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Power port without power? - 2006 Dodge Neon

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  • larrypama Sep 13, 2010

    FUSES UNDER THE HOOD WHERE THE POWER PORT IS LOCATED ISN'T BLOWN.

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This is due to a blown fuse, check all the fuses, the power port fuse is mostlik;y in the underhood fuse box, but also check the inside fusebox, good luck and i hope this is helpful.

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