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    Cigarette lighter problem

    For some reason, I dont have any power from my DC outs. One is a cig lighter, the other is just a power outlet, both are located in front of the shifter. I haven't found any blown fuses though either. Anybody know what this might be?

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    is the cig lighter plugged up properly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mboodrx View Post
    For some reason, I dont have any power from my DC outs. One is a cig lighter, the other is just a power outlet, both are located in front of the shifter. I haven't found any blown fuses though either. Anybody know what this might be?
    Did you check all the fuses in the compartment by the drivers door? Thats usually what it is.

    Have you had that section of the dash apart recently? Have they ever worked? The wires going to both those are very small, and are easily damaged on R&I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usafshelley View Post
    is the cig lighter plugged up properly?
    Yeah, but i'm not as concered with the lighter itself, just that there is no power coming out. I've hooked up a phone charger and a power converter to them both to see if anything would work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hi-Po View Post
    Did you check all the fuses in the compartment by the drivers door? Thats usually what it is.

    I'll have to check the fuses again, but I have done that once before.

    Have you had that section of the dash apart recently? Have they ever worked? The wires going to both those are very small, and are easily damaged on R&I.
    Come to think of it, I have had a stereo stolen (ripped out) and then one installed to replace it a few months back. I guess they could have been damaged during one of those, I'll have to check. Thanks

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    After checking everything, I rechecked the fuzes again...turns out it was burned out (not sure how I missed that twice), but when I put a new one in it immediately popped and burned out.
    I had nothing in the outlets plugged in and the car was not even turned on.
    What could that be from?

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    A wire is grounding out. The cigarette and aux run on the same circuit as the constant on of the radio. Pull your radio and check the orange wire to see if it is cut somewhere. I hate thiefs.

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    Another thing it could be is a small metal shaving is lodged in between the contacts, had that happen on an 86 GP. Kept blowing the fuse for it and turning on the interior lights for some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigrondownhiller View Post
    A wire is grounding out.
    If a wire grounded out it would burn up or start a fire.

    I would check the ground for that circuit since its both of them. More than likely the theft is the cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigrondownhiller View Post
    A wire is grounding out. The cigarette and aux run on the same circuit as the constant on of the radio. Pull your radio and check the orange wire to see if it is cut somewhere. I hate thiefs.
    I agree, check this wire as well as the power wire to each outlet. Check for discoloring, loose connections, broken connections and even missing wires.

    Quote Originally Posted by OneSlowL36 View Post
    If a wire grounded out it would burn up or start a fire.

    I would check the ground for that circuit since its both of them. More than likely the theft is the cause.
    Not if the proper fuse is in place. They're designed to blow before anything in the circuit would.

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    have a short somewhere

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