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Old 02-01-2020, 12:25 PM
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Cigar lighter function

are you expected to hold the lighter in until it heats? Or should it retain it to heat, and then pop out when hot? Silly question since I don't smoke, but I would like to plug in an adapter for a phone charger.
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are you expected to hold the lighter in until it heats? Or should it retain it to heat, and then pop out when hot? Silly question since I don't smoke, but I would like to plug in an adapter for a phone charger.
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It should stay depressed by itself until it's heated up, then pop out. If the lighter itself isn't functioning, it shouldn't interfere with use of the socket as a voltage source.

FYI I purchased an exact replica of the rusted out lighter socket for my '64 at an O'Reilleys, on the rack next to other electrical do-dads. Apparently it was a common item for many different cars for many years.
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Thank you so much. Mini-problem solved.
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