While plugging in my GPS I pushed my cigarette lighter back into the console. I cannot pull it through the hole. Is it possible for me to take it out any simple way. Any help would really be appreciated.
Thank you. SK
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Re: Remove cigarette lighter from a 97 Ford Explorer
You will have to get in behind to remove it. its the only way some thing must be bent for it to push threw. look it over you might need a new one (not fun sticking it back in and having it push in again) good luck
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Should be under the steering wheel like any other car. There is a box. Just open up the box (You may need to pry off the cover with a flat head screw driver). I own a 91 Explorer and there is a diagram right on the back of the cover along with a fuse pulling tool. The owners manual will also have a diagram. Look for the terms "Accessory", "Lighter", "Socket" etc. Any Ford I've ever seen supplies power to the cigarette lighter even when the car isn't running so it will be easy to test.
Fuse box should be located either in the glove compartment, or to your left below stearing wheel. Also check fuses under hood, should be located next to the battery. Double check the GPS, most of them will nox plug into cigarette lighter plug. It could damage the GPS.
the ashtray has two metal 1/2 inch prongs in the back side of the tray with ur thumb & fore finger push in at the sametime,in the back of lighter pull out plug then replace it and then do everything backward hope it helps.
remove the ashtray. then remove the holder for the ashtray. the lighter is just inside. be careful not to short the hot wire to ground. It runs from the battery to the fuse box then to the lighter. Check the fuse if the first if you haven't already.
I had the same problem on my '97. I ended up taking out the lighter when I was replacing the LCD on the radio, only to find that somehow it had become disconnected. Not sure how it happened but it might be worth checking out to see if it wiggled loose. To get to the lighter: 1) Prior up the cover by the shifter (the one that also goes back to the seat heater). It is connected with snaps so pry slowly. 2) Once the panel is removed you will see screws that are holding in the ash tray/cig lighter. Unscrew those and the whole lighter/ash tray can be pulled out. It is also held in by snaps on the top.