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2004 Chevrolet Aveo hatchback - lighter/12v outlet fuse blows

I recently purchased a (used) Chevy Aveo 2004 hatchback, car is in decent condition etc etc. Hadn't noticed until a few days ago (hadn't attempted to use it prior to) that the lighter & 12V outlet in the car didn't work. Checked the fuse box, no fuse installed. So I bought and installed it (15A - checked manual), seemed to work fine. Drove off and suddenly noticed my charger wasn't working anymore. So I replaced the fuse (it was blown). Started the car, was working fine, let it run for a moment no issues, so drove off again. Noticed the fuse was again blown, so I replaced it a third time. This time, I sat and waited 10 minutes to ensure there were no issues. As soon as I released the e-brakes (parking brake), the fuse blew. I heard the "zap" sound as it blew, so I can confirm that the fuse blew at the exact time the parking brake was released. At this point I am at a lose as to what the problem is.

The parking brake (as far as I'm aware) is not electrical in anyway, and the only relation to the fuse is that the 12V outlet sits right beside the parking brake. Other than that, I can't find any reason why the two would be connected.

Basics about the car - it's a stick tranny, not auto. Everything else in the car works fine, no issues thus far aside from this one.

Any help/suggestions/ideas would be awesome, as I'm not mechanical in any way whatsoever, and am clearly baffled and out of my league here.

Thanks much;

Dusty<>

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  • Jeffrey Zajicek Aug 09, 2013

    I have had a couple of things happen in my lighter plug, coins, spills that have built up corrosion and shorted it out. I did just have to replace the wires from the plug by the brake as they came loose and hit the ebrake. check to make sure it was wired correctly and not loose.

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It sound to me like the lighter plug itself is loose and when you released the parking brake wiggled the plug enough to short out and blow the fuse . check to see if the plug is loose .

Posted on Apr 20, 2013

Testimonial: "Hey Steve; Sorry about the late reply, but I did manage to fix it! Your response was helpful, I checked to see if the brake was wiggling it loose, and found that the wire for the 12V plug was actually being sinched(sp?) by the parking brake, causing the fuse to short circuit. I rearranged the wire out of the way, and haven't had a problem since! Thanks much; Dusty<>"

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