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Old 30 Oct 2016, 10:26 am
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hello all. i haven't been on here for a while, but still hope someone can answer my question.. i have a 2002 pt cruiser bought it new.. my parking fog lights are coming on by them self.. I didn't know what was happening for a while.. Just the morning and the battery would be dead.. I finely came out one night and found them on.. It's been going on for some time.. Took it to the service station they didn't fine anything thought i was nuts.. But left with them for a few days and they seen it for themselves,, Ended up they just took out the fuse and said leave it that's the only answer they could come up with.. Has anyone else heard of such a thing, better yet have a solution.? Not really comfortable with just leaving fuse out but can't deal with a dead battery from time to time.. I patriarchate any ideas..
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Old 30 Oct 2016, 11:09 am
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Welcome to the forum.

Your problem is the multifunction switch. That's the stalk that controls your lights and fogs and turn signals. It's a known problem with the internal switch being made in such a way that it burns out with the fogs in the ON position.

It's an easy fix if you buy a new or used one and following the instructions should only take less than 1/2 hour to replace.

There's also a way to fix it yourself if you care to do some extra work. Here's a HOW TO to fix it and a video to replace it.

How to Repair the Multifunction Switch w/ Pictures (Fog Lights)

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Old 30 Oct 2016, 12:33 pm
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Old 30 Oct 2016, 01:45 pm
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Welcome to the forum from the great sovereign state of Arkansas!

I believe CREWZIN already gave the definitive answer here. But to pile on, here are my write-ups on the multifunction switch. You can fix it or replace it. It's likely cheaper to just replace it nowadays.

The "Handy" Aluminum Can Mod To Fix Fog Lights.

The "Handy" Multifunction Switch Install
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Old 30 Oct 2016, 02:20 pm
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Welcome to the forum from Southern California.
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Old 30 Oct 2016, 06:37 pm
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Welcome to the forum from Texas. A lot of us have been through this already. It can be fixed in a few different ways. I bypassed my MFS and added a toggle switch so I can use mine a daytime running lights on my '02.
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Old 30 Oct 2016, 06:43 pm
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Welcome and as mentioned it is the multifunctions switch. I have had two PT's and had to replace both switches. Last one was just last month and I think I paid like $65 through rock auto. Dealer wanted over $135 for the switch.

BTW very easy to replace.
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Old 03 Nov 2016, 03:00 pm
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I just wanted to chime in and encourage you. Changing the multi-function switch on a PT cruiser is SUPER EASY. It's a cinch, anyone with hands can do it, it probably takes all of 10 minutes. I spent more time disconnecting and reconnecting the battery than actually swapping out the switch.
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Old 04 Nov 2016, 08:30 am
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Welcome to the forum from NYC.

The multi function switch is very easy to replace. I replaced mine six months ago. The hardest part of the job is disconnecting and reconnecting the battery. I got a new MFS switch on amazon for about $60.
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