How To Fix A Car Lighter

If you are tired of not being able to light your cigarettes in your car, you are probably trying to figure out how to fix your car lighter. From time to time, your car lighter will leave you high and dry and stop working. The great thing about fixing a car lighter is that it is easy to do. You can fix your car lighter most of the time with a simple fuse change.

Things You Will Need

  • Circuit Tester
  • Extra Fuse
  • Nose Pliers
  1. To fix a car lighter, you need to first test power source for the car lighter. Testing the car lighter is fairly simple. You can pick up a simple circuit tester to determine if there is a problem with the power source. The tester should come with a test light on one end and a pointed prong on the other. While holding the end with the test light, stick the pointed end into the car lighter  Be careful not to touch the prong to the sides of the car lighter. Push the prong all the way to the back of the car lighter. If the tester lights up, then it is not the power source causing the problem.
  2. If the tester light does not light up, you need to change the fuse for the car lighter. To replace the fuse, locate the fuse box for your car. The fuse box is usually located underneath the dashboard. Once you have located the fuse box, use your owner's manual to locate the fuse for your car lighter. Pull the fuse that is in the slot for the car lighter and replace it with one that is identical to it. If you have trouble removing the fuse, you can use a pair of nose pliers to do so.

A majority of the time, replacing the fuse will fix the car lighter. If you still continue to have problems, you may have to visit your mechanic for additional diagnostics.

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