How do you replace a 12V car socket?

My cigarette lighter stopped working so I can’t charge my phone in the car. I’d like to change the socket myself, but I don’t exactly know how. What do I need to do to replace a 12V car socket?

Electrical car components can be tricky to handle on your own, but you shouldn’t have a problem changing your cigarette lighter! You can follow these steps to replace a 12V car socket:
  • First, turn off the car engine and take the key out of the ignition.
  • 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.
  • Disconnect the cigarette lighter fuse using a pair of needle-nose pliers.
  • Use a socket removal tool or a hook to gently remove the socket by turning it clockwise and pulling.
  • If the socket won’t pop out of place, use a plastic pry tool to gently pull it off.
  • Unplug the wire connector attached to the socket.
  • Once you’ve removed the old socket, you can slide the new one through the dash panel and tighten it into place.
  • Plug the wire connector into the new socket and put the dash panel back into place—if necessary.
  • Reconnect the cigarette lighter fuse.
Congratulations! You just replaced your 12V car socket on your own. If you’re still having problems, then it may be time to see a mechanic.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 12, 2021

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