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I am trying to change the clutch interlock switch and finding it infuriatingly difficult.

Quite apart from having to get my head under the dash - once I get myself in there I can't remove the old switch.

It looks to be held on my a single small bolt with a Phillips head. I can't get to the Phillips screw since there is a plastic wire harness which is about 1 inch away and so no screwdriver will fit.

I can see the bolt on the other side - but I cant get any wrench to fit - the 7mm is too small - the 8mm too big...

If anyone has done this I'd appreciate a pointer.

Adjustable wrench? 7.5mm wrench? Or is there a trick I am missing?

Thanks in advance.

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If you have one inch of clearance in front of that Phillips head screw, you can easily use a small ratchet with the correct size Phillips head bit. The bit fits inside the recessed ratchet heat and the resulting length is the length of the bit. Here is one I have used many times in situations like this: http://www.eastwood.com/bit-ratchet-set-29-piece-eastwood.html

For the other side, since 7mm is too small and 8mm is too big, you might get lucky with an S.A.E. size. I would guess slightly bigger than 1/4 inch, such as 9/32 or 5/16ths.

Regards, Maurice.

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If you have one inch of clearance in front of that Phillips head screw, you can easily use a small ratchet with the correct size Phillips head bit. The bit fits inside the recessed ratchet heat and the resulting length is the length of the bit. Here is one I have used many times in situations like this: http://www.eastwood.com/bit-ratchet-set-29-piece-eastwood.html

For the other side, since 7mm is too small and 8mm is too big, you might get lucky with an S.A.E. size. I would guess slightly bigger than 1/4 inch, such as 9/32 or 5/16ths.

Regards, Maurice.

That's a very nice set. I bought a similar set from Gearwrench but with some small sockets. I like the tamper proof torx of yours though.
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For the other side, since 7mm is too small and 8mm is too big, you might get lucky with an S.A.E. size. I would guess slightly bigger than 1/4 inch, such as 9/32 or 5/16ths.

>> I think it may be 9/32 - which is of course the one wrench I don't own!. Can't figure out why there is an imperial nut on a Porsche - maybe the P.O. already changed the clutch interlock switch and put back on whatever he had lying around.

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Well - I figured out one part of the problem - the nut I was trying to remove is a captive nut! Duh.

Pretty poor design to put the Phillips head on the blind side and a captive on the sighted side - but oh well....

I ended up grinding off the head of the bolt - and now I have to find something that will fit into the captive nut - the threads are very fine and the bolt very slender. I'll post when I figure it out.

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