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.
Recent work includes:
- ECM replaced and flashed
- Crankshaft Position Sensor Replaced