Automobile USB port blocked
Two of the USB ports on my 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL have plastic broken off in them. The first one on the dash has pieces of a plastic Sandisk thumb drive stuck inside the USB port. I've tried tweezers to extract the shards but tweeters would have to be paper thin to get into the port to grab the plastic shard. As long as I always use the original plastic Sandisk thumb drive it works. That is because the broken piece lodged in the dash USB port matches the remaining plastic on the thumb drive. Kind of a "key" effect. I tried to get into the dash to replace/fix the USB port but the USB port is soldered onto a circuit board that looks expensive.
I've noticed the USB port inside the center console is getting more difficult to insert a thumb drive. Ditto on my 2022 Ford F350. Dealers say warranty doesn't cover the port, they blame the thumb drive. Auto industry seems to be buying junk USB ports to save a penny.
Half-arse solution I've found on the last two problem ports listed above is to buy a 6" male/female USB extension cable, grease the male end and insert it into the vehicle USB port and then plug my Music thumb drive into the female end of the extension cord. I am clueless as to fixing the Jeep dash USB port with the plastic shard stuck in it. Yes, I quit buying USB thumb drives with plastic plugs. Any ideas appreciated.