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 Post subject: dash was smoking, now my interior lights will not turn on.
Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:03 pm 
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hey guys, i have an el wagon and just tonight i noticed smoke coming from behind my dash, i quickly pulled my positive terminal back on, and over the course of an hour or so i put it back on to find that my interior light will not turn on.
I have had the dash face off, but the smouldered wire reaches way up into the dash, and i suppose it is a centre lamp wire.
I have tried tracing it. But as i said it goes way up into the dash and would really like to avoid pulling my whole dash out.
Is there anyway i can sort of bypass that wirem and run new wires down from the roof to anything? Perhaps a wire on the bem?
Any help would be appreciated!
I hate electrical problems.
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 Post subject: Re: dash was smoking, now my interior lights will not turn on.
Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:35 pm 
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Does the car still start and run?If yes keep reading. :shock: You're doomed.You can find both ends of the burnt wire you may be able to replace it.But seriously you are (^$&@$ .Usually when a wire melts and is in a wiring harness ,it has a tendency to melt all the insulation plastic into a nightmare and is a total pain in the a*** to repair.More than likely it will be a dash out job .Very difficult to say what is the best route to take.Get someone [autoelectrician] to have a look.If it is a dash removal you can do it yourself and score a used harness and fit it.Good luck Kevman.
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 Post subject: Re: dash was smoking, now my interior lights will not turn on.
Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:27 am 
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car still starts and stuff as normal.
So you think theres no way at all to bypass the f**k wire?
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 Post subject: Re: dash was smoking, now my interior lights will not turn on.
Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:03 pm 
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It's bad when you let the smoke out, you can never get it back in...

bypassing is still only a bandaid. you have to find the problem. theres a reason auto leckies charge what they do, i have alot more respect for them now hehe.

something must have changed though, perhaps something you've added previously? factory harnesses don't regularly burn out for no reason.

 

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 Post subject: Re: dash was smoking, now my interior lights will not turn on.
Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 2:19 pm 
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i added coutesy lamps.
Is there a way i can bypass it?
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