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convert cigarette lighter to 12 volt power source

I plugged into the cig lighter and discovered today that there is no power run to it. I want two sources of power so I can charge my GPS and ipod at the same time. I'm thinking of swapping the cig lighter for the 12 volt plug and splicing into the existing 12 volt plug for a power source, or would it be better to run its own wiring to the battery?
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The cig lighter can be used as a 12 volt plug, figure out why it has no power running to it.
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check fuse
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where is the fuse located for the it?
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where is the fuse located for the it?
uhm...the fuse box....
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uhm...the fuse box....
next to the flux capacitor.......near your blinker fluid reservoir
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when you open your driverside door there is a little fuse planel cover just pull that off and start checking i want to say the one for the cig lighter is position 23 but i could be wrong all i know is mines out too just havent gotten around to replacing it haha
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next to the flux capacitor.......near your blinker fluid reservoir
so that blinker fluid reservoir is filled with pneumatic fluid right??

didn't mean to sound like a newb just didn't know if there was a secondary box like on my g/f's tacoma.
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Pneumatic fluid..... bravo :D


Have you replaced the radio in the car? chances are the lighter might not have been plugged back in. Hey, simple things first right? what year is your truck? if your socket is dead, i have another bezel around here somewhere.
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so that blinker fluid reservoir is filled with pneumatic fluid right??
touche' my quick witted friend
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here I always thought it was located right behind the variable phase inverter and in series with the matter/antimatter inducer.
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Have you replaced the radio in the car? chances are the lighter might not have been plugged back in. Hey, simple things first right? what year is your truck? if your socket is dead, i have another bezel around here somewhere.
never changed the stereo. the truck is still somewhat new to me, but i do know the lighter insert heats up when depressed. Thats why i assumed that it was just a lighter and not a 12 volt source. Is the electric contact point on the inside of the cigarette lighter the same 12 volt source that would power my ipod? and i did try more than one type of electronic device to see if it was the car adapter that wasn't working.
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If the lighter works, it sounds like its gotta be a socket problem or a charger problem. Cig lighters are the same as the 12v jacks, if theres doubt, ill just say this - my GPS charges just fine in my 1969 Mercury's cigarette lighter. way before you ever called it a 12v source :D
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Both are the same thing. Your lighter socket might be messed up somehow. I use the cig lighter for my phone and the other for my radar detecor. I have no problems with either, but you might want to check the power to the cig lighter. I had to replace a fuse in my work rig to get it to charge my phone but the lighter still heated up. Does that make any sence. I am drinking so this post might be dumb...why the hell do I do this?
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Uh stupid question but are you trying this with the key off or on? On my ranger, neither 12v's are connected to the ignition, but in my old subbie, neither would work unless the key was on.
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every Ford ive had has the 12v sources hot with the ignition off or on. I hate foreign cars because of that. I cant just leave my phone charging in the car unless the key is on. Cant do that at work!
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every Ford ive had has the 12v sources hot with the ignition off or on. I hate foreign cars because of that. I cant just leave my phone charging in the car unless the key is on. Cant do that at work!
I hear ya. Preferably I'd like one constant and one tied to the ignition. It get's annoying pulling my radar detector out (I only use it on trips now though) every single time I turn my truck off.
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Uh stupid question but are you trying this with the key off or on? On my ranger, neither 12v's are connected to the ignition, but in my old subbie, neither would work unless the key was on.
tried it with both on and off...same result. I'll check the fuses tomorrow when the rain stops pouring here.

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