This Adapter Will Destroy Your Car

  • Published: 13 May 2019
  • This Adapter Will Destroy Your Car, DIY life hack and car repair with Scotty Kilmer. Car destroyed by cheap cigarette plug adapter. Car life hacks. Charger adapter hack. Why your car's electronics can be destroyed by these small aux adapter devices you plug in your car. Cheap adapters that are harmful to your car. Why many cars are having electrical problems due to these plug in adapters. The truth about adapter plugs for your car. Car advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 51 years.

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  • Scotty Kilmer
    Scotty Kilmer   3 months back

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    • cristian dl cruz
      cristian dl cruz  2 months back

      The link crapped out its no longer available for safe charger

    • samad968
      samad968  3 months back

      Subbed! You make some great, informative content to keep the public informative and entertained.

    • dallimamma
      dallimamma  3 months back

      Scotty Kilmer ::: Beam me up, Scotty! I’d love an inverter!

    • Mike Scott Singh
      Mike Scott Singh  3 months back

      Scotty Kilmer you should have been a stand up comic, your smart and funny, reminds me of Reagan.

    • Chris K.
      Chris K.  3 months back

      What do you think of the cigarette lighter Bluetooth radio transmitters?

  • Colonel Mark Julifs
    Colonel Mark Julifs  22 hours back

    You can buy them at DollarTree.
    I've also seen them as low as 25 cents at discount stores.

    • Carol Horn
      Carol Horn  1 days back

      They plug into the cig lighter with a USB port? Not good. My friend runs an Inogen Oxygen machine with one of these. He needs a Qualcomm.

      • Gusoutgoing
        Gusoutgoing  2 days back

        Hi, Scotty i had install amp , then soon after had car problems . Car won't start.. long story short. Problem was the wires were pull under the carpet to install amp would short out the fuel pump..after inspection the wires torn from small piece of car metal under breath carpet and would short out fuel pump. Got rid the amp and wire car ran normal there after.

        • Christopher Woolshleger

          Keep up the good job Scotty your videos allways have great information

          • Medieval Terrence
            Medieval Terrence  6 days back

            Go to your local department store and buy a rechargeable battery to charge your phone. Then charge the battery at home and keep it handy and you'll never need to charge your phone in your car.

            • Tony Gutierrez
              Tony Gutierrez  6 days back

              Does anyone have the link? It’s not working for me

              • Jesus Sifuentes
                Jesus Sifuentes  7 days back

                I just bought a 2008 truck and noticed that the low pressure tire light comes on after driving the vehicle for about 20 minutes. Would check tires and they were all good. I always have my phone plugged in with cheap charger. Getting rid of charger and see what happens. Thanks for your video Scotty!

                • Ravi
                  Ravi  1 weeks back

                  Scotty, ...even cheap inverters can provide EMI....!!! The voltage being switched in inverters is 110/220 this has more chance of interference than a simple 5v adapter...

                  • Robert Nazarov
                    Robert Nazarov  1 weeks back

                    My girl got me a bestek adaptor that fits in the cup holder, should I unplug it when not in use?

                    • Alika McCoy
                      Alika McCoy  1 weeks back

                      Thanks that really helps have a great day you are a life saver

                      • Tony Daniel
                        Tony Daniel  1 weeks back

                        I bought some cheap wires from China and they killed my iphone

                        • dazmac15
                          dazmac15  1 weeks back


                          • MR. FUSON
                            MR. FUSON  1 weeks back

                            Wait just a stinking minute was this auto advice or a sales pitch ?

                            • Mitchell Collins
                              Mitchell Collins  1 weeks back

                              Scotty can you show me how to lubricate the fan bearings

                              • Joe Daponte
                                Joe Daponte  1 weeks back

                                Had a prob with the cheap ones to.

                                • Randy Owens
                                  Randy Owens  1 weeks back

                                  Love ya Scotty!

                                  • ncrdisabled Submarine vet

                                    I have a 2019 mazda cx-9 gt and it happened to me 2 times i bought one from walmart a samsung which i thought would work great but when we got out of the store the ignition stays lit but it would not start even the doors would not open we had to use the emergency key to get in. When i unhooked the battery and it started but when we got back out it did it again . I took out the usb charger and everything worked i have a ba in electronics and took my scope out and found the fob used 915hz and the usb charger used the same .

