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    Cigar lighter/socket

    Hi all.
    I'm stuck on this one and could do with your brain power.

    Just noticed the illumination to the front ashtray (used for keeping coins in) is not working, also the cigar lighter (decoration only) will not stay pushed in, it does glow if I hold it in which suggests power is there, but no joy otherwise, I have checked the relevant fuses which are all ok, is the illumination a bulb or an led? has the cigar lighter itself broken? I know it's a trivial thing but fussy, fussy, fussy about these things.

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    The light is an LED so unless you have any other lights not working I would suspect the LED being defective. Fuse F56 20A in the rear distribution box is for the lighter as is relay R10 in the same box.
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    There are a couple of metal strips in the cigarette lighter socket that grip on to the push in bit and expand as it heats up and allow it to pop out when hot enough you just need to bent them back out slightly to get it to work again
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    Thanks Jim/Payno
    all the fuses have checked out ok, I don't know how to check out a relay!
    I will have a look at the metal strips in the lighter payno as I had been using it for my tyre compressor (perhaps strained it a bit) is there an easy way to locate the led illuminator without pulling the car half to bit's??


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    Personally I'd disconnect it. If you keep coins in the ash tray, well a 1p coin will just fit in the hole left when the cigar lighter is not inserted. Ask me how I know this.... Or at least leave something n the hole.
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