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Old 02-17-2022, 04:12 PM   #1
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Removing cigar/cigarette lighters

Our first trip in our MH and the lighters won't charge our phones. Tried to see if it was the fuse, but everytime I put a new one in, it would pop. Going to replace with: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

But first, I need to remove the old lighters. Is there a special trick to getting them out? I don't want to accidently crack the plastic housing.

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If I remember correctly, from the rear you squeeze the sides to collapse spring flanges to be able to push out socket to the front.
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Old 02-17-2022, 04:46 PM   #3
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I didn't feel any tabs on the back end of the lighter. It seems to just spin around and around.
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The ones I've seen, the inner cylinder protrudes thru dash with the flange on outside of dash, the outer cylinder is threaded to provide the clamp to the inside of the dash.
The threaded portion is at the rear of the lighter tube.
https://www.amazon.ca/EKYLIN-Cigaret.../dp/B06ZZ69B6C

If it is spinning, probably the whole unit is spinning. Ensure wires are disconnected and taped safely. Hold the inner cylinder with a needle nose pliers from the outside of the dash and try to unscrew the outer cylinder.
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There is another type that the front part screws into the back part. You said that it spun around. Did you see the front flange turn as you turned the back part? If it did, try pushing a piece of wood into the front and turn the back.
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Probably similar to this one....
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Probably similar to this one....

If it is like this one, I just removed mine to change out to a USB. The rear of the unit is threaded. I grabbed mine with a pair of pliars add b it came lose pretty easy.
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Mine just unscrewed the back side like the above pic.(The large outer part) They where hand tight, so easy peasy.
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Old 02-18-2022, 01:17 PM   #9
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Got them out! They were the spin type mentioned. One just spun because the threaded part of the receptacle had broken loose and spun with the outer sleeve. This was also the reason the fuse kept blowing. It was causing a short. Now I just have to find the right size usb socket to replace without drilling new holes.
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There are plenty of USB sockets that will fit in a standard cig lighter hole - and there are others that are just a wee bit too big. So finding them shouldn't be hard to do, but you'll want to know the diameter of the hole so you can be sure to get one that fits.
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Got them out! They were the spin type mentioned. One just spun because the threaded part of the receptacle had broken loose and spun with the outer sleeve. This was also the reason the fuse kept blowing. It was causing a short. Now I just have to find the right size usb socket to replace without drilling new holes.
Thanks for your help!
There are a lot of them on amazon: some with lights, volt meters, etc... I when with the one with no light, etc.. Did not need more lights in the motor home, plus one I installed was up on the dash. I did not a light when driving at night.

Also, Some have screws for the besel. which I did not want.
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No lights? Great!

Art, the ones with no lights and decent charging capability are hard to find. Do you know which ones you installed?

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If your fuse keeps popping, changing the type of outlet probably won’t help. You likely have a short in the wiring loom. Mine has 3 12v outlets and they’re all one the same fuse block in the bedroom. The ones in the dash are on a separate fuse in the chassis block on the drivers side.
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