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14 August 2011, 00:40

Can anyone tell me if parts are avaliable for the cigarette lighter plug (tmc receiver). I have lost the fuse the fuse cover and nut. the cord works fine i just need thoes parts and really dont want to have to purchase a new cord.

 

Thanks 

Tom

 

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  • spider362

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    14 August 2011, 06:08

    Open up the rest of the plug (where the wires go in) and see if there are only 2 wires connected to the plug. One wire should connect to the center button that sticks out the end (this is the "+" wire) and one wire should connect to the metal sliders along the side of the plug (this is the "-" wire).

     

    If that's all that's connected to the plug you can get a replacement plug at Radio Shack and wire it back up yourself or have someone do it for you. Shouldn't cost but a couple of $.

  • Kex
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    14 August 2011, 20:21

    Since this cord has an RDS-TMC receiver built in, it's well worth saving! What exactly is missing of the following loose parts when the nut is removed (if I understand your original post, all of them are missing):

     

    1) Nut,

    2) Fuse,

    3) Chrome pin.

     

    There is also a spring stuck in the bottom of the cavity intended to house the fuse, but that seems to be well attached. As spider362 suggests, if you rewire it to another (with an appropriate output rating, probably 5V, 1.2A), then you will have saved your receiver.

     

    Otherwise, the standard OEM TomTom car charger for XL or XXL models (you didn't mention which model you have) also have the exact same mechanism, and would work with your RDS-TMC unit as a source for parts. You might even get lucky at Radio Shack (or an auto parts store) and find one of their models with a nut, fuse and pin that will screw directly into your existing adapter.

     

    That's also something that might be worth getting off eBay, as long as it is a genuine TomTom charger, so that you can just take the missing parts and add them to your receiver. Here's one that looks right to me (no guarantees!), for under $10 (buy it now).

     

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Tomtom-car-charger-input-12-24v-output-5v-1-2a-mini-usb-/320739948074?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aad97362a

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    31 January 2012, 19:42

    I just joined this forum to research this issue.  I purchased two XXL's in late November, 2010 and both receiver tips have come apart..  I found these parts for one of these tips when it fell apart, but one of my son's, who has the other XXL, can not find the silver tip, and black plastic octagonal cover. From the responses I see, TOM TOM does not provide these individual parts for sale ?  One would guess that these are not secured at the manufacturing location.  TOM TOM should add instructions to tighten this area before first usage as part of the start up procedure.  

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    26 April 2012, 04:04

    Apparently it is a continuing issue.  I cannot remember if I bought my TomTom 1-2 yrs ago, and I am on a trip and went to plug in my unit and realized when it wouldn't get a charge that the tip is missing.  bummer!

     

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    25 June 2012, 18:47

    I have been trying to ascertain whether a standard car charger would be a direct replacement for the charger/receiver as the lead supplied has an output of 5v instead of the standard 12v.Also would the unit work with a standard charger or will it only work with the VERY expensive charger/receiver lead? Why Tom Tom do not supply parts to replace the obvious design problem as the fuse,nut and silver bit must cost them only a few pence[cents].If I have to buy a direct replacement it would be cheaper to buy another less complex unit  than the XL335 T.

    Tom Tom support have been very slow in responding and I have found more from this forum than from them.

    The standard car charger[ £15/$24] in the UK does not seem to be made in a similar way[no fuse] but cannot tell as boxes are in rigid plastic so unable to look and very few retailers stock spares anyway.

  • Kex
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    26 June 2012, 00:19

    The difficulty with any other standard replacement is that it will not have the correct receiver for traffic included. If you need a replacement with the traffic receiver, I would check pricing and availability on amazon.co.uk (or compare also with eBay, if you are happy with that).


     


    Remember also (from my response above) that a standard TomTom charger, as long as it's OEM, should provide the spare parts needed for the traffic receiver model at a fraction of the cost of a new traffic receiver charger.

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    26 June 2012, 19:23

    Thanks for the reply-I have ordered an OEM charger @ £1.99 and will see if the parts from it are compatable but at that price it is worth trying.Will keep you updated on whether it works.

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    11 August 2012, 13:51

    Hello, this is a useful thread and thanks for posting.  My TMC receiver cord (ciagarette lighter adaptor) has stopped working entirely - I have tried to reseat the fuse and nut and cover and regardless of which direction I seat the fuse in, the cord is not working (light does not come on, no charge to the TomTom device).  I looked at the fuse and I can see one wire (not sure if there should be two wires).  The replacement cord is priced on the TT website at $69.95 in the US and is not even orderable  on the site (and seems expensive).  Does anyone have any thoughts to help me out (I know I could buy a replacement on E-Bay for example) - is there any potential in trying to source a new fuse for example?

