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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 02-01-2006, 05:18 AM
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Unhappy Inconvenience Outlets

One thing I really dislike about my shiny new 06 FXT MT is the fact that the cigarette lighter outlet is tied to the ignition key. Turn the car off, the outlets are off. Or, when you're getting to a Shiny New Clutch, stall the engine, and the outlets get vampired to death by the starter motor. In the front of the car, these power interruptions make my Garmin Streetpilot 2720 go through a power cycle/reboot. I haven't tried it yet, but I suspect that I'm not going to be able to use my 12 volt "flashlight" unless the key is switched on.

Has anyone tried rerouting the feeds for these outlets to bypass the ignition key requirement?

 
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I unplugged the "rear accessory power relay" and installed a jumper across terminals 2 & 4 of the socket in the car. This way the outlet in the console & rear are ALWAYS on. (Does NOT affect the Cigarette lighter socket by the ashtray)

I can recharge my cell phone, PDA and notebook even with the car off. I leave my cell or PDA in the front storage compartment, out of site, or the Laptop in the rear with the cover pulled. Works well.

Mine is an 04, The 06 may be in the same place. It is right above the Inside Hood release. The relay looks circular and has a reddish connector on the wiring harness. I simply unplugged it and put a jumper across pins 2 & 4 of the connector, then tapped it back, out of the way, to the wiring harness.


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It is done that way to protect people from draining the battery. What if you buy the Subaru Accessory refrigerator and leave it plugged in? Your battery will be dead in a very short time.

I agree though, not very convenient.

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That's a nice simple fix ferret - thanks! (add to ever increasing "list') :-)

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I unplugged the "rear accessory power relay" and installed a jumper across terminals 2 & 4 of the socket in the car. This way the outlet in the console & rear are ALWAYS on. (Does NOT affect the Cigarette lighter socket by the ashtray)

Mine is an 04, The 06 may be in the same place. It is right above the Inside Hood release. The relay looks circular and has a reddish connector on the wiring harness. I simply unplugged it and put a jumper across pins 2 & 4 of the connector, then tapped it back, out of the way, to the wiring harness.
Just went looking on my 05 and found two round relays mounted on the left side of the block of fuses and relays above the hood release. Neither has a red connector. Can someone help identify which one is the "rear accessory power relay".
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I unplugged the "rear accessory power relay" and installed a jumper across terminals 2 & 4 of the socket in the car. This way the outlet in the console & rear are ALWAYS on. (Does NOT affect the Cigarette lighter socket by the ashtray)
Is there a way that supplies some back up power like a UPS does - some sort of large capacitor or battery - so it will eventually cut the power to the sockets off, without draining the car's battery? This will itself be charged while the car is running.

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I have a second battery for running the fridge etc. For additional power this is probably best. I do like ferret's solution for low drain, recharging of laptop, pda / gps, cell phone etc.

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On the MY04 it is a red connector. It is the LOWER of the 2 relays. the one closer to the Hood Release. Try unplugging it then see if with the key 'on' you lose power to the outlets to verify on newer vehicles that this is the same relay. If it is just jumper Terminals 2 to 4 and maybe you can tell everyone else what color the connector becomes on the newer models.

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I did it.

Ok, I did it on my 05. It is the lower round relay. The connector looks white to me but then my color vision is not perfect. The terminals to jump on the connector are numbers 3 and 4, and not 2 and 4. That is based no the markings on the relay that has two diagrams. One diagram shows the numbering pattern of the terminals, and the other is the operational diagram for the relay. A piece of advice. Make sure you tape up the jumped connector very good before you start moving it around. Real easy to hit a ground with it.

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Has anyone tried this on an '06?
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It is done that way to protect people from draining the battery. What if you buy the Subaru Accessory refrigerator and leave it plugged in? Your battery will be dead in a very short time.
Here's a solution to this problem - a device that will cut the power when the voltage falls below 11 volts: http://koolatrononline.stores.yahoo....ery-saver.html

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Here's a solution to this problem - a device that will cut the power when the voltage falls below 11 volts:
Looks useful.

$34 shipped on eBay (Buy it now) at http://tinyurl.com/zmxzj vs. $43 at the link in the above post.

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hi. I'm thinking about having a go at this too. I have a MY06. I just need to clarify; it's the lower round relay, seems like pins 3 and 4. Do I pull it out, bridge the pins, then plug it back in, or not plug it back in? It seems I have to remove part of the plastic surround under the steering wheel to get access.
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Here's a solution to this problem - a device that will cut the power when the voltage falls below 11 volts: http://koolatrononline.stores.yahoo....ery-saver.html
And here's one from Waeco.

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