Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 20-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, neither the radio or the cigarette light, I mean phone charge thingy, is working in my car. Why?
A: You probably blew a fuse, which is easy to fix. Get the manual in the glove box. Locate where the fuse box is on your car, and then which fuse is related to the radio/lighter. It’s often the same one. It should be pretty obvious if it’s blown. A lot of quickie marts carry small packs of replacements, or you can get them at an auto parts store. It’s a simple fix, and it doesn’t hurt to keep spare fuses in the glove box all the time. That and a flashlight.
— Barry Courter
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...