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Cigarrette lighter (front) in 2002 ford explorer - all fuses good. Key inside lighter caused a spark and it doesn't work.

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. Thank You Rudy Same as his. Kids stuck a key in the lighter and it sparked. All fuses check out good. How do I get to the lighter to check the solder connection etc?

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Look in your manual for the Power Distribution Box reference in Roadside Emergencies, page 210. It should be located under the hood on the driver's side. My 2002 Explorer has two power points on the center console and the 20A fuses in the Power Distribution Box for them are number 7 and number 9. They cost $3.99 each at AutoZone. The cigar lighter fuse under the dash is unrelated.

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You should get a test light and test the voltage that goes to the cigarette lighter before changing it. You need to confirm that you have power to the fuse block if you don't have power at the cigarette lighter. Go to auto parts store and for $20.00 you can buy an ohm meter or test light that will tell you if fuses are blown and if you have power to circuits. As I understand you have two wires that run to the rear window. If they are cracked and broken, wrapping insulation around them wouldn't keep them from shorting out to each other. A lot of times you'll have a positive and negative wire together. If they come in contact it's like putting the screwdriver in the lighter again. If you can seperate the wires and insulate each one individually and then together that would repair it or get some same sized wire and sta-con connectors and replace all of the bad wires would be the best solution. Find someone familiar with this job and get their advice if you replace the wires because you need same gauge wire, and keeping same color of wires would be good.

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