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Does not turn on

When inserted in cig lighter escort does not turn on in several cars. Cig lighter works for other electrical gadgets. Could it be chord or unit itself?

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  • rexou Oct 29, 2008

    I opened the smart chord and there is no fuse in it.

  • mmeissner Dec 29, 2008

    A few months of flawless operation and then unit just stopped working. Yes, no fuse in power cord. Pathetic design flaw.

  • spikemeister Feb 14, 2009

    I had the same problem after a couple of years, it just quit working and wouldn't turn on.

    What gives? Do these always fry?


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This might sound crazy but have you turned the volume button up? It is also power on button

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See if the fuse is blown in the plug of the cord , just unscrew the end that goes into the lighter socket
it will have a fuse in it

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  • jason Oct 29, 2008

    the cord wires could be broke or

    then the power circut needs repair and checked for other bad components



    electech

  • jason Oct 29, 2008

    and if there is no fuse then there should be

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