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    my cigarette light is broken, I believe. It won't heat up cigarettle lighters, and won't give power to my phone charger. I have no idea what the problem could be, although I imagine it is electrical. Does anyone have any advice? It's annoying, and I want to fix it (i might invest in a GPS, which is pretty useless without a power source) but i'd hate to take it to a mechanic if its an easily fixable problem.

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    Check fuses first. The fuse should be on the interior fuse box which should be around your dashboard somewhere. If not, then it could be wiring, which may be a bit more difficult of a fix.
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    I checked the fuse, it was broken. So, I went out at bought some more (they were the proper fuses, i checked), but when I inserted them in the fuse box, there was a huge spark and the fuse i bought was busted.

    so i'm still stuck on what the problem is and how to fix it, unfortunately
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    you might have something shorted out in your cigarrette lighter socket.
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    is there any way that i can find that out for sure, or fix it? i really dont want to have a mechanic look at it, they charge out the roof sometimes.
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    look behind the fuse panel, track the wire and see where it's shorting out and replace the damaged wire. If you don't want to be prepared to send money to have someone else do it.................won't be cheap
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    the fuse box is below the dashboard, and is attached by screws. do i unscrew it? also, can i repair the damaged wire with electrical tape?
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    Yes, and yes but it's not the proper way to do it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by xero
    Yes, and yes but it's not the proper way to do it...

    i know its not the proper way, but i'm scared to death of being electrocuted by replacing the wire. when it comes electricity in autos, i keep my distance...those are some powerful batteries, and accidents, i suppose, do happen
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    it's 12V you're not going to die....I can't count how many times I have been electrocuted. Being shocked by a car won't even hurt it simply feels weird. Now getting shocked by 110 house current sucks.


    To avoid getting shocked, disconnect the negative side of the battery. If you are really freaked out disconnect the positive and negative.
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