Radio and lighter don't work....wind shield wipers either.
The radio and lighter run on the same fuse (8A). i cleaned corrosion off of the fuse holder with a wire brush and replaced the fuse and still, no dice on either. it's like there's no power running to the radio, and the lighter, who knows. i checked all of the wires and they look fine and everything is connected. it's probably a wiring problem of sorts? how do i figure it out?
also, the front wipers don't work. same thing, i checked everything and it all looks intact. i believe the wiper motor is fine too. it's gotta be wiring. if i can't figure it out myself are these usually expensive problems to fix?
thanks alot for you time.
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I wish I had a dollar for every time I have heard "All fuses are OK" or "I already checked the fuse" or "I know it's not the fuse"....I'd be a rich man!
When cigarette lighters quit working, 99% of the time the fuse is blown because someting got plugged into it like a defective phone charger. The other 1% of the time, it is because the lighter element is burned out or somebody essed with the wires to the cigarette lighter trying to install some kind of aftermarket equipment.
Humor me and check Fuse #9 (20 Amp) in the passenger side fuse and relay box.
Remove the coin/change holder from the dash you will find the fuse box
there. On the back of the coin holder you will find a fuse diagram
showing location and amp # for each fuse. when replacing the fuse be
sure to replace it with the same amp#. Should be a 15 amp fuse. First check/replace the fuse. If that doesn't work I would consider replacing the entire cigarette lighter it runs about 12$. Thanks, Lee
There is a fusible link in the connection between the alternator and the positive battery cable connector.
On the 1997 it is a 175 Amp Mega Fuse mounted on the outside of the high voltage fuse box located on the drivers's side in the engine compartment. After replacing the battery and the Alternator, it turned out to be a $4.99 fuse that was keeping the alternator current from reaching the battery.
The alternator cable bolts on to one end of the fuse, and the positive battery cable bolts on to the other end. You can test it inline without removing it by checking for continuity across the two bolts. An open circuit indicates that the fuse is blown and needs to be replaced.
If the fuse is blown (which means you have an open circuit), the battery light in the dash should be on.
The car will start normally if the battery has enough of a charge, but it will eventually die when the battery is too depleted to keep the car running, because the alternator can't take over if the current doesn't make it across the blown fuse.
If the battery is dead, it will start with a jump start, but it will die shortly after you remove the jumper cables for the same reason.
This is one of those problems that you might not think of right away, and it will drive you out of your mind. ALWAYS check this fuse before replacing a battery or an alternator on a mid to late '90s Model Thunderbird. You will save time, money, and you won't pull out your hair.
You won't necessarily find a fuse for this but check under the dash on the drivers side for a fuse box. Also under the hood but if none of fuses are blown you have lost what is called a fuseable link in the wiring harness and you wont be able to fix that. The way to easily get your lighter socket working is to buy from radio shack a fuse with wire attached and get some extra wire around 14 to 16 guage and a 10 amp fuse and run a new power line from the fuse box under the dash to the lighter socket. Use the same ground that is there. Radio shack also has taps for the fuse box. I just did this on a Ford Escort and it only took 20 min.If this helps please reply and let me know if you need more details good luck
check battery terminals for corrosion. clean with a wire brush. check starter terminals for corrosion and clean as nessarray. if the connections between the wire and terminal connectors are corroded you may need to replace that wire and terminals.
weird one this but not uncommon ,radio supply from ignition circuit and the wipers must be coming into fuse board down same wire ,look under bonnet around the battery area for some big fuses ,remove these one at a time to find the fuse controlling these items then replace the fuse and make sure the wiring to the fuse holder is clean and free from corrosion
make sure nothing in cig lighter socket..coins,etc..if nothing present,unplug cig lighter socket and replace fuse..if fuse doesn't blow,it's the socket causing fault..if it does,unplug radio,plug cig lighter back in and replace fuse..if fuse doesn't blow,radio is cause of fault..if it does,then ther is short in wiring
hopefully nothing serious. if you can, make sure your wires did not burned or got too hot.Visually inspect them. Then, if you have a voltmeter check to see if you getiing power to it. no voltmeter? Go to your nearest auto parts store and ask for a test light.
Back to the lighter, if you have power on the wires or wires leading to the back of the lighter, more than like it you lighter burned out.
No power on the wires? make sure wire did not get fryed or burned, all wires look good? check fuses again.
worst case scenario, can't find problem ? you can run another wire from your fuse box to the lighter.