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Old 03-24-2012, 10:36 AM
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Dead lighter plug...S O L V E D

No voltage at the back of the lighter plug....fuse is good...any ideas?

Thanks in advance...

Robbie

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Old 03-24-2012, 11:12 AM
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If there is no voltage at the plug but the fuse is good:

1. Double check you have the right fuse.

2. How are you testing for voltage at the back of the plug. Are you checking the plug itself or the wire behind the plug?

P.S. - Don't start a new thread for each step. Just type something on your old thread and it will be bumped to the top. If you keep making new threads, we cannot track what has already been done/suggested.

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Old 03-24-2012, 12:28 PM
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This isn't the same thread. I was the one the other day with the exact same issue
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:57 PM
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you weren't the only one. See how now there are 3 threads and not just two threads asking the same thing. It makes it harder even for the people who search first because they have to wade through half answered questions when new threads are started.

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Old 03-24-2012, 01:34 PM
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Sorry if I caused a problem....

I was checking the plug against the ground on the back of the plug
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:35 PM
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My original thread was about getting to the plug...guessed I should have stayed on thread.


sorry again...

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Old 03-24-2012, 02:05 PM
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It's no big deal but it makes solving the problem easier for everyone.


It would be very unusual for the wire to break between the lighter and the fuse panel so that's why you check for voltage at both ends. The most common problem is a corroded socket or loose wire behind the socket as mentioned in the previous post.

Were you able to remove the center console then? how are you testing the voltage? Are you using a voltmeter or test light to check for voltage?

The back of the socket is not ground. It's power. The sides of the socket is ground. You can blow the fuse while testing the socket if you touch both probes together inside the socket.
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:49 PM
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Yes, I was able to get the console out....there is a colored wire going to the socket and a brown wire which i assumed was ground...nothing...with key on or off..I was testing with a voltmeter...

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Old 03-24-2012, 03:03 PM
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on my car, the socket still works with the key off.


So you checked between the colored wire (red/black/yellow) and the brown wire? 0 Volts DC?


Check both sides of fuse 47. one side should be 12VDC.
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:08 PM
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Found the problem...I looked at the list of fuses and came to position 20 for Cigarette lighter (Austria)....duh, Im not in Austria....went down the list to position 47....Cigarette lighter ALL...blown fuse...big dummy..

Sorry for the confusion...

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Old 03-24-2012, 03:12 PM
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Found the problem...I looked at the list of fuses and came to position 20 for Cigarette lighter (Austria)....duh, Im not in Austria....went down the list to position 47....Cigarette lighter ALL...blown fuse...big dummy..

Sorry for the confusion...

Robbie

No problem. That's why the very first thing I told you to do was double check the fuse location...

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