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Old 02-25-2006, 06:44 PM   #1
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...because I can't find mine. I have looked all around the engine compartment to find it. I replaced the light, thinking that would get it working, but no! Now I can't find the switch. Is it a switch like a door light switch, or is it another kind? I know it'* a small issue, but it feels good to fix the little things, too!

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Haha...there isn't one actually..

Check the owners manual..I forget if it'* the headlight switch turned for the interior lights on or merely a mercury type switch.
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Well, egg on my face!

I just went out, turned the parking lights on...whaddaknow? Hey presto...the engine compartment light now works! I've gotta say, this is the first car I've owned where the parking or head lights must be on for this light to work. Umm...it makes sense in a way, but I'd rather not run the lights just see the motor.

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There IS a switch. It'* called a mercury switch. When the hood is open, the mercury ball makes the contact. If you don't believe me, turn on the parking lamps and unscrew the light. Tip it forward and backward.

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I believe you! I can see the light go out as I lower the hood to where it'* almost closed.

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Uh...is this an option?

I hate to admit it, but in the 7 years and 130K I've owned and driven my car, I've never noticed there was an engine compartment light.
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96+ didnt get it... stupid huh?
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96+ didnt get it... stupid huh?
thanks for the prompt answer. i was just going out to take a look.

I feel better now.
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