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post #1 of 13 Old 01-08-2010, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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12v accessory not working...

I bought a Kobalt air compressor for the car and plugged it into both of the 12v outlets in the car. Nothing happened (I had the key turned to ACC and the radio was on). I verified the 15A ACC fuse was OK. So, I thought maybe a got a bum compressor. I went to Lowes and replaced it with an identical unit. Same problem. This is on a 2004 Honda Accord LX.

Has anyone else had issues getting output from the 12v acc outlet?

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did you try plugging anything else in the 12v to see if it worked like a a cell phone charger.

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did you try plugging anything else in the 12v to see if it worked like a a cell phone charger.
That could be very good advice. I have a dustbuster type vacuum that doesn't work in my wife's 03 but works just fine in my 06. Of course at first I thought it was a fuse too. But a cell phone charger worked perfectly in her car. It seems some of the 7th gen ac outlets are a bit touchy. Or perhaps not all ac accessories are very well made. Andy - when you get a chance you might also want to put a little info in your signature to identify your car.

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Aceman, thanks for responding. I have an old air compressor (about 5 years old) that works on my other car, but doesn't work in this one. I have tried both of the 12V outlets in the car and neither appear to work. I find it hard to believe both have failed (unless there's some wiring in common).

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Try pushing the plug a bit harder into the socket. I have that issue with my compressor but not the chargers. When I first discovered this, I thought the same and realized it when the plug looked like it wasn't fully seated.

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Clean compressor elecrical contact points with alcohol, before insertion into 12V outlet, Regards

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Aceman, thanks for responding. I have an old air compressor (about 5 years old) that works on my other car, but doesn't work in this one. I have tried both of the 12V outlets in the car and neither appear to work. I find it hard to believe both have failed (unless there's some wiring in common).

Any other ideas?

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Andy, it wasn't clear from your response that you tried what Aceman suggested. If you didn't, do yourself a favor and follow his sugestion. There is a reasonable chance there's nothing wrong with your ac outlets. Maybe my previous post wasn't as clear as it could be. The ac outlets in both my wife's 03 and my 06 were fine. Yet the vacuum that works without any difficulty in my 06 will not work in her 03. It's not an issue of cleaning contacts or pushing it in harder. I tried. Everything else we tried in her 03 worked perfectly. I just went out into my garage with a flashlight and compared the outlets in our 2 Accords. They are obviously different. The barrel of the outlet in her 03 has 2 cut out areas where my 06 is solid. I'd guess they improved the outlets at some point and your 04 probably has the older style. Your situation might be the classic - If it ain't broke don't fix it.
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Andy, it wasn't clear from your response that you tried what Aceman suggested. If you didn't, do yourself a favor and follow his sugestion. There is a reasonable chance there's nothing wrong with your ac outlets. Maybe my previous post wasn't as clear as it could be. The ac outlets in both my wife's 03 and my 06 were fine. Yet the vacuum that works without any difficulty in my 06 will not work in her 03. It's not an issue of cleaning contacts or pushing it in harder. I tried. Everything else we tried in her 03 worked perfectly. I just went out into my garage with a flashlight and compared the outlets in our 2 Accords. They are obviously different. The barrel of the outlet in her 03 has 2 cut out areas where my 06 is solid. I'd guess they improved the outlets at some point and your 04 probably has the older style. Your situation might be the classic - If it ain't broke don't fix it.
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ypsibird, you were spot-on. I bought another type of air compressor at Target (I don't have the exact brand, but it was green and silver). THAT unit works fine. I find it very frustrating that there's in incompatibility with something as simple as a 12v outlet. How hard is it for Honda to standardize their outlets?!! Oh well, at least I have a working compressor now. Thanks to all who replied (and especially to ypsibird).

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in other thread, it said you have to push harder, they don't make the hole wide enough

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I have a 2014 Honda odyssey. The 12v outlet and the USB outlet above will charge my wife's iPhone, but will not charge my non iPhone...nor would it run my 12v chain saw sharpener. There is obviously a flaw in amount of voltage. I am taking it in to the dealership next week. This is very frustrating on trips trying to charge my phone. This has nothing to do with cleaning connections or pushing it in further. It is a factory flaw. I will respond back with the dealerships answer.
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I have a 2014 Honda odyssey. The 12v outlet and the USB outlet above will charge my wife's iPhone, but will not charge my non iPhone...nor would it run my 12v chain saw sharpener. There is obviously a flaw in amount of voltage. I am taking it in to the dealership next week. This is very frustrating on trips trying to charge my phone. This has nothing to do with cleaning connections or pushing it in further. It is a factory flaw. I will respond back with the dealerships answer.
Be mindful that she may be using a legitimate iPhone cable wherein you may be using a generic usb cable for yours, which would explain why hers works and yours doesn't. I've seen a simple cable swap solve a lot of problems! iPhones (iPads and iPods alike) all have a similar file system that has existed since the days of the original iPod that allows for systems to easily access the music on it, which also might explain why she has no problems with her phone getting charged. But it certainly wouldn't hurt to take your vehicle to the dealer and have them check out that socket

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First mistake there. This isn't an Odyssey forum.

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