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Pelican Technical Article:

Starter Inhibit Switch Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$40

Talent:

***

Tools:

Your hands

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Starter inhibit switch

Hot Tip:

Remove lower dash panel beforehand

Performance Gain:

Car starts again

Complementary Modification:

Clean carpets

The starter inhibit switch prevents the car from starting until you press in the clutch pedal. This acts as a safety switch, preventing you from starting the car in gear. Over time, the switch can wear out, leading to a situation where the car will not start at all. Replacing the switch itself is easy, although it does require removing the lower dashboard panel to gain access. See our article on Lower Dashboard Panel Removal for more information.

Shown here is the starter inhibit switch on the VW Jetta.
Figure 1

Shown here is the starter inhibit switch on the VW Jetta. If yours has failed, Pelican Parts can supply you with a new one. You'll need to first remove the lower dashboard panel for access. See our article on Lower Dashboard Panel Removal for more information.

Press the two tabs on the electrical connector (green arrows) inward and pull it off the switch.
Figure 2

Press the two tabs on the electrical connector (green arrows) inward and pull it off the switch.

Rotate the switch counter-clockwise to release it from the pedal assembly.
Figure 3

Rotate the switch counter-clockwise to release it from the pedal assembly. Installing the new switch is the reverse of removal.


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