as well as hotwiring your wiper blades. well, on monday morning, 10 minutes before i was supposed to take my wife's family on a ski trip 3 hours from portland, i turned the key in my steering column and it broke. the switch just flops back and forth in the column and does absolutely nothing. since i have a manual tranny, i tried compression starting it, but the issue was such that the truck didn't know the key was in the "on" position, and thus it wouldn't allow fuel to be supplied to the engine. here's how we temp-fixed it. i need to clean it up quite a bit. don't know how much of this is applicable to gas engines, but for my 6.2 diesel it works great. ck5 member, Makovai, came over and we ran a couple 16 or 14 guage wires (can't remember) from the starter solenoid to a new keyed switch. here it is, hanging from my dash. i have the colors of wire mixed up, such that one of the reds should be the purple wire... then, on the front of the injection pump there is a pink wire which is the cut off for fuel delivery to the engine. this needs power for the engine to run, so we ran this to the keyed switch too - it is another one of the red wires. like said before, i'll be cleaning this up a bit. ofcourse, if you don't have a switch, you could attatch those wires and manually touch them together to turn the starter, but you'd have to get power to that pink wire somehow - maybe clipping it directly to a positive battery terminal. to shut off the engine, you would disconnect that pink wire. now, that gives you a running engine only. no blinkers, no climate control fan, no windshield wipers and no guages (unless you have a mechanical speedo, like myself. you do have your head lights, brake lights, dash lights, and marker lights, as well as your alternator in an operable condition. ok, so we drove over to sunriver no problem. put rain-x on the windshield and did fine. then we needed to go up to the mountain. i didn't know if the rain-x would cut it with the snow, so the hotel we're staying at was generous enough to give me a couple wires with aligator clips on each end so i could try to hotwire my wiper motor if need be. as it happens, rain-x does not work for snow. i compensated by sticking a big brush out the window while driving and wiping my window down, but that really sucked and didn't work so well. next, i put on some ski-goggles and stuck my head out the window, which really sucked because it was cold and i had no idea how close i was to the passenger side snow-bank and edge of road. <<THESE METHODS ARE NOT RECOMENDED>> while on the mountain it snowed 10" in a matter of 4 or 5 hours! And it wasn't stopping. i didn't want to do what i had done again, so i decided to try to hotwire my wipers... here's what i figured out. i had to cut my wiring harness to make this work because i couldn't get a clean connection using just the aligator clips on the wiper motor itself. run the yellow wire to a ground. for me, a good ground was clipping it to my hood as shown in the first picture. then run the purple wire to a power source. this will allot you one speed: FAST. i believe the other wire is used to control the different speeds on the wiper motor. for me, this meant connecting it using the wiring i have for my auxilary head lights, and thus i had a switch in the cab. however, it could just be run over to the hot terminal on the glow plug controller, but to turn off your wipers you'd have to get out and un-clip it all the time, which would be frustrating, but workable. hope that's helpful to someone.