Hi, I was doing the following two things: 1) fixing the cigarette
lighter and 2) trying to install an in-dash entertainment unit into a
1995 Ford Escort LX (Hatchback).
As result of my first attempt, I seem to have damaged something
(electrically?). The car won't crank up now. There are continuous
regular beeps (about 2.3 beeps per second), which resound either when
door is open or, with door closed and the ignition key turned.
I think the battery is fine - lights are working. I checked both fuse
boxes (underneath the steering wheel, to the left, and under the hood),
and do not see any blown ones. At key position 2, my dash symbols
light up (but in the #3 (ignition) position nothing happens - only the
Hypothetical question, just to be sure: if I shorted the cigarette
lighter, wouldn't its fuse blow out before anything else got damaged?
Same w/the entertainment unit? (I triple-checked the instructions and
made sure all the color-coded wires were color-matched (in the
harness)). The unit itself has a fuse, which is intact. It now makes a
brief, soft "whirring" sound upon being connected - which indicates, at
least, presence of current in the harness wires. ( Beyond that, it does
not function in the current circumstances, but that could be an
The only thing I can think of is some extra force I applied while
trying to physically insert the unit. It was catching something
springy when it was still about three inches out (in my assessment it
was the ball of connecting wires) but with a push, it went in, as the
Upon realizing the debilitation of the car, i naturally removed the
unit and examined the inside of the shelf, particularly above the
insertion space, where there are parts -- I can't find any loose end
that may have come loose as a result of the forced insertion.