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    Thread: 12v power source at cigarette lighter not working, no blown fuses. Any ideas?

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      02-06-2011 06:50 PM #1
      Hey guys, helping my mom out here with her Passat. The 12v cigarette lighter just stopped working in her car this morning.

      My immediate thought was a fuse. Checked the owners manual which says its fuse 35 on the passenger side of the car, opened up the fuse panel and saw nothing in spot 35 . Searched under "cigarette lighter" and came up with a few threads saying it was a different fuse in a different spot. Checked all fuses and none were blown.

      Any other ideas what it could be?? thanks in advance for the help guys!!!

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      02-06-2011 11:19 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by Steve Zissou View Post
      Hey guys, helping my mom out here with her Passat. The 12v cigarette lighter just stopped working in her car this morning.

      My immediate thought was a fuse. Checked the owners manual which says its fuse 35 on the passenger side of the car, opened up the fuse panel and saw nothing in spot 35 . Searched under "cigarette lighter" and came up with a few threads saying it was a different fuse in a different spot. Checked all fuses and none were blown.

      Any other ideas what it could be?? thanks in advance for the help guys!!!
      if the fuses are good then try pulling out the part and check the plug on the back to see if its loose or even getting power. did you use a test light to check the fuse?
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      02-07-2011 08:32 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Track5tar View Post
      if the fuses are good then try pulling out the part and check the plug on the back to see if its loose or even getting power. did you use a test light to check the fuse?
      We were thinking that might be our next step, just wanted to check for a simple fix we may have looked past before taking it apart.

      I didn't check the fuses with a test light, just a visual inspection to see if the connection in the center had broken. Should i check with a test light as well?

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      02-07-2011 09:06 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Steve Zissou View Post
      We were thinking that might be our next step, just wanted to check for a simple fix we may have looked past before taking it apart.

      I didn't check the fuses with a test light, just a visual inspection to see if the connection in the center had broken. Should i check with a test light as well?


      No your fuse is blown! The diagram in the manual is wrong.
      The fuse diagram in the manual is a generic print out , our cars are anything but. You should get a fuse tester (around $5).
      I am going from memory here so I could be wrong but it is definitely on the driver’s side and it is a yellow fuse, #46 I think.

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      02-07-2011 11:09 AM #5
      Just change mine out last week, due to a cheap phone charger. Driver side bottom row #20 yellow fuse
      Last edited by AE2058; 02-07-2011 at 12:31 PM.

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      02-07-2011 11:27 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by Steve Zissou View Post
      We were thinking that might be our next step, just wanted to check for a simple fix we may have looked past before taking it apart.

      I didn't check the fuses with a test light, just a visual inspection to see if the connection in the center had broken. Should i check with a test light as well?
      Yes get the test light. Your eyes could've missed it. All u have to do with a test light is ground the wire then just tap the metal part on top of each fuse. If the light comes on then it's good. Just do that until you find the blown fuse, seems like location is different in our cars
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      02-07-2011 02:53 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Track5tar View Post
      seems like location is different in our cars
      I completely agree, seems strange that they are all in different places

      thanks for the help guys! we'll take a look on the drivers side today and get it figured out.

    8. 02-17-2011 10:54 AM #8
      I can confirm that they are all different!!!!

      My lighters went out in my'06 Passat. Of course the manual was wrong. I checked every 20A fuse on the driver side, all were good.

      I found the bad one on the passenger side in slot 34, not slot 35 as was listed in one of the diagrams I found.

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      02-18-2011 02:09 AM #9
      yes, I fixed mine last week... blown it with an air compressor.
      I confirm passenger side, fuse #34, 20A.

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      12-02-2012 07:28 PM #10
      My front and rear cigarette lighters are out. Trunk outlet is working. Used fuse tester (with light) on all fuses on driver and passenger side fuse panels and they are all working.

      Any ideas?

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      12-03-2012 10:14 AM #11
      just had this issue as well

      manual said one location, that location was empty, Used a multimeter to find which slot lead to the cigarette lighter, and then found my blown fuse.

      GL!

      (mine was also bottom row, 20A fuse, dont remember the location #) year: 2008

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      12-03-2012 12:02 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by DBVeeDB View Post
      just had this issue as well

      manual said one location, that location was empty, Used a multimeter to find which slot lead to the cigarette lighter, and then found my blown fuse.

      GL!

      (mine was also bottom row, 20A fuse, dont remember the location #) year: 2008
      You told me yours was in spot 41

      Mine's in driver's side spot 38, and it's a 15 amp fuse (2006 2.0T Manual Package 0).
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      12-03-2012 12:38 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by MP3DUB View Post
      You told me yours was in spot 41

      Mine's in driver's side spot 38, and it's a 15 amp fuse (2006 2.0T Manual Package 0).
      haha thanks Nick. Been a bit spacey lately.

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      12-03-2012 01:55 PM #14
      any ideas what a next step would be (other than dealer) when all the fuses on passenger and driver panels test normal with fuse tester? Are there hidden fuses? both of my cigarette lighters have no power.

      -Rob

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      12-06-2012 08:37 PM #15
      yeah, check the ones on the driver side too

    16. 12-18-2012 06:37 PM #16
      I checked ALL 20a Fuses on BOTH Driver & Passanger side. all 3 of the 12V outlets are out on my 2006 Passat. I used a light tester, what else can I check? I am wondering if maybe they used something larger than 20a???

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      12-18-2012 07:23 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by jester_ag View Post
      I checked ALL 20a Fuses on BOTH Driver & Passanger side. all 3 of the 12V outlets are out on my 2006 Passat. I used a light tester, what else can I check? I am wondering if maybe they used something larger than 20a???
      Mine was a 15A fuse.
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