cant use sat nav in lighter socket??? - Alfa Romeo Forum
You are currently unregistered, register for more features.    
Rant Room Clean ranting only - No Swearing!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  (Post Link) post #1 of 29 Old 30-11-09 Thread Starter
Regional Representative
For Wales South - AOWS
 
tess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 41,055
Images: 25
cant use sat nav in lighter socket???

...

i have just been told by dutton forshaw that you are not supposed to use the lighter socket to plug your sat nav in!!!!!!!!!!!!

i have been using my sat nav (unsuccessfully according to some..i blame bradders) in my pug for a year and now in my babe, went to use it yesterday as i was going to a gig in Oxford and it wouldnt work, but worked fine in my daughters pug...

phoned DF this morning and was told that the fuse has probably blown, when i asked how long it will take to fix i was told "could be a while as we dont know what number the fuse is and will have to go through them all"....ffs how hard is it to put a fuse in if you are trained to work on alfa's...

anyone know what number the fuse is and has anyone else been told they shouldny use the socket for sat navs....will the sat nav industry come to a halt now because of this statement??

what a load of tosh...im sooo angry, another wasted morning coming up at the dealership


i am the mitomentalist

alfas dont break down...they stop to be admired

Tess, defender of the Mito

tess is offline  
  3 Latest Threads by tess
Thread Forum Last Poster Replies Views Last Post
sunday lunch at Ty Risha Wales South tess 0 461 01-10-14 11:00
34th Vintage Car Rally...Newport Wales South Jim Spackman 3 371 13-07-14 17:01
sunday lunch at The Watermill Wales South alfa 4 ever 37 876 31-05-14 13:44
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  (Post Link) post #2 of 29 Old 30-11-09
Regional Support
For Lincolnshire - AOL
 
Nige005's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Boston, Lincs
Posts: 15,755
Images: 22
Tess, Just to check that the socket on your car is faulty plug in the cig lighter bit itself and see if that works, or not. Sometimes the plug on SatNavs and other accessories aren't very good and they need a quick mod with a soldering iron and a pair of pliers.

I think a half trained monkey could check every fuse in about five minutes. I would think that the fuse numbers will even be in the Drivers Handbook.
Nige005 is offline  
  (Post Link) post #3 of 29 Old 30-11-09 Thread Starter
Regional Representative
For Wales South - AOWS
 
tess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 41,055
Images: 25
appaerntly the fuse numbers are on top of the fuses so i think he's talking crap.....we shall see
tess is offline  
  (Post Link) post #4 of 29 Old 30-11-09
AO Silver Member
 
James125's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 3,728
that rubbish, why would sat navs be supplied with cigarette lighter plugs when your not supposed to use them in the socket?

i use mine in my lighter socket, irc the fuses are in the glove compartment.

try plugging it into the one in the boot and see if it works there.
James125 is offline  
  (Post Link) post #5 of 29 Old 30-11-09 Thread Starter
Regional Representative
For Wales South - AOWS
 
tess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 41,055
Images: 25
never thought of that will do it now....good thinkin hugz
tess is offline  
  (Post Link) post #6 of 29 Old 30-11-09 Thread Starter
Regional Representative
For Wales South - AOWS
 
tess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 41,055
Images: 25
guess what it works in the boot.....
tess is offline  
  (Post Link) post #7 of 29 Old 30-11-09
AO Platinum Member
 
howell811's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Virgin Islands (British)
Posts: 26,527

Member car:

75

Can't drive it if your in the boot !
howell811 is offline  
  (Post Link) post #8 of 29 Old 30-11-09
AO Silver Member
 
James125's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 3,728
Do you know if they are fused separately or not?
James125 is offline  
  (Post Link) post #9 of 29 Old 30-11-09
AO Member
 
TseTse54's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 50
I thought that my sat nav wasn't working when plugged into the socket of my 159, it had always worked in my other cars. Then I put the keyblock in and the socket sparked up First car I've ever had that needed "the key" in to make the socket live.
TseTse54 is offline  
  (Post Link) post #10 of 29 Old 30-11-09
AO Gold Member
 
wayne-dear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 9,939

Member car:

155 8v, 146 ti

I think your getting the 'its a woman, she knows nothing' runaround,
wayne-dear is offline  
  (Post Link) post #11 of 29 Old 30-11-09
Global Mod Team
 
bazza's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Congleton - The centre of
Posts: 40,049
Images: 3

Member car:

Alfa 156 GTA SW

Yep, someones talking out their bumhole.
Likely it's just failing because it's not a good fit.
bazza is online now  
  (Post Link) post #12 of 29 Old 30-11-09
AO Silver Member
 
tul66's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Scottish Borders
Posts: 1,234
Images: 14
Sounds like a useless Alfa Dealer as per usual.
tul66 is offline  
  (Post Link) post #13 of 29 Old 30-11-09
AO Member
 
GateKeeper_'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 801
My sat nav works perfectly plugged into my mito's cig lighter socket.

Smells like a strong wiff of male domesticated cattle excrement

GK
GateKeeper_ is offline  
  (Post Link) post #14 of 29 Old 30-11-09
AO Silver Member
 
anthony1664's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 1,341
if the socket was meant simply as a ciggy lighter it would:

a) be supplied as standard with a coil heater thingy
b) it would not have Power outlet 100w on it!