                                    • Kathryn Parker
                                      Kathryn Parker  2 weeks back

                                      Are the regular phone chargers (curly wired) safe? It's real hot when I unplug it.

                                      • DKorekkek Couple
                                        DKorekkek Couple  2 weeks back

                                        Also, you'd probably want to put your phone on Airplane mode or just turn off your phone when charging and yes, get a high quality adapter.

                                        • Bama Bill
                                          Bama Bill  2 weeks back

                                          Always enjoy your content, very educational. I be waiting on my inverter LOL.

                                          • Omar Delawar
                                            Omar Delawar  2 weeks back

                                            There are a lot of dum dums who don’t know what amperes, dc/ac and all that is. Especially women don’t. You probably sound Chinese to those people lol

                                            • Billy Kata
                                              Billy Kata  2 weeks back

                                              I would have never thought of that affecting the rest of the cars systems .
                                              Thank for the heads up Scottie .

                                              • Russell Worstell
                                                Russell Worstell  2 weeks back

                                                Varry informative

                                                • Thakiid101
                                                  Thakiid101  2 weeks back

                                                  Scotty, this is certainly true. I work for volvo, recently had an xc90 come in for what appeared to be an ecu malfunction. couldnt trace the route cause for the life of me. saw that it had aftermaket cheap led headlights installed and I think you know where im going from here. Anyway, those cars have the ecu mounted directly behind the passenger headlight. My gut instinct was right! The cheap leds were throwing enough emf to affect the engine computer in a very strange unidentifiable way. Lessons were learned that day and I appeared to be a hero.

                                                  • Henk St.james
                                                    Henk St.james  2 weeks back

                                                    Is it ok to use my vacuum on that cigarette adaptor?

                                                    • Osprey Flyer
                                                      Osprey Flyer  2 weeks back

                                                      Thanks for the info! 👍

                                                      • J Lindberg
                                                        J Lindberg  2 weeks back

                                                        A/C went out on 2004 Lexus 330RX during long, very hot drive across PA. Saw this vid and pulled all the old cigarette lighter converters out, restarted the car - and Voila! All systems running cool. Never would have figured it out without this bit of wisdom from SK.

                                                        • Peter B.
                                                          Peter B.  2 weeks back

                                                          If there are square waves or triangular waves there can be a lot of harmonics

                                                          • Kyle Mathew
                                                            Kyle Mathew  3 weeks back

                                                            I could use your help with my 02 chevy prizim. Its heassatating on excelration. I was wondering if this could be the cause. I have already changed all the coils, plugs, mass air flow sensor. Throtal postion sensor. And have a new value cover gasket. I'm still having this lagging when taking off. Please help me. I wish I knew where you are at. So I could bring my car to you to check it out.

                                                            • Kyle Mathew
                                                              Kyle Mathew  3 weeks back

                                                              Hey. Scotty. Love your chanel. Very informative.

                                                              • Joe Oshea
                                                                Joe Oshea  3 weeks back

                                                                I Just found these clips by you scotty saved me a Lot of money Thanks from Joe in 🇮🇪💚☘Ireland

                                                                • old fart
                                                                  old fart  3 weeks back

                                                                  Thanks! Just my luck I found this on Tuesday!

                                                                  • Rachel Baker Ashcraft
                                                                    Rachel Baker Ashcraft  3 weeks back

                                                                    Thanks I just got an older car so I could fix myself and not worry about too many computer things.... I have a USB thats a fast charger and I think I'll just charge at home until I figure out whats going on w the car. May be something to that bc several times when I started the car the radio or cd player started just going haywire like it was ejecting a disk and it would do this for a good 10 seconds without ever having me touch it. Then it would stop and drive fine. I still have a check engine light and before I get my timing checked bc it runs fine I am waiting on a hall effect cam sensor to come in the mail. Seemed easier to replace than check ive already cleaned it and am having intermittent start problems. Anyway... Watching from Conroe TX have a great day!

