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Hi just got my fiesta 2013 on Saturday and to start it you have to  press clutch and brake it’s a 1.6 diesel eco I thought you only needed to press clutch to start.

Does this indicate a faulty clutch it seems a bit heavy 

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Not heard of that - had both petrol and diesel Fiestas and only needed to depress the clutch on both. Depressing the brake when starting is usually only necessary on an automatic.

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Yes it should only be clutch 

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i thought I read on here a while back that someone had similar problem and it was because the switch on the clutch pedal had come adrift and was hanging down beside the pedal on it's wire. I know that does not entirely make sense as regards needing to press the brake, but if I was you i would have a look at the clutch pedal to see if there is a switch dangling on a wire or a disconnected wire dangling. But it's not that easy to get your head up there to see. 

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30 minutes ago, isetta said:

I know that does not entirely make sense as regards needing to press the brake, but if I was you i would have a look at the clutch pedal to see if there is a switch dangling on a wire or a disconnected wire dangling.

Yep, if the PCM doesn't detect the clutch switch input when starting, it asks for a brake switch input as well.  This does occur as a random glitch on some cars but if it's constantly happening then there's likely to be an issue with the clutch switch. :smile:

 

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Thanks it’s going in on Thursday to we’re i bought it from don’t want them to fob me off

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how far do you have to travel and do you have to leave it with them or will they check it whilst you wait.  sticking your head up there with a torch and checking for the clutch switch might be more convenient.  I don't think it can be related to heavy clutch. Heavy is comparative term. I have not driven a petrol fiesta of same era (mine is 1.5tdci) so I don't know if diesel is heavier clutch to cope with extra torque of the diesel engine.

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Hi mate you was right there is a wire with a box on the end hanging free the box as a plastic plunger sticking out of it but when I hold the. Plunger in and turn the key it still ask for clutch and brake to be pressed down anyway it’s going on tomorrow thanks for your help 

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The switch is probably broken internally. I had a similar problem with a previous car and because the spring had broken internally it was not allowing the plunger to move to It's full range and make/break the electrical contact, although from the outside the plunger seemed to be moving freely.

I didn't have the correct size of spring so I bought a new switch, which was quite cheap. It shouldn't take too long to replace, it is more of a skint knuckle and sore back job.

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