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