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Can't turn my car lights off

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Smallpotatoes, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    The knob that turns my car's lights on and off has broken and when I tried to re-attach it so I could turn my lights off, it didn't grip on to what it was attached. I called Triple A to see if I could get the lights turned off so the battery doesn't run down.
    I need to cover a state championship game tomorrow at 11 so I'm not going to have time to get it fixed tomorrow morning. I'm hoping to find a Ford dealership near the field where I could get it replaced or re-attached. I know it's going to cost more than going to a junkyard, finding the part and fixing it myself, but I just don't have the time.
    Amazing how a piece of plastic that's worth less than $1 can cause so many problems.
  2. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    See if a coin can fit someplace in there and turn the remaining plastic.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Or unhook the battery cables.
  4. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    My F150 did the same thing, or I think it did.

    I have a penny wedged in the remaining plastic and it works just fine.
  5. OTD

    OTD Active Member

    Most auto parts stores have semi-generic parts for things like this. See what they've got there--it might be a 5-minute fix.
  6. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Can you remove the fuse so the headlights will turn off?
  7. pseudo

    pseudo Well-Known Member

    Smalltaters, look at the "business end" of the knob, then try to find something else -- one of the knobs from the heater controls, for example -- that might match it. I'll also second the parts-store solution, if there's one still open near you.
  8. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    I tried the Auto Zone across the street from me and they didn't have anything. He suggested a nearby junkyard.
  9. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Superglue out of the question?
  10. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

  11. Monday Morning Sportswriter

    Monday Morning Sportswriter Well-Known Member

    I'll echo Angola. Just pull the fuse.
  12. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    If I pull the fuse, could I put it back in so I could drive at night if necessary?
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