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Q: Fog lights will not go off - had a fire in steering column on 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser

Hello - had a fire and saw smoke come from steering column while driving down the road. Then my fog lights would not go off unless when I parked I put my left turn signal down. Has anyone else had this problem.
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I have a 2005 PT Cruiser. The fog lights would not go off unless you put the left turn signal down,& this would drain the battery. The problem is a defect in the turn signal and fog light switch on the same lever. The manufacturer is currently producing a mass supply of these switches which are supposed to be available by October or November 2009. Meanwhile, they suggest taking out the Fog light fuze in the compartment below the turn signal.This will shut off the Fog light and save your Battery.
Yes, same thing happened to the wife coming home last night. (Nov. 18/09) Pulled apart the Steering Column cover only to find Multi-function Switch (Headlamps, Emergency & Signals) melted together w/ Grey 20 conductor plug. Connector number is 05183442AA. About a $100. Way cheaper than pulling the IP and redoing the harness. I can save the Multi-function switch. I'm going to wire the lights w/ relays so there isn' that kind of power drain coming across the switch. Hope this helps !
I didn't have a fire, but I have the same problem with the fog lights. If you google "pt cruiser turn signal lever" you'll find a ton of other people who had the same problem.
I Had the same problem with a 1995 LHS. My foglights have a short somewhere and melted the wiring harness the connects to the turn signal stalk in the steering column. I got a new turn signal stalk from the part store and cut a wiring harness from an LHS at a local salvage yard. My fog lights still have the short somewhere, so to avoid it from happening again, I don't use them.
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