Mystery switch below steering wheel

There is a switch below my steering wheel. It doesn’t seem to do anything but the wires are hot. I’ve unplugged it. Any ideas?

My WAG, previous owner had auxiliary lights wired to it and removed them when they sold the van. Do not look OEM to me.


Black out lights for drug dealer or fuel shut off? Why disconnect it until you know what it is?

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Agree do not look OEM.

You should remove that switch, it can damage your knee in a collision. Bad location.

it could be for a after market alarm or cut off switch that acted up and he disconnected.

I would remove the switch and look at the wire connectors; do they look after-market, like the kind you can buy at a parts store and are the wires an odd-ball color that does not match the scheme of wire colors with the rest? If they do not look like the type of connectors that the rest of the vehicle has installed or the wires are just “snaking around,” then Purebred probably “hit the nail on the head” and they were installed by a previous owner. See Photo of Typical After Market Items…

I suggest you trace them down. If the previous owner removed the accessory that they were connected to then it might have been done in a rush, with a “who-cares” attitude and the ends may not have been clipped and insulated properly and they could come back to “haunt” you some day if they short out.

If they really do not connect to anything, take them out and be thankful you found and prevented a possible future problem.


Of course that is an aftermarket switch, the type and location do not meet federal vehicle safety standards.


That was my first thought. My '92 Accord had an aftermarket alarm and the switch for it looked very similar.

Maybe for anti-theft, when leaving the car after parking, toggle to disable the ignition system.

Pretty lame anti theft sitting out there in the open.

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Yeah the one I installed on the kid’s car was in the upper side of the pocket normally for an ash tray in days of old. Couldn’t see it but easily in reach to flip it with a finger.

Our camper had a wire to plug into 12V when camping at a place without a hookup. I was thinking of that but then why would there be a switch? Either plug into the trailer harness or not. I hope the OP didn’t disconnect it before figuring out what it was actually for.

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One time I did something simular on one of my old carbureted cars the fuel pump went out the parts house wanted I think 10 or 12$ for a new one or 6 or 7$ for an electric one that I could mount anywhere and use the fuel lines from the non working pump and a hot and ground wire instead of trying to mess with the ignition switch to find what wire to get the hot from I grounded it on the engine ran a new hot wire from the fuse box through a lighted toggle switch mounted about the same place as th OPs that had to be turned on for it to work if any one tried to drive the car who didn’t know about it could only go far enough for the gas that was in the carb was used up. By the way I am probably dating myself with the prices I listed

Wonder if you had to run a separate wire for the light part? I hooked up an outlet for my compressor with a lighted switch to turn it on (like what you would see for a walk in freezer). When it didn’t work, further study showed I had to also run a wire for the light somehow, don’t remember after 20 some years. Tells me when I’ve got the compressor live or not. Hope someone in the future appreciates all the customization I’ve done. Likely not though. People that bought my old house turned my shop into a music room. Talk about a slap in the face. Not even a sewing or craft room, but a music room for heaven’s sake.

Oh sorry, off topic. Gotta go.

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No separate wire the light was built into the switch just had to make sure that the hot wire was on right terminal of the switch otherwise the light would be on when the switch was off.