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Author Topic: Mystery button  (Read 417 times)

MechaJubei

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Mystery button
« on: September 14, 2020, 01:26:10 PM »

Hello all!

I just bought a 1991 Base Capri a few days ago (it's my first one) and I'm working on restoring it.  It's in pretty good shape but does have a few quirks that I'm working out.

On the dash, near the clock is a green button that I'm trying to figure out what function it serves.  I have a hard top for the car, and this button is next to the rear defrost button for the hard top.  It doesn't have a label and is just green, and it doesn't light up or seem to do anything when I press it.  Anyone know what this does?
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belleaudb

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Re: Mystery button
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2020, 10:19:31 PM »

Welcome to Capri ownership!

Sounds like something someone added.

A picture is really necessary.
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JimmyGermany

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Re: Mystery button
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2020, 06:33:18 PM »

Welcome!
I’ve seen a few over here with a green button on the dash. Here, it’s part of the original “modification” to get German registration.
It’s called the “Nebelschlussleuchte” and turns on a brighter taillight in thick fog.
Could it be for after-market fog lights?

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MechaJubei

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Re: Mystery button
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2020, 08:58:35 PM »

Not sure how to directly post a pic, but here is an Imgur link to what I'm talking about.

https://imgur.com/a/jLy6emM

When pressed it doesn't seem to do anything so not sure what it's wired to.  I may just have to take the dash apart and trace it.

That's interesting that it might be as JimmyGermany said - a modification to get German registration.  This car has Ford emblems / badges on it instead of Mercury badges which I thought was weird too.
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Rocketman

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Re: Mystery button
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2020, 09:52:42 PM »

It looks to be a factory switch that someone added a green sticker to. What's behind the sticker?
I believe it might be the AC switch to engage the air conditioning system
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JimmyGermany

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Re: Mystery button
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2020, 12:19:56 PM »

Seeing the picture, it does look like the AC switch with a sticker over it. Perhaps covered because the system was removed?
I mean, if I push my AC switch, nothing happens, but that’s because the AC is knackered. 😜

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MechaJubei

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Re: Mystery button
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2020, 03:49:24 PM »

Heya everyone.  So, it is the AC switch and it works!  Thanks for steering me in the right direction.  No idea why there is a green sticker on it, but at least now I know what it is.  :)
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JimmyGermany

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Re: Mystery button
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2020, 05:46:59 PM »

https://ibb.co/Ry5JwNh

This is a common location for the additional fog light switch I was talking about.
Left hand panel.

Cheers
James
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greywolf27030

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Re: Mystery button
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2020, 08:25:21 AM »

https://ibb.co/Ry5JwNh

This is a common location for the additional fog light switch I was talking about.
Left hand panel.

Cheers
James

This is where the dealer installed cruise is installed.
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