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Ok probably a dumb question but if I wanted to test the outlet with a meter how would I do it?  Find a body ground and then lut the red prob to the center of the outlet?

What goes bad the outlet or the plug in lighter?

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Wade

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Yes, that's the right way to test it. I like to tape the sides of the probe so I don't cause a short. The lighter element is most likely to go bad. Some lighter sockets have a screw-on fuse on the end, where the wire connects to.

 

 

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Yes, that's the right way to test it. I like to tape the sides of the probe so I don't cause a short. The lighter element is most likely to go bad. Some lighter sockets have a screw-on fuse on the end, where the wire connects to.

 

It is continuous voltage right?  How many volts should it read?

 

Also, There was a dime stuck down in the bottom of my outlet.  Is that some kind of bubba fix???

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Wade

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12V at the cigarette lighter.

 

I test it my pushing in the element, pulling it out, and feeling if it is hot or not...

 

I dont have the element.  I will have to buy a new one. or just get a USB plugin for it.

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Wade

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And all this time I thought using my wet finger was the proper way to test it!

Ya learn something new all the time. :poke:

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The dime is not a fix, it likely caused a short, blowing a fuse or burning up a wire. And yes, on our cars it has voltage all the time, whether the key is off or on.

 

 

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And all this time I thought using my wet finger was the proper way to test it!

Ya learn something new all the time. :poke:

 

I know, right?  I used to hate when all those 'car guys' would berate me for that... tellin' me I'm doing it wrong.  Whatever.

 

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lollerz

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12V at the cigarette lighter.

 

I test it my pushing in the element, pulling it out, and feeling if it is hot or not...

Then you drop your roach on it :chin: :whistling:

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My kids call this the USB thingy... why on earth would you need to light a cig in a car? its made to charge a phone!

 

and then I feel old :)

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I tried that once... I don't recommend it!  :-/

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And all this time I thought using my wet finger was the proper way to test it!

Ya learn something new all the time. :poke:

 

A tongue works just as well!

 

What!...You mean the wet finger or tongue is not how it's tested! And whats this talk of some sort of meter with probe things?! :whistling:

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lol good comments all!  lollerz   For an update I do have voltage to the USB thingy...... :D

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Wade

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