Cigarette Lighter Always On, Rewire To Different Fuse?

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Asked by Jan 17, 2010 at 04:17 PM about the 1997 Ford Taurus G

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The cigarette lighter in my 1997 Ford Taurus is always on ('hot'). As I use this for my GPS, I would love it, if I turned off the ignition, the power is also disconnected from the lighter socket.

Doing some research, I found out that in the fusebox, the lighter should be connected to fuse 21 / 20A / Integrated control panel, remote entry, cigar lighter.
Now I was thinking, would it be better to disconnect the lighter power-cable from this fuse and connect it to fuse 10 / 20A / EEEC relay,ignition coil, passive anti-theft system, radio ??

If so, what wires should I be looking for and would it be easy to do? I do not have much experience with the wiring in this car (or any car!), so please go easy on me ;o)

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

6 Answers

try acrefully opening up the dash and wire in a toggle for that port.

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Thanks for the fast reply, however, as mentioned: "do not have much experience with the wiring", so what's a 'toggle' or a 'port' ??

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toggle =on/off switch, port = power access (cigarette lighter is the plug) think about your gps. it and the lighter has one thing in common red is hot, black is not.

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welcome newbe.

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Again thanks so much for your patience with me and your help, however.... I actually got a good idea from our local oreilly auto parts; The guy there suggested to tap into the power-supply wire from the car-radio (*), as this unit only will be used for my GPS and use a 2nd power outlet for this. Came home and directly went to work on it. Took me about 30 mins to get everything nicely / neat done and it works like a charm! Now I have my (GPS) power outlet turning off when I turn my key off and the original cigarette lighter is not 'touched', leaving it 'hot' and open for it's normal use ;o) (*)Note: My radio has 2 power-supplies: 1 that stays 'hot' all the time for the clock + memory and 1 that turns on with the key only. Obviously, I used that one ;o)

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anytime

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