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Cigarette lighter does not work

Have check all fuses--no problem with any of them. The cigarette lighter illumation light functions fine. Have traced the lines up into dash as far as I can---no luck. No current to the cigarette lighter. How's the best way to tap into a hot light to resupply the lighter? Dealer wants $250 to diagnose the problem---more to fix the problem. I think that's a bit high.

Don't smoke, would just like to use the lighter as a power source for lights, etc.

Joe

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  • jhallii138 Sep 28, 2008

    Great suggestions,but already tried the test light test with key on---no power to center of lighter. Checked all fuses inside on dash and in engine compartment. Other suggestions?

  • nichelle866 Jan 12, 2009

    I have a '96 Rav4 and my cigarette lighter has a short in it somewhere. Everytime I plug in a power source into it I blow a fuse. I have gone through 5 fuses just trying to figure where the short is. Is it worth replacing the whole lighter? Does anyone else have suggestions?

    Thanks - Nichelle

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To test if the cig lighter works buy a 12volt test light at radio shack and test the center of the cig lighter to see if you get power there.if you don't then there is a blown fuse somewhere check the fuses in the engine compartment?

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  • tteamimage Sep 29, 2008

    did you check the fuse box in the engine compartment? the cig lighter could be bad or it got unplug from behind you need to get behind the cig lighter to be sure its plug in. you can go to a stereo shop to get it fix should be alot cheaper. if the wire is bad they can tap a new one to it

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