Cigarette lighter

Asked by Mar 15, 2016 at 07:23 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2001 vw cabrio & my cigarette
lighter stopped working. I checked the fuses
& they are fine. Do I have to replace the
socket? It stopped working after I used a
converter in it so I could plug a small
electric blanket in. (I wanted one last ride
with the top down before winter! ":^{)

2 Answers


I'd check the fuse again. Make sure your looking at the right one.


You possibly have overheated your lighter outlet and thus melted the cheap plastic housing and losing either connecting ability or contacts won't engage properly with your plug in to the lighter outlet. Some of these are almost impossible to replace anymore with the cheap or ignorant way they are assembled. Example: '99 Dodge Durango lighter sockets will melt into their surrounding plastic bezel, thus requiring replacement of the bezel and lighter outlets both. Not to mention this being an obvious fire hazard. I would not run any equipment from one of these sockets without first knowing the amperage draw required and the maximum amperage allowed by the manufacturer of the vehicle for the socket in question.

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