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Old 05-26-2004, 08:38 AM
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Cigarette lighter not working/blowing fuses

My 2000 Expo cigarette lighter isn't working at all. I have tried changing the fuse but it blows...1. when i have the cigarette lighter in place (inserted to light) and try to insert a new fuse it blows instantly. 2. without the cigarette lighter in place i am able to insert a new fuse fine but as soon as i try to push to light it, the fuse blows. My auxillary power outlets are working fine - front and rear it is just the cigarette lighter that I an having the issue with. Any ideas?
 
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Old 05-26-2004, 10:16 AM
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Pull the fuse, and ensure that the cigarette lighter socket is free of any debris. If it's not, clean it out. Do you have another lighter, even from another American car? If so, and it fits, reinstall the fuse and try it. If everything works, your lighter element is bad. Replace. If the fuse blows, you have a short circuit in the wiring.
 

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Old 05-26-2004, 02:49 PM
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You could also try another accessory (cell phone charger, 12V pump etc).

I had a penny drop down the socket once, and unfortunately I had re-wired it and not installed a fuse (younger years). Almost burnt the car to the ground. I was able to hop out and snip the wire really quick.


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Old 05-26-2004, 10:24 PM
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My wife's Crown Vic had a socket go bad, she plugged in her cell and it blew the fuse (replaced the fuse and it blew again (up to 30amp--just testing the circut, yeah......, that's it)). It turned out to be a bad socket, replaced it for about $5 and 10 minutes work.

P.S. had to replace the cell charger fuse also.
 
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Old 05-27-2004, 02:56 AM
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