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Cigarrette lighter (front) in 2002 ford explorer

My son accidently put a screwdriver into the front cigarette lighter in my 2002 ford explorer (4WD). I checked the schematics to change the fuse and made the effort, but it did not resolve the problem. Will I need to replace the cigarette lighter or is there another fuse I should be looking at.
Also, on another subject, the wire insulation that goes to the rear windshield wiper and the rear defrost must have been worn, given one of the wires is cracked, bare and separated. Should I use a shrink insulation to repair the wire.

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Rudy

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  • kewata9 Feb 01, 2009

    I have the same problem with my cigaretter lighter. my kid stuck a key in there and it sparked. If you figure out whats going on please let me know.

  • ericgos Feb 18, 2009

    i don't know the fuse number for the cigarette lighter in the 2002 explore and i don't have a manual can you tell me the fuse number

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Hi Rudy

You will have to inspect the cigarette lighter closely, I suspect your son has bent the 2 terminals that make contact with the lighter, and this will continually giving you a dead short and blow your new fuse.
As for the other problem, your idea of shrink insulation sounds perfect.

Good Luck !
John.

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