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Old 01-14-2002, 01:44 AM
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Unhappy Fire?

Ummm, I'm a little worried. Just cruised down to the 24HR Wal-Mart and the inside of my car started to smell like somthing burning. Then my eyes got all watery like smoke was in the cabin. I couldn't tell if there was any. Is my car gonna catch on fire tonight, or am I being paranoid. This wouldn't be the first car to catch on fire in my driveway (98 Explorer)
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Old 01-14-2002, 01:50 AM
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Go disconnect the battery just for kicks. You'll sleep better.
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Old 01-14-2002, 02:16 AM
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I second the disconnect the battery suggestion - ASAP!! Also, look around (inside and out) to see if something is smoldering or worse (hopefully not).

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Old 01-14-2002, 02:27 AM
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Re: Fire?

Originally posted by NoDubs
Just cruised down to the 24HR Wal-Mart and the inside of my car started to smell like somthing burning.
Your Mercedes does not like Wal-Mart!!!!

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Old 01-14-2002, 10:40 AM
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and/or review and inspect non-OEM wiring ie stereo, alarm, etc.
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Old 01-14-2002, 01:30 PM
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well, i didnt do anything and my car is still there. still smells though
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Old 01-14-2002, 06:43 PM
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Umm, I hope not. Smell is starting to go away.
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Old 01-15-2002, 10:38 AM
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I agree with Fad, check the non factory wiring if there is any. cell phone charger, radar detector, stereo. If you see any electrical tape replace it with shrink tubing or remove the wiring completely. I had a truck once that had some wiring from an alarm that had shorted out, unbelievable amounts of smoke and a 3 foot section of wire was glowing red hot and caught the carpet on fire.(it ran under the carpet) I was able to pull over and I just pulled the carpet section out and yanked the wires out. Some one had shorted the fuse out. I guess the truck was really at risk of being stolen! Amazing what some people will do when playing with electricity. May make you think twice about those driving lights you are thinking about adding! Just make sure you are careful with the wiring and you should be ok. You can usually do a better job than most electronic shops will. Just have to take your time and use a soldering gun. Make sure you use shrink tubing on all joints.
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