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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 Active 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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