|Quote, originally posted by clemmerb »|
|I am positive that you have a short to ground...|
Yeah, that was it. Checked the Bentley and found that both rear and front lighters were running off the same fuse (kinda obvious) but was actually two separate circuits (not necessarily obvious). So on Saturday I pulled the back console apart and disconnected the rear unit. I figured I would pull the front one out to, as the rear unit looked fine and I could not visually see anything wrong with it. There is really nothing to it, it's more mechanical that electric/electronic...
Anyway, so I checked the Bentley for the front removal instructions... practically had to strip the whole dash to get the d@mn ashtray out (Symphony radio). As it turns out I got stuck, could not get the radio out anyway, so I figured I would check if the fuse was still popping with the rear disconnected. Worked like a charm! Did not have to touch front, I can kick my self for not checking the rear first! Hind sight you know...
Anyway, so as soon as I plugged the rear unit back on the harness POP!. This is without the lighter actually being in the unit! Measured a dead short across live to ground! I cannot see how this can be, as there is nothing to the unit itself. It's just a spring that grabs the front part of the lighter when you push it in, and the sping expands when the lighter gets hot and releases it. All I can think is that the short is somewhere in the inside of the unit, must be behind the plastic parts the is supposed to keep the live isolated from ground. There is no way this ever worked in this car.
Needless to say I disconnected it and it will probably stay that way. As long as the front works so I can power my GTech. Very cool gadget!
I think this came from the factory this way. I am thinking of taking this up with Audi, not sure how far I am going to get with it though. Do you guys think this will be covered under the CPO?
Modified by Massboykie at 6:02 AM 10-16-2006