Cigar Lighter low voltage

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Cigar Lighter low voltage

Postby Gramps Garage - July 20th, 2020, 5:58 pm

Hello,
I have 2011 Escape XLS - bare bones as possible. 

Most things I've been able to muddle through with the help of this and similar forums. But this has got me perplexed. 

I was installing a second power socket by tapping off the cigar lighter power lines. After several fails, I removed everything and checked voltage to the wires that connect to the original outlet. With the truck off I get ~11.6 volts. With the truck running it reads ~12.4. I checked with multiple meters, and checked alternator output @ 14.5 volts. I realize that running at least 12v should be sufficient to operate anything plugged into the outlet, but it does not seem to. I also did check for a short using the original wiring and it showed 0 ohms. I would think that if a fuse had blown I should see nothing at the cigar lighter outlet. Right? 

Any ideas as to why this is happening? 

Make: Ford
Model: Escape
Year: 2011
Trim: XLS FWD
Style/Body: SPORT UTILITY 4-DR
Engine: 2.5L L4 DOHC 16V
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