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The lighter on my 96 Camry has never been used. It doesn't work. Is it on a separate fuse? How would I test to see if it is getting current to it?

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You can test it with a test light, look in your owners manual to find the fuse block diagram, it'll tell you the volts and the location also. sometimes the things just get corroded and don't make good contact inside the housng, clean them both with some sand paper or scotchbrite and try before buying parts.

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