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Old 04-23-2016, 08:57 PM   #1
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Cigarette lighter socket removal...

How the hell do these things come out of here?! I've been trying to get it out without breaking it for the last 20 minutes...

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Old 04-23-2016, 09:47 PM   #2
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Great question.....I couldn't figure it out either.......it's been a while since I was behind the dash looking at those......
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Old 04-23-2016, 10:24 PM   #3
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Ya I have moved on until someone can help me out because I already chipped the one trying to get it out. It had the little slot like on the door panels for a screwdriver... Or so I thought. When the plastic snapped I knew that wasn't it ha ha.
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Depending on the year those are only removable from the backside of the trim panel. Since I don't see what you're working on makes giving helpful advice difficult.
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:48 AM   #5
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They make a tool to remove the socket .
But I made something similar out of a piece of wire coat hanger that worked just fine.
You have a plastic retaining ring and a socket / sleeve.
The socket/sleeve has two holes /slots one on each side of the sleeve , the idea is to insert a tool into the socket sleeve hook into the holes and pull socket sleeve straight out leaving the plastic retainer in the dash.
Remove the lighter fuse before you begin.
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JWA - Its a 2008 Ford E350

JackTuppVan - Thanks! I will give this a try and see what happens.

I appreciate the help guys!
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Jack's tool would be fantastic for this R&R---wonder where they can be found for sale?
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Jack's tool would be fantastic for this R&R---wonder where they can be found for sale?
Don't know if it's one-size-fits-all or not, but here's a Dorman brand version on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Dorman-56457-C...s=dorman+56457


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This is what i made from a piece of heavy gauge coat hanger wire.
It's made like a big safety pin.
Squeeze sides together, insert into the socket ,the tangs click into the sleeve holes , pull straight out.
You can use a screw driver as a grab handle.
NOTE: you only have to pull it out far enough to get hold of it with your hands.
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Don't know if it's one-size-fits-all or not, but here's a Dorman brand version on Amazon.

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Great find Herb---thanks!

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This is what i made from a piece of heavy gauge coat hanger wire.
It's made like a big safety pin.
Now that's crafty Jack!
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