'95 Tracer/Escort lighter fuse box

Anyone know how to open the damn thing w/out breaking it?
Rob

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Rob-- I think the engineers who included that extra fuse box for just the lighter on the Escort/Tracer were playing games. The lighter fuse easily could and should have been located in the easily accessible box.
Of the fuses in the under-dash box that you can easily see and change... they all go in _horizontally_ (as displayed on the cover).
But the lighter fuse box which you _can't_ see from the driver's seat (unless you're under 4 ft. tall and/or 60 lbs.) is mounted _vertically_. The whole front cover is only about 1/2" wide x 1" high x 1/8" deep. It's attached to the top of the box by a little plastic strap.
You already know where the separate box is. While sitting in the driver's seat: Reach under and put your right thumb on the top-front of it. While squeezing it slightly (top to bottom), pull out on the bottom-front lip with your middle finger. It should pop out and up on the strap, and you can remove/replace the vertical fuse by feel. Beats flopping on your back and trying to cram your head, hands, and a flashlight into such a small space.
Jeffry ('95 Tracer Trio, 1.9 L, 4-speed A/T, excellent cond., 98k mi., recent timing belt, serpentine belt, front struts, plugs and wires. Always maintained. Excellent compression. No rust. Burns no oil. Still gets 31 hiway, 23 city. Ready to go another 100k. All electrics still work perfectly ................. but it has continued to burn out a 20 amp lighter fuse every few months or so since it was new. I'll settle for that.)
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