1997 Ford Taurus Cigarette Lighter Always On, Rewire To Dif

Tiny
FLIPANDBOEF
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  • 1997 FORD TAURUS
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 196,000 MILES
The cigarette lighter in my 1997 Ford Taurus is always on ('hot'). As I use this for my GPS, I would love it, if I turned off the ignition, the power is also disconnected from the lighter socket.

Doing some research, I found out that in the fusebox, the lighter should be connected to fuse 20 / 5A / Integrated control panel, remote entry, cigar lighter.
Now I was thinking, would it be better to disconnect the lighter power-cable from this fuse and connect it to fuse 8 / 5A / Power antenna, radio control unit, GEM?

If so, what wires should I be looking for and would it be easy to do? I do not have much experience with the wiring in this car (or any car!), So please go easy on me ohnoes. Gif

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!
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Thursday, January 7th, 2010 AT 4:48 PM

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Tiny
JGAROFALO
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The wiring enters a main wiring harness, and travels throughout the area under the dash. A more reasonable solution would be to run a new wire from an accessory tap on the fuse panel directly to the lighter socket.
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Saturday, January 9th, 2010 AT 10:53 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the help / suggestions, however.
Actually got a good idea from our local oreilly auto parts;
The guy there suggested to tap into the power-supply wire from the car-radio (*), as this unit only will be used for my GPS and use a 2nd power outlet for this.
Came home and directly went to work on it.
Took me about 30 mins to get everything nicely / neat done and it works like a charm!
Now I have my (GPS) power outlet turning off when I turn my key off and the original cigarette lighter is not 'touched', leaving it 'hot' and open for it's normal use ;o)

(*)Note:
My radio has 2 power-supplies: 1 that stays 'hot' all the time for the clock + memory and 1 that turns on with the key only. Obviously, I used that one ;o)
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Sunday, January 17th, 2010 AT 5:44 PM

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