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#130 of 1158 2004 Camry cigarette lighter not working
Feb 17, 2007 (7:26 pm)
Both power outlets/cigarette lighters doesn't work in my 04 Camry. The one inside the middle storage compartment stop working first & then the one under the radio stopped working. First I noticed cell charger was charging phone then a few days later my radar detector wasn't working. I replaced the fuse but to no avail. Any suggestions...I read other posts about similar issues but those didn't help....
#131 of 1158 Re: Light bulb replacement for dashboard instrument panel [grant2]
Feb 19, 2007 (6:17 am)
Did you ever get an answer to this question?
#132 of 1158 Re: 2004 Camry cigarette lighter not working [rsteen]
Feb 19, 2007 (7:27 am)
If nobody answers your question, I'll look at the schematics when when I get back into town later in the week.
I'd suspect that the fuse is blown, and you should swap it with a similar rated fuse to prove it. Schematics would show exactly how the circuitry is wired, and which fuse(s)would be the culprit.
#133 of 1158 Re: 2004 Camry cigarette lighter not working [rsteen]
Feb 22, 2007 (3:44 pm)
Check out the ACC Relay. This Accessories relay powers the 15A PowerPoint, the 15A Cig Lighter, (which are the two items you recognize aren't working), and also the 10A Rad#2, and a 5A ECU-ACC.
It's on a connection block with 6 relays on it, the ACC one is the one in the corner. On the long edge, you'll find the Fog Relay in the middle, then then Tail Relay, then the ACC Relay in the corner. The wires from the instrument panel connect into that same block.
#134 of 1158 camry tail light indicator on, center tail lights don't work
Feb 25, 2007 (2:02 pm)
I have a '99 Camry LE that has an alarm on it. This past week, the car isn't starting unless jumped, or on a battery charger. I think the problem is a blown fuse, but I don't know where the fuse box for the tail lights is located. The tail-light-out indicator has been on for a while, but the tail-lights work when I step on the brake. Also, after starting the car after its on the battery charger, the tail light sensor is off, only to light up again when I step on the brake to put the car into gear. What fuses do I need, where do I replace them? I have no car manual since the car is second-hand. Thanks for your help!
#135 of 1158 Re: camry tail light indicator on, center tail lights don't work [vjswimmer]
Feb 25, 2007 (3:25 pm)
Not sure why you believe you have a blown fuse. The fact that you have to jump your car to start it, usually points to (in order of probability):
1.) Your battery is bad, and it isn't holding a charge. It doesn't hold enough power to start the car, so you have to jump it.
2.) Your alternator is bad, and it isn't recharging the battery back up, while you drive.
3.) Something is left ON and draining the battery down.
More than likely I would suspect your battery. You can take your car to the local auto parts store and they'll do a free battery and alternator check for you (Pep Boys, AutoZone, etc). They will test it under load/stress. Let us know the results.
#136 of 1158 Cig Lighter Fuse Problem
Feb 27, 2007 (3:45 pm)
I plug a Garmin iQue GPS unit and an iPod into my cigarette lighter and after a while, it blows the fuse. The fuse for the lighter is 15 amp, I even put a 20 amp fuse in and it still blows. Even with just the GPS unit in,it still blows the fuse.
If I want to run a direct wire from the battery to the GPS, where is the best place to get the power from?
What would happen if I just short the fuse holder?
Thanks for any help...
#137 of 1158 Re: Cig Lighter Fuse Problem [twong1]
Feb 27, 2007 (4:55 pm)
The purpose of the fuse, is to protect the wire from burning up when too much current is drawn. This would be an extremely costly repair if you allow this to happen, and could easily start a fire as well...... which is what you are risking when you put a 20Amp fuse in a circuit rated at 15Amp. If there is a dead short load plugged in, SOMETHING is going to burn up....and you want it to be the fuse. The battery for instance will deliver hundreds of amps of power in total, which is a very thick piece of wire (look at the size of the battery cables as a reference). You would never want to direct wire anything to the battery, everything MUST be fused, and the fuse rating has to be LESS than what the wire itself is rated at. If the fuse is rated higher than the wire, then the wire burns up instead.
You can look at the power consumption of your Garmin, and I'd be surprised if it is more than a couple amps (watts = amps x 13volts). The 15amp receptacle would be more than enough power to power your 2 devices, so something is shorting. I'd suspect what is happening, is that the garmin plug (or the ipod plug), is made in a way that either the side or tip contact is somehow shorting out, and blowing your fuse. I had that situation with an old radar detector, I had to put the plug in a certain way, with the side connectors in a certain direction, or it would trip the fuse. Look carefully at how the male outlet is made and where the contact points are. Then look carefully at the female outlet, and where its' contact points are. When you put the plug in to the receptacle, DON'T turn the plug, just push it straight in.
I have also seen shorts in the male plug itself, but if it was a short it would blow the fuse upon insertion....so I doubt that is your problem.