Chrysler Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Hello I will help you with your question,
Do you have a voltmeter to check the circuit if I guide you?
Is the lighter the only outlet that does not work? Do the other two (if equipped) show 12 volts if you test them?
OK, it is possible that the socket itself is damaged. If you can check for voltage at the connector to the socket to a good ground to see if it is making it that far?
Do you know how to reach the connector?
Yes, you need to get to the back of it. You want to check at both the shell and another ground to be sure the shell is grounded.
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See if you can get to the connector and check for 12 volts with the key in the accessory or run positions
If you don't have 12 volts go back to the 20 amp #20 fuse in the underhood fuse block and ensure you have 12 volts at both testpoints on the back of the fuse. If you do then the poor connection is in the electrical portion of the ignition switch.
Let me know what you find, I need to run an errand so I will check to see what you find in about 30 minutes
The tire inflator certainly damaged the socket. You should be fused at 20 amps so maybe someone replaced the fuse with a higher value?
The wiring and the circuit in the socket will not support that much current so replacing the socket is what you need along with replacing any burnt connections you find.
I am glad it is not the ignition switch, that would cost quite a bit more.
Let me know how I can help
The socket may be electrically damaged. It has a fuse in the base if it draws too much current. If you measure 12 volts at the connector you need to replace the socket.
If you need to remove the socket use this procedure >click<