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Old 10-18-2010, 03:42 PM   #1
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Default 2004 Legacy - Cigarette Lighter Adapter is 'kaput'.

I'm trying to help out my niece who owns a 2004 Legacy. She was using an air compressor to pump up her tire and it stopped working. I thought for sure it was just a blown fuse, but I checked it and it was okay. I even swapped it with another fuse with the same rating just to be sure, and the issue didn't change.

I read somewhere that there may be some sort of thermal fuse just behind the plug adapter itself, but I can't figure out how to access the back of the adapter to see what is going on back there. The only thing I was able to determine for sure with my DVM was that there was no power at the adapter itself. FYI - this is the adapter right in the front dash.

If anyone is familiar with gaining access to the back of the cigarette lighter / how to remove it, I'd appreciate it if you could enlighten me.

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Old 10-18-2010, 07:01 PM   #2
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Pull out ashtray there should be 2 screw on the top side, take those out and then you should just be able to pull the trim peice out.
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:15 PM   #3
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Pull out ashtray there should be 2 screw on the top side, take those out and then you should just be able to pull the trim peice out.
Thanks - I'll take a look the next time she stops by with the car.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:49 AM   #4
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There is a type of fusable link of sorts on the back of some of these lighters but they arn't servicable, you'll need to replace the whole socket.
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:26 AM   #5
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Well, maybe this car's dash is setup differently than Subie's. Attached are pics of the dash. I removed the ash tray and could only see 1 screw - about 6" back. I removed the screw and nothing happened - nothing loosened-up.

I would gladly purchase a new power point / adapter but I still wouldn't know how to remove the old one.

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Old 10-30-2010, 09:03 PM   #6
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The screws you need face "up" and you can barely see them in the picture. If you don't have a really stubby phillips head, I've used a phillips bit stuck in a 1/4" socket in a small socket wrench.



Also, (at least with the 5 speed) you have the pop off the wood trim around the shifter and you will find 2 more screws.

Make no mistake, this is a pain to do (and I've done it a number of times on my car).
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Old 10-30-2010, 09:41 PM   #7
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The screws you need face "up" and you can barely see them in the picture. If you don't have a really stubby phillips head, I've used a phillips bit stuck in a 1/4" socket in a small socket wrench.

Also, (at least with the 5 speed) you have the pop off the wood trim around the shifter and you will find 2 more screws.

Make no mistake, this is a pain to do (and I've done it a number of times on my car).
Thanks! I did notice those in the pictures I took and wondered if those might be the screws I needed to remove - thanks for confirming. Unfortunately, I don't have access to the car until she stops by again, so I will take another stab at it. I have an offset ratcheting screwdriver that will work perfectly for this application.
Appreciate the reply!
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:18 AM   #8
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Bummer.....I wasn't able to budge the screws.
I don't know if there's another way to tackle this one, except perhaps just installing a new power point somewhere else. Has anyone run into this?

I may call the Subie dealer on Monday and ask them how much they charge to replace it, but I'm sure it won't be cheap.
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:56 PM   #9
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well i don't know how much it will be in labor, but they quoted me $32.30 just for the socket. Compare that to around $6 everywhere else in the world. I have a feeling they may sell you the entire ashtray and trim piece. eitherway at least in my WRX you just pull up on the plastic trim around the gear shift and you can get to the back where you can then disconnect the power plug pigtail.
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