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I recently acquired an iPod from a friend at my local VW dealership that came with all the fixings for the Beetle. I now own a Jetta Wagon. My electrical question is this:

I would like to tap into an accessory power line somewhere under the console/dash in order to power the car lighter adapter that plugs into the iPod. The lighter jack in the console is alway on without the key thereby forcing me to disconect the iPod when I leave the vehicle for more than a few minutes. If I can find a power source that only has power when the ignition is on, the iPod automatically turns off after a short time and awakens again when the ignition is on again.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Don in N'awlins
 

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You,

I'm guessing by the flood of responses to my post that either I'm unclear with the wording of my question... or no one has a clue.

Let me try to present it differently in case it's the first assupmtion.

Does anyone know of an accessory wire behind the dash (or even in the engine compartment) that receives power only when the ignition is on that I can tap off of to use with my iPod power adapter thingy?

Thanks again for any help.

Me
 

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Welcome to the forum. The reason you didn't get a "flood of responses" is that we are still a fairly small forum, and so there aren't alot of posts per hour. Also, we like to be pretty dang helpfull, so usually we will go out and research the question, rather than just spouting opinion or attacking your manhood for not knowing the answer in the firstplace.

I hope The other Josh's post was helpfull, and good luck.
 

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I dont know if this would work for the ipod or not, but this is what I did with my radar detector...
I took the supplied cigarette lighter attachment, cut off the end of it (the part you plug into the cigarette lighter), ran that cord along (underneath) the headliner, down the a-pillar, and down in behind my dash. I then routed the cord to come out right beside my fuse box. I got an "add-a-fuse" from my local autozone/pep boys/advanced auto parts...which is you can run the original fuse and attach the power cord of another device to it-to power it. So, I stripped the power cord to the radar detector; found a ground point, and connected the hot wire to the add-a-fuse with a wire nut. did a test, and put all pieces back on. Like I said, I dont know if this will work or not. I would guess that you would have to connect rca wires somewhere. if this is not relevant, then this is a "how-to" for anyone looking to hardwire their radar detector...best.
 

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Thanks for the tip, Brian. I didn't even know there was such a thing as an "add-a-fuse" I'll try it soon. I had attempted to wire it to the fuse panel once already, but got cold feet about haphazardly connecting wires to anything without prior knowledge that it has been done successfully by someone before me. You da man. I should be able to just tap off an accessory fuse that only gets powered up with the ignition (like the horn or defroster or something).

Thanks to the Josh Bros., as well. I guess I should have posted this in the first thread you linked Josh #1, but I didn't know about that e-Novel. (18 pages. Geezum!)

Also also, sorry to the other Josh (I won't refer to you as #2) for being so impatient. I was acting like the American that I am for a minute and expected replies before I finished posting my question. I apologize. I think I will be reading this forum very often now that I found it. When will it be out in paperback?

What a long-winded ramble I just created. I didn't even know I knew all those words.

Thanks again, All.

Don in N'Awlins

Oh yeah, and I'd like to thank the Academy.
 

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by the way Don... the add-a-fuse is about $5-8 if I remember correctly. If you have any more detailed questions, feel free to post or email me at [email protected]

thanks and good luck. post in the showoff section pics and a "how-to" if you can. its good to have a reference like that for others if needed.
 

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No problem, dude. And thanks for not callin me #2(I was here first, BTW
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So you're in the Big Easy huh? Ever come up Dallas way? Maybe we could meet at the casinos in the middle sometime. Get a dub casino run together?
 
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