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Cigarette lighter I have taken out the center console, can feel the lighter, but it feels like it is connected by two wires. Short of cutting the wires, is there a trick to getting the lighter out. I really appreciate your help.

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The wire should disconnect from the lighter housing . should just pull apart. center is positive wire theoutter is the ground wire

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