12V Sockets, No Juice

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Robert, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. Robert

    Robert Guest

    2004 Acura TSX
    Tried 2 appliances on both sockets...with ignition key in position II and
    engine running...
    none has any power
    what's wrong ? what to look for in the fuse box ?

    Robert, Jul 23, 2004
  2. Robert

    SoCalMike Guest

    a blown fuse, under the dash or in the engine compartment. id also check
    the appliance fuses just in case.
    SoCalMike, Jul 24, 2004
  3. a blown fuse, under the dash or in the engine compartment. id also check
    I don't know this car, but two things come to mind:

    1. Fuse panels usually have a cheat sheet either on or under the lid.
    As mentioned above, the fuse could be in a fuse box in the engine
    compartment, probably near the battery. This is definitely the first
    thing to check. Note that if you keep blowing fuses you have to find
    out why.

    The owner's manual may also tell you about the locations and uses of
    additional fuses or breakers, beside the obvious one or two.

    2. A wire could have fallen off (or not been installed properly in
    the first place) -- not the sort of QA sloppiness I stereotypically
    associate with Honda/Acura, but you never know.

    3. Maybe it's got a socket that is subtly incompatible with your
    plugs. Seriously. I have a wye splitter that practically has to be
    screwed into the lighter outlet on one of my cars. It works in the
    other cars, and my other wye splitter works fine in that car, but that
    one combination just doesn't make a good contact very readily. A
    voltmeter or even just a 12V test bulb should tell you what you need
    to know.

    4. If it's an obscure problem, or if it proves to be a fuse eater
    under reasonable load (some people load those things up pretty heavily
    for a long time, whereas a cigar lighter is a heavy but temporary
    load), on a 2004 model, is it still under warranty? I can see why
    you'd want to rule out the simple easy things yourself, but hey, this
    might still be someone else's problem.

    Best of luck,
    Ad absurdum per aspera, Jul 27, 2004
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