What is wrong if my Zippo sparks but won't light?


Quick Answer

A Zippo brand lighter that produces sparks but no flames could have insufficient lighter fluid or a dirty flint wheel, or the lighter may require flint replacement or wick cleaning or replacement. The Zippo lighter may contain incorrect lighter fluid or be too cold to function properly.

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Full Answer

Owners of Zippo brand lighters that are not working properly have the option to send them to the original manufacturer found at Zippo.com for repairs free of charge other than shipping costs. Owners should check that the lighter fluid used is Zippo brand lighter fluid. Other lighter fluid brands can cause less than optimal function of the lighter. If the lighter is cold, warm it to room temperature before attempting to light it again.

The flint wheel can collect flint dust over time, which can interfere with proper lighting function. Clean the wheel with rubbing alcohol and a clean cotton cloth to remove any flint dust or debris. The flint stone also wears down over time. Check beneath the wheel to ensure the flint stone is still intact and large enough to strike against the wheel. Inspect the wick. Owners can use tweezers to pull worn or charred wicks upward, and then cut off the worn section.

If the lighter fails to light after troubleshooting potential problems, an owner has the option to send the lighter to the manufacturer for inspection and repair.

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