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Mk2 Ford Fiesta dashboard switch Panel

Across all models, on both high and low-spec Fiesta dashboards, the Mk2 Ford Fiesta has four slots for switches located to the right of the instrument cluster, three main switches and a blanking panel. It’s very common for the blanking plate to be fitted with an LED bulb for an aftermarket alarm. An optional front fog light switch is rumoured to have been fitted in the fourth slot as an option for some European countries.

It’s very simple to change the symbol on the switches, with the switch removed, they can be slid out and replaced by a different one with ease on earlier switches, or pushed out from behind with the switch dismantled on later versions. It’s a common mod to swap a spare rear fog light switches decal around to create a front fog light switch.

Mk2 Ford fiesta dashboard switch location

Switch order

The switches should be ordered as follows from top to bottom:

  1. Heated rear Screen
  2. Rear wash/wipe – dual function switch, press down until click for wiper operation, push and hold further to operate rear washer jet.
  3. Rear Fog light
  4. Blanking Plate

Part Information

Early Switches

Early switches had the part number stamped on the black outer part of the casing and had slide out decals.

Early Mk2 Ford Fiesta dashboard switches
FunctionPart NumberDecal ColourDecal TypeWiring Block Colour
Heated Rear Screen84FG 18C621 DBBlack with white text and Yellow LEDEarly (Slide Out)yellow wiring plug
Rear Wash/Wipe84FG 17K478 BABlack with white text, backlitEarly(Slide Out)purple wiring plug
Rear Fog Light84FG 15K237 DAOrange with White Text, BacklitEarly(Slide Out)red wiring plug

Late Switches

Later switches shared the same part numbers as the earlier versions but had the part number stamped onto the white base of the switch and used lower cost push out decals.

Late Mk2 Ford Fiesta dashboard switches
FunctionPart NumberDecal ColourDecal TypeWiring Block Colour
Heated Rear Screen84FG 18C621 DBBlack with white text and Yellow LEDLate (Push Out)yellow wiring plug
Rear Wash/Wipe84FG 17K478 BABlack with white text, backlitLate (Push Out)purple wiring plug
Rear Fog Light84FG 15K237 DAOrange with White Text, BacklitLate (Push Out)red wiring plug

All Years

The blanking plate remained unchanged across all Mk2 Fiesta production years

Ford fiesta Mk2 switch blanking plate
FunctionPart NumberDecal ColourDecal TypeWiring Block Colour
Blanking Plate84FG 13K732 AAWN/AN/AN/A

Switch Removal and refitting

The fiesta switches can be removed by gently prizing with a flat screwdriver or trim tool from the sides, they are held in place by two metal sprung plates which allow them to locate by snapping into place behind the panel fascia.

All the wiring connectors have a small tab on them with a ‘T’ shaped hole. These T’s are angled in different directions making it impossible to plug the incorrect switch into the wrong wiring loom plug.

1983-89 Ford Fiesta switch locating tabs

Interesting Fact

The Ford RS200, a famous Group B rally car (and thought of by many as the ultimate Ford), also used 6 of the same switches as the Mk2 Fiesta, although mounted vertically.

Ford RS200 dashboard instrument panel

Mk2 Fiesta Switch holder

To remove the switch holder, the instrument cluster fascia surround needs to be removed first. One of its locating screws goes straight into a metal clip in the switch holder itself. The Fiesta switch holder has two screw holes at the rear to attach it to the dash, to access these, the switches have to be carefully prized out, taking care not to damage the switch holder itself. Once the switches are out of the way, a reasonably long handled Philips screwdriver can be used to remove them.

The switch holders are renowned for getting brittle and breaking easily when removing the switches. They are becoming quite sort after online with people asking upwards of £50 for an unbroken one. They can be carefully repaired in several different way including epoxy/plastic welding or reinforcing from behind using thin metal plates. It’s worth noting that both the high and low spec dashboards have different switch holder panels, and it’s much easier to get hold of a low-spec version as the basic dashboard is much less popular.

ford fiesta mk2 dashboard switch panel

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