Will a new fuse fix my faulty cigarette lighter?

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Dear Car Talk | Nov 01, 1998

Dear Tom and Ray:

My wife and I just had our first child, a boy. And yes, you guessed right, the
names Tom and Ray were at the very bottom of our list, right below Pius XII and
Heidi! In any case, we just bought a '91 Honda Accord wagon and are selling
(sniff!) our beloved Mazda Miata. The Honda is great so far, with one exception.
The cigarette lighter is on the fritz. It's not that either of us smokes
(certainly not with the baby around), it's just that we need the lighter socket
to power the on-board bottle warmer we bought for $10. I found the fuse box, but
can't find a fuse responsible for the lighter. Plus, all of the fuses seem fine.
Do you esteemed gentlemen have any suggestions on how I can fix this?-- Harvey

TOM: Of course we do, Harvey. Go to the "other" fuse box.

RAY: This car has two fuse boxes. One is under the dashboard. That's probably
the one you checked. The second box is under the hood. And the number 8 fuse in
that box controls the dome light, the courtesy lights and the cigarette lighter.

TOM: Now, if the dome light works, that means the fuse is fine and there's
something else wrong with the lighter. The most likely problem _ in my
experience _ is that someone unplugged the wire to the lighter while installing
a radio and forgot to plug it back in.

RAY: So start by checking the dome light. If it's dead, too, a fuse will fix the
problem. If it works, however, you may have to go in for some exploratory work -
- or switch to breast-feeding.

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