                                                                    • Kent Denning
                                                                      Kent Denning  3 weeks back

                                                                      Hi Scotty. I had an inverter interfere with my TPS monitoring system, causing it to illuminate even though my tire pressure was okay.

                                                                      • Fahim Ferdous
                                                                        Fahim Ferdous  3 weeks back

                                                                        Thank you for the idea!!

                                                                        • just an observer
                                                                          just an observer  3 weeks back

                                                                          Actually I do understand EMC, electro magnetic compatibility. I was a mechanic for 12 years but got interested in the electronics they started putting in cars and went back to school for my EE degree. I ended up running an EMC lab and helping design electronics to be "immune " from RF. I say immune in quotes because there are always some manufacturers, such as the crap ones Scotty pointed out, that will come up with something that will emit RF outside of the range we test to and or outside of the limit they are by law NOT suppose to surpass.

                                                                          • Angel  Bustos
                                                                            Angel Bustos  3 weeks back


                                                                            • diirtburns
                                                                              diirtburns  3 weeks back

                                                                              I agree. I put a tracking device on my elderly dad's car and we had nothing but problems after that. I later found a burnt connection in the fusebox and repaired it. Never again!

                                                                              • AZStarYT
                                                                                AZStarYT  3 weeks back

                                                                                The only "safe" (and simplest) way I can think of for this is to make an old-fashioned resistor type  voltage divider, with a 7805 voltage regulator (use a 7812 alone for 12 vdc) just before the output. That way you're not doing anything other than regulating the DC voltage with basic components, instead of using the DC to high frequency AC to regulated DC technique. Expensive car adapters probably don't use any technique different than cheaply made ones, except their components may not be so prone to putting out RFI or they may have "some" shielding. I wouldn't trust them, as almost ALL electronic gadgetry is cheaply made in China today - some with more expensive logos on them, but the same garbage inside.

                                                                                • James Kendricks
                                                                                  James Kendricks  3 weeks back

                                                                                  This reminded me of the time when Cell phones were starting to be installed into cars during the 1990s. I was an installer for a major provider (at the time). Also I remember reading in owner manuals warnings about adding an accessories such as CB radios (remember those?). In both instances there was a warning about RFI affecting the ABS system and airbag systems (SRS). Love your videos and I look forward to many more to come.

                                                                                  • Boisson Media
                                                                                    Boisson Media  3 weeks back

                                                                                    How to keep your car from... Answer: Don't have a car.

                                                                                    • Tammy Martin
                                                                                      Tammy Martin  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Oh Lord no! I've lived where some of my friends never needed to learn how to drive because of mass transit being everywhere, I'm in South Carolina & I was a child Like too young to be in school the first time I sat in my Dads lap & drove & @ 13 I was a pretty good driver .

                                                                                  • Mike Castellon
                                                                                    Mike Castellon  3 weeks back

                                                                                    Another thing that can destroy your car: firing Roman candles from the back seat of a Volkswagen Beetle going 70 mph and accidently dropping it in the floorboard. I will not tell how I know, but I know.

                                                                                    • nr3rful
                                                                                      nr3rful  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Wonderful as always

                                                                                      • Joe Vogelberger
                                                                                        Joe Vogelberger  3 weeks back

                                                                                        That's a gin-U-wine technistical term, innit?
                                                                                        You wanna talk RFI?
                                                                                        Power inverters are the biggest wideband splatterboxes ever made.
                                                                                        They can wipe out several bandwidths with radio hash noise because they don't actually make AC current. Just choppy DC that's noisy af.

                                                                                        • Telly Paris
                                                                                          Telly Paris  3 weeks back

                                                                                          I love all your programs

                                                                                          • Mike Aux
                                                                                            Mike Aux  3 weeks back

                                                                                            "Hey"- Scotty

                                                                                            • Mike Aux
                                                                                              Mike Aux  3 weeks back

                                                                                              TPMS? Huh? I constently have those dummy light on in my Sienna and CRV. When I check pressure with a gauge they always read what the pressure I put in the tires. Yes, I do have one or more of those power plug thingys plugged in.... I'll unplug and see what happens.

                                                                                              Thanks Scotty.