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2006 ford Explorer cigarette lighter won't charge my Garmin please help me trouble shoot

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Could be a number of things. It could be the charger/plug itself. Look at the plug end of the charger... unscrew the cap. There's a fuse in there... maybe it's blown. Could be the car fuse. Your owners manual will let you know which fuse controls that system... maybe. If not, just start searching. The panel will be under your drivers side dash. If all that looks fine, maybe it's the car charger itself. There are several different types of chargers so removal and installation varies.

Another possibility... Garmin sucks... not really, but I purchased a Garmin once that never would charge in the car either. I used different chargers, and different cars. It was the Navigation unit itself that was messed up. I sent it back to the company.

Hope this helps.

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If lighter works, it usually means your charger plug in is not making contact with the center contact in the socket

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