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    Hey all, found a small metal toggle switch with a red tip while replacing the brake light switch in my '02. Don't see anything in the owner's manual. We are the original owners. Any ideas?
    Thanks, JR

  • #2
    Where abouts under the dash? Something the Dealer added? Have you flipped it? Anything happen?

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    • #3
      Kill switch?

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      • #4
        Possibly a burglar alarm, fog lights or a "workaround" for a failed electrical component -- I developed such a "fix" for the dash lights being in operative due to a bad Front Electronic Module. Even seen a switch like that for an auxillary electric radiator cooling fan or for a "train" horm under the hood. Could even be a replacement for a failed Traction Control dash switch.

        Trace the wires or exercise as many of the car's functions as you can think of while operating the switch to see what's affected. Be cautious as somtimes Bubba wasn't smart enough to properly fuse powered circuits.

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        • #5
          Seems odd, as John says he is the original owner. Don't recall any extra switches on our '02 "green" Thunderbird Blue. Could be a "One of one", right Harry?
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          • #6
            Since they are the original owners I would suspect a Stealership by Bubba fix and do as Frank suggested and trace the wires from the switch to wherever..

            Might not hurt to go over your old paperwork and see what repairs FOMOCO made early one, it might jog your memory as to a Bubba fix.. I think you used to be able to have FOMOCO pull your records using the VIN??
            Last edited by Lakebum; Nov 14, 2021, 09:56 AM.

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            • #7
              If it's wired to an airbag under the passenger seat... leave it alone, but remember it's there. ;-)

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              • #8
                It's the Bond-optional switch that operates the passenger ejection seat. Use it only with the top off/down.
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                • #9
                  Did you order any Dealer installed options?

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                  • #10
                    In looking at the picture, there's a painted indentation of the metal, so a hole wasn't just drilled, something was meant to be there. Have you felt on the other side to find out if there are any wires attached? It will interesting to see what this was for!
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                    • #11
                      Definitely a add on. Ford would have added a plastic cap or rubber boot cover on the switch. Please tell us what it is for when you find the answer.

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                      • #12
                        Well, the car has 8,500 miles on it and has only been to the dealer for a check engine light. There are no added fog lights. I would think it has a factory alarm already but who knows. I will have the car in a week so I can check it out further and keep everyone posted. I will get better pics too.


                        Thanks, JR

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                        • #13
                          puzzle. do want to see where this is located in the car. subscribed to this thread.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by 6663a View Post
                            Well, the car has 8,500 miles on it and has only been to the dealer for a check engine light. There are no added fog lights. I would think it has a factory alarm already but who knows. I will have the car in a week so I can check it out further and keep everyone posted. I will get better pics too.


                            Thanks, JR
                            Anxiously waiting to hear. BTW, we’re practically neighbors.

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                            • #15
                              I'm thinking of all the Bird owners with sore backs today after checking under their car's dash for a toggle switch! (Me included.) We don't have one, by the way!
                              Be just what you is, not what you is not. Folks what do this is the happiest lot.....Mr. Wizard the Lizard

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