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Old 01-03-2007, 02:18 PM   #1
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I have a Mazda 3, and a new Sportster4. The unit won't power on. I am assuming my cigarette lighter fried it... if so, where can I get a converter for my lighter so this doesn't happen when I get my new unit?

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The power adapter that came with your Sportster 4's car kit is a "converter" (actually a transformer) that will adjust the power ouput of your cig lighter from 12VDC to the 5VDC your radio requires.
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Default Thanks! I was misinformed. Still a mystery, though.

Someone told me that my cig lighter was probably too strong for the radio. Glad to see it wasn't.

Still doesn't solve the mystery of why my unit won't turn on. Unit was docked, and locked. Everything is plugged into the right place, car was started. I got nothing after pressing power button. I even held it down a few seconds. Nothing. So I tried it in my friend's car. Still nothing. Sirius cust service said they'd never heard of it and had absolutely no idea.

They had me send it back. I'm worried the replacement will be the same situation.

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As RSV_Rider says... If you used the supplied cigarette lighter plug, then you didn't hurt anything. The plug has electronic circuitry inside that drops your car's 13 volts down to 5 volts. The plug also has a fuse built in. (I would have checked the fuse before sending things back)....

FWIW, here is what the power plug looks like inside.

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I am having the same problem. My Sportster 4 worked fine for about a day and hasn’t worked in Jeep Cherokee since. It works fine on my boom box but it’s not getting any power in the car. I replaced the fuse in my car and my XM Roady is working fine but still no power to my Sirius radio. Where can I get a fuse for the power cord and how hard is it to change? Also, how do I prevent this from happening in the future? Thanks in advance for any help.
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If it did, I don't know why your fuse would have blown.

You can usually tell by looking at the fuse if it's good or bad. The little wire inside will be broken if it's bad.

You can get a replacement fuse from any place that sells automotive fuses.. (Rad Shack, Pep Boys, NAPA, your garage, Wal Mart etc)..

Changing the fuse is easy. Just unscrew the black button at the end of the power cord. You don't have to take the whole thing apart like I did.... (You can see the button on the left in the image above.).
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i blew my fuse recently. got a 5pack of new fuses for about $2
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I replaced the fuse in my power cord but still no power getting to my Sportster 4. The fuse didn't look bad but I replaced it anyways. That was the advise I got from Sirius Tech Support. Any other suggestions?
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The only other thing you can do is confirm your lighter plug is working. (There is a fuse under your dash for the lighter plug). Try plug something else in to your lighter and see if it works.

If your lighter plug is good and has 12 volts, then you'll have to measure the tip of the plug (where it plugs into your Sirus unit). There should be 5 volts there. If not, then the adapter could be bad...
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The same thing happened to my Sportster 4 radio. It worked in the home docking station but not in the car. I checked the voltage output from the car adapter and read full battery voltage. The home station adapter reads 5.3 volts. I went online to find a new adapter but can't find any. One web site listed them but they were out of stock. Anybody have any suggestions? Thanks for your help!
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If you can find one, get the Sirius Pro Kit, comes with a hardwire voltage regulator, FM Direct relay, mounting and swivel bracket.
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