replaced? Its vrry erratic does not always happen but its there. Does anyone have this car or know what it could be????
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Part # 8 is the safety switch
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Is it difficult to replace and do I need to disconnect the battery to do it.?
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fairly easy and very similar to this fix here...

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just a matter of getting underneath there as its a bit tight... if the old switch is just plastic and your having trouble getting it out just break it off. (something most people dont really think about)

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Is it difficult to replace and do I need to disconnect the battery to do it.?
Circuit should be dead if the switch is off.
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okay I'm stupid. Do you mean if its not engaged. So when I hold the pedal down to remove it then the circuit is off?
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okay I'm stupid. Do you mean if its not engaged. So when I hold the pedal down to remove it then the circuit is off?
I should have said when the ignition switch is off, my bad.
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I wonder though if it is the switch. It always starts fine in the mornings. Its only after driving around and parking going into a store then when I restart it is when it happens. If it was the switch wouldn't it be all the time?
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