Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 15

Thread: Newbie with a problem ?

  1. #1
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    7

    Newbie with a problem ?

    Firstly can i just say...what a fantastic forum this is...from what I've read so far my head has exploded.....I didnt even know you could do half the stuff people have done.....


    I'm hoping my problem is a small one and can be easily sorted, but so far I'm not having alot of luck....


    I purchased a zafira a couple of months ago.... I noticed a cable coming in through the glove box...at the time I left it...until I got round to looking into it.....the cable is quite long, as if it was needed to reach something......


    At some point this Zaf had a roof mounted DVD player, well.... roof mounted something, because the headlining had been cut etc to fit it !!
    I have rectified the headling accordingly, just so it looks smart.....


    Now....back to this cable......it looks as though it has been routed from the cig lighter....I can not confirm that, as I don't really want to remove the panels......I have no cig lighter, just a hole and when I shone my torch into it, I can see cables running past it........

    I have also found a rocker switch which controls this lead,so when I turn on the ignition and press the rocker switch, it powers.....the only thing I can find to plug it into is an old dictaphone, purely cos the plug is quite big...poor dictaphone....it's only 3v and it smoked.....

    From the research I have done so far, it seems to be a normal running these power leads from the cig lighter feed ?

    But what I am most confused about...is what I can actually plug this bloody thing into because it doesnt fit anything useful, apart from an old dictaphone...not much use !!


    I've tried.....

    Portable DVD player
    Laptop
    LCD TV.....

    These have all got different size dc input's

    I've loaded a picture...its not very good and I've managed to get some info off the cable itself....

    (UL) E167861 SPT-2 18AWGX2C VW 105C KENIC CSA LL79248 SPT-2 18AWGX2C FT2

    I'm not even sure if you call it a DC plug.....

    Please help.....it would be a shame to just leave it and not use it.




    Thanks

    Tracy


  2. #2
    Confusion Master
    Auto Apps:loading...
    Enforcer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    If you go down to the woods today, You're sure of
    Posts
    14,581
    That is a DC plug.

    Now the most likely is that it is a straight 12v from the battery.

    However it could be connected to anything, it might be 3v, 4.5v, 6v, 9v, the previous owner could have put a universal adapter back there.

    Best thing is to put a Multimeter/Voltmeter and find out what voltage is coming through, trouble is it may give you a false reading (higher) without a load on it.

    Personally I would either trace it back to it's source, or if that is too much trouble, just tape it up and tuck it away somewhere.

    What I wouldn't do is just plug random things into it to see what happens.

  3. #3
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    7
    Mmm...looks like I'll have to trace it back, because I was hoping to put a DVD player in the car...........

  4. #4
    Newbie Moysie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Fife, Scotland
    Posts
    46
    Blog Entries
    1
    Hi, Did you manage to find out any info on your cable?

    Regards Michael

  5. #5
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    7
    Nah...not found anything to fit it.....

    Don't rely want to pull all the dashout to see where it's going to...all I know is, its powered by a switch located on the gearstick console !!

    I did think about trying to look behind the fuse box, but I've not got round to it yet...

  6. #6
    Newbie Moysie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Fife, Scotland
    Posts
    46
    Blog Entries
    1
    Ok, cool.

    Did you know you dont need to keep that connector on the end and that it can be cut off and a new one soldered/spliced on to suit the device you are wanting to use.

    Do you have or know someone with a multimeter/ voltmeter. If you do you could quickly check to see what level of voltage is on the connector i.e. 12V or 5v etc.

  7. #7
    MySQL Error soundman98's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    on the border of northern IL/IN
    Posts
    5,848
    Quote Originally Posted by Moysie View Post
    Ok, cool.

    Did you know you dont need to keep that connector on the end and that it can be cut off and a new one soldered/spliced on to suit the device you are wanting to use.

    Do you have or know someone with a multimeter/ voltmeter. If you do you could quickly check to see what level of voltage is on the connector i.e. 12V or 5v etc.


    just a note about cutting a 2 conductor wire like that-- either triple check that there is no power going to it, and/or cut the wires one at a time-- if you cut it while there is still power, it will blow a fuse, and if you do not know where the fuse is, you will end up tearing the car apart looking for it...

  8. #8
    Newbie Moysie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Fife, Scotland
    Posts
    46
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    just a note about cutting a 2 conductor wire like that-- either triple check that there is no power going to it, and/or cut the wires one at a time-- if you cut it while there is still power, it will blow a fuse, and if you do not know where the fuse is, you will end up tearing the car apart looking for it...
    Yeah, well i didnt think of writing that as it is just something that i would do naturaly before working on any electrical/electronic circuit. I suppose i should of made that clear, so thanks for pointing that out mate.

    There is the switch to isolate the power, as an additional measure as you mentioned cut one wire at a time.

    I would also state that once the cable is reconnected ensure the conductors are sufficiently insulated to prevent short circuits etc.

    Regards Michael

  9. #9
    Newbie
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    7
    ok guys, thats good...I'm sure I can find someone with a voltmeter.....

    Just one other question....i've seen universal adaptor connectors, you get one small double dc plug which I'd have to put onto my own cable and that then can be used on various plugs supplied in a set....do you reckon I could do that ?

    thanks

    Tracy

  10. #10
    Newbie Moysie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Fife, Scotland
    Posts
    46
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by 784cy View Post
    ok guys, thats good...I'm sure I can find someone with a voltmeter.....

    Just one other question....i've seen universal adaptor connectors, you get one small double dc plug which I'd have to put onto my own cable and that then can be used on various plugs supplied in a set....do you reckon I could do that ?

    thanks

    Tracy
    Do you have any pictures of the conectors you are talking about?
    Is it the one's with interchangable heads?

    One other note about changing the connector is to ensure you get the polarity correct.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Newbie with a problem
    By TreColl in forum Newbie
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-11-2008, 09:58 AM
  2. Newbie problem with aux and external dvd player
    By wirelessdude04 in forum Car Audio
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 06-07-2008, 05:49 PM
  3. DSATX problem, not power switch problem!
    By VThokieME in forum Power Supplies
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-04-2008, 12:22 AM
  4. The craziest USB soundcard problem ever
    By Sibi in forum General Hardware Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 03-07-2008, 09:25 AM
  5. Newbie DC/DC PSU problem
    By masch in forum Power Supplies
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-30-2002, 07:43 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •