The Poorman's Off Chassis Restoration.Com
Car Nose Logo
Photo Gallery
Web Cam
Specs
Cost
Links
Raffle
Pin-ups
Erudition
Contact
Store
Home
IPC
Video
Parts
Comedy
Destructive Tests
 
1962 Cadillac armrest

1962 Cadillac Cigarette Lighter Repair

 
The discrepancy:              
Cigarette lighter does not pop up or get hot in LH passenger door. Tried lighter in another position. Lighter 
ops checks normal. Checked for power inside lighter receptacle to ground. No power. Buss fuse is good.

 

Corrective action:

Disconnect the negative cable from the battery. A precautionary step to prevent shorting out loose wires.
Remove the two phillips head mounting screws. (See image above) 
Lift interior door handle to gain access to one of them. Remove the armrest cap escutcheon. 
1962 Cadillac armrest
With both screws removed lift the forward edge of the console up to expose the lighter receptacle.
Reconnect battery and check for power at wires and to ground. 12 volts were present. Disconnect the battery
and the red/green wires. Remove the ash tray for more room. Then hold the inside of the lighter with
your fingers to keep it from spinning while loosening and removing the lighter retainer.
(Turn the retainer counterclockwise.)
Meter and lighter assembly
Check for continuity at the center of the lighter
receptacle to the terminal pin connector. 
If you do not have continuity disassembly the
connector pin housing.
With a small pick-screwdriver and needle nose pliers
bend the tabs to release the pin cover, carbon disk,
and spring. (The carbon disk is integral to the pin.)
1962 cadillac lighter receptical and retainer
(Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of it while it was apart.)

Inside I found the copper spring to be oxidized. 
I polished the spring and contact point in the housing with a scotch brite pad.
Checked for continuity and we had joy!

Reassemble the armrest and light'em if you got'em!

1962 Cadillac lighter hot
 
Don't even think you're getting into my car with a lit cigarette!!

Show your support for The Poorman's Off Chassis Restoration.Com. Purchase a T-Shirt today.