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Old 03-29-2011, 08:22 AM
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Hey guys-

Im digging through my dash cleaning up all the crimp connectors that the previous guy had cobbled together to wire in the radio and various other parts. I got to the lighter and found it stuffed behind the dash and still live, but missing the bezel and socket, only the housing remained.

I'm looking for a replacement socket but most universal units are slightly different than mine, there's a small, spring-loaded piece on the side of the housing, any idea what its for? I thought it could be a ground, perhaps the dash in this case just isn't a very good one, but I don't know why it would be spring loaded in that case.

Here a couple of pictures. Here's a universal replacement unit, pretty much the same diameter and all major connectors as mine, save the one in question:



And here's mine, note the bullet shaped piece of steel on the side. On my car there is a wire coming out the back of it and following into the dash:



Can use a standard socket with my slightly different housing, or do I need an OEM unit?

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K

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I really don't see a spring loaded thing on the side, what I do see is a spade terminal for a ground connection.

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Not the spade connection, the bullet shaped piece on the side. This picture doesn't show the wire going to it, but there is one on my car. I'm just wondering its purpose.

I have a 12v that goes to the back of the socket, and the normal ground, in addition to this piece on the side that I can't figure out the purpose of. Any ideas?

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I have a 12v that goes to the back of the socket, and the normal ground, in addition to this piece on the side that I can't figure out the purpose of. Any ideas?

K
That bullet shaped piece on the side encases the lamp that illuminates the cig lighter socket.
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That bullet shaped piece on the side encases the lamp that illuminates the cig lighter socket.
Wow, can't really see how but thanks! Luxury at its finest!

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Yes, that thing is a lamp housing.

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Put a bulb in it and it should light up the socket
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Sure enough, bulb inside, still good. Picture me smacking my forehead. Sigh.

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