I take care of my equipment. Doesn't really matter what it is. From firearms to hand tools, I try very hard to keep everything in good shape.
I am completely unconcerned about style or fashion. Typically, I drive a vehicle about 16 years before it gets so worn out I can't keep it running. Unless, of course, my wife wrecks the vehicle. She has accounted for three passenger cars in the last ten years. When my son first went out on his own, he proved beyond doubt that if you drive your car and never check the oil, you will blow the engine.
But still, I do try.
The F250 is actually my favorite vehicle right now. We have a Jeep Cherokee and a Jeep Commander, but the F250 is essential for living here. You can't haul wood, kerosene, hay, furniture, garbage, feed, lumber, construction supplies , etc. without a truck.
As I mentioned earlier, the F250 is down right now. The clutch safety switch, a big Achille's Heel in these vehicles, has crapped out again. The switch itself doesn't cost much, but as far as I can tell the switch is mounted on a piston attached to the clutch stem. To pull it and replace it would be a tough job, since Ford designed the truck to make it impossible to work on things under the dashboard unless you are a contortionist or a midget.
And why bother. I already had it replaced at the shop a few months ago, and now it doesn't work again.
So, I went to the internet.
I googled "replacing Ford diesel 1988 F250 clutch safety switch."
That took me to truck forums. I looked for a video but the closest I could find was a guy replacing the switch on a 1999 Ranger. Didn't match up.
So I went to the threads. I found a really good one. The fellow was having the same problem I am, on the exact same year and model. He started to tell how to by pass the switch, which is what I really want to do.
But before he could elaborate, some other guy came on and started preaching about how it was not good to bypass the switch. This drew a horde of others who pointed out that these switches didn't exist much before 1985 and people had managed OK without them. Then the critic reverted to troll and basically the whole thing turned into an insult fest before the thread moderator closed it. I never did get the info on how to bypass the switch.
What I need is exact details, step by step, of how to do it. So I searched again. I found another thread.
This time, there were several suggestions. One guy said if you bought an ignition safety switch off an automatic version of the vehicle, and just replaced the original switch, you would be good. He said it is the same switch for both the manual and the automatic, except the automatic comes already "crossed" at the factory and it will bypass the switch on the manual. Sounds plausible, but I am having trouble deciding I want to replace the switch since pulling the old one looks like a real pain in the derriere. Even if I could find the safety switch off a 1988 diesel F250 Lariat somewhere.
Another guy said to just snip the wires on the safety switch , strip a bit off the wires, then braid them together, put a wire nut on them, and you would be good to go. The problem is, he said "there are three wires on the safety switch, two red/blue ones and a gray/green one. Strip them all back, braid them together, and you will be good." I crawled onto the floor board, wire strippers in hand. On my truck, there are the two red/blue ones, but there's no gray/green one. Instead, there are two lime green wires. I suspect one of them is the one I want and one is the cruise control, but I am only guessing.
I could have the truck hauled to the Ford dealer in the next county, but they won't bypass the switch like I want. They will want to replace the switch and I will be going through this same BS in a month or so if previous experience is any guide. As I mentioned earlier, the only local garage won't work on the safety switch because they make more money putting air in rich peoples' BMW tires now.
The really frustrating thing is that according to all accounts, if you know what wires to do what to, it's a fifteen minute evolution and costs nothing. I have looked on line and a repair manual for the F250 diesel 1988 Lariat XL runs over 100 dollars for a used one that is all beat up and torn. You'd think there would be a pdf file of the book for free, but if there is, I can't tell it. And on reflection, I doubt the manual would tell you how to bypass a clutch safety switch anyhow.
I am pondering what to do. Anyone who has any ideas, don't hesitate to let me know. I got some good suggestions on the last post but my problem is in trying to implement them.