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Doesnt work,however if i stick a screwdriver in while battery is hooked up.
Lots of sparks!!!
Wiring apears original.so no fuse.
Suggestions? Pic of lighter attached
 

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hmmmm

I believe that question will be referred to my local smal town mechanic !!
I really do appreciate tje idea and he will know what to check.
Thanks
 

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The "lighter" is essentially an electric resistant heating coil ( toaster). A direct short to ground gets the element red hot. If there is corrosion, dirt, debri, a break in the element...the resistance can go up to infinite (open circuit) sticking your screw driver in ( a novel way to check the circuit) the socket and getting sparks demonstrates that you've got the juice.

You may want to think about replacing the coil...been lighting cigs for 58 years. :anim_25:
 

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Didn't your mother teach you not to put metal objects into an electrical outlet?
:sign0020:
The element is probably burnt out.
Jim
 

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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
you guys are smart

Ok i tried my toyota lighter in the 55.
Yeah it worked!
Now i need a heating element
Hmmm
 

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I just glass beaded an original element that was not working, after it was clean, it worked, try that first.
 

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Check your local autoparts store.. they might have an element that will screw onto your 55 knob. The elements are not hi-tech and basically haven't changed since the day they started putting them in cars!
 

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Heres what in the library, doesnt show clear view of heating element.

At the end of the cig lighter you should have a round coil it may be missing.

 

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Look on the side of the heating element and see what brand it is, most likely casco. Look on ebay you'll find what you need. good luck
 

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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
casco

Ok,yes it says casco.
The coil is there but you can barely distinguish the rings
I tried soaking in vinegar with little results.
Heading to the auto store.then ebay
Thanks for your continued interest in my car!
Ps
My wife saw me stick the screwdriver in the socket.
And sparks flew.she shook her head and without a word
Went inside the house!!!
 

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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
point taken

I was actually trying to pry the lighter loose when screwdriver went in the socket.
Then i read ur guys advice
Didnt know the lighter was always live
Then read unhook battery first
Lesson learned and i will be more careful
I do apreciate ur concern
When i was akid a guy checked his propane level wuth a lighter
Last thing he ever did
 
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