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Old 04-03-2007, 07:10 PM   #1
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My 2003 bajaís cigarette outlet doesnít work. The fuse is not blown and juice is flowing to the connector. I took out the unit, and on the back of the female part (the thing you plug the lighter into) there is a black wire that connects the hot wire to the unit. It looks like that wire melted, but itís not a normal wire. It looks like solder. Now the connection is lost, due to the melting, there is no way to remove the wire with out ripping it apart. Does any one know the purpose of this??
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:23 PM   #2
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That is a thermal fuse. It protects the socket from overheating and prevents a fire or further damage. You need to replace the socket, do NOT attempt to bypass that fuse as you will be removing an important safety feature.
This usually happens when a high-current device such as an inverter is plugged into the lighter.
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:33 PM   #3
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Yeah this happened to me a few summers ago...
The bad news for the OP is that the Subaru cigerette lighter socket has a "special" Subaru plug on the back of it... and the OEM replacement is pricey...

If you don't mind a little bit of work, you can pick up a normal "off the shelf" replacement cigerette socket from any Autozone/Pepboys and mod it a bit to work. It'll splice right in!
Did my replacement this way and it's still been fine after nearly two years.
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Old 08-19-2007, 10:05 PM   #4
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That is a thermal fuse. It protects the socket from overheating and prevents a fire or further damage. You need to replace the socket, do NOT attempt to bypass that fuse as you will be removing an important safety feature.
This usually happens when a high-current device such as an inverter is plugged into the lighter.
Mulder, I've seen you post this in most threads on the topic. Do you (or anyone else) have a part number for the replacement socket?

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Old 08-19-2007, 10:10 PM   #5
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No, but one of our vendors that sell Subaru parts should be able to help you.
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:52 PM   #6
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not to sound like an ass but do a search. i know it has definately been posted before. the replacement part is anywhere from $15-25 depending where you get it.
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:44 PM   #7
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since no has responded, and i had some down time browsing subaruparts.com

the socket alone is 15. the entire assembly, with lighter is 24.
here are the part numbers
86710 CIGAR LIGHTER ASSEMBLY 86710FE010
86711 SOCKET COMPLETE-CIGAR LIGHTER 86711FE010
86711 SOCKET COMPLETE-CIGAR LIGHTER 86711FA060



cigarette lighter part number

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Old 08-22-2007, 06:56 PM   #8
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not to sound like an ass but do a search. i know it has definately been posted before. the replacement part is anywhere from $15-25 depending where you get it.
I have, almost every thread ends with Mulder's statement, yet no mention of any part numbers. Thanks for the part number from subaruparts.com, I could not figure out where they classified this item. Still a bit confused on which part I want, 86711FE010 is pointing to the right part, but the description ("complete") seems to suggest it includes the lighter.
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:40 PM   #9
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86711 SOCKET COMPLETE-CIGAR LIGHTER 86711FE010

that is the right one. 14.95 from www.subaruparts.com
the other one is the lighter. and 86710 is the entire assembly with lighter.
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Old 08-23-2007, 01:11 PM   #10
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Great, thanks. This should be much more helpful for the next person(s).
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