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cigarette lighter pushed through bezel

It's a 99 4x4. Does this mean I've got to get a new bezel or is there a quick fix with a rubber washer. The lighter assembly now just goes all the way through the bezel.
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pull the bezel out and see what happened inside. Maybe something broke, or it just came loose.
But I doubt you'll have to buy a new bezel. Probably just a new lighter thingy
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Do what ever works, but if you got the time hit the junkyards and look for a bezel out of a Explorer. Lots of options for switches and what not. I think I paid 10 dollars for the one I got it has an extra switch for when I mount my driving lights and the vents can be closed. Or try to fix the one you got
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more than likely, the plastic "lip" that the cig lighter sits on probably broke. i had a bezel that was like that. you could epoxy it together on the inside, or get a new bezel. they are pretty cheap.
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I've seen that happen to several of the bezels I've been modding.
There isn't much plastic between the lighter assembly & it's very easy to break off, especially if you plug & unplug anything from the socket very often.

I normally use some epoxy or jb weld to fill in & beef up the cig socket opening, sand & trim it to fit the socket & install a new socket.
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I had to buy a new bezel. Mine was broken the exact same way. Pushed right through.



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Cheap to get another from JY.
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Thank a lot guys. Cheapest I could find a used one is around $30. I like your idea buggman, using epoxy or jb weld. Just got a new dremel tool which makes me think I could do a neat trim job after glue dries. Worth a shot.
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If you don't use your cigarette lighter outlet, then there may be enough of a "lip" left where the socket was to mount a switch in that location. Shane had one mounted that way I think. Looked good.



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Thank a lot guys. Cheapest I could find a used one is around $30. I like your idea buggman, using epoxy or jb weld. Just got a new dremel tool which makes me think I could do a neat trim job after glue dries. Worth a shot.
I used epoxy on mine, worked great. I created a little jig plus my vise to hold the socket in place while the epoxy set. My entire lip had chipped off.
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just leave it out, kill ya self with smokin, true sh*t
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Got one from a member on here out of an Expo with a bad cig lighter. Turned out good just used JB Weld and a Dremel.

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just leave it out, kill ya self with smokin, true sh*t

You got that right. A good friend of mine just died tonight from a lifetime of smoking. He had one lung left and got pneumonia. He just couldn't handle any more chemotherapy.



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Sorry to hear that GB. most of my family smokes, its the way i was raised to think its not bad. but putting it out can defiantly spare you a few years.
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just leave it out, kill ya self with smokin, true sh*t
Never smoked in my life. I just want another power point and don't want an empty hole in the dash.
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Yew gonna run a 'stenchin cord fer ya leef blower turbo?

Naw just kidding. This thread makes me want a dremel tool.
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Taylor, get the Dremel, you will feel like a god!!
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Taylor, get the Dremel, you will feel like a god!!
I have used my stepfather's dremel, and I loved it....then he wanted it back.

Our local Home Depot is going out of business....everything now is 30% off.

Ill wait about a week, and then go see if they have any dremel tools left. lol.
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I have used my stepfather's dremel, and I loved it....then he wanted it back.

Our local Home Depot is going out of business....everything now is 30% off.

Ill wait about a week, and then go see if they have any dremel tools left. lol.


Go for the lithium ion cordless. They're awesome little tools. I've used mine so much on things I never thought I would. It's paid for itself numerous times now.

This one: http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-8000-03.../dp/B0000DEZL9



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Go for the lithium ion cordless. They're awesome little tools. I've used mine so much on things I never thought I would. It's paid for itself numerous times now.

This one: http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-8000-03.../dp/B0000DEZL9



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Well, I looked at the cordless. How long does the battery last?

For some reason I was kinda hesitant about the cordless one. I dont know.
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we have a cordless one at the shop and it sucks. i have a cheap harbor freight set and it's lasted bout 6 years so far. i use it mainly for modeling, but it's seen the garage a time or two. i have a foot controller with it as well.
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Don't use aCig Lighter as power port...

Not sure why, heard it somewhere...

Just get another pwr prt jy.
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I'm not a fan of the cordless dremel's, they crap out before I get half way done & have to grab one of my corded dremels to finish the job.

It's ok to use a cig outlet for a 12v port, I put them in most of the bezels I mod. I do, however, disassemble the used cig outlets & refinish them to like new, but they work just fine & actually hold onto the cig plugs on most of my stuff better than the actual OEM 12v ports.
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Got the Dremel 4000. It's got a little more power than some of the cheaper ones and works great. Saw one a Walmart for $75 the other day.
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I'm not a fan of the cordless dremel's, they crap out before I get half way done & have to grab one of my corded dremels to finish the job.
X2; they $uck, they are never chgrd when you need them then you either wait or get the corded unit out and actually I think the corded units have more power.

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It's ok to use a cig outlet for a 12v port, I put them in most of the bezels I mod. I do, however, disassemble the used cig outlets & refinish them to like new, but they work just fine & actually hold onto the cig plugs on most of my stuff better than the actual OEM 12v ports.
12V Ports… good to know.
It would seem feasible the Cig Lighter would handle more heat.
I heard they don’t hold on as well but I have never tested it.
I was saving a could of the Pwr Ports for on the back end of the center console but I need to re-think this.
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