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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base 2dr Coupe

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier
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Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Coupe, Sub-Compact
25 mpg city / 33 mpg hwy
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December 14, 2012, 12:12 am

Greg C

Question: How to remove and install a cigarette lighter housing in the dash

I cannot figure out a way to remove the cigarette lighter housing in the dash of our 2000 Cavalier. I have a new dash panel (black) and want to put the old lighter housing in it. The lighter housing doesn't unscrew & the small plastic tabs on the sides of the housing don't push in because of the metal barrel housing. I could break it out, but would rather remove it normally. Please help!

December 19, 2012, 1:17 pm

Tyler O

Here's the procedure from the manual:


CAUTION: Refer to SIR Handling Caution in Service Precautions

Remove the cluster trim plate.
Disconnect the electrical connector.
Remove the base from the retainer (4).
Turn the base counterclockwise.
Remove the lighter housing (3) from the trim plate (1).


Install the lighter housing (3) to the trim plate (1).
Install the base to the retainer (4).
Connect the electrical connector.
Install the instrument panel cluster trim plate.

Looks like the "retainer" piece needs to come off?

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December 20, 2012, 9:27 pm

Greg C

I wish we could upload photos of what we have questions about. That would make things much easier & save a ton of words. The base on this lighter doesn't turn (unscrew) like older model lighters do, factory or aftermarket. There are no threaded areas. The ceramic part may be able to turn off from the metal barrel, but that wouldn't separate the lighter from the plastic cluster trim plate. Thanks for your efforts in helping me. Very much appreciated! -Greg C.

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