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The clutch is just a big magnet so if it turns on (even for short periods) then it should be good. I would do a very thorough inspection of the wires leading back to the switch. Physically touch the wires all the way back checking for breaks or bare spots. If everything checks out then I would suspect the switch as being intermittently faulty. It should not be more then $20 to pick up a new one and replace it