Join Date: Apr 2002
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Re: SMOKE FROM UNDER DASH!!!
OK... DId some poking around and heres what I found.
Didn't find any obviously burnt wires, turned the key on and didn't see any smoke or hear any crackling (of course.)
Next, I removed the electrical switch from the back of the lock and turned it by hand with a screwdriver.
I should note the little buzzer does buzz when its supposed to
RUN- Starter kicks in, does not stop unti I turn switch off
START- starter stays kicked in from "run"
Took the switch down to the basement to open it up -- I noticed that the wire marked "starter" had come disconnected, but there was no break, the solder was shiny and smooth.
Took the switch apart, realized it was made of nothing but bb's and springs. Got that back together after cleaning the contacts and stuff.
I resoldered the wire back onto the little place it came from.
Re-hooked up the pigtail in the dash and the battery back on.. Turned the switch wtih a screwdriver... Same diagnosis as above -- starter always staying engaged.
This time though, the switch glowed hot near the starter wire -- it was as bright as an xmas tree bulb and smoking, the same smell as before. Unplugged that as fast as I could and unhooked the battery.
Is it safe to bet that the switch is toast, or is this just an indication of something else? I have looked all around and I did not see any other burnt wires