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Well Jeez... May I should give up then... M73M server is CentOS Linux. My home PC is Ubuntu Linux. Android is a family of LInux... All my stuff is going to break then.

 

Strange... The only phone I broke was the one I left on my tonneau cover and it blew off into the highway and a little car ran it over. To this day it still boots up, but the radio antenna was crushed. 

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5 hours ago, Dieselfuture said:

If you want the redneck advice. I took my cubby hole thingy out, automatics have cup holders there, and cut some plastic out enough to get my hand in. Just cut it so it looks nice. I actually don't have that cubby hole anymore, fishing was useless anyway, I put my rear-view camera monitor there.

 

 Yep, did the same in my old automatic.

 

 

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On 10/12/2018 at 6:35 PM, Mopar1973Man said:

Here we are with trucks from 98.5 to 2002 and we've got those clunky cigarette light power points. 

 

I know some of you have had to replace the cigarette lighter sockets and possibly the power point socket. I'm wondering what the hole in the dash measures out to I want to replace both the cigarette lighter and the power point with a pair of USB charger port. 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Dual-Charger-Socket-Power-Outlet/dp/B07FLTTXBD/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539385959&sr=8-1&keywords=automotive%2Busb%2Bcharger%2B3%2BQC%2Bflush%2Bmount&th=1

 

If someone doesn't mind measuring out the hole for me. 

 

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Now the reason why I'm heading this way is I want to ditch the bulky cigarette light cords. Like my Garmin 42LM is a cigarette cord which I could upgrade to a USB mini plug and buy a 6-foot cord and just plug in. I'm going to convert my Cobra Radar Detector from cigarette lighter plug to direct wire set up. Then my cell phone will have its own QC 3 port and never worry about it. Right now I've got a 3 port cigarette hub at the base of the cup holder. Rather a pain in rear end. 

 

If this works out I'll do the same thing to the 1996 Dodge Ram and convert it over to USB charger ports as well. Seems like more and more stuff is now charged on USB sockets and now here you are stuffing cigarette light charger in to convert 12V to 5V. It's time to upgrade. 

I got these on eBay. Perfect fit, you don't need the screen on back, they are threaded and that plastic thread holds tightly.

 

 

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Here's the view of the power plugs.

 

 

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I've gotta ask how in the heck are you guys pulling the old cigarette light plugs out? I see the 2 locks.

 

I can still my big paws up behind both plug and just touch the back of both power point and the cigarette lighter plugs. I just need to know what has to happen to get them out of the dash? 

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I have a tee shaped tool that came with a GM cigarette light replacement. You stick it in on an angle and engage one of the locks then rock straight to engage the other one. That pushes them both back and the tee engages the metal cylinder and you pull it out. So you have to have something that will push the locks in and grab the metal cylinder to remove it. My tee wrench is at home or I would post a picture of it. Someone else posted a pic of one in another thread not lo g ago.

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10 hours ago, Mopar1973Man said:

I've gotta ask how in the heck are you guys pulling the old cigarette light plugs out? I see the 2 locks.

 

I can still my big paws up behind both plug and just touch the back of both power point and the cigarette lighter plugs. I just need to know what has to happen to get them out of the dash? 

The dash plastic there is pretty tough.  I just pushed em through, breaking the brittle plastic lip ring on the old plugs.  Remove the cubby compartment to the right and you can reach the wires and plugs.

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I found a scrap piece of steel strap and ground it down to fit the cigarette lighter lever it over and was stuck. After a bit of tugging on it the locks on the black ring gave up and the entire cigarette lighter socket and the lock ring came out together. My tool is permanently stuck in the cigarette lighter. Now taking a old chainsaw file slowly working the hole open I managed to just make the hole big enough to push nearly snug in. Finally a real Android Quick Charger for the truck. My LG G5 phone sees the charger shortly after powering up. This is super nice no more parasitic draws. 

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I will add the nut here shortly. Daylight was short today and getting cold outside. 

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58 minutes ago, Mopar1973Man said:

I found a scrap piece of steel strap and ground it down to fit the cigarette lighter lever it over and was stuck. After a bit of tugging on it the locks on the black ring gave up and the entire cigarette lighter socket and the lock ring came out together. My tool is permanently stuck in the cigarette lighter. Now taking a old chainsaw file slowly working the hole open I managed to just make the hole big enough to push nearly snug in. Finally a real Android Quick Charger for the truck. My LG G5 phone sees the charger shortly after powering up. This is super nice no more parasitic draws. 

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I will add the nut here shortly. Daylight was short today and getting cold outside. 

I like the volt meter idea.  Looks good man.

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