1999 Astro lighters don't work, checked both fuse boxes


#1

I just had a rebuilt engine put in my 1999 Chevy Astro. However, when I got it back the lighter and auxiliary lighters don’t work. I checked the fuses under the driver’s side dash and the one for the lighter looked good. I change it anyhow, and it still doesn’t work.

Anything else I should check? I am planning a long trip and would like to use my radar detector.


#2

The cigarette lighter and power outlets share the same ground connection.

I’d check the ground connection under the dash to see if its’ good.

Tester


#3

Any idea what the ground connection would look like? There are tons of wires under there.


#4

The ground connections would be wires connected to any metal surface of the vehicle.

Here’s an example of a ground connection.

Tester


#5

THere might have been some reason that the mechanic that did the engine, had to do something under the dash and maybe he forgot to plug in the lighter.

Yosemite


#6

I called a friend of mine that used to drive Astros and he said to look under the cupholder, that there might be something that the mechanic forgot to plug back in. I took out the glove box and sure enough there it was. Got it re-connected and all lighters work. Hoorah!

Thanks to all for advise. See ya!


#7

Your mechanic can be forgiven for this. I purchased a new Ford Windstar back in 2000. One power outlet low on the dashboard didn’t work. I used the cigarette lighter socket higher up on the dashboard to power the charger for my cell phone. However, the power outlet would have been more convenient.
I got curious one day about why the power outlet wouldn’t work. I don’t remember all the details, but I removed either a cup holder or the ashtray and found a wire that had never been connected to the back of the power outlet. I connected the wire and had a working power outlet. The power outlet hadn’t been connected at the factory.