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Old 07-12-2008, 06:59 PM   #1
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so i just bought a radar today, and when i try to turn it on, it doesnt work! i was abought to return it when i thought maybe it wasnt the radar, but my cigarette lighter. i tried the radar in my sisters car and it works fine. It seems like my ciggarette lighter isnt producing any power for the radar, has anyone had a similar problem??? help!
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Old 07-12-2008, 07:05 PM   #2
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pop off the trim piece and make sure the wires are hooked up right, also check the fuse. If both look normal you might have to poke around with a DMM. Just hardwire it under the dash, it will look cleaner anyways.
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Old 07-12-2008, 07:14 PM   #3
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I had the same problem a while back, it was my fuse. If your power mirrors dont work, its definately the fuse because they run off the same fuse as the cig lighter. Well, at least it was like that in my 04, maybe bugeyes are different. But yeah, hardwire it anyways I hardwired my radar and it looks super clean.
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Old 07-12-2008, 07:16 PM   #4
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how do i hardwire it?
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Old 07-12-2008, 07:20 PM   #5
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I would blame the fuse. Not sure which radar you bought, but even the smallest maritime units have a 2kW output. Feeding them at 12 V, it's close to 200 amps, whereas the cigarette lighter is rated at 10




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Old 07-12-2008, 07:45 PM   #6
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how do i hardwire it?
If you want to do it the EXTREMELY easy way go to autozone or the like and get the spare 12v jack and wire it to your existing 12v outlet. It took me about 15 minutes total including solder and heat shrinking. I used some 2sided tape to attach the spare outlet under the dash. Now you can't see any wires on my XM radio.

If you can't solder or don't have an iron you can always get 2 barrel connectors and splice them into the line. Either way will work just as good.

This way you don't have to cut off the fused 12v plug on the radar detector and you can remove it if need be.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:42 PM   #7
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hey.. saw your other thread... you just pull the trim around your shifter to get to the back of the lighter
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:29 AM   #8
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If the fuse and connections are good it could also be the fusible link on the lighter itself.

This is a piece of wire, which melts incase you overload the lighter socket.
It is at the back of the lighter itself, and is a piece of wire about 1mm thick, 20 mm long and bent 90 degrees in the middle.

Don't ask how I know this , lets just say the Socket can't handle a 340 watt 220 VAC inverter
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