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X1 E84 (2011 - current)
The new to the US BMW X1 will arrive at BMW dealers in the fall of 2012 as a 2013 model year. Get your X1 28i with either sDrive (RWD) or xDrive (AWD) or get the US exclusive I6 N55 powered X1 35i dDrive.

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Old 02-06-2014, 03:10 PM
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Metal thingy Dropped Deep into Lighter Socket

Hi,

I accidentally dropped a tiny piece of metal thingy into the lighter socket;

While I tried to remove it, it fell even deeper into the dark gap/hole as indicated by the red arrow below:



What's down below that (hole of the) lighter socket? Since that thing I dropped is a metal piece, would it potentially cause short circuit?

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Old 02-06-2014, 03:28 PM
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I'd pull the fuse, then fish around with a pick-up or hemostat. Best to remove that soonest.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:31 PM
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Agree. I've done the same thing and eventually it will short the socket and blow the fuse.


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A quick tip is to grab your finest thin flat blade long screw driver, and rub it
on the back of the biggest speaker you have.
This will magnetize it.
Then go in and try to pull it out if you can.

From your pic, it looks like you might be okay if it doesn't cause
a connection from + to -.

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Old 02-07-2014, 05:34 AM
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Any hardware or big box store should have a magnetic retrieval tool. The nice thing vs. a magnetic screwdriver is that the tool itself can't accidentally cause a short because the magnet is encased in a plastic rod.
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:40 AM
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A quick tip is to grab your finest thin flat blade long screw driver, and rub it
on the back of the biggest speaker you have.
This will magnetize it.
Then go in and try to pull it out if you can.

From your pic, it looks like you might be okay if it doesn't cause
a connection from + to -.

Cool tip, thanks!!


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