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Old 09-20-2009, 07:50 PM   #1
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Default How to remove cigarette lighter socket?

Why would I want to remove the cigarette light socket in my '99C4?

Well, I received a nice GPS for my birthday. A Garmin Nuvi 250. It works great but there is one problem. The unit is powered by plugging into the cigarette lighter socket. But it will not seat properly in the socket, and droops down and loses contact. A friend of mine said that I needed to replace the OEM cigarette lighter socket with a "power accessory" type of socket. OK, that's fine. I'm a non-smoker and will be quite happy to do that. But it is not obvious as to how to remove the socket. Is some special kind of tool required?

If anyone has done this, or knows what to do, please let me know.

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Old 09-20-2009, 08:39 PM   #2
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You can also just put some plastic electrical tape around the end of the plug and will stay in just fine.
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:04 PM   #3
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here you go
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:24 AM   #4
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Holy Catfish, Statman!! I just read the entire thread on Renntech and am intimidated about the process before even starting. This procedure has clearly challenged many members. I'll give it a shot today.

Thanks for sending along the link to Renntech.

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Old 09-22-2009, 10:00 AM   #5
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I've done it (don't ask me how, I don't have a clue) and it doesn't take 10 hours. But it is a bugger to get out. I would try a workaround. Consider buying a splitter adapter?
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Old 09-22-2009, 11:49 AM   #6
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Not sure why your Nuvi plug won't seat properly. I have one and it works just fine.
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Old 09-22-2009, 02:13 PM   #7
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Not sure why your Nuvi plug won't seat properly. I have one and it works just fine.
there are two problems...the oem socket size is not standard (US) and the tensioning "springs" inside the socket have been known to bend. There are aftermarket socket attachments that remedy the first issue, and you can pry the "springs out to make the fit better.
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:46 PM   #8
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I have been through this....It actually happened when i picked up my p-car from PA. I brought my GPS for the ride home and lo and behold it wouldn't fit...ugh. I didn't really have time to find the optimal solution, so I went to Radio Shack and find a replacement cable with a short socket. You can at least test it out and return it if it doesn't work.

It was the iGo kit where you can buy replacement connectors. Was like $25 and came with one connector. The head lights up. It works 95%.....it does eventually wiggle itself loose, but it still works fine. I just found it on Radio Shack...you can see the head is short:

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Old 09-22-2009, 03:48 PM   #9
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I'm sure you could hack something up and just hardwire the cable to switched power/ground, but it won't be as elegant.
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I'm sure you could hack something up and just hardwire the cable to switched power/ground, but it won't be as elegant.
Well, I did hack something up. It works quite well. It is just a piece of 7/8" copper pipe with the OD and IDs reworked to get a tight fit on the adaptor, and a snug fit in the receptacle.

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Old 10-13-2009, 10:32 PM   #11
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The 99' lighter socket is too large for most power adaptors. Simply go to the dealer and buy a new cigarette lighter - it will come with the socket and a new, smaller cig lighter element. You have to destroy the old socket to get it out - but who cares, right?

Removal - DISCONNECT THE BATTERY. With a small flat head screwdriver, slide the tip into one of the little rectangular punched out sections of your old lighter socket wall. (The punched out section acts as a 'catch' for the socket to remain 'stuck' in the dash face) Then, while being careful, twist the screwdriver until the socket is able to pulled right out of the dash face. If twisting the socket with the screwdriver inserted through the first hole doesn't quite get it out, go to the next punched out hole, it will then come out easily.

DO NOT TRY TO PRY THE SOCKET FROM THE DASH FACE - YOU WILL ONLY MAR THE PLASTIC DASH SURFACE IN THE PROCESS AND THE SOCKET WILL STILL BE STUCK.

Installation - Unplug the power wire, and plug it into your new socket. Push the new socket into the dash face - you will note that the socket is now very firmly and inextricably stuck in your dash.

Reconnect the battery and 're-train' your power windows by holding the up and down switches as you run the windows up and down a complete cycle. Re-enter your radio code.

On my job I noticed that my old power lead didn't fit quite as snugly on the socket lead, but it worked.

Now enjoy having a snug power adaptor!

Call Sunset Porsche and they will explain the lighter socket differences. A new lighter and socket is dirt cheap.
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Digging up an old thread here, but ...

Just did this! Holy crap is it nice to have a regular sized lighter in the car now.

A bit of advice -- the sleeve that the core of the lighter fits in needs to go in first, and then the core goes in after it...DO NOT PUT THE CORE IN THE SLEEVE BEFORE IT IS IN THE DASH, this will promote tons of swearing and lots of extra work. Thanks Marlon for the extraction method, worked well.
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Digging up an old thread here, but ...

Just did this! Holy crap is it nice to have a regular sized lighter in the car now.

A bit of advice -- the sleeve that the core of the lighter fits in needs to go in first, and then the core goes in after it...DO NOT PUT THE CORE IN THE SLEEVE BEFORE IT IS IN THE DASH, this will promote tons of swearing and lots of extra work. Thanks Marlon for the extraction method, worked well.
So you are still able to purchase this part? I got the "this part is not available" message when I tried to purchase these a few months ago, could you please provide the place and part number?

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I did this in my smoking delete process, I just hacked the **** out of it
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