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Old 02-24-2012, 10:45 PM
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weird switch next to hood latch?

so i think this might be on the wrong category. its more out of curiosity but the other day i was changing the oil in my 96 2.5 tl and noticed a little metal swith thing under the dash board on the driver side. its next to the hood latch its flipped up at the moment and i had the curisority of flippin it down but i dont kno what it does ive had the car for years now and i just noticed it. any ideas anyone?
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Do you have a picture of it?
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Old thread... but, the question must need answering

Ok... I have the answer...
Right (Hood Latch. Left (weird switch).

Close up of the weird switch##################################

So, after a quick discussion on the FB 1st Gen Acura 2.5 & 3.2TL, the weird switch is to tell the alarm the hood is closed. Why? I don't know. if a person were to open the hood, couldn't they just press the switch to activate it as if the hood was closed. But, all this time I thought it was an On and Off switch that a person press with a finger. This is not the case, it is for the hood to press down as you close it. Just like a refrigerator that has a button at the fold of the door to turn off the refrigerator's light.

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New info on hood alarm switch

Ok... so the above pics were from a 1996 Acura TL 2.5 with the hood alarm switch. This is the info from the car and VIN..
2.5 in Fort Worth, TX
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New info on hood alarm switch part 2

So, all the info above is from the same car. 1996, 2.5, LEATHER seats (premium), and NO sunroof; however, it has a hood alarm switch.
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new info on hood alarm switch part 3

Now, here comes the twist in this hood alarm switch research... I visited the Little Rock Pick N Pull and found this 1997 Acura TL 2.5. LEATHER seats (premium) YES, and sunroof YES; BUT, NO hood alarm switch.
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NO Hood Alarm Switch.

So, The only explanation is that this is an optional alarm for your hood... It doesn't make any sense to me. It's like, "for an extra $200 you can get the hood alarm to prevent Tuners from stealing your 20valve 2.5 engine!" LOL
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