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ElSabio182
08-07-2010, 04:09 PM
So the tip of a cheap plastic power charger for my GPS broke and fell off in the port...it's a 2001, so it's the flip-down variety.

Upon trying to get the thing out of the charger, 2 things went wrong:
1) at least one piece of debris (a plastic ring for sure) and fell into the space under the hinge
2) while fishing around in there with pliers, I bent one of the mental prongs and can't bend it back where it should be. Pretty sure it's contacting the metal on the inner wall of the cylider, causing a short or something.

After searching through the archives, I naturally pulled the fuse, and it was blown. Tried hot-swapping a new one, and the fuse panel sparked. (At this point, the lighter was stuck in it...was trying to test it, and it wouldn't come out). After pulling the aforementioned lighter out of the cylider, I tried another new circuit. That one fried too.

So what to do now? I'll try getting a picture of the bent prong. Pretty sure ECS sells the part, but I'm sure it's a bitch-and-a-half to replace.

Driving through unknown parts of Boston without a GPS is a terrifying prospect...

-G

EuroDriven
08-07-2010, 08:37 PM
Post some pictures, reading that is a little confusing.

ElSabio182
08-08-2010, 11:50 AM
Ok, let's try this with some handy visual aids....

This is the POS that broke, with an original next to it for comparison. All of "the tip" is floating around somewhere...

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i201/TheJazz7/my%20ride/smallbrokenmarked.jpg

This is what the lighter looks like. Notice the two metal prongs. The OK one is still sitting flush with the wall, but not touching the wall. The other one was pulled up so it was contacting the wall....while trying to push it back down into the appropriate shape, the thing is now bent inward. Pretty sure the metal-on-metal would cause a short, right?

I initially thought it was the piece from the adaptor that broke, that's why I was pulling on it.

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i201/TheJazz7/my%20ride/smalllightermarked.jpg



And for any future readers that are interested, this is the fuse in question....

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i201/TheJazz7/my%20ride/smallfuseboxmarked.jpg

Cybersombosis
08-08-2010, 12:09 PM
The metal prong which is 12V+ve is touching the side wall which is ground causing a short and the fuse to blow. You need to get a pick tool and pry the prong making contact with the wall away from it. Make sure it looks like the opposite side when you do it. That should fix it.

Doug

ElSabio182
08-08-2010, 12:28 PM
The metal prong which is 12V+ve is touching the side wall which is ground causing a short and the fuse to blow. You need to get a pick tool and pry the prong making contact with the wall away from it. Make sure it looks like the opposite side when you do it. That should fix it.

Doug


Yeah, that's what I figured...any thoughts for a particular "pick tool" I could use to get at this thing? been having a real problem with screwdrivers, needle-nose, allen wrench, etc. You really need to torque on the thing to get it to move.

dtmeurosport
08-08-2010, 11:26 PM
sorry I can't be any help, but is there any chance the "just the tip..." caption is a reference to the FX series Archer?

"Just the tip?" lol

EuroDriven
08-09-2010, 05:23 AM
http://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece-pick-and-hook-set-66836.html

Insert behind the tab and rotate to pull it towards the center.