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Old 10-19-2004, 02:45 PM
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Question Cigarette lighter socket loose. How to tighten it?

So my cigarette lighter socket in the center console is loose (even if it does not get used for anything else except a portable air compressor ) in my car now. Basically you can spin it clockwise or conterclockwise for about quarter of a turn. Is it easy to tighten it down and does anybody know how to do that?

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Old 10-19-2004, 02:55 PM
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So my cigarette lighter socket in the center console is loose (even if it does not get used for anything else except a portable air compressor ) in my car now. Basically you can spin it clockwise or conterclockwise for about quarter of a turn. Is it easy to tighten it down and does anybody know how to do that?

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Best bet would be to remove and replace. There is a key feature that keeps it from spinning. Somehow yours got sheared off. I have amber ones in stock and I can send you one with your shoulder belt pads, assuming I get to a point where they don't come out looking like guano.
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Best bet would be to remove and replace. There is a key feature that keeps it from spinning. Somehow yours got sheared off. I have amber ones in stock and I can send you one with your shoulder belt pads, assuming I get to a point where they don't come out looking like guano.
Do you have to get to the cigarette lighter socket from under the console to get it in and out or is there a way to replace it from the outside without disassembling the console?

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Do you have to get to the cigarette lighter socket from under the console to get it in and out or is there a way to replace it from the outside without disassembling the console?
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Keep in mind that it is powered with a hot at all times line.
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The lighter-socket in my dad's coupe pulls out everytime he tries to unplug his cell-phone. I meant to have a look when I was visiting over the weekend... got busy with going to the races and stuff.
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Keep in mind that it is powered with a hot at all times line.
Yes, I will disconnect the battery but can I replace it from above or do I have to mess with disassembling the center console?

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Yes, I will disconnect the battery but can I replace it from above or do I have to mess with disassembling the center console?

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You just have to pull the fuse.
I've removed mine from above but destroyed it in the process.
You also have to clip on the light part from behind.
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can probably get to it by just removing the shift boot and the foam thing under there...
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can probably get to it by just removing the shift boot and the foam thing under there...
Good idea!

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You just have to pull the fuse.
I've removed mine from above but destroyed it in the process.
You also have to clip on the light part from behind.
Ron, do you know what fuse I have to remove?

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Ron, do you know what fuse I heve to remove?

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On my car it is 30A Fuse 32 (green).
The fuse chart is on the bottom of the fuse box cover.
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I will make sure it is the right one on mine too.

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