Is this just a blown fuse?

Tiny
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I was in my friend's car today and went to throw her old key chain back in the console. The metal clip of the chain got stuck in the cigarette lighter and after I pulled it out the radar detector, ipod adapter, etc stopped working. She's definitely not going to be happy. The clip got stuck in there but I don't think I ripped anything when I pulled it out.
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Friday, October 7th, 2011 AT 11:48 PM

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Tiny
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Ok. I don't understand your question.
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Friday, October 7th, 2011 AT 11:51 PM
Tiny
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Ok I guess the rest of the message wasn't there. Continuing on where I left off. The metal clip of the key chain got stuck in the cigarette lighter. I was able to eventually get the keychain out but after that the radar detector, ipod adaptor, etc stopped working. I'm reaaaaaaally hoping this is just a blown fuse, but there is DEFINITELY no way this girl will be trying to fix it herself so I'm gonna have to pay for a dealership to repair it. What can I expect to pay on a repair like this?
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Friday, October 7th, 2011 AT 11:59 PM
Tiny
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Replacing a fuse? Depends where you buy them. I just bought a variety pack of ATC fuses for $2.49 from the local hardware store. Look under the left side of the dash, probably under the kick panel. I don't have a fuse panel layout guide, but there should be one either on the fuse panel itself, or on the cover.
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Saturday, October 8th, 2011 AT 12:05 AM
Tiny
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She's definitely not gonna go the self-repair route. Is it probably a blown fuse? How much is this gonna cost to get fixed at a garage/dealership?
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Saturday, October 8th, 2011 AT 12:07 AM
Tiny
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Yes. It is probably a blown fuse. Most garages charge around $75 an hour, with a one hour minimum. Changing the fuse is a 5 minute process. Don't waste your money, or her time, by taking it to a shop or dealership. Fuses were made readily accessible so the vehicle owner could change them easily.
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Saturday, October 8th, 2011 AT 12:15 AM
Tiny
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You'd be lucky to get in and out of a shop or dealership in under an hour, most of which is just waiting for your car to be looked at. Are you or here anywhere near Northern San Diego County/Camp Pendleton? I'll do it for a 6-pack.
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Saturday, October 8th, 2011 AT 12:17 AM
Tiny
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Haha I would gladly pay you a 6 pack. Unfortunately I'm in Texas. I'm not sure how I can convince her not to go to a dealership. She has a boyfriend that could probably easily do it but he's kind of a***** and would probably rather I just pay. Would it be something I easily fix myself? I'm not a car person at all.
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Saturday, October 8th, 2011 AT 12:21 AM
Tiny
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Yep. Almost with your eyes closed. Remove kick panel. Might need a Phillips screwdriver, might just be a friction plug. Fuse panel is behind it. Near driver's left foot. Like I said, either the panel itself is labelled, the panel cover is labelled, or there is a label on the kick panel. Cig lighter fuse is the one most likely blown. Either that or Auxiliary power.
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Saturday, October 8th, 2011 AT 12:33 AM
Tiny
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I have a friend in Austin and an aunt and cousin near Houston. :D
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Saturday, October 8th, 2011 AT 12:34 AM
Tiny
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Thank you so much! That sounds ridiculously easy. I'm gonna give it a try this week and hopefully the new fuse will do the trick!
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Saturday, October 8th, 2011 AT 12:48 AM
Tiny
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My pleasure. Enjoy.
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Saturday, October 8th, 2011 AT 12:48 AM
Tiny
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1st find the owners manual its in the car somewhere ask your girlfriend.
2nd look up where the fuse panel is and what number fuse it is pull the lighter fuse out and go buy a new fuse and install it.
3rd if no owner manual you and your girlfriend go to the parts store and explain you have a blown fuse and want to buy some fuses but dont know witch one you need. Can they assist you with checking the fuse size and can help replacing it. You wont know till you try. This is a simple task. Gl
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Saturday, October 8th, 2011 AT 12:58 AM
Tiny
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Cadieman, it's not HIS girlfriend. It's someone else's and THAT someone else is a jealous type.
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Saturday, October 8th, 2011 AT 1:22 AM

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