Bad wiring, a faulty socket, or a blown fuse could be causing problems with your car’s cigarette lighter. A multimeter can help you test the 12-volt socket. It can cost between $50 and $100 to replace your cigarette lighter if necessary. Bad wiring, a faulty socket, or a blown fuse could be causing problems with your car’s cigarette lighter. A multimeter can help you test the 12-volt socket. It can cost between $50 and $100 to replace your cigarette lighter if necessary. Remove foreign objects to fix the cigarette lighter Key takeaway: The first step of troubleshooting a broken cigarette lighter is making sure there's nothing foreign in the socket getting in the way of an electrical connection. Once any objects are removed, try plugging something into the socket to check if it works. Check for a broken fuse or bad wiring Aux power point Cigar lighter Cigarette lighter 12v outlet 12v power point Test and replace the socket Step 1: Turn off the car engine and take the key out of the ignition. Step 2: Find the fuse box in your car. This will usually be under the hood or the dashboard, but you can check your owner’s manual to find the exact location. Step 3: Disconnect the cigarette lighter fuse using a pair of needle-nose pliers. Step 4: Use a socket removal tool or a hook to gently remove the socket by turning it clockwise and pulling. Step 5: If the socket won’t pop out of place, use a plastic pry tool to gently pull it off. Step 6: Unplug the wire connector attached to the socket. Step 7: Once you’ve removed the old socket, you can slide the new one through the dash panel and tighten it into place. Step 8: Plug the wire connector into the new socket and put the dash panel back into place—if necessary. Step 9: Reconnect the cigarette lighter fuse. Check your charger or plug “I was looking for a liability insurance plan for my truck until I can afford more coverage. Jerry made it simple to shop around for the best deal for me. Thank you!” —Jake L.