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Old 10-18-2015, 8:29am   #1
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I have a 2004 C5. Both the consel and tge regular cigarette lighter plugs have no power. Although it seemed odd that two fuses would fail at the same time I went forward and changed both fuses. Not result, neither lighter location has power. Anybody know of a simple way to find and fix the problem or do I need to go to a dealer? Thanks, JimT
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Old 10-18-2015, 9:34am   #2
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Don't mean this to be an insulting question, but how do you know they don't work? Are you using a meter, or just plugging a device into them?
If the latter, have you tried more than one device plugged into them to confirm the device you're plugging in isn't actually the problem?

As these 2 power sockets are completely separate circuits, each with it's own fuse and each utilizing different ground connections, there really is no one thing that could render both of them dead.
When you are absolutely positive they are not working, and fuses are definitely good, you'll have to remove the console cover, verify the sockets are connected to the wire harness. The one in the armrest center console can be accessed by simply lifting out the small panel the trac control button is on, like this.

There is an orange wire (+12v) and a black wire (ground) connected to each. If they are connected, the next step would be seeing which of those wires isn't what it should be, meaning either the orange wire won't be hot, or the black wire won't have continuity to ground.
Other than the connector and the two fuses (#1 and #7 in the pass. footwell fuse panel), there is nothing else to these circuits.

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Old 10-18-2015, 6:35pm   #3
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Have had and still have a lighter that does not work. Have followed all the above recommendations and still no lighter. Even bought a complete lighter assembly and still doesn't work. Had a friend check the wires and were good to go. Maybe I need to re-check.

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Old 10-21-2015, 9:51pm   #4
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Did you pull the console apart to see if the connections were plugged into the sockets?
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:33pm   #5
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i never ever even checked if my lighter works, like also the headlights dont even know if they work since i never used them
very true, indeed
but i bet they must work since i wouldnt pass inspection if they didnt
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Old 10-22-2015, 6:29pm   #6
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Console has been apart too many times to count. Everything else works. Was using the lighter to power a small cleaner for the interior.


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