     

    Thanks in advance for your help!

  • spider362

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    11 August 2012, 21:12

    Take you old fuse to an automotive store like Advance Auto Parts or Pep Boys, or your local service station, if you still have one, and they can tell what fuse you need.


     


    Don't know any Ebay suppliers.

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    12 August 2012, 03:37

    Thank you Spider!

     

    Appreciate it

  • spider362

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    12 August 2012, 04:07

    Before you spend the money for a new receiver here's a little more information;


     


    The green light (LED) is an indication that power is sucessfully being supplied to the cable. The LED is tied directly to the input just after the fuse and through a resistor to drop the 12 volts to what the LED needs to operate.


    So, if the LED doesn't light then there is no power after the fuse which indicates either the fuse is blown/bad or there is no voltage at the source. If you plug another device into the source such as your cell phone charger and its light is on then there is voltage at the source. It that light doesn't light then the fuse in the car is probably blown.

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    13 August 2012, 00:06

    Spider, thanks again for describing the "system".  I did try another thing (my cell) in the same cigarette lighter plug and that did light up and power correctly in both of the plugs in my car so that isolates (probably) to the fuse.  Thanks again!

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    12 July 2013, 04:18

    The tip of my charger has broken also.  The plastic nut that holds the fuse against the spring is TOO THIN!!!  It broke off in normal use.  I tried to glue the threaded section to the cap, but there is not enough 'meat' to hold.  One more example of cheap off-shore imports.  Thanks for the idea of replacing the lighter plug only.  ATTENTION TOMTOM - Get these nuts 'beefed up' before any more gripes come in.  A new freeby would be nice for all of us who have suffered aggravation.

  • Kex
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    12 July 2013, 07:14

    If you don't mind, rwam, could you describe your solution in more detail, for any others who might encounter the same issue?

    Thanks in advance!
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    15 July 2013, 15:11

    When the threaded section of the plastic nut holding the plunger broke off I tried glueing it.  It set up well but broke off when I reassembled the tip.  I had an old Magellan that I hated, so I checked the charger.  The tip and nut had the right thread - and guess what?  It is all metal!  Works fine and it isn't going to break again.

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    15 July 2013, 15:14

    Please read carefully - it wasn't a solution.  It was a failed attempt and a complaint about cheap parts supplied by TomTom.

    ps - I have posted a fix - suppled by a competitor (unbeknown to them :)

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    6 October 2013, 19:29

    The quickest and easiest way to rectify this problem is to go to Walmart and purchase an "ONN Car Charger for Nitendo DS Series."  The tip, the fuse, and whatever else you need are interchangeable with the TomTom cord.  Just remember to put a drop of miracle glue on the threads of the nut in order to insure that you don't lose it again.  The total cost is around $8.00.

  • Kex
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    6 October 2013, 20:33

    Looks like a perfect solution all round, lookinfurinform!

    Welcome to the discussions!
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    21 October 2013, 07:12

    I've had exactly the same thing happen with Magellan,guess they all have the adapters made in same factory with different logo (probably several different factories really all making same DC/DC adapters with different logo's)

    If it says 'Made in China' it's down to complaints and quality control

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    27 October 2014, 01:08

    The fuse is an agc 1 amp.
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    27 October 2014, 01:18

    I have the same issue with the plastic nut. It split in half and the spring is lost. I suppose that I can super-glue the pieces together, but the spring is another issue.

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    27 October 2014, 01:24

    WOW! Great news! Many thanks for all the searching.
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    27 October 2014, 02:15

    Rwam, I found out that the spring in the charger section, fractured where it was soldered to the PC board, so while I can replace the plastic nut with a metal one, the spring requires soldering or at least a new added contact plate and wire to the pc board.
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    27 October 2014, 02:28

    I found that there is a spring in the body of the charger unit that is soldered to the pc board. That spring broke at the solder joint, so I either must add a new contact plate wired to the pc board, where the spring was so there is a contact to the fuse, or replace the entire charger plug with a usb plug. That would remove the need for the 12vdc to 5vdc charger assembly.

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    13 December 2014, 06:37

    Help?   Is there any Help?

     

    We are looking for a dollar's worth of parts for the TomTom cigar lighter plug that FELL APART and we have tried and tried to get help.   NO Help.  

     

    Great products die fast with feeble backup like this.  Wake up, troops!

     

    A good company would have sent out the few parts weeks ago but NOT TOMTOM!   Nothing but frustration.

     

    AND the parts that fell apart from the plug have been falling out of many other customers' plugs too.  

     

    Garmin and the others must be panting at this sad attitude by TomTom.  And laughing too.

     

     

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