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Old 11-11-2009, 12:18 PM
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Exclamation Thoughts on Engine Compartment Light

I just installed an under hood light in my 2004 (From a 2003 Marauder)...It has a ball bearing that rolls down and makes the electrical contact when the hood is opened... replaced the old mercury switches...
So I got to thinking (here's where the trouble begins)
I figure that when we accelerate the ball bearing rolls back and momentarially TURNS ON the under hood light...Think about it...
OK so how do we go about checking this out? Camera under the hood?
Small child strapped to left inside fender well? (My personal favorite)
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:49 PM
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isnt the ball on an angle? With the hood shut i'd imagine that it'd have to go up and make a contact....



Hey, if you had a bright enough light at night in there (not the dinky stock bulb, like a really bright LED) just go do some launches and see if you see any light flashing under the hood
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:52 PM
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I just installed an under hood light in my 2004 (From a 2003 Marauder)...It has a ball bearing that rolls down and makes the electrical contact when the hood is opened... replaced the old mercury switches...
So I got to thinking (here's where the trouble begins)
I figure that when we accelerate the ball bearing rolls back and momentarially TURNS ON the under hood light...Think about it...
OK so how do we go about checking this out? Camera under the hood?
Small child strapped to left inside fender well? (My personal favorite)
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Why would turning on the light for a moment be of a concern?

Sounds like you have too much time on your hands.....
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:03 PM
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Run a wire from the switch to your interior, attach a light and test the theory....... if you dare!!!!
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:07 PM
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It's like the refrigerator light....impossible to check it!....
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I just installed an under hood light in my 2004 (From a 2003 Marauder)...It has a ball bearing that rolls down and makes the electrical contact when the hood is opened... replaced the old mercury switches...
So I got to thinking (here's where the trouble begins)
I figure that when we accelerate the ball bearing rolls back and momentarially TURNS ON the under hood light...Think about it...
OK so how do we go about checking this out? Camera under the hood?
Small child strapped to left inside fender well? (My personal favorite)
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Put a bulb with low voltage rating, it will act a a fuse and burn upon power up.

Do your launch, then carefully open the hood and pull the bulb before contact would be made.
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It's like the refrigerator light....impossible to check it!....
Funny, but, I asked the little guy that turns the fridge light on and his bro is under my hood as it turns out and he says inertia doesn't force him to turn it on unless you have a blower and hook really well.
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It's like the refrigerator light....impossible to check it!....

Mine is always on.

My kids say the trunk light goes off when it is closed.
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Old 11-11-2009, 02:06 PM
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Mine is always on.

My kids say the trunk light goes off when it is closed.
LOL....

I'm guessing that you snipped off the glow-in-the-dark emergency release handle??
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LOL....

I'm guessing that you snipped off the glow-in-the-dark emergency release handle??
What handle? Is that how they kept escaping! haha
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It's like the refrigerator light....impossible to check it!....
Not if you got somebody you trust to open the door.
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Thumbs up I think I got it...

I've got some fiber optic cable... I think just one strand from the light back to under dash... so I can see it will give us the answer we require...
And YES I have too much time on my hands...
I will post my scientific results...
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"Ford Racing" 410 gear
18"X8.5" Black Bullitt Wheels
Black Lugs and Black Aluminum Valve stems
"Ford Racing" Center caps
Black Wilwood Brakes (fronts)
A-Pillar Mounted "ScanGauge II"
"Powered By Ford" coil covers
30% Window Tint
"X-pel" Light Shields
"Magnaflow" Stainless Mufflers
"Pro-gard" skid plate
"WeatherTech" window deflectors
"Stealth Tech" Parking/turn lamps
Rear Spoiler
"Sylvania" Silver Stars headlight lamps
"Kenny Brown" dead pedal
"Megs" delete resonator tips
"SS" Titanium Inserts
Blacked out window trim
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I've got some fiber optic cable... I think just one strand from the light back to under dash... so I can see it will give us the answer we require...
And YES I have too much time on my hands...
I will post my scientific results...
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Thumbs up OK All tests are in...

I ran a Fiber Optic Cable from the under hood light to the top of my steering column...
The picture with the fibre optic lighted was with the hood open... and the underhood light shinning brightly...obviously
The next photo is with the hood closed and no light being omitted from the cable... obviously
Not even parked on a 30 degree hill could I get the hood light to come on...I even tried backing up and slaming on the brakes...NOTHING
Now I'm really curious...I've got to get a hold of another underhood light to dissect... anyway my question has been answered...
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Modifications to my 2004 Mercury Marauder:
"Xcalibrator SCT" Flash...BEST MODIFICATION...
"Ford Racing" 410 gear
18"X8.5" Black Bullitt Wheels
Black Lugs and Black Aluminum Valve stems
"Ford Racing" Center caps
Black Wilwood Brakes (fronts)
A-Pillar Mounted "ScanGauge II"
"Powered By Ford" coil covers
30% Window Tint
"X-pel" Light Shields
"Magnaflow" Stainless Mufflers
"Pro-gard" skid plate
"WeatherTech" window deflectors
"Stealth Tech" Parking/turn lamps
Rear Spoiler
"Sylvania" Silver Stars headlight lamps
"Kenny Brown" dead pedal
"Megs" delete resonator tips
"SS" Titanium Inserts
Blacked out window trim

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