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Old 05-30-2012, 05:49 PM   #1
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Need help with auxiliary power outlet

Can anyone tell me how to fix an auxiliary power outlet in a 2006 Rubicon? It just stopped working one day a while ago. I haven't needed it since, however lately I find myself running quite a bit of stuff out of the cigarette adapter and could really use it. I hear there is a fuse for it but I'm not sure which one. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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Old 05-30-2012, 06:20 PM   #2
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If it's the same as my '05 & I think it is, check fuse #17 in the PDC under the hood.

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Old 05-30-2012, 07:18 PM   #3
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ok thanks.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:55 PM   #4
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My did the same. However my fuse was behind the glove box. I forget what number... Just check your manual.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:35 AM   #5
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checked both fuses and they both look fine. Any other suggestions?
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:34 AM   #6
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I would pull the outlet and check the power wiring behind the outlet with a test light for 12v to eliminate bad connection on the outlet.
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How do I get to the back of the outlet?
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:12 PM   #8
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You may want to check this post from another forum. Similar issues to yours.

Cigarette lighter no power, not the fuse....Help - JeepForum.com
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The same goes for the auxillary power outlet?
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:19 PM   #10
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Don't go by the wiring for some earlier yrs. On yours the wiring for the power outlet comes directly from the #17 fuse. You can further check it by seeing if you have 12v at the center of the outlet. To get to the back you have to remove the long plastic vent strip below the windshield by prying it up along its length. There are several places where it is attached. Then there are 2 screws that hold the center piece that goes around the radio & down below the heater controls. After removing the screws pull it out from the top & work your way down releasing it as you go. Then you will see 4 screws that attach the bezel holding the heater controls & the cig lighter & power outlet. Remove the screws. There are a bunch of wires connected to it so be careful pulling it out. That should get you to the back of the outlet.
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Is the # 17 fuse under the hood labeled "power"? The fuse labeled "power" looks good. So I have to remove most of the top and center dash to get to the back of the outlet?
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Yes the #17 fuse up front. To remove that panel holding the outlet you have to remove those plastic pieces. Not as hard as it sounds. If there is room to reach behind there then do that. There is a way to release the outlet & pull it out from the front. Here is how the manual describes it & I’ll post the diagram if that helps.

DIAGNOSIS AND TESTING - POWER OUTLET
For complete circuit diagrams, refer to Power Outlet in Wiring Diagrams.
(1) Check the fused B(+) fuse in the Power Distribution Center. If OK, go to Step 2. If not OK, repair the shorted circuit or component as required and replace the faulty fuse.
(2) Check for battery voltage at the fused B(+) fuse in the Power Distribution Center. If OK, go to Step 3. If not OK, repair the open fused B(+) circuit to the battery as required.
(3) Remove the plastic protective cap from the power outlet receptacle. Check for continuity between the inside circumference of the power outlet receptacle and a good ground. There should be continuity. If OK, go to Step 4. If not OK, go to Step 5.
(4) Check for battery voltage at the insulated contact located at the back of the power outlet receptacle. If not OK, go to Step 5.
(5) Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable. Remove the power outlet receptacle from the instrument panel. Disconnect the wire harness connector from the power outlet receptacle. Check for continuity between the ground circuit cavity of the power outlet wire harness connector and a good ground. There should be continuity. If OK, go to Step
6. If not OK, repair the open ground circuit to ground as required.
(6) Connect the battery negative cable. Check for battery voltage at the fused B(+) circuit cavity of the power outlet wire harness connector. If OK, replace the faulty power outlet receptacle. If not OK, repair the open fused B(+) circuit to the Power Distribution Center fuse as required.
REMOVAL
(1) Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
(2) Pull the cigar lighter knob and element out of the cigar lighter receptacle base, or unsnap the protective cap from the power outlet receptacle base.
(3) Look inside the cigar lighter or power outlet receptacle base and note the position of the rectangular
retaining bosses of the mount that secures the receptacle base to the instrument panel (Fig. 17).
(4) Insert a pair of external snap ring pliers into the cigar lighter or power outlet receptacle base and engage the tips of the pliers with the retaining bosses of the mount.
(5) Squeeze the pliers to disengage the mount retaining bosses from the receptacle base and, using a gentle rocking motion, pull the pliers and the receptacle base out of the mount.
(6) Pull the receptacle base away from the instrument panel far enough to access the instrument panel wire harness connector.
(7) Disconnect the instrument panel wire harness connector from the cigar lighter or power outlet receptacle base connector receptacle.
(8) Remove the cigar lighter or power outlet mount from the instrument panel.
INSTALLATION
(1) Reconnect the instrument panel wire harness connector to the cigar lighter or power outlet receptacle base connector receptacle.
(2) Install the cigar lighter or power outlet mount into the instrument panel.
(3) Align the splines on the outside of the cigar lighter or power outlet receptacle base connector receptacle with the grooves on the inside of the mount.
(4) Press firmly on the cigar lighter or power outlet receptacle base until the retaining bosses of the mount are fully engaged in their receptacles.
(5) Install the cigar lighter knob and element into the cigar lighter receptacle base, or the protective cap into the power outlet receptacle base.
(6) Reconnect the battery negative cable
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:55 PM   #13
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wow. lol thanks! I'll be looking at this tonight. Thanks!

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