2001 Outback fuse to cig lighter blows

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by whinylilbitch, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. One day, recently, I noticed that the cigarette lighter doesn't work,
    so now I can't charge my cell phone! Yea Yea, I know.. but I have kids
    and grandkids! I also notice that my heated seats don't heat, my
    heated mirrors don't defrost, my electrical mirrors don't adjust, my
    handy-dandy rear-view mirror doesn't adjust darker when cars approach
    from the rear, and the compass doesn't work! Thank goodness I have a
    decent sense of direction!

    Sooooooooooo... I removed the coin drawer, which the former owner
    didn't even know existed, found the culprit - a 20amp fuse, and
    replaced it. Still nothing works :( I figured, the dork that I am, I
    had installed an old, blown fuse! So I bought a cardboard and plastic
    blister pack of a whopping TWO fuses.. wow.. what do they think, I'd
    steal it?? Anyway, I put a brand-spanking new fuse in.. ya know, the
    kind that light up as soon as it blows? Who'd've thunk that one up??
    Well, you guessed it! I immediately owned a night light for my fuse
    box!!! Such a deal!! Jealous??

    Anyway, my son, with his expertise, said to disconnect the battery
    before inserting my one, good fuse. He informed me, like I didn't know
    this already but just forgot, that my fuse can blow just inserting it.


    Tonight, I came home from work and since it was still light enough to
    get under the hood, we disconnected...ok ok, HE disconntected the
    battery, and I inserted the
    'FuseThatImmediatelyBecameAnotherNightlight'.

    Anyone have any suggestions on what would be a common cause? I believe
    it to be the cigarette lighter, itself, but I can't figure out how to
    get the dang thing out! There are no repair manuals for this 2001
    Outback.. I guess they're not supposed to break! The light on the
    lighter works, just not the lighter itself, and I had previously found
    a piece of something inside it when I tried to insert my cell phone
    charger. That's the beginning of the story, actually!

    So, how do I remove the lighter??

    Thanks!
     
    whinylilbitch, Mar 22, 2006
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  2. whinylilbitch wrote:
    > One day, recently, I noticed that the cigarette lighter doesn't work,
    > so now I can't charge my cell phone! Yea Yea, I know.. but I have kids
    > and grandkids! I also notice that my heated seats don't heat, my
    > heated mirrors don't defrost, my electrical mirrors don't adjust, my
    > handy-dandy rear-view mirror doesn't adjust darker when cars approach
    > from the rear, and the compass doesn't work! Thank goodness I have a
    > decent sense of direction!
    >
    > Sooooooooooo... I removed the coin drawer, which the former owner
    > didn't even know existed, found the culprit - a 20amp fuse, and
    > replaced it. Still nothing works :( I figured, the dork that I am, I
    > had installed an old, blown fuse! So I bought a cardboard and plastic
    > blister pack of a whopping TWO fuses.. wow.. what do they think, I'd
    > steal it?? Anyway, I put a brand-spanking new fuse in.. ya know, the
    > kind that light up as soon as it blows? Who'd've thunk that one up??
    > Well, you guessed it! I immediately owned a night light for my fuse
    > box!!! Such a deal!! Jealous??
    >
    > Anyway, my son, with his expertise, said to disconnect the battery
    > before inserting my one, good fuse. He informed me, like I didn't know
    > this already but just forgot, that my fuse can blow just inserting it.
    >
    >
    > Tonight, I came home from work and since it was still light enough to
    > get under the hood, we disconnected...ok ok, HE disconntected the
    > battery, and I inserted the
    > 'FuseThatImmediatelyBecameAnotherNightlight'.
    >
    > Anyone have any suggestions on what would be a common cause? I believe
    > it to be the cigarette lighter, itself, but I can't figure out how to
    > get the dang thing out! There are no repair manuals for this 2001
    > Outback.. I guess they're not supposed to break! The light on the
    > lighter works, just not the lighter itself, and I had previously found
    > a piece of something inside it when I tried to insert my cell phone
    > charger. That's the beginning of the story, actually!
    >
    > So, how do I remove the lighter??
    >
    > Thanks!
    >


    dig around these threads at usmb;
    http://www.ultimatesubaru.net/forum/search.php?searchid=251562

    Carl
    1 Lucky Texan


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    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Mar 22, 2006
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  3. whinylilbitch wrote:

    > lighter works, just not the lighter itself, and I had previously found
    > a piece of something inside it when I tried to insert my cell phone
    > charger. That's the beginning of the story, actually!


    Hi,

    Recently underwent the same kind of fun: the end of the cell phone
    charger had become unscrewed, came off when I inserted it in the lighter
    socket and got stuck, shorting and blowing the fuse. Are you sure you
    got everything out of the socket?

    Rick
     
    Rick Courtright, Mar 22, 2006
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  4. whinylilbitch

    johninKY Guest

    Ny money is on the lighter. There is a nut on the backside that has to be
    removed to get it out. Problem is getting to that nut. Another option is
    if you can get to the rear of the lighter is to just unplug that puppy.
     
    johninKY, Mar 22, 2006
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