[V8] Help!! Smoke from the steering column?

pjager at telus.net pjager at telus.net
Tue Nov 23 01:03:01 EST 2004

Two things create smoke. Too high a current for the conductors as in a
"short",  or high resistance at a contact point, also generating heat.

Something was powering the wiper lead at or near that plug, that shouldn't
have been.

Trace the circuitry back from the wiper motor.

If you were an oil company (in Canada) you'd have to call the "EPA" to
register a spill of that magnitude.


- and out of the blue the wipers start going, then the steering column
starts smoking. WTF? I still have the top cover removed , so I could see it
was coming from one of the plugs on the right. I pulled the intermittent
relay, and it quit smoking. Is there a common problem associated with this?
I've been on the list for a while and don't remember seeing this before, but
I'm hoping someone will console me and say "yeah, that's simple-this is all
you have to do". Why do I get the feeling that's a pipe dream.

I knew I should have left the V8 at home and brought the 4000Q. Last time to
Vegas the V8 blew the PS pump, and it took 40-50 quarts of ATF to get home
(stop every hour-add two quarts).

Some adventure :)


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