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Old 11-16-2013, 02:40 PM   #1
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Accessory (Cigarette) Adapter

Several years ago, my cigarette adapter stopped working and providing power. I had changed blown fuses (10 amp) before on it, but there is a new fuse in it now and it still does not work. I haven't needed to use it so I didn't worry about it, but now I want to get a phone charger to use in it. I looked behind the console a couple years ago and didn't see any bad or missing wires. Any ideas as to what the issue could be?

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Old 11-16-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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Have you tested the fuse?
With test light, I would test the cig outlet if no power there check the wires and at the fuse. If you have power at the fuse it could just be corrosion inside the outlet not allowing contact.

... I should also mention this. Mine shuts of with the key!

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Old 11-16-2013, 08:14 PM   #3
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I've tried several fuses at the glove box. It's not the fuse. I would love to check the wires if I knew which wires to check. What I mean is, I've checked the wires at the adapter. Is there another place I should try to look?
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:25 PM   #4
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I would start at the cigarette by unplugging it and checking the wires with a test light or volt meter.

Run a wire from the battery positive side 12V to the test light, other end of test light to the ground wire at the lighter - if it lights, good ground and if not then bad ground wire

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Run a line from the ground side of the battery to the test light and the other end to the 12V with key on - if it lights then bad ground - if not then broken wire somewhere between the lighter and fuse box.
If they both light then its a bad or loose lighter housing.
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:11 PM   #5
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I would get the service manual. Find out exactly which fuse controls the cigarette lighter, and pull it. Test the positive side with a test light. If you have power, then you know the problem is the fuse, or the wiring after the fuse. Next, pull out your cigarette housing, by removing the radio panel and removing the four screws to the cigarette box. This will allow you access to the back of the lighter. Then, you can test the ground and the power going to the lighter. Just ground to metal around instrument cluster, and test both pins on the cigarette lighter. If one pin lights up, then remove the ground on the test light, and connect it to the other pin. If you have a good ground and power then you know its the lighter. If you don't have power to the lighter, then switch a known good fuse, and test it again. If you still don't have power the you know its the wiring after the fuse. Let us know what you find.

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Old 11-16-2013, 10:33 PM   #6
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Also, I wouldn't use one of those phone holders and chargers in the cigarette lighter. They will spin around and cause the wiring behind the lighter to short out. I had one in my Jeep and it nearly destroyed my lighter. I finally created a mod to hold my phone and connected a second lighter behind my panel, and attached a USB plug to it and ran the wire from behind to my new mod cell phone holder. It had come to the point where my original lighter wouldn't work with the element because it was getting stretched out. My element wouldn't stay in, or engage. I had tried using super glue around my lighter housing to keep it from spinning around with my cell phone holder. Needless to say, I was destroying my lighter. Maybe this is what happened to your lighter. Luckily, mine has recovered, now that I'm not abusing it, and my element now works properly. Here is my mod.

The bracketron cell phone holder is a good addition by itself. It doesn't block your air vents and it doesn't obstruct your window view. And, most importantly, it won't destroy your cigarette lighter.
Bracketron JEE-203-97 - Custom Bezel Mounting Bracket for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited with Portable Devices - Quadratec

On my mod, I cut the face off the Bracketron, and mounted a Arkon Gooseneck to it, to extend the cell phone for better convenience.

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Old 11-16-2013, 11:06 PM   #7
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There is also a relay under the dash that controls power to the cig lighter. If fuse is good, I'd look at the relay next.
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:41 PM   #8
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BigCrave, that's what I was kind of thinking too. But how do I test the relay? Just replace it?
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:42 PM   #9
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Nice looking console Chas.
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BigCrave, that's what I was kind of thinking too. But how do I test the relay? Just replace it?
You can test it with a multimeter, some test leads and a 12volt power source.

I'd just buy a new one.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:53 AM   #11
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Nice looking console Chas.
Thanks. I put it together from pieces of ideas that I got here. My Jeep would not be in the great condition that it is without this forum. So, thanks everyone.
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:42 AM   #12
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Pulled the Cigar Relay and 2 prongs, 87 & 87a both look to have brown scorch like marks on them. I'm assuming this means the relay is bad. Either way I'm on my way to the auto store to buy a relay to see if that fixes my problem.
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New relay didn't fix my problem. Guess I'll pull the console apart and look there.
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Old 11-29-2013, 07:20 PM   #14
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Pulled the center console and looked at the wiring. Everything looks good. Multimeter is on order from Amazon. When it arrives I'll test the fuse block fuse, then move on to the center console if everything seems ok. All the fuses are good and new relay. Just wish this problem was easier to fix.
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:43 PM   #15
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What I mean is, I've checked the wires at the adapter.
Are you saying that you pulled the console cover and unscrewed the cigarette lighter housing, and pulled the cigarette lighter adapter out enough to test the wires behind it with an electrical tester?

If yes, how did they test? Were both the positive and negative wires, good or bad?
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Didn't test the wires yet. But I did look at them to see if they were burnt or corroded. I'll get the tester/multimeter on Wed and test things then.
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Trying to get all my ducks in a row as I diagnose this problem. On the chance that the wiring is fine, does anyone know what the part number is for the Cigar Lighter Socket (female receptacle) if it needs to be replaced? I've seen the bezel for sale, but not sure what it all actually includes. And I don't feel like paying $50 for this fix if I can help it.
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:05 PM   #18
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Anyone know where I can obtain a Cigar Accessory female adapter for a 2000 TJ? I'm pretty sure this is my issue as I have current at the 20a glove box fuse and replaced an apparently scorched relay.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:56 PM   #19
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My wrangler is also a 2000 Sport.I took my socket with me to auto zone and purchased the one closest to what I had.The diameter was a bit smaller so I went to lowes and bought washers that just fit around lighter.They have them in the speciality drawers in hardware.Put one washer on front and one on back and tighten down.Connector is different and you will have to install butt connectors on existing wires.works great and looks original.Hope this helps.
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Anyone know where I can obtain a Cigar Accessory female adapter for a 2000 TJ? I'm pretty sure this is my issue as I have current at the 20a glove box fuse and replaced an apparently scorched relay.
Still haven't tested the wires behind the cigarette lighter yet? It doesn't really make sense to throw money at the problem, when a simple test light can tell you if the wiring is good or bad.

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