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Cigarette Lighter?

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    signatures FEOA Member

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    Is there a fuse somewhere for the lighter? I checked the small black box on the inside to the left of the clutch pedal in the corner, don't see one there for the lighter? anywhere else? lighter not working anymore, was using it for dash cam. thanks, dave
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    It should be called room fuse
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    checked that, fuse was fine, pulled out to check and found that i had to reprogram my radio stations when i started the car...
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    There is a smaller fuse box above the big fuse box. should be a fuse in there called cigar
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    I don't know if it's common to all lighter sockets, but I had the same problem on a 1989 Corolla recently. It turned out there was a thin wire (fusible link kind of thing?) on the lighter socket itself that had failed.

    I just soldered a bit of wire over it to fix it.
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    Thanks i just did find that, will check tomorrow and see if can open it without breaking it and check
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    OK, found the spot but haven't figured out how to open for the fuse? any tips? thanks, dave
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    I swear it just pulls off.
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    I'll try, maybe it's stuck after all these years...i didn't want to break it...tried messin with the clip i see on top, thanks
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    Try squeezing on the long sides, that might release the clip. It's been a while since I've had one of those covers off.
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    well had my mechanic check out that fuse and he couldn't figure out how to open it, but we checked the wiring and he said the fuse is good so now>>>>
    how the heck do you get the cig lighter out...? it doesn't seem to pop out, and i can't reach from the back unless maybe i take the stereo out which i don't really want to do..any tips for this? i might go get a lighter from the junk yard and see how it hooks up, thanks in advance, dave
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    Looks different on a 2nd gen. I’m only familiar with third gens and I thought they were the same

    @denisond3 can you provide and info?
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    I think you have to take the chunk of console below the radio out. Then the outer housing of the cigarette lighter unscrews from the inner housing. At least that is what I recall. I never had any success getting to it by reaching in from next to the gas pedal.

    With each of our Escorts used for long drives (like across the USA) I added two or more of the 12 volt accessory sockets - the kind that dont take a cigarette lighter 'plug-in'. They are all wired to an extra inline fuse located under the hood near the strut tower, and they stay 'live' all the time. We (mostly my wife) use them for smart phones, tablets, the GPS unit and an mp3 player. I have a voltmeter that plugs into an accessory socket - which shows us the voltage with the engine running. Its a reassuring thing to see if reading 14.5-14.9 as we drive along.

    Getting that 'cigar' fuse lid open takes strong fingers, or careful use of a penknife blade.
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    Anybody have any tips on getting the cigarette lighter out easily?
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    I only know they way I put in my first paragraph above.
    To get the front chunk of console out, I have to unscrew the back section of it, with four phillips head screws. I pull up that rearward chunk of console, around the handbrake lever. With it pulled up I can take out four more phillips head screws, and work the front section of console up past the shift lever. With an automatic transmission you take out one or two phillips head screws to be able to slide the shift knob off the shift rod. With a 5-speed you have to unscrew the shift knob from the lever it is screwed onto. Then the console will tilt upward at the back, and be removable.
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    thanks, i did read that, just wanted to see if anyone had more ideas
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    Screws out counter-clockwise. Just pull the fuse, insert a couple of screw drivers in the slots inside of it, then begin screwing. Don't worry about ruining it; it's going to be trashed. It's common for those outlets to bad. BTW, it's politically incorrect to call'em cig-lighters anymore. Want some extra fun and amusement, leave the fuse in. ;)
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    are you saying stick screwdrivers in the outlet and try to unscrew? that fuse is over by the fuse box? is that correct? haven't been able to open that little black box that says cigar?

    guess i should call it my dash cam plug! does that work? thanks, dave




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    I didn't realize it, but when I had my blower replaced in 2006, the cigarette lighter didn't work anymore. When I went in recently, I discovered they never re-hooked it up. I assumed that after a few years of scratching my head. They like to use the lighter at the DMV for the emissions check. They've had to hook it up to the battery for the past umpteen years. Come to find out WA state is doing away with smog checks here in a few years.
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    How does it hook up? someone told me to pull fuse on the little black box that reads "cigar", but can't seem to open that, although the wires out of the back are hot....so now i'm going to try and unscrew the lighter, cause it doesn't seem to pop out of the dash....thanks, dave



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    Well, as for the lighter, it's a real bugger to get to. There is from behind a large nut that secures it to the bezel. Although you can unscrew it from the ring, you risk dropping that nut if it falls off behind. If it's hooked up, then don't worry about it. Check the fuse FIRST, then when that is OK, then go check the lighter. As for the tiny single fuse box, mine is located up behind the main fuse box on the left drivers side inside the cabin. It has a tab latch that just hooks on the top of the plastic. Just lift the tab, pull forward and the cover should bend down revealing the fuse itself for access.
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