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I had my '03 Esprit serviced recently and now it can start without pressing the clutch. Anyone have any ideas as to why it's doing this?

'03.5 Final Edition Esprit ~ 5.7lbs/hp

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I had my '03 Esprit serviced recently and now it can start without pressing the clutch. Anyone have any ideas as to why it's doing this?

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Why wouldn't it?! All the cars i've ever owned have started without the clutch pressed!

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Why wouldn't it?! All the cars i've ever owned have started without the clutch pressed!

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Really? Maybe it's a US thing. Most cars here have a safety switch so they won't start without the clutch being pressed..

'03.5 Final Edition Esprit ~ 5.7lbs/hp

mildly modded - 430rwhp, 353rwtq

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Really? Maybe it's a US thing. Most cars here have a safety switch so they won't start without the clutch being pressed..

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That's useful to know if I ever rent a "stick shift" in the US!

In the UK, a neat trick to move a car that won't run is to stick it in gear and drive it on the starter motor for a few yards to get off the carraigeway!

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FWIW I've never had to press the clutch in to start on any US V8 I've driven .....

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That's useful to know if I ever rent a "stick shift" in the US!

In the UK, a neat trick to move a car that won't run is to stick it in gear and drive it on the starter motor for a few yards to get off the carraigeway!

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This is how i drove my esprit up onto the flat bed when she broke down the last time...

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FWIW I've never had to press the clutch in to start on any US V8 I've driven .....

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Oh really? :blink: Maybe I was thinking about another car. :)

Nevernind then. :)

'03.5 Final Edition Esprit ~ 5.7lbs/hp

mildly modded - 430rwhp, 353rwtq

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yes it's very useful :blink:

I read your post and assumed that V8s were different because I'm almost sure there is a law about that so you can't accidentally start your car into someone, similar to how automatic transmissions don't start in gear. Thought I start mine in neutral with the clutch up... dunno, just like that better.

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On the Citroen DS19, my understanding is that the way you started it was to move the column-mounted gearshift lever all the way to the left; this activated the starter motor and guaranteed that you wouldn't be in gear when the engine started.

Do UK Esprits have a steering wheel lock? That is, when the ignition key is removed, will the steering wheel lock if it's nudged off center? I *hate* that misfeature. US cars have this, ostensibly to prevent theft. Fat lot of good that does. A few years ago there was an issue with new Corvettes having their steering lock while at speed. That must've been exciting...

As to the original question: apparently the interlock switch is not functioning or is somehow fooled into thinking the clutch is depressed.

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