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WaltRankin

Cigarette lighter adapter

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Does anyone have any experience/thoughts with the adapter available through Porsche that will allow standard accessories to plug into a 993 cigarette lighter? Easy fix or not?

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We have done a lot of 986 and 996 cars using the Porsche kits, the kit was a cheap and a quick permanent fix for an otherwise annoying problem.

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This was the first mod I did on my 996 (needed to hook up an escort detector). On the 996, it was a bit tricky getting the existing socket out of the dash trim. There are DIYs out there. The replacement was plug and play.

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Hi Walt, i just did something similar. I went with USB adapter instead of power socket, i do not smoke and i use battery terminal clamps for the trickle charger. No other use for the 12v other than to charge the phone.  Let me know if you a interested in my setup and i can post some pix/links.

 

A tip, I recommend removing the radio so you can access/hold the connector housing from the back. Make sure to have your radio security code handy if you are going with this route.

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1 hour ago, junkart said:

Hi Walt, i just did something similar. I went with USB adapter instead of power socket, i do not smoke and i use battery terminal clamps for the trickle charger. No other use for the 12v other than to charge the phone.  Let me know if you a interested in my setup and i can post some pix/links.

 

A tip, I recommend removing the radio so you can access/hold the connector housing from the back. Make sure to have your radio security code handy if you are going with this route.

 

Actually, if you just pop off the horseshoe surround, you don't need to remove the radio.

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There's this plastic bezel/ring that sits over the socket, but not in horseshoe shape... perhaps i have something different? I apologize for misleading if that is the case. Also, the diagram seems to reflect 996/986 dash and not 993. The connector on my car looks a bit different from the diagram.

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Your lighter is still mounted in a removable trim panel that comes out of the dash, making it accessible.  Do you have a photo of your lighter layout? If it is above the radio, then you may be correct:

 

993C2S_SLV_7.jpg

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i think on the 993 the panel is glued on to the sheet metal. In order to remove the panel you have to remove the radio, defroster and fog light buttons, including the lighter socket. Wait, does Walt have 993 or 996/986? LOL

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17 minutes ago, JFP in PA said:

Your lighter is still mounted in a removable trim panel that comes out of the dash, making it accessible.  Do you have a photo of your lighter layout? If it is above the radio, then you may be correct:

 

993C2S_SLV_7.jpg

 yep thats what i have! That back panel is glued on, quite nasty to remove. 😛 

 

You can remove the metal socket without removing the radio... quite simple actually; remove fuse from fuse box, number 7 i believe? then use flat head screw driver or needle nose pliers to rotate the socket by grabbing it from the inside opening. Rotate 90 degree in any direction then pull. You wont be able to pull the entire thing out coz the connector with short lead is still connected, but you can gently keep pulling the socket until the connector come off.

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The later cars have an easily removable trim panel that holds the lighter, making the upgrade a 15 min. job. 

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