cigarette outlet

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by bobcatnj, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. bobcatnj

    bobcatnj LawnSite Senior Member
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    one of my cigarette outlets on my truck isnt working. i checked the fuse and its fine. what else can it be?

    BLAZERBRUCE LawnSite Member
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    The center positive tab in the socket maybe dirty, try cleaning with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol. Make sure the fuse is pulled or battery diconnected before cleaning.

  3. Nosmo

    Nosmo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Try the lighter in the other outlet to see if the lighter is still good.
  4. bobcatnj

    bobcatnj LawnSite Senior Member
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    yea i tried that and it works.
  5. verant

    verant LawnSite Senior Member
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    a solution...let me check....stop smoking!! just a thought
  6. bobcatnj

    bobcatnj LawnSite Senior Member
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    i DONT need the lighter to work. i need the outlet to work so i can plug a phone charger in it.
  7. Bill Kapaun

    Bill Kapaun LawnSite Senior Member
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    Have you checked to make sure there's 12V to it?
    I know, at least in the "old days", many lighter sockets had a fuse on the back of them. It's probably about the diameter of a dime, 3/16" thick and with knurled edges to grip. It basically screwed on to the element and had a tab for the 12V supply lug.
  8. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
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    If he's driving a 2004 Ford... Maybe he could look at one of the repair books at the local auto parts store ?
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    First make sure power to it is off.
    I'm serious, just because it's not powering the cord doesn't mean it's powerless!
    If you are sure it has no power, remove it, take it out.
    Once you got it out you can test it and check for an inline fuse.
    Certainly you'll want to check and test the wiring itself.

    If all that checks out then just replace it.
    Then put in an after market, they're only a few dollars, shouldn't take more than an hour, it's really not bad.

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