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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, HELP! My EBCM caught fire and now the car wont start... in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; Drove my car (2003) to work today. Only about a 10 mile drive (15 min or so). Never noticed any ...
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    HELP! My EBCM caught fire and now the car wont start...

    Drove my car (2003) to work today. Only about a 10 mile drive (15 min or so). Never noticed any unusual smells or sounds. Car drove fine. 10 minutes after getting settled into the office, a coworker told me "Hey man, your car is smoking." I instantly think it has to be a leaking radiator hose or perhaps an oil leak but as we walk up to the car and pop the hood, I smell plastic/rubber burning and notice the smoke seems to be emanating from the lower passenger side of the radiator/fan. It was hard to see with the smoke (that I quickly noticed was getting thicker) but after grabbing my flashlight from the car to get a better look I heard the crackle of fire starting and the smoke worsening. After throwing dirt on the area attempting to stifle the fire, I had to resort to two bottles of water. As the smoke cleared I could tell it looked like the fire originated from the electrical connector that the EBCM plugs into.

    After my immediate frustrations dissipated enough to think more rationally became concerned because of all the cables/wires that are in that small area and so close to the fusebox. I tried to pop my door with the FOB and nothing happened, I open manually and turn the key to "On" and no dash lights, no console display lights, the A/C display still lit up and operated though, no lock/unlock of doors/windows and of course the car wouldn't even make an attempt to start. Aside from the price to likely replace the EBCM (if not the pump as well) what couldve been damaged in that small area that would keep the car from starting and effect the doors and displays? I really need some assistance guys. Ive lurked here every since I bought the car and any issues I had, there was a source here to assist in some way. I didn;t see anything remotely close to this situation so I registered and posted.

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    - ECM replaced and flashed
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    Re: HELP! My EBCM caught fire and now the car wont start...

    Were the cabels or connectors damaged

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    Re: HELP! My EBCM caught fire and now the car wont start...

    It sounds to me like the cables and connectors were the fuel for the fire. I've tackled jobs like this, the resulting bill was in the thousands, and it took weeks before it was all over. He better hope there is a donor car in the local junkyard where he can get harnesses, connectors, and junction boxes. I've also seen insurance companies total cars after electrical fires. A repair job like this can rapidly turn into a career. Something got hot to start the fire so even before the smoke there was big trouble. As the fire progresses more stuff shorts together and destroys more expensive stuff. If you don't get it all fixed first try you may get an instant replay.
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    Re: HELP! My EBCM caught fire and now the car wont start...

    I didn't notice any damage to wires or connectors prior to this. Because I was having ecm problems, I routinely was under the hood near the fuse box and feel like I would've noticed. The fire did seem to be from the bottom side of the connector though. Perhaps there was a short that sparked it.

    Dkozloski, I certainly hope there is something we can pinpoint that was damaged that is effecting the turnover of the car. I'm already looking into finding a used ebcm at the very least. Its just so odd because I don't know of any connector/wire that could've gotten burned to keep it from starting.

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