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Date Registered: 01-2020
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cigar lighter/power socket 2008 t31


first may i say what a nice and easy going forum this is,
now for my question,my wife bought me a really good/powerfull tyre inflator for christmas
the trouble is it pulls 15 amp,and the sockets only allow 10 amp is the one in the rear also 10 amp,can i get away with a 15 amp fuse or will this kill the wireing.
nearly forgot does anyone know what the small black box is next to rear view mirror
many thanks for reading my post(first)
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Date Registered: 08-2013
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G'day Harry,
As an electrical engineer, I'd say that you are a far braver man than me if you were to overload your electrical system by 50% !!
Naturally, the fuse should blow almost instantly when the system is attempting to power a 15A load from a 10A rated outlet.
If it doesn't blow, because someone has installed a higher rated fuse, the next occurrence will be that the cabling will start to overheat. This will happen because every car manufacturer nowadays uses the bare minimum sized cabling, to save costs and weight.
As the cabling reaches its maximum temperature it will melt its insulation, followed by the wiring itself, followed by a 'dead-short' of the wiring....followed by a fire.
Not a good look.
Of course, this is worst case scenario. Hopefully one of the major engine bay/battery post fuses will blow before the overheating and fire.

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many thanks for rapid bpxtrail, as i suspected, so next step i will run a dedicated fused line direct from battery

have you any ideas about this small box right next to rear view mirror
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Re: cigar lighter/power socket 2008 t31


You could simply make yourself a dedicated 'extension lead'.
If you were to get some wiring rated at better then 15A, add some alligator clips to enable connection to battery (+) and (-), place an inline fuse into the (+) leg, then and add a cig lighter fitting to the other end (or terminate the wiring straight onto the tyre pump) and keep it with the pump. That way you have no need to run cabling into the cabin.

As for the box next to the rear view mirror, I don't have one so I can't be a lot of help, but I do know that there were a number of possible options added for different countries. My service manual shows me that there was sunglasses holder, microphone, and ultra-sonic sensor options.
Perhaps one of our forum gurus could help you with that query.

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many thanks bpxtrail, i shall do exatly as you suggest,
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