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Old 01-16-2013, 11:59 AM
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I'm wanting to add a cigarette socket under the dash to for my GPS to hide the wires and really dont want to run a in-line fuse to the fuse box under the hood. What is the easiest way of doing this? Is is okay is I splice into the existing factory cigarette lighter socket? I've never done this before and would like some advise.
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If you are going to splice into existing wire and want to do it without cutting them, I came across a very nice splicer called a Posi-Tap. They work very well, easy to use and look good in visible locations. Here is the link:
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Those look very easy to use. Thank you! Splicing into the existing socket shouldnt cause any issues, correct?
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As far as I know, it shouldn't cause issues. I haven't spliced into the wire for lighter socket on a vehicle in many years! You may want to ask RamTech if there would be a problem. More than likely it won't hurt anything. You're just splitting off the power to another load. I doubt there is anything in the BCM that would be affected.
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I doubt your GPS uses much juice? Maybe 1A? Check how much it uses. Then check the fuse rating of the OE lighter. I'm sure you'll be fine. Do you have the trailer brake controller? That's where I tapped into for my radar detector hardwire. There's many live +12V under your dash, but it was difficult finding a keyed +12V.
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Your cigarette lighter is a switched ACC 12V source.

Look for a constant 12V source so you can still use your navigation's features without requiring the key to be in the ignition.
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