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Cigarette Lighter Trouble.

Discussion in 'Interior Items' started by aarias298, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. aarias298

    aarias298 Member

    Dec 22, 2008
    New York
    Hello all, I do a lot of driving and I use several electronics which require this outlet for energy. The one im talking about is the lighter plug at the bottom of the center console. I recently noticed that when pulling out my devices that the outlet itself also pops out. Im worried that it will eventually break. Any help or suggestions on how to go about this. Just as a side note, the lighter itself that you would push in to heat and it pops out does not work and I have misplaced it. Any comments on any of the things i mentioned would be greatly appreciated. ill post a pic of the first issue. IMG00252-20111230-1316.jpg
  2. CadenceScion

    CadenceScion Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 29, 2009
    2006 Scion tC
    The internal part of the cigarette lighter/casing should push back in place. As far as the lighter itself not working, the coils that heat up may be broken or have failed, the wiring in behind the casing may have come unplugged, poor solder joint or poor wiring.
  3. navylife59

    navylife59 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Emory, Texas or Gretna, LA
    Ah, yes. The good ole cigar lighter now known as the 12VDC accessory port. :) It is not an unheard issue for the power plug of some items to tear out a 12VDC socket. I have seen it happen across all makes and models. Though very unlikely, the spade connector for the power plug's +12VDC can be disconnected if the plug protrudes out enough. Has the center console ever been removed to install something? If so, there's a chance the connector could have been semi dislodged.
  4. connman429

    connman429 Member

    Apr 26, 2010
    The most common fail for the heating elements is the internal clip that holds the spring until temperatures elevate. Does the lighter stay in when you push it, or pop right back out? If the socket still provides power to your accessories, the problem has to be with the element. Of course, it's really not that big a deal, unless you smoke in the car or use it to burn stray strings off your shirts. It's not uncommon to buy a used car that has no element.

    On most cars, the socket is held in the dash by the two little tabs on the side. Try bending them out just a little.

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