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.
('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.)