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Old 10 Jul 2010, 04:32 pm
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I don't know if you've had this problem --- I doubt it!

When I got in my Cruiser to drive home from work the other day, I noticed an indicator lamp illuminated that I had never seen before. I didn't have time to look it up at the time and I drove home. When I tried to start the Cruiser next morning, the battery was D-E-D dead! Today I hooked up an auxiliary battery to start it and saw the light again --- I looked up the symbol and discovered that it's the fog lamp indicator. The weird thing is that I don't have fog lamps! I looked in the fuse box under the hood, and sure enough, no fuse in position 21.

I suspect that the multi-function switch is shorted somehow and will need to be replaced --- I haven't pulled the switch out yet, but I may, just to see if I can figure out what's wrong.

Anybody know anything about this?

Thanks, Larry
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 04:43 pm
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When the battery went out on our previous PT, the dash display went nuts, flashing lights, erratic display, etc. A new battery solved everything.
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Old 10 Jul 2010, 04:48 pm
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Never heard of the fog light problem with someone without fog lights? You don't say what year cruiser you have but if it's between 00-05 the fuse for the fog's is No#8 in the interior fuse box.
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Old 14 Jul 2010, 08:29 pm
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Default Re: Bizarre electrical problem

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When the battery went out on our previous PT, the dash display went nuts, flashing lights, erratic display, etc. A new battery solved everything.
Haunted Vehicle Syndrome (HVS) is pretty common on Chryslers as batteries approach their point of demise. It is especially common with late model Town & Country minivans. HVS can actually be used as a weird diagnostic tool.
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Old 14 Jul 2010, 08:49 pm
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Default Re: Bizarre electrical problem

By chance did you have a very humid or rainy night?
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Old 15 Jul 2010, 12:51 pm
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Default Re: Bizarre electrical problem

Thanks to all who replied, but I found the answer in Sticky #2 --- turns out it's a failing multi-function switch, a very common problem.

Currently I'm driving without fuse #8 --- where's the best place to buy a new switch?

Thanks, Larry
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Old 16 Jul 2010, 09:14 am
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Try RockAuto.com - good prices and quick.
http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/raframecatalog.php

Electrical switch/relay
Then turn signal switch

Strange there's such a variation in prices - I got the cheapest one for my daughter's - she had fogs, but I think you can use the same switch if you don't have fogs.
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