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What accessory switches go in this control panel?

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I want to control a 12v switched accessory using a stock location and preferably a stock switch, too. Looking at the driver control panel to the left of the steering wheel, I know the yellow circle is for the folding mirror button. What are the red and blue blanks normally used for, i.e. what switches could I install there, and would they work for 12v ACC switched power?



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A quick google search shows this from cars101



Trunk release and fog lights as mentioned above... still not sure about the other one.

I looks like another roller switch like the brightness.. maybe headlight adjustment or dccd?
 

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Hmm interesting. Thanks for the responses, fellas. I saw in the Owner's Manual that the yellow circle could be for folding side mirrors, if equipped, but did not know that there could be a fog light button there on the base model.

Does anyone know what the back of the fog light switch looks like? Is it a wiring harness connection? Again, I'm looking for a simple 12v ACC switch that is stock looking..
 

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The blank roller on the left (red circle) is for headlight angle adjustment required by law in the UK market on any car that can be used to tow with.
 

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A quick google search shows this from cars101



Trunk release and fog lights as mentioned above... still not sure about the other one.

I looks like another roller switch like the brightness.. maybe headlight adjustment or dccd?
Here is a picture showing the folding mirror button.

 

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For the Premium and Limited trim levels that have fog lights as standard and therefore no fog light button, I'm wondering if the wire harness is still behind the panel piece.
 

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For the Premium and Limited trim levels that have fog lights as standard and therefore no fog light button, I'm wondering if the wire harness is still behind the panel piece.
That button is for rear fog lights in non-US markets. On Limited/Premium the fog light switch is on the turn signal stalk.
 

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That button is for rear fog lights in non-US markets. On Limited/Premium the fog light switch is on the turn signal stalk.
The image I linked is Joe Spitz, so it's a US car. I believe the button is there if you add OEM fog lights to a base model, as they aren't stock the stalk doesn't have a switch. Cheaper and easier than upgrading the stalk.
 

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I looked at the installation instructions for the OEM fog lights and the panel looks pretty easy to access. This weekend I'm going to pop it out and see if there is still a wiring harness for the fogs down there on the Premium model.
 

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^ Definitely a good place for an accessory switch, but I'm looking for a little more "stock" looking than that. I pulled out the panel this weekend and there is no additional factory wiring for fog lights on the Premium, which I guess makes sense since they're already hooked up to the turn signal stalk.

Next thought is the folding mirror hookup switch and how that connects. TBD.
 

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Why have rear fogs never caught here?
I think they make so much sense and they work so good.
Some people on this forum have put one on their OB. I was going to do it this past summer but other thing shanghaied it...next summer for sure. :29:
 

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Why have rear fogs never caught here?
I think they make so much sense and they work so good.
Most of the country doesn't see enough dense fog to justify them. Also, it's hard enough to get idiots to turn on their headlights/taillights in fog. They'll never bother with a rear fog light....
 
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