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    Hi Guys not sure if I'm being daft, but do all the 12V sockets (one in the dash, cig lighter and spare next to cig lighter) always stay on? Got a dash cam, and that thing is always on, can't roll start my auto now.
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    Default Re: 12V Power always on

    Test with a cellphone charger?

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    My experience is that on German vehicles it is always on and on the Japs always off.
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    On VW (and Amarok) 12V sockets only ON when ignition is on or when engine is running.
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    Used to switch off with ignition. On later models remains on untill battery voltage drops to predetermined level when it switches off. Vehicle will still start.
    Very usefull.

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    My Jeep has one of each, one permanently on and one only on with ignition.
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    I have had a few vw's and they're not all the same. Currently the touran is always on and the amarok only with ignition. Thinking about changing some plugs in the amarok to be always on...
    Not that difficult to do a switch over in the fusepanel.

    My suggestion would be the following if you want to change it.

    Take out the top panel where your top dash plug sits. Install a new positive from the fusebox that run off the acc power. Just isolate the old wire and leave it where it is. Should be a quick fix.
    There's a wire fix kit (only a wire actually) with the special ends that clicks into the fusebox that you can use to install new fuses. I can see if I can get the part number for the wire if you're interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawker View Post
    Hi Guys not sure if I'm being daft, but do all the 12V sockets (one in the dash, cig lighter and spare next to cig lighter) always stay on? Got a dash cam, and that thing is always on, can't roll start my auto now.
    On the 3.0 Tdi V6 it's permanently on. This was not the case on my previous two 2.0Bi-Tdi 4M Amaroks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by landbruiser View Post
    On the 3.0 Tdi V6 it's permanently on. This was not the case on my previous two 2.0Bi-Tdi 4M Amaroks.
    Same here V6 on and previous 2 not - nice feature fridge runs now from loadbody outlet.

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    Default Re: 12V Power always on

    Usually the cigarette lighter switches off and the 12v sockets stay on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hermanm10 View Post
    On VW (and Amarok) 12V sockets only ON when ignition is on or when engine is running.
    Not mine

    I can charge my phone while the car is locked. Nice feature. But not so nice for GPS and dash Cam when they are always on. I tried finding a setting on the dash cam that when idle it will switch off but nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawker View Post
    Hi Guys not sure if I'm being daft, but do all the 12V sockets (one in the dash, cig lighter and spare next to cig lighter) always stay on? Got a dash cam, and that thing is always on, can't roll start my auto now.
    Just installed my Blackvue dash cam too and its ALWAYS on.... very nerve wracking... Are the Amarok 12V sockets also always powered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by taylorns View Post
    Just installed my Blackvue dash cam too and its ALWAYS on.... very nerve wracking... Are the Amarok 12V sockets also always powered?
    Ask the dealer to change the top port to acc power. It really an easy fix!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taylorns View Post
    Just installed my Blackvue dash cam too and its ALWAYS on.... very nerve wracking... Are the Amarok 12V sockets also always powered?
    On new facelifted models yes. Switches off when battery voltage drops to a certain level.

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    Having the same problem. Just installed two dash cams in company vehicles and they permanently record when vehicles are locked. Our rep says he lifts the charger slightly out of the cigarette lighter socket at the end of the day. Just phoned VW and was told that not a single technician is available till ten this morning because they're checking in vehicle. How ridiculous is that.
    Last edited by Roberto Betta; 2019/09/13 at 08:13 AM.

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