Little off subject.....
the camaro has the lighter wired live ... borrowed a friends modern car, put the garmin nuvi into the lighter and its not live...only live with key on
When did cars change?
Oh, about 10~15 years ago - where you been
My 2004 Trailblazer has two (2) 'Lighter outlets'
right under radio - one is 'key-on' switched and the other is 'live' "hot" all the time, for accessories/chargers.
Thought it was weird when I got the vehicle, now I'm used to it ...
It also has three (3) others (for five (5) total
- have no idea who fingered
this option out ...) two (2) in the rear console for passenger use, and one more way in the back on side panel - all of these are "hot" all the time ...
BTW - not one of these had a 'Lighter' in it when I received the vehicle new from the dealer - just covers over them. Years later while I was digging through the little compartment in the side panel (to finally check if there was a Jack and Tire-iron before a trip
) I found a sealed bag with two 'lighters' and a funny round 'ashtray' thingy to put in one of the Cup Holders - for the Smokers I guess, but never would have looked there for it ...
Our new Traverse has all the lighter outlets "hot" all the time - and even the 110vac outlet is 'hot' with the Key-Off
Originally Posted by prostreet69camaro
Make sure you have a good connection on the lighter connection. They produce alot of heat and the connection will melt or corrode over time.
You might take a pair of pliers and squash the connector a little bit to make it tighter.
They can produce a lot of heat at the connection if it is 'iffy' ...
I usually put some Conductive Paste (as used for home.Ind. wiring) on the connections for items like this to assure a great connection through their life.
Never have had a problem after starting this procedure.
"Squashing" most connectors causes the connection to have smaller localized contact points and will/can cause more trouble with 'heat' at the connection as just a poor connection.