When I depress the clutch on my 2003 7.3L diesel Superduty the starter motor engages and starts the engine. The starter also engages when I depress the clutch when the engine is running.
This is a new problem after an idiot tried to steal the truck and obviously did not know how to drive a stick or start a diesel. Appears he ripped out the clutch position switch (who knows why) and tried to start the truck without using glow plugs. Ran the truck into a wall by cranking the starter which blew the starter fuse.
I replaced the fuse and neutral switch and checked the starter. The ignition switch was new before the incident and seems unharmed (the key was in the truck).
Any ideas what else could be the problem?
I can start the truck by depressing the clutch and drive if I remove the starter relay or fuse until I need to start it again. I also noticed the radio always thinks the ignition switch is in the on position even if the key is not there.