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No power to cigarette lighters

I have a 2007 Passat wagon. A dime fell into cig lighter and I assume shorted it out. The fuse noted in the manual is OK. What else should I check?

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  • kewata9 Feb 01, 2009

    I have this same problem. did you ever figure it out? please help.

  • hseaver Mar 01, 2009

    The problem was not the socket. It The manual that came with the car is incorrect. The bug man was a tremendous help and sent me some diagrams. Check these fuses: Driver's side, nos, 38, 15amp; 41, 15amp. Passenger side panel: # 35, 20 amp. I don't remember which of the three it turned out to be. This should help. Let me know.

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    dpotie Aug 02, 2012

    On my 2006 Passat it is #38 15a drivers side

  • dpotie
    dpotie Aug 02, 2012

    My 2006 Passat was driver side #38 15a

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Two years later and you solved my dead cigarette lighter. manual says fuse 35--but it did not say to check 38 on the left fuse box. Thanks--blown fuse and everything works. Thanks

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If it's defo not the fuse then the cigarette lighter HEAT PART will probably need replacing.the element blew most likely.if you have something that plugs into the unit to charge ie, sat finder,ipod or mobile phone that still works it may be the whole unit needs replacing.......thats if the fuse is NOT blown.

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I would check the cig lighter holder for power with a test light check all fuses to be sure

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I once found a dime inside a cigarette lighter which my children assured me was placed there by a shadowy personage named "Notme". Go figure.

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If you have no practice with this kind of repair on car electrical system, then better to go to a car electrician or mechanic rather then messing up the car electric system.

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