Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box will disappear once registered!

MFS or multi-function switch

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by Sirdrofmaster, June 12, 2013.

^^Searches ExplorerForum.com^^
  1. Sirdrofmaster

    Sirdrofmaster New Member

    Joined:
    August 28, 2012
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Chicago
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2002 ford explorer sport
    I have searched for days to find this answer and not much luck.

    What is the actual parts name for the multi-function switch? When i go to parts stores or junk yards no one knows what the hell i am talking about nor are they helpful in looking for me when i state exactly what the switch is.....i get the old "well if you dont have the name or part number cant help"

    what BS!

    is there a technical name for this switch?

    Doug
     
  2. Support EF

    Join the Elite Explorers for $20

    Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.



  3. bobflood

    bobflood Elite Explorer

    Joined:
    May 27, 2010
    Messages:
    1,580
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Powder Springs, GA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1997 Eddie Bauer V8 2WD
    Every electrical diagram I've seen calls it a "Multi-Function Switch."
     
  4. swshawaii

    swshawaii Explorer Addict

    Joined:
    April 3, 2009
    Messages:
    9,254
    Likes Received:
    306
    Trophy Points:
    93
    City, State:
    Kailua-Oahu, Hawaii
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    '05 Sport Trac XLS (RWD)
  5. lobo411

    lobo411 Active Member

    Joined:
    September 14, 2011
    Messages:
    903
    Likes Received:
    43
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1996 Explorer 4.0 OHV
    Just tell them you want a turn signal switch.
     
  6. koda2000

    koda2000 Explorer Addict

    Joined:
    September 2, 2011
    Messages:
    12,388
    Likes Received:
    895
    Trophy Points:
    143
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    x
    any parts guy that doesn't know what a multi-function switch is, doesn't know what the hell he's doing. this is not exclusively a Ford term. if you're going to one of the discount auto parts stores, that's your problem. most of the counter people they hire don't know anything about cars/trucks, but that's what you get for minimum wage.
     
  7. lobo411

    lobo411 Active Member

    Joined:
    September 14, 2011
    Messages:
    903
    Likes Received:
    43
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1996 Explorer 4.0 OHV
    I wouldn't get it at a junkyard anyway...this part fails often, and it's only $45 for a new one at Rockauto. I replaced mine about 5-6 years ago, and it's smoking again so I just replaced it a second time.
     
  8. Sirdrofmaster

    Sirdrofmaster New Member

    Joined:
    August 28, 2012
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Chicago
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2002 ford explorer sport
    Thanks

    You ALL are correct :)

    What i ended up doing is looking closer at the MFS switch and noticed two wires coming out which is causing my issues.....took switch plug out and repaired it, taped it and now i have FULL BRAKE lights again :salute::chug:

    What my issue is/was that when i TILTED my steering wheel downward i had no brake lights at all! put it in full up position and i would have brake lights BUT only top and passenger.....this fix i did corrected all those issues!


    THANKS ALL WHO REPLIED

    DOug
     
  9. Joe Dirt

    Joe Dirt Explorer Addict

    Joined:
    October 4, 2007
    Messages:
    13,410
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    07 Camry
    Glad you got it fixed... Thanks for the update! :thumbsup:
     
  10. alohamonte

    alohamonte Active Member

    Joined:
    October 4, 2007
    Messages:
    787
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    18
    City, State:
    Glendale, AZ
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    1998 Explorer 4.0 4x4
    I purchased mine new from an Ebay store for a couple bucks less than I saw in the major parts stores and it's worked great for the last 2 years since it went in.
     
  11. Sirdrofmaster

    Sirdrofmaster New Member

    Joined:
    August 28, 2012
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Chicago
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2002 ford explorer sport
    So i started getting new issues and lots of clicking going on so decided to repair the issue...now i can not find the exact fit for parts store. Ford with my vin# claims its the SW5577 but even that part is missing two prongs..I have 9 prongs on the weird shaped part by the top where hazards are...i can not seem to locate a switch that matches....anyone got a link to compatibility for parts in junk yard?
     
