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Old 02-19-2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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Any known reason why a cigarette lighter wouldn't have juice on a 1989 GT? I just bought a radar detector that needs access to that plug, and when I plug it in, I get nothing. Hopefully someone knows a common reason it wouldn't work, and a quick fix that wouldn't require me to remove the center console and wade in to figure it out. I have already checked all the fuses and they all look good.


If I am going to need to get dirty to get to the bottom of it, is there an easy place on the fuse box to tap into with a new plug so that I can get it going quick and dirty for my trip to Miami on Friday?


Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-19-2014, 07:00 PM   #2
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Default Will the cig lighter element get hot?

On my Mustang, I have to use an adapter to two plugs because my
GPS plug is too short to make a good connection in the Mustang hole.

My phone charger plug will work by itself.... but it is longer...
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The cigarette lighter won't glow or pop out if it's pressed in, so I don't think it's a fitment problem, but thanks for the response!
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I'm thinking your gonna have to dive in a get alittle dirty. Trace the wires for loose connections, or broken wires. I have the same problem on my 88 and I think mines actually shorting out somewhere along the way because it was causing a slow battery drain. I'm lazy, I just pulled the fuse because I never use the outlet.
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:03 AM   #5
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Iirc you should be able to check the wires at the plug just by pulling the ash tray.
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Oooh, never thought of that... Maybe get a little dentist mirror in there.
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Hmm, why would the cigarette lighter glow now but no other item that is plugged in can get power?
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So According to various sites I have seen on the internet about problems like this is the bottom part is too corroded to get a solid connection. It does look a little ragged in there, so unless I want to pull the console, which I don't, I'm left with cleaning the existing part. I have no dremel tool with a brush attachment, so short of buying one, what could I use to ream it out really good in there (of course after pulling the fuse, that is)?
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Got it! A 1/2" strip of 600 grit sandpaper, a finger, a thin rag with rubbing alcohol and several hundred curses, and bingo!
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