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What is this Switch for? (Under the hood)

jk7294

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2002 Limited V8
I cannot figure out what this switch is for. I Assume it may be for an under hood light, which my truck does not have. I may be wrong. The harness goes somewhere into the mysterious wiring of the truck. I don't think I have seen an Explorer with a light under the hood. Mine has pretty much all of the options you can get and mu friends fancy Eddie B does not have one either. Someone out there will know I am sure.

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I HAVE THE SAME EXACT SWITCH AND HAVE WONDERED THAT SAME THING SINCE i OWNED THE MOUNTAINEER...
 






I HAVE THE SAME EXACT SWITCH AND HAVE WONDERED THAT SAME THING SINCE i OWNED THE MOUNTAINEER...
I thought it may signal the "Door Ajar" if your hood was unlatched, I tested it, and nope. I have seen it on many Explorers and Mountaniers and it seems to do nothing! Does anyone have an under hood light on their truck?
I did make an under hood light out of a few alligator clips and an old 1156 marker bulb and socket that I found in the garage. Works great, just hook the clips to the battery. I think my friends Grandpa made it way back in the day, I just rewired it and added a big alligator clip so you can clamp it to anything. I will attach a pic later of it.
 






Here is the light I found and rewired and added a clamp to. Did not cost a dime and is nice to have in the toolbox. Works as a test light if you use some paper clips or scrap wires on the leads as well.

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It's the hood switch. Straight from the Wiring Manual for 2002 Explorer/Mountaineer.
 






If I am not mistaken it is tied back to the factory alarm system.
 


















Funny...

Almost as good as you are....
 






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