Date: Thu, 03 Aug 2000 00:03:08 GMT
From: "Harry Davis" <>
Subject: Re: Clutch Safety Switch?

The only starter cut out switches I have ever heard of were on automatic transmissions. I have never heard of one on a standard transmission car. That doesn't mean they don't exist. Actually this sounds like a case of "user brain damaged" (ubd) and that spread to "user leg damaged". "Kyle Kontney" <> wrote in message news:3987a9af$0$60941$ > Greetings everyone, > > Do you know if there is supposed to be a clutch-depressed-to-start type of > safety switch on 1985 900 Turbos? > > Here is the story - Installing a stereo in my nearly flawless 1985 900 > Turbo. Get the stereo and CD Changer installed (Soldered joints, > heat-shrink plastic, etc.), try it out, always an underlying "fuzz" type > sound. Called SEARS and they offered no help or decent service. Taking the > radio out, and very upset. > > After getting the origianal radio back in, had a hard time identifying the > dash-board switches (AC, Rear Defrost, Re-circulate air and Hazard), forgot > to label them. So I step outside of the car to check the Re-Circulate hood > flap. With the switch attached to the connector that I "think" is the > correct connector, I hear some vacuum sound. Wasn't sure if it was the vent > flap or not. So I got out of the car, and checked, I couldn't tell.... So > (through the passengers side) I started the car to create a vacuum through > the vacuum pump. Being that the gear was in reverse, and the car started, > the car started to go backward... Even with the parking break on, and me > half way in the car. Busted my leg up well, and worst of all, busted my > almost flawless 900 Turbo Four door. The passenger door bent all the way > back into the fender and hood with me in between the door and the garage > door jamb... OUCH!!! > > Insurance will cover it, and my leg is getting better. But, how does a car > allow you to start it without depressing the clutch..... Is this by design? > On the newer SAAB's they may need the clutch depressed to start (smarter > design), but does anyone really know about the 1985 900 series... Is this by > design??? > > It was painful, on my leg and heart.... I love the classic SAAB's!!! > > > -Kyle C. Kontney > >

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