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Hey Guys,
I wired up my lighter socket and put the lighter in there and if I just jiggle it a bit the fuse blows. I dont even have to push it in to activate and it already blows the fuse. Did I wire it wrong possibly or is there a specific socket for lighters versus power supplies? I have the power going to the center and I grounded the outer housing. Maybe there is an inner housing that needs to be grounded instead. I am using the heater circuit of the Ron Francis harness with a 30amp fuse. Thanks in advance!

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Mike, I picked up a new lighter and used the inner knob portion from the original. I ran it to an acc power source and didn't use a ground as the body is grounded on the dash, although I'm not done so I may add it.

There must be a contact in it, try a tester light.


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Mike,
I had a problem with an after market power socket in my car. It had an odd internal configuration that would cause a short depending on what was plugged into it. Not saying this is the problem you're having but it would be something to check. Otherwise it sounds like you have it wired in a normal fashion.
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Hey Guys,
I wired up my lighter socket and put the lighter in there and if I just jiggle it a bit the fuse blows. I dont even have to push it in to activate and it already blows the fuse. Did I wire it wrong possibly or is there a specific socket for lighters versus power supplies? I have the power going to the center and I grounded the outer housing. Maybe there is an inner housing that needs to be grounded instead. I am using the heater circuit of the Ron Francis harness with a 30amp fuse. Thanks in advance!

Mike
it may just work off of power and the body maybe already grounded, may also be backfeeding some voltage thru the ground.
another option: quit smoking:evil:
sorry i am the worse re-formed smoker quit back in 1984, but a cigar is nice once in abit
 

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Thanks guys, I will try disconnecting the ground to see if it still has the problem.

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a power supply socket IS different than a lighter socket. a power supply socket is not designed to get hot and has plastic insulators.most lighter sockets have ceramic or bakelite insulators. also not all lighters work in all lighter sockets.

HTH Chris
 

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a power supply socket IS different than a lighter socket. a power supply socket is not designed to get hot and has plastic insulators.most lighter sockets have ceramic or bakelite insulators. also not all lighters work in all lighter sockets.

HTH Chris
I had a feeling that might be the case.... Maybe I will have to pony up for a real lighter socket. Thanks!

Mike
 
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