Numpty garage, I would not bother going to the stealership a simple look at the fuse should spot some kinda of ID ... I will be having a look at mine in the daylight .......grrrr they make me mad pity the fools I say pitty the fools!!! (best be careful or my post will have to move to the rant room...oh hold on we are there already )

anthony1664 is offline  
  (Post Link) post #15 of 29 Old 01-12-09
AO Silver Member
 
PhilzAlfa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 3,090

Member car:

GT 3.2 V6 Q2

That's hilarious. They are lucky they aren't dealing with me as they would have recieved a large dose of sarcasm. If they can't check and change a fuse in under 5 mins they should go and find a new job.

However, it's worth pointing out that the cigar lighter socket wasn't originally intended for use with anything other than a cigar lighter! In fact when they invented the cigar lighter socket, there weren't any of these amazing electronic gadgets such as sat navs on the market. Unfortunately, when sat navs and the like started to appear, the only 12V outlet on the dashboard that everybody had was a cigar lighter socket. The socket is actually not very suitable for use with delicate electronic gear as it is generally grubby and doesn't provide a solid, reliable connection. But since its all most cars have, we are stuck with it for the time being.

But that is no excuse for dealer incompetence. My guess is they will try and charge you for changing the fuse.
PhilzAlfa is offline  
  (Post Link) post #16 of 29 Old 01-12-09
Regional Representative
For East Midlands - AOEM
 
braddersR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 41,069
Images: 14

Member car:

Giulietta Veloce

Quote:
Originally Posted by tess View Post
(unsuccessfully according to some..i blame bradders)
Thanks Tess

now quit ya moaning and go down to the dealers and whack 'em
braddersR is offline  
  (Post Link) post #17 of 29 Old 01-12-09
Club Member
 
GhostyDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 24,947
Images: 6
Garage

Member car:

Jaguar XF 3.0 V6

If you still think it's the fuse look in your owners handbook, the fuse tables shoud be in there.
GhostyDog is offline  
  (Post Link) post #18 of 29 Old 01-12-09 Thread Starter
Regional Representative
For Wales South - AOWS
 
tess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 41,055
Images: 25
handbook??? whats that

gonna see if my love ly godson can do it today and im gonna cancel duttons as there is no way im gonna pay them cos it looks like they will hang it out a while so i have to pay the full hour....barstewards
tess is offline  
  (Post Link) post #19 of 29 Old 01-12-09 Thread Starter
Regional Representative
For Wales South - AOWS
 
tess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 41,055
Images: 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by wayne-dear View Post
I think your getting the 'its a woman, she knows nothing' runaround,
i think they should know me better by now wayne....i have to be honest they are crap....i dont know why i bother with them....
tess is offline  
  (Post Link) post #20 of 29 Old 01-12-09
AO Silver Member
 
Crazychick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 4,456

Member car:

Zafira mostly.

I never use main dealers for anything, except occasionally to buy a car from. Daz is always getting cars straight from main dealer services for MOT's at his place and they often fail. Then the owner says but that's just been serviced or inspected at so and so.

As a female it annoys me when I take cars to garage and they think they can scam me. Fuse is easy enough to change though.
Crazychick is offline  
  (Post Link) post #21 of 29 Old 01-12-09 Thread Starter
Regional Representative
For Wales South - AOWS
 
tess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 41,055
Images: 25
i popped into local Fiat garage this morning and they said its a 5 min jobby and would be happy to do it for me so am taking it in tomoz at 11 a.m......result

now DF can go suck cos i aint using them again...oh and Fiat guy said that i should be able to use the cigar lighter for sat nav no probs..he laughed when i told him what DF said...
tess is offline  
  (Post Link) post #22 of 29 Old 02-12-09
AO Silver Member
 
Crazychick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 4,456

Member car:

Zafira mostly.

Its good that they are doing it for you but do people really take their cars to garages for things like this.. lol I wouldn't be able to justify spending anything on a job that is meant to be done by yourself.

lol
Crazychick is offline  
  (Post Link) post #23 of 29 Old 02-12-09 Thread Starter
Regional Representative
For Wales South - AOWS
 
tess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 41,055
Images: 25
i havnt a clue what to do and dont wanna mess it up and i havnt gotta pay cos its under warranty...the joys of having a brand new car
tess is offline  
  (Post Link) post #24 of 29 Old 02-12-09
AO Silver Member
 
Crazychick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 4,456

Member car:

Zafira mostly.

lol, See this is where I think that everyone should know where the basic things are on a car. I may take mine in to get a clutch fitted with having the engine I do in mine but thats about it really. I wouldn't buy a new car either. lol only a few months old.. but then I refuse to lose money just for driving off the forecourt.

Glad your getting it sorted though, ask them to show you where it is, in case it happens again.
Crazychick is offline  
  (Post Link) post #25 of 29 Old 02-12-09 Thread Starter
Regional Representative
For Wales South - AOWS
 
tess's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 41,055
Images: 25
what was supposed to be a 5 min job turned into an hour and a half, there was a loose connection, the "mega"fuse kept blowing for no apparent reason....loose connection??.....and they had to get the whole bottom facia out to reach it...so it wsnt a simple job and im glad i didnt ask them to show me where it was

the guy ran details rhrough the computer and now it seems my babe is gonna be recalled, he doesnt know why as its only just come onto the system so we shall wait and see what happens, he is gonna ring me when he finds out...the joys of owning a love ly shiney new alfa....

oh and it was under warranty so didnt have to pay...not that i would have anyway.... and got two free hot chocs for my inconvenience...lol


i am the mitomentalist

alfas dont break down...they stop to be admired

Tess, defender of the Mito

tess is offline  
Reply

Go Back   Alfa Romeo Forum > Misc Lounges > Community Discussions > Rant Room

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome