Howdy, pals! The newer Chevy Silverado has a cigarette lighter or 12-Volt power outlet on the dash, and from the factory this outlet is set to always powered on. This can lead to drained batteries if devices are left plugged in for an extended period. However, you can easily change the outlet power from always on to ignition controlled, ensuring that power is only supplied when the vehicle is running. This article will guide you step by step about How to Make a Power Outlet From Always ON to Ignition Controlled in the Chevy Silverado. So let’s get started.
Understanding the Need for Ignition Controlled Power
Many vehicles come with power outlets that are powered even when the car is turned off. While this can be convenient, it can also drain your car’s battery if devices are left plugged in. Changing the power outlet to be ignition controlled helps prevent this issue and ensures that power is only supplied when the vehicle’s engine is running.
How to Make Power Outlet From Always ON to Ignition Controlled in Chevy Silverado
Here I’ll explain how to convert a 12V outlet on a Chevy Silverado from a steady power source to one that can be controlled with accessories. Here are some guidelines to follow based on the year your car was manufactured. So let’s get into it now.
To make outlet power from always on to ignition controlled you need to find the 50-amp fuse and move it to the blank terminal in the same fuse spot. In the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Silverado, the fuse is located on the driver’s side panel inside the truck. Just pull the cover off to expose the fuses. And here’s the fuse:
If we look up the fuse diagram, the location selected fuse in 10 or 11 spot determines how the 12-volt power outlet will function. So when the 50-Amp fuse bridges the center terminal and the terminal toward the front of the truck, the 12-Volt outlet on the dash only has power with the key. But if it bridges the center terminal and the terminal toward the rear of the truck, it has always on power.
Time needed: 7 minutes
For 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 Silverado, the method is the same, but the location of the fuse is different. So let’s get it going!
Turn off your car
When working with electrical components in your vehicle, it’s essential to take safety precautions. Ensure that the ignition is off before starting, and be careful not to short-circuit any wires.
Locate the 50-amp fuse
The next step is to find the 50-amp fuse on the passenger’s side panel. Just pull the cover off to expose the fuse. And here’s the fuse.
Relocate the fuse
After you find it, pull that 50-amp fuse out and move it to the left so it uses the terminal that wasn’t being used, then reinsert it.
Check if the power outlet is working
Finally, turn on your vehicle’s ignition and check if the power outlet is working. If everything is connected correctly, the outlet should only have power when the ignition is on.
Benefits of Ignition Controlled Power Outlets
Switching your power outlet to be ignition controlled has several benefits, including:
Preventing battery drain
Extending the life of your car’s battery
Reducing the risk of electrical issues
Troubleshooting Common Issues
If you encounter any problems after making the change, here are some common issues and their solutions:
No Power: Check the connections and ensure the fuse tap is properly inserted.
Blown Fuses: Make sure the fuse you’re using can handle the power requirements of your devices.
FAQs – Chevy Silverado Power Outlet
Why should I change the outlet power to an ignition controlled?
Changing the outlet power to ignition controlled can help prevent battery drain when accessories are left plugged in. It’s a simple way to improve overall vehicle efficiency.
Is this modification reversible?
Yes, you can revert to the original always-on setting if needed, but ensure you follow the correct steps for reconnection.
Can I change the outlet power on any Silverado model?
This process is generally applicable only to 2014-2023 Silverado models, but it’s essential to check your specific wiring diagram for accurate instructions.
What’s the risk of doing this modification incorrectly?
If not done correctly, there’s a risk of electrical issues or even a drained battery. Follow the steps carefully, and if you’re unsure, consult a professional.
Do I need any specialized skills to perform this modification?
Basic knowledge of vehicle wiring is helpful, but even beginners can perform this modification by following the provided instructions.
Is there a recommended time to perform this modification?
You can do this modification at any time, but it’s a good idea to do it when you’re not in a rush and can focus on the task.
So that pretty much wraps it up. Changing the outlet power from always-on to ignition controlled in your Silverado is a smart choice for improving efficiency and extending battery life. By following the steps outlined in this article and keeping safety in mind, you can make this modification with confidence. Thanks for stopping by, and see you!
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