Alright guys, great news! The switch fits in there and works perfectly! The minor differences between the switches are not a problem at all...
The only differences in the two switches:
- An extra set of contacts that don't plug into anything.
- The connecting rod to the pedal has a different mounting. Odds are you won't need to replace this part, but if you do, slight modifications match the old part will be required.
Compairing the two switches:
Picture of just new switch:
Picture of Fiero switch from Bloozberry
You can see the difference in the connecting rod with this picture: on the left side there is a small hole as opposed to the big loop should be on the Fiero connecting rod, and the tiny locking teeth are in the wrong spot for the plastic slider limiter; as you can faintly see, the teeth are on the left side and smooth with no teeth on the right. Modifications will be needed here if you need to replace this part.
I know it's self explanatory to replace this switch but to make it so easy even a caveman could do it:
You get in your manual transmission Fiero, press the clutch to the floor, turn the key and a no crank situation? Check your Clutch safety switch first before going crazy. How you may ask? It's the "highest" switch on the clutch pedal assembly. It's white. You cant miss it. Unplug the connector (it has two pins inside), put your car in neutral, hold the brake pedal down, and use a paper clip to "jump" the two terminals together in the connector. Turn the key again, try to start it up; If your car now cranks and starts you need a new switch! Removal and installation:
- Chock wheel to prevent movement, our E-brakes don't work so well sometimes! :P
- Remove connector from old switch and move out of your way.
- Use a permanent marker to mark where that plastic slider limiter is sitting for easy starting point for adjustment of new switch later.
- Unclip slider limiter with pocket flat head screw driver.
- Remove the 7mm bolt that holds the switch on. A little tight to get at it, use a 1/4 ratchet and you may need a small extension.
- Simply pull old switch out of old connecting rod.
- Carefully remove the new connecting rod from new switch by pulling out cotter pin and slide it out, be careful not to get the internal spring all tangled up.
- Carefully slide in new switch onto old connecting rod.
- Re install 7mm bolt and tighten up.
- Re connect plastic slider limiter on permanent marker line
- Actuate clutch a few times with your hand, keeping an eye on the throw of the switch. Make sure the switch is adjusted correctly (Kinda hard to explain); make sure the slider limiter isn't "slamming" against the switch, but keep in mind you want full travel.
- Re connect connector and check for proper operation.
Part numbers are in the first post!
Thanks for reading guys, may the force be with you...
Red 1988 GT under restoration!
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[This message has been edited by Shho13 (edited 04-06-2015).]