'99 Camry V6 LE Power Adapter Problem

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Old 31 Dec 2006, 01:49 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default '99 Camry V6 LE Power Adapter Problem

Several months ago, using a crappy 12V plug-in inflator the inflator shorted
out. I didn't immediately notice that the dash power adapter, below the
cigarette lighter went dead too.

I've checked the specific dash 15V fuse with a VOH meter. It tested fine.
With the ignition on I checked the cigarette lighter and got 12V, when I
tried the power adapter there was no response. I also tried a known good
(tested) power cable plugged into the power adapter but there was no meter

On visual exam I noticed that the center contact of the power adapter wasn't
very substantial; also that the adapter cylindrical shell pulled about half
way out of the housing. Perhaps an open circuit at the adapter?

Is there any type of fusible link between the adapter and the fuse? How big
a deal is it to change out the adapter unit? Do these units simply rotate
and pull out or is it necessary to disassembly part of the dash board? Any
additional troubleshooting advice would be appreciated. Been burned by
Murphy's Law too many too many times in the past ... all things being in
your favor,,,,

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