My Cigarette lighter has never worked

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My Cigarette lighter has never worked

Post by jerome-v6 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:12 pm

Hey guys,

My cigarette lighter has never worked, I don't smoke but it bugs me, with the dash lights on the light comes on and it gets the green ring on the bezel. but it doesn't click in or anything or get hot, I bought a replacement years ago but the same thing.
is it just the unit that's faulty and a decent second hand one would do the trick?
Many thanks

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Re: My Cigarette lighter has never worked

Post by Andrew 2.8i » Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:21 pm

In case you didn't know, the illumination ring is on a different circuit to the actual lighter part.
Have you checked whether you are getting a live to the lighter and is the earth good?
That would be where I'd start looking before buying replacement parts.

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Re: My Cigarette lighter has never worked

Post by Chris82 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:23 pm

If the light is working then the Earth is OK. The lighter itself is on a separate circuit. Have you tried plugging something else in to see it it works at all e.g. an inflator/ sat nav? If they are not working I would start with checking the fuse.

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Re: My Cigarette lighter has never worked

Post by jerome-v6 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:08 pm

Thanks for your responses,
I've tried plugging a satnav in, it doesn't draw power from it, i've replaced the fuse, nothing and the glovebox light has never ever worked either so I'm guessing there's some nasty electric gremlin living in the nearside of my capri!

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Re: My Cigarette lighter has never worked

Post by Chris82 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:30 pm

Looked in the Haynes manual and the clock and interior light are on the same circuit. Are these working?

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Re: My Cigarette lighter has never worked

Post by jerome-v6 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:02 pm

Thanks for looking, Yes the clock and light are fine.

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Re: My Cigarette lighter has never worked

Post by Chris82 » Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:01 pm

If that's the case I would pull the wire out of the back and back sure if it's getting voltage. It does sound like the cigarette lighter is at fault here if everything else on the circuit is working, but I would check this before investing. Funnily enough I have just bought a cigarette lighter as my car didn't have one one as it's handy for pumping the tyres and the sat nav when it decides it wants to work.

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Re: My Cigarette lighter has never worked

Post by Bug » Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:49 am

I assume you've checked it is plugged in?
The light bulb is a push fit and earths through the body.
The big fat red(?) wire on a bullet connector is the feed for the lighter itself.
This very easily pulls off when the dash panel is lowered, so maybe it's been dislodged in the past?

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Re: My Cigarette lighter has never worked

Post by jerome-v6 » Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:56 am

That works nicely as I need to have the dash out to replace 2 of the dash switches and the temperature gauge stopped working. I put in a new temp sender and the fuel gauge is fine so I know the voltage regulator is fine so I need to replace the actual gauge.
NOBODY (or maybe I wasn't listening) told me 17 years later I would still be constantly replacing bits on my Capri and there would always be something up with it!!

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Re: My Cigarette lighter has never worked

Post by Mc Tool » Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:06 pm

jerome-v6 wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:56 am

NOBODY (or maybe I wasn't listening) told me 17 years later I would still be constantly replacing bits on my Capri and there would always be something up with it!!
Youd think it was common knowledge the way ignorant peeps take the piss everytime an old ford gets wheeled out of the shed. Truth is any 40 year old car is going to need some maintenance to keep it going......but its worth it just for the interest it creates whenever you park it :)
you gotta make the most :cheers: :cigar: :burnout: out of your 20's, 30's, and 40's coz when you hit 50 the "engine check" light comes on. :?

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Re: My Cigarette lighter has never worked

Post by Bug » Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:17 am

Surely you must have heard:

Fix Or Repair Daily ?

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Re: My Cigarette lighter has never worked

Post by Mc Tool » Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:42 pm

Yeah , found on rubbish dump , first on race day :D
you gotta make the most :cheers: :cigar: :burnout: out of your 20's, 30's, and 40's coz when you hit 50 the "engine check" light comes on. :?

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