  12. RomeovilleIL

    RomeovilleIL Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    October 13, 2010
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Illinois
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    98 LTD, 00 XLT
    Why not just pull the part and go to a local autozone or advanced? Both stores normally stock the dimmer switch (that's how its listed on their systems) for the 2nd and 3rd gen's. Take parts out of the box and compare them with your old one to ensure you have correct connections.
     
  13. masospaghetti

    masospaghetti Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    October 22, 2006
    Messages:
    1,178
    Likes Received:
    31
    Trophy Points:
    58
    City, State:
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    98 XLT, OHV, 4D, 4x4, 5M
    Advance sells the BWD brand (I think relabeled standard motor), part number S3220. Buy online and use code TRT30 to save 30%, out the door for around $50.

    It's listed as a windshield wiper switch.
     
  14. Sirdrofmaster

    Sirdrofmaster New Member

    Joined:
    August 28, 2012
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Chicago
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2002 ford explorer sport
    NOT a very good option for me as its my only vehicle and this also controls my brake lights; parts stores are several miles away. I did however took detailed photos so i can compare parts in hand. Problem with this is most of them are NOT in stock to compare and pictures are horrible! its a shame the dealer has no clue what is in my truck even with my VIN number :mad:

    Doug
     
  15. Sirdrofmaster

    Sirdrofmaster New Member

    Joined:
    August 28, 2012
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Chicago
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2002 ford explorer sport
    I will have to check that out later! WHAT I DID FIND which is very weird to me is that i was googling pictures of turn signal switches and found one that looked like mine.....turns out autozone PT# SW1093 is an exact match to the one i have.....NOW dealer says SW5577 & so does autozone......funny enough I look at the parts very close by picture and SW1093 matches to mine but the site says NO WAY DONT FIT lol guess ill have to get it and try it...what can go wrong right?

    Doug
     
  16. Sirdrofmaster

    Sirdrofmaster New Member

    Joined:
    August 28, 2012
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Chicago
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2002 ford explorer sport
    i'll be damned that is it also! thank you so much....the price is only 10.00 difference from what i paid so going to go get it tonight!

    Doug
     
  17. DjDom

    DjDom Moderator Emeritus

    Joined:
    September 11, 2011
    Messages:
    2,623
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Toronto, Ontario
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    97 XL(imited)
    I've got 2 sitting around for a 98+ Explorer. One is actually out of a 2002 Sport.
    Won't work on my 97 cause they switched the pins around..
    Both are good condition and working. Message me if you want them.
     
  18. DjDom

    DjDom Moderator Emeritus

    Joined:
    September 11, 2011
    Messages:
    2,623
    Likes Received:
    3
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Toronto, Ontario
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    97 XL(imited)
    Double post fail..
     
  19. RomeovilleIL

    RomeovilleIL Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    October 13, 2010
    Messages:
    1,065
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Illinois
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    98 LTD, 00 XLT
    I would just pull the part in the parking lot at the store. Not like its terribly difficult or time consuming. Save you a lot of headaches to verify it is correct while you are at the store.
     
  20. Sirdrofmaster

    Sirdrofmaster New Member

    Joined:
    August 28, 2012
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Chicago
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    2002 ford explorer sport
    Sounds simple enough to pull the part in a part store BUT that is only good if the store is heavily stocked on different switches!

    UPDATE: 11/19/2013

    I bought the part that looked like mine.....looked identical to the one i have in every way.....plugged her in and walla signals working...check.....dimmer check....hazards check......wipers.....FAIL they did not turn on and washer fluid didnt work.....tried a couple times and got it to turn on but then wont turn off!
    ARGH i suppose the part could be faulty right?? that would be my luck. Poster above gave a part number for advanced auto so I guess that will be my next move :eek:

    Doug
     
  21. masospaghetti

    masospaghetti Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    October 22, 2006
    Messages:
    1,178
    Likes Received:
    31
    Trophy Points:
    58
    City, State:
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    98 XLT, OHV, 4D, 4x4, 5M
    My mistake, I just realized that I posted the switch number for a 96 Explorer, which is different than your 2002.

    It's listed as a "headlight dimmer switch", BWD part # S3301, $59.99 before coupon.
     






We Support Our Troops!