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Old 02-03-2003, 08:12 PM   #1
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Unhappy Cigarette Lighter socket no longer works

....after I used a power converter to run some small appliance. Now it doesn't provide power to my cell phone charge( or whatever I put in). Can it be a blown fuse? If so, can somebody direct me to which one it is?
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Old 02-03-2003, 08:14 PM   #2
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It is probably a blown fuse. Look up in your owners manual or the back of the fuse box lid to see which fuse it is.

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Old 02-03-2003, 09:24 PM   #3
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I read a thread were the person said that besides the fuse it also has a fusible link. In other words if the fuse is ok then the lighter has to be taken apart. I do not exactly know what a fusible link is. I assumed it to be a wire that acts as a fuse. I have the same problem but my fuse is fine. I just havenít had time yet to pull the lighter apart to look.
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Old 02-03-2003, 09:24 PM   #4
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I read a thread were the person said that besides the fuse it also has a fusible link. In other words if the fuse is ok then the lighter has to be taken apart. I do not exactly know what a fusible link is. I assumed it to be a wire that acts as a fuse. I have the same problem but my fuse is fine. I just havenít had time yet to pull the lighter apart to look.
A fusible link is basically when there is a fuse along the wire.

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Old 02-03-2003, 09:37 PM   #5
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Thanks. When i take the lighter apart i will know what to look for. By the way, the person who posted the thread knew it wasnt the main fuse because he was powering something off those wires just before the lighter and whatever it was had no problems.
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Old 02-03-2003, 09:42 PM   #6
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Oh forgot to answer Smash!'s question. It is fuse 4 located behind the little compartment by the drivers left knee. Check that first and if it is good? Well then you will need to take the lighter apart.
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Old 02-04-2003, 12:37 PM   #7
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hehe.. Thanks for having me in mind! I'll look during lunch or something and then probably drop it off at the dealer if it's not the fuse. Too lazy to put the lighter out.
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Old 02-04-2003, 04:04 PM   #8
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I had my lighter socket fusable link blow out on me before. I was using someone's portable air compressor at an autox and i think it shorted out and killed the link. I looked at the fuse, but it was fine so i assumed something was wrong with the socket. I removed the socket and found the length of wire attached to the rear of the socket that is the furable link. I tested it for continuity and it turned out the circuit was open. The dealer gave me a free one under warranty. Its kind of a pain to have lost the socket and not the regular fuse. i would have rather replaes a fuse since they are much easier then taking the hvac stuff out to ge tthe socket out. I dunno why this is like this.
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Old 02-05-2003, 10:21 AM   #9
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I had the exact same thing happen as Cosworth (aircompressor at an auto-x) but we didn't replace the link we just jumped it with a piece of wire. There is already a fuse, the link is more heat protection.
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Old 01-07-2005, 06:38 PM   #10
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Mine just blew and the fuse by the steering column is fine. Does anyone have info on how to get to the cigarette lighter itself to look at the wires in the back? Thanks
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Old 01-07-2005, 06:51 PM   #11
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Mine just blew and the fuse by the steering column is fine. Does anyone have info on how to get to the cigarette lighter itself to look at the wires in the back? Thanks
on my wrx pretty much all you do is remove all the center console trim, remove the cd player , the a/c controls(just puseh these over a they are difficult to disconnect, then inder the a/c controls you will see one weierd shaped plug that goes to the lighter
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Old 09-14-2005, 09:20 AM   #12
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That's all you have to do! Damn, I had the same thing happen. I was powering a compressor and it went down. Now I can't power my SIRIUS radio.
I took the console apart and found the plug behind, but can't get the lighter out. Is it more likely the lighter or the wire and fuse connected to the plug behind it. As before my main fuse is fine.
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Old 11-02-2005, 04:15 PM   #13
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okay, same happened here.. compressor at auto-x!! damn things!
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Old 11-03-2005, 05:11 PM   #14
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Same thing happened to me using a compressor at an auto-x... fried the lighter element. For whatever reason- they don't like "heavy" assesories being run on them.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:44 AM   #15
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So where do I get this fusable link that you guys speak of? Mine just went out or at least Im suspecting it. And yes I was using a Slime Air Compressor.
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Old 05-15-2014, 01:19 PM   #16
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Holy bump.
You don't replace the link, you replace the socket.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:25 AM   #17
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Again, where do I find this said socket?
Is this what I need?:


http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/details/QQSubaruQQImprezaQQReplacementQQCigarette_LighterQ Q19932012QQREPU506801.html


I don't wanna buy something I don't need...
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:02 AM   #18
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That is a universal replacement. Go to a local or online dealer and buy the OEM part.
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:17 AM   #19
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You don't need the lighter do you? Buy only the socket.
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Old 08-13-2014, 08:37 AM   #20
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Same problem with mine haha. I'm not finding the "plug" that releases the socket to be removed though...

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Old 03-13-2015, 05:25 PM   #21
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I was having a hard time figuring out how to actually remove the socket until I stuck my phone in as a camera and saw that it's a big nut holding it on the inside, I thought it was a plastic housing. I was able to get it loose with my hand.
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:05 PM   #22
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So I'm in the same boat as others, I've removed the center bezel in my 02' impreza, and tested the power going to the outlet and it works, so I'm assuming that the fusible link is blown out (bought the car this way) but I'm stumped as to how to remove it without taking the whole center out of the dashboard... It wiggles, but I can't for the life of me see any way of removing it! Does anyone have a walk through?
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