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Electrical issue I have a 2002 Suzuki Vitara 5 spd. manual. I was plugging in an adaptor to the cigar lighter (as I've done a million times) to charge my mobile, when the radio switched off and went blank immediately. Now, the clock on the face of the (factory installed) radio illuminates only when the tuning knob is pushed and the radio itself will not turn on. Interestingly, it does keep time but does not remain illuminated. Also, the charging port (in the middle console) and the cigar lighter do not work. Wipers, door locks, windows and all lights appear to continue to function. I have tried changing out the fuses (I could only find the one fuse box under the hood of the car, next to the battery) and this did not affect the problem. Thank you!

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  • eliz_miller7 May 23, 2009

    Ok. So, how do I fix that?

  • eliz_miller7 May 23, 2009

    Would that spike charge also have affected the cigar lighter and the outlet in the center console? Will replacing the radio correct the outlets, too?



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Pushing in the knob normally turns on the lamp for a clock reading. It sounds like a spike charge flushed through a capacitor and burned it out

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    frank thomas wilson May 23, 2009

    You won't fix that for its embedded in the radios circuitry. You will need to have the radio head repaired or buy a used replacement



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