'99 Camry V6 LE Power Outlet Mystery - Corrected

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Old 01 Jan 2007, 01:14 pm   #1 (permalink)
R.E.Pasco
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Default '99 Camry V6 LE Power Outlet Mystery - Corrected

Several months ago, using a crappy 12V plug-in inflator the inflator shorted
out. I didn't immediately notice that the dash power outlet, 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 outlet there was no response. I also tried a known good
(tested) power cable plugged into the power outlet but there was no meter
response.

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

Is there any type of fusible link between the adapter and the fuse? How big
a deal is it to change out the outlet 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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Old 03 Jan 2007, 10:17 am   #2 (permalink)
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"R.E.Pasco" <richp945@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Several months ago, using a crappy 12V plug-in inflator the inflator

shorted
> out. I didn't immediately notice that the dash power outlet, 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 outlet there was no response. I also tried a known good
> (tested) power cable plugged into the power outlet but there was no meter
> response.
>
> On visual exam I noticed that the center contact of the power outlet

wasn't
> very substantial; also that the adapter cylindrical shell pulled about

half
> way out of the housing. Perhaps an open circuit at the outlet?
>
> Is there any type of fusible link between the adapter and the fuse? How

big
> a deal is it to change out the outlet 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,,,,


That is a common problem with cheap cig-lighter plugs, they often damage
the lighter socket or if there was a short, blow the CL fuse. The fuse will
be a 30Amp plug-in in one of the fuseboxes, probably under the dash. If you
are using a power-lead, select one with wide earthing contacts, rather than
the wire-types.
Sometimes ash fouls the bottom button connector in the CL socket. Dont twist
the plug when inserted as this can damage the socket.

Jason


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