Volvo XC60 Cigarette Lighter Not Working – How To Fix

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 02/21/22 •  6 min read

Volvo is a car manufacturer that is based in Sweden. It was founded in 1927 by the Swedish engineer, Gustaf Larson and his partner, Assar Gabrielsson, a sales manager. Volvo became a major player in the automobile industry by creating its own brand of cars that could be mass produced. Today, Volvo is one of the leading brands of automobiles in the world. The company has also become a leader in hybrid and electric vehicles.

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One of the most popular models that it produces is the XC60 which is very popular for its excellent fuel efficiency and impressive design as well as its comfortable ride and cabin space. The XC60 is a mid-size crossover SUV that was first introduced in 2008, and it has been improved on since then. It is the perfect car for people who want a stylish, reliable and spacious vehicle that can go long distances on a single tank of fuel.

What is a Car Cigarette Lighter?


A car cigarette lighter is a device that is used to power electrical devices in a vehicle. It was made popular by the rise of the automobile industry. A car cigarette lighter has since become an essential part of every vehicle.


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The reason why it became so popular is because while it started as a cigarette lighter that heats up electrically, nowadays it can be used to power various devices, including electric shavers, smartphones, GPS navigators, and even cooling fans.


How Does a Car Cigarette Lighter Work?

The basic principle of how a car cigarette lighter works is simple. The cigarette lighter plug has two prongs on both ends. It receives electricity from the vehicle’s alternator which converts the direct current (DC) from the battery into alternating current (AC).


Most modern cars have one or more car cigarette lighters installed in them which means that they can be used at any time to power electrical devices in the vehicle when needed.

How to Solve Issues with the Cigarette Lighter

If you are one of the many people who own this vehicle, then you may have experienced the issue with your cigarette lighter not working. If you have had this problem, then you should know that it is not something that is very hard to fix.


There are many different methods that you can use to fix this problem, but it is important to choose the right method so that your car will not be damaged while it is being repaired. This article will teach you how to fix your car’s cigarette lighter with the best possible results so that it will work properly again.


1) Something is clogging up the socket

One possible cause of this problem is that something is clogging up the socket. This could be something as simple as a piece of paper or a foreign object in the socket.


Usually this happens when the cigarette lighter socket is installed vertically inside a center console, as in that orientation small items can fall into the socket. Non-conductive objects like coins can cause chargers to not make contact, and conductive objects like coins can blow the circuit.


It is important to be very careful when working on your car’s cigarette lighter because it is easy to accidentally damage it. You will need to make sure that you are wearing protective gloves and that you have made sure that there are no other objects in the socket before you attempt to remove anything from it.


2) The socket is blown

Another possible cause of this problem is that the socket is blown. This is a very common problem, and it can be caused by a number of different things.


This issue can be caused by a number of different things, including poorly installed sockets, poorly maintained sockets, or even faulty parts inside the socket itself. If your cigarette lighter socket is blown then you will need to replace it with a new one.



3) The charger is faulty

A third possible cause of this problem is that the charger is faulty. This can be caused by a number of different things, including poor wiring, a bad connection, or even faulty parts inside the charger itself.


This may happen if you’ve had this cigarette lighter for a long time. A lot of wear and tear will always eventually affect the circuit inside the cigarette lighter.


What to Do with a Broken Cigarette Lighter


Here are some general things that you can do to try and figure out what’s wrong with your cigarette lighter:


1) Check for power

If there are no obstructions in the socket, then you are allowed to proceed in one of three ways. It is possible to plug your cigarette lighter in, if you have one. When the lighter heats up and pops out, that means that the socket has power. You can also use a test light to check that there is enough power, and examine the fuse panel to see if the fuse for your cigarette lighter has blown.


If your 12v socket is really an accessory socket and not a socket for a cigarette lighter, you may have to use a test light or multimeter to check for power.


If the fuse does not blow and the socket still has power, there may be a problem with that socket or the accessory plug that you are trying to use with it. All cigar lighters and 12v accessory sockets are designed to have some degree of loose tolerance. The springs are designed to act as spring-loaded contacts, but if no contact is being made, the accessory won’t receive power.


2) Replace the lighter

In many cases, the easiest thing to do would be to replace the cigarette lighter or 12v accessory socket fuse and see what happens.


If the breaker blows immediately, you’re likely dealing with a short circuit. If you plug in a lighter and it blows, it is possible that you are having a problem. When things go well initially, but a fuse blows when you plug in your inverter, it is likely that the inverter is the one responsible.

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.

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