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Old 03-02-2003, 08:47 PM   #1
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Ever since i've owned my car, the light under the hood has failed to work. I've checked the obvious, and the bulb is good, socket is clean, etc. I think that the problem is in the switch, which is activated when the hood opens.

So... Just where is this switch, anyway? I followed the wire from the socket all the way to the firewall, so it must be hidden somewhere. Is it by one of the hinges? And how do i get to it?

Or is there a more likely explanation for my problem?
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Turn your headlights or at least your parking lights on. Mine only works that way.
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Huh, sure enough.

It would be nice if you could switch it on manually though, like the one on some chevy trucks, with a detachable light on a cord. Nice setup. I suppose that if I was motivated I could find one of those and wire it to my car.

The problem is that my garage is kinda dark, even with the lights on. I have a trouble light, and I use it, but i hate working around that cord. At least I know my car isn't broken.
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Turn your headlights or at least your parking lights on. Mine only works that way.
Mine works the same way--doesn't make sense to me!! Gotta figure out a way to re-wire it.
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Hey..I had a 1989 Cutlass Supreme w/ that option...check it out..
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So...thats how to do it....

Hmm, I keep learning new things about our cars each and everyday. I'm tempted to brave the -24 degrees C tonight and go check that out.

Keep the suprises comin....
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Ahhh yes this problem. That was for will. Yes they actually have a kit you can buy and they use the stock Chevy unit. Easy really. Ill dig it up and offer it if no one else finds it.

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That'* a pretty nice one. Had one on my 93 Chevy pickup. It would reach either rear tire, and it had a magnetic base. My 98 Z71 came without one. I really miss that sucker.
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Next time I'm at a yard I'm gonna look for one. Was there a specific model or yrs that they came on? Back in 93 my x-bil had a new Chevy w/it--1st time I saw one!
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Hello??? Knock knock Gm sells them and they work off your battery. I think some come with a regulator. Ill dig around on Monday.

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