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Old 15 May 2014, 09:12 pm
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the cap has a cigarette on it
Yeah,lol......That's the other way to tell if it's OK for a lighter,other than looking for the insulator.
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Old 21 Apr 2016, 09:31 am
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How do you get these things out.... Properly?!
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How do you get these things out.... Properly?!
They make a special tool for it Amazon.com: Dorman 56457 Cigarette Lighter Socket and Removal Tool but you can use a screwdriver if your careful.
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Next question, does this look like it's been ghetto rigged or is that factory wiring!?

I'm having a power socket problem, bought the cruiser and found out they don't work, looked and the fuse was missing (under bonnet) and the port looked either slightly dirty/ blackened, but I think it was a little melted as was hard going in.... So I managed to clean/clear it out and make one fit, and Voilą! I plugged my charger in the top dash socket and it worked, then I tried the other two(with key needed), nothing, then went back to first one and fuse blown.

I'm suspecting or really my only plan lol is this bottom dash one looks rusted..... After replacing that and waiting on my tester on the way from China off eBay I'm clueless, electrics is what I usually steer well away from I'm a carpenter& joiner by trade but with this cruiser and the number of electrical issues that I'll probably start a separate post on soon I think I might have to start learning fast.

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Think I found my issue, It is the lighter one, the wire is melted through to the copper and connector synged, that's good news though as I'm thinking this isn't connected to my other issues so this will be one down few more to go lol

Apart from that wire, there's not much play to rewire! Might just blank this off seeing as smoking doesn't exist anymore haha , I don't even have an ashtray and I don't want a smoking girlfriend either! Maybe I should replace with an outlet instead?
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Next question, does this look like it's been ghetto rigged or is that factory wiring!?
I would remove all the tape & see what it looks like, then use butt connectors to permanently fix.

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Think I found my issue, It is the lighter one, the wire is melted through to the copper and connector synged, that's good news though as I'm thinking this isn't connected to my other issues so this will be one down few more to go lol

Apart from that wire, there's not much play to rewire! Might just blank this off seeing as smoking doesn't exist anymore haha , I don't even have an ashtray and I don't want a smoking girlfriend either! Maybe I should replace with an outlet instead?

They really aren't used for smoking...their was an optional smoking kit option...they are there for changing/power purposes...cell phones, air pumps, etc.
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Old 21 Apr 2016, 11:39 am
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It does look different to the other two inside though, and has a cigarette picture on the cap... I think that's why it overheated, when those things sometimes stick in, had a nightmare getting the connector apart it was melted solid. Mole grips and pliers and brute force....will strip the centre console and attach some new wire. Appreciate the support!
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The sockets are probably engineered for lighter duty and not so much for accessories that draw a lot of power over a long time. That could explain the signs of high heat and burning. I believe I recall that some of the sockets work with the ignition off and some need the ignition to be on or the car running. I don't remember which, though. That could possibly mean that a trickle charger would only work in the "always on" socket(s). I'm far from an expert myself so consider my suggestions as discussion points and not facts.
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yes you are correct, the bottom (cigar socket) has a key on the cap indicating only when key is in (unless ive got the two mixed up! im not in the car now) but heres a photo of what having the lighter coil thingy probably stuck on the contacts for some lenthy time has done to the wires and around.....im scared when i pull off the dash ill see the wire melted all the way back to the fuse box!
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