More of comment, than question on a 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII.

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Asked by Apr 07, 2014 at 08:15 AM about the 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII 2 Dr LSC Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The cruise control rocker switches on the steering wheel have small lights inside for night visibility.  They are not LEDs but fixed very small blubs that can not, stress NOT, be removed and replaced when they burn out.  And they do burn out.  Given the 16 year age of these cars, it is very difficult to get the full switches in the correct color to match the factory originals even off wrecks.  But you can get used switches on line - e-Bay for example - in any color.  Then you very carefully open up the switch you need the light for - R or L - and take out a small circuit board which plugs in and has the fixed light on it.  You do the same for your car right on the steering wheel, no need to remove the switch from the steering wheel, and snap it back together.  What you have to be careful about it to release the plastic snaps on the top of the switch with the flat head of a screw driver so as not to force it open and thus break off the barb that clicks the top on to the bottom.  Anyone with questions on this, feel free to e-mail me at jporrico@outlook.com.  Of course the filament is not new but should last for some time and gets round the switch housing color issue.

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For all those people restoring Mk VIIIs and worrying about getting the right colors so these classics can be saved for the next generation-

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Can anyone anywhere get me either a new or perfect condition under front bumper air deflector or valance for a '98 Mark VIII? They are all black (so no color match issue) plastic and get chewed up easily and my vehicle is perfect except for this part. Of course not seen, but would be nice to fully restore the car.

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so long ago- and yet one of my finest sarcastic posts-

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