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Old 16 Apr 2011, 10:47 am
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Default How to safely pull interior fuse?

Hey all-

First poster, this forum has been a help, though I love my 2005 LE PT, I have two of the common problems, the overheating A/C engine bucking when idling (i have opted to just limit my AC use) BUT this fog lights staying on thing is a real pain. I have had to jump start 4 times in the last week.

I don't want to spend on replacing the multicontrol switch, I want to just not have the fog lights ever come on, as I have never used them the whole time I've had the car. I've seen on here to pull the interior fuse (#8 i think it was)- ive never done something like that before, is it simple? Anything for me to be mindful of?

Thanks so much!

Benny

PS Would removing the fog light bulbs also fix the issue of the battery draining? If so how do you get that pesky protective cover off?
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Old 16 Apr 2011, 01:04 pm
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Default Re: How to safely pull interior fuse?

You're going to HAVE TO replace the switch eventually because it controls more than the just the fogs. It has been known to eventually adversly affect other components that it controls in addition to the fogs when it goes bad. It only makes sense to replace it and not wait for it to cause other problems.

You're going to have to tell us what year/model your PT is, so we can help you with the fuse location, if you still insist on doing it that way.

Jerry
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Old 16 Apr 2011, 02:33 pm
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Default Re: How to safely pull interior fuse?

2005 LE he says. First, if the MFS is going bad, you need to really start considering replacing it or you'll end up like I did - sitting at a traffic light at 11 pm in Indianapolis when all your lights go out and the cop behind you turns all his lights on. Not a comfortable event, and the guy was kind enough to escort me to my hotel! No ticket, only because he was a good guy.

That MFS stands for Miserable Flakey Switch and can catch you unawares. The replacement is a small project, slightly tedious, but not overly difficult. And the cost, well, I don't suggest you buying one off ebay, there are too many out there that are bad and get sold as "good". If you do find one on ebay, make sure it's a respectable seller.

I do buy from Cruiser Parts Warehouse, but mainly because this guy is about 20 minutes from my house and we compete over junkyard parts for PT's. He's a good guy and I think you can trust him, mind you, I'm not liable for ANYTHING he sells, just saying... He also has a few MFS's for sale, here's one for '01 to '05 - PT Cruiser Foglight Switch, for $75. Just checked with parts at Lake Norman CJD, same switch is $102 new. $27...hmmmm I'd let the guy selling on ebay know that it's not a good price at $75, I mean $27 more I'd go for the new one myself.

Anyway, hope this helps out. Now, if you're gong to pull a fuse and try that route for a while, it's not too difficult. My '06 fuse panel comes with a fuse puller off to the side, maybe your's might. Either way, a fuse puller at Advance Auto is I think like $2.

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