What Is Wrong If My Zippo Sparks but Won’t Light?

A lighter of the Zippo brand that produces sparks but no flames may have inadequate lighter fluid or a dirty flint wheel, or it may require flint replacement, wick cleaning, or replacement. There may be an error in the lighter fluid or the lighter may be too cold to perform properly.

The owners of non-functioning Zippo lighters may mail them to the manufacturer via Zippo.com for free repairs, except shipping charges. The owner should ensure that the lighter fluid used is Zippo brand. Other lighter fluid brands may compromise the lighter’s performance. Warm the lighter to room temperature before attempting to relight it if it is cold.

Flint dust can accumulate on the flint wheel over time, interfering with its ability to produce light. Using rubbing alcohol and a clean cotton cloth, remove any flint dust or debris from the wheel. Flint stone also deteriorates over time. Verify that the flint stone is unbroken and large enough to strike the wheel by looking beneath the wheel. Examine the wick. Using tweezers, owners can pull worn or burned wicks upward and then trim the worn portion.

The owner has the option of sending the lighter back to the manufacturer for inspection and repair if it fails to light after investigating probable issues.


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