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How to Fix Car Cigarette Lighter

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My car cigarette lighter hasn’t worked for years and I couldn’t find any definitive answers on the net. I finally took it apart and came up with a quick fix….


  1. i did it but no my car doesn’t start

  2. Worked like a charm! I am ordering a new one but I will use it in this
    manner until the new one comes in. Thanks for posting.!

  3. $15 part, i’d rather buy a new one.. unless you have nothing else to do lol

  4. Thanks I have the same problem on Camry, I dont smoke so dont need the
    lighter but I do use a small compressor, so rather than dismantle I think
    I will get some crocodile clips and attach to the battery, good
    informative video pop in for a nice cup of tea if you are ever in nelson

  5. I’m SO glad I found this! I have the same problem, and the OEM part can no
    longer be found. Thanks, whybbob!!

  6. When you sell the car I hope you tell the new owner.

  7. Thanks. After going crazy trying to figure out what it was i finally gave
    up and than I saw this video and now it is fixed.

  8. You’re forgetting the fuse that’s located on the drivers widen kick
    panel… ALL modern cars have them.

  9. i thought it is a kind of resistance and not fusible link.

  10. Thank you for the video it really helped me i was having trouble with my
    car and charging my phone but now it works because of the video.thanks

  11. Works perfect, thanks!!

  12. Also worked on my 05 mazda mpv. Thanks for the information.

  13. Thanks kindly. It worked fine.

  14. what is a “radar detector”?

  15. On my accord it was a little different behind the lighter there was a
    plastic housing I opened it and the power wire was supposed to be touching
    this piece metal on the lighter but it looked like the soder broke or
    something. I bent the wire so it touches the lighter and it works fine now.

  16. I bought a radar today and my cigarette lighter isnt working..

  17. His car later cought fire for that one little pices xp

  18. You have to first get off the dash “fascia”. To do this, unclip your smoke
    tray (if you have one) and there will be 2 screws there, then the rest just
    needs some clipping out, be gentle! Then just figure out however to get out
    the cigarette lighter, make sure you don’t break the seal that’s on top
    that blends with the dash, you can destroy everything else though 🙂 Once
    you do that, go to super cheap and buy a new one, re install and plug in!

  19. Great video. I had the same problem, caused by a portable air compressor.
    The link was melted between two of the bronze clamps. Checked the fuse and
    it was good. I removed the insulating washer and it led to the fuse being
    blown right away. I had to replace the washer, the fuse, and insert a bent
    paper clip to bridge the link. Annoying as heck but it did the trick.

  20. try behind the coin tray (left of the steering wheel). you will have to
    pull the tray out completely.


  22. Do it! It’s exactly the same! (I own the same car as you…)

  23. thank you very much . It worked…Saved trip to autoparts,money and more
    important my time… appreciate you

  24. this fix is so sweet! took me a total of 10 minutes to take a part and put
    back together. works like a charm! thanks. anyone have issues with this fix

  25. Thanks for the vid. My cigarette lighter stopped working and kept burning
    out the fuses in my car. Removed the little washer and it’s working just
    like new. Is it still safe to use a splitter to power my devices? Just a
    cell phone charger and radar detector.

  26. Use a flathead screwdriver and gently but firmly pry up in the top two side
    corners about an inch down from the top. You may have to go back and forth
    until the clips spring free

  27. Go buy a new one from SuperCheap – If you’re aussie that is. If not, any
    automotive store

  28. @spokes121 – remove the slide-out tray that’s next to the cig lighter, then
    pull at the plastic trim and the clips will pop loose. A good place to
    start pulling is the hole where you just removed the tray. be careful not
    to break any clips, there are no screws. last step, disconnect wire harness
    to cig lighter.

  29. @will9630 you can connect higher load appliances than before, however, you
    run a higher risk of damaging your wire harness, circuitry, or causing a
    fire since the fusible link has been bypassed (by removing washer). I use
    the lighter socket to power my radar detector and charge my phone. If you
    want to run a power inverter or portable air compressor, I highly suggest
    that you connect them straight to the battery using a socket to clamp

  30. @mikpugz no what?.. the tom tom?

  31. I can’t thank you enough for posting this! Great video!

  32. no problem. forgot to mention, make sure you open the tray first before you
    start pulling at it. good luck.

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