I have 2003 Protege5, it's a 5 speed and when I try to crank it I have to press the clutch in and then press even harder to get it to start. I tried to google anything from crank position sensor to to clutch position sensor and really didn't get anywhere. Has anyone else ran into this?
I had this issue and it ended when a clutch fluid line began to leak... It caused the brake fluid to drop in the reservoir and the clutch fluid intake is above the brake fluid intake so it causes this issue before any brake problems... So i would say to check brake fluid reservoir first...
Great that you figured out what the problem is, but I recommend removing the switch and checking to see if it can be adjusted. Some of those type of switches have a threaded adjuster, which will allow the trip setting to be repositioned back up off the floor. Some of them can even be adjusted without removing them.
But if it can't be adjusted, then you'll want to order a new switch now, before the day comes when it wears down even more and the cardboard trick won't work anymore.