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    Elle
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    Default 1997 Honda Accord clutch pedal switches

    On Aug 19, 3:23.pm, "roger" <RAMAUN...@peoplepc.com> wrote:
    > In helping a friend get his car running, I see there are two switches
    > activated by the clutch pedal. .The upper one is the starter/clutch
    > interlock switch. .The lower one - what is that for?


    This is the cruise control clutch switch. If the cruise control is
    running, and the driver for some reason pushes the clutch pedal, then
    the cruise control de-activates.

    > There is apparently a plastic plug of some kind in a hole on the pedal lever
    > for each switch. .Both plugs were gone. .I put a bolt in the hole for the
    > starter switch, which solved the starting problem, .but I find nothing in
    > the service manual about the other switch. .Does anyone know about it?


    Those plastic/rubber plugs in the pedal lever arms for the brake and
    clutch switches break all the time causing either the brake lights or
    cruise control or both to not work right. I just replaced the
    (cracked) plug in my brake pedal lever arm. You can buy an assortment
    of "rubber bumpers" at many aftermarket auto parts stores, and one
    from the assortment will likely fit, worst case with a little
    whittling of the rubber plug part. The other day I found a set for
    $2.29 at Autozone made by Dorman, labeled "rubber bumpers," part
    #961-375. I put a thumb tack in the top of the one I put in my brake
    pedal lever arm, thinking it might improve longevity.

    > As an aside, of course the starter switch hole was inaccessible without
    > taking the clutch pedal out!


    Sounds right. I just replaced the clutch master and slave cylinders on
    my 93 Civic, which means one has to mess a bit with adjusting the
    clutch pedal. I skipped the step for adjusting the upper switch. But
    it works fine ( = no start without clutch pedal pushed).

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    roger
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    Default 1997 Honda Accord clutch pedal switches

    Dear Elle,

    Thanks for solving that mystery. Looking in the Haynes manual we have, I
    see the section on checking the cruise control mentions a brake switch,
    which of course would be for an automatic transmission. It would have been
    easy enough to label that switch on the clutch pedal diagram!

    I'm not sure my friend ever uses the cruise control. He's an old school
    european plus a bassist. In the early 70's, he just walked away from the
    Czech symphony when they were on tour, eventually ending up in New Orleans,
    and he retains a lot of his home-country ways.

    Thanks again,
    Roger.

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    Elle
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    Default 1997 Honda Accord clutch pedal switches

    On Aug 24, 8:48.pm, "roger" <RAMAUN...@peoplepc.com> wrote:
    > Dear Elle,
    >
    > Thanks for solving that mystery. .Looking in the Haynes manual we have, .I
    > see the section on checking the cruise control mentions a brake switch,
    > which of course would be for an automatic transmission. .


    Post-o? Both automatic and manual transmissions have a brake switch
    that, when the brake pedal is pushed, (1) turns on the brake lights
    and (2) de-activates cruise control.

    > It would have been
    > easy enough to label that switch on the clutch pedal diagram!


    Indeed. :-)

    My Chilton's is good for a lot of work on my Honda, but for cruise
    control troubleshooting it is worthless. Sounds like Haynes is just a
    bit better for cruise control. Cruise control is one area where the
    shop manual is invaluable.

    > I'm not sure my friend ever uses the cruise control. .He's an old school
    > european plus a bassist. .In the early 70's, he just walked away from the
    > Czech symphony when they were on tour, eventually ending up in New Orleans,
    > and he retains a lot of his home-country ways.


    :-)

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