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electrical short = smoke in cabin!


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I was driving my newly rebuilt 72 tii up Hwy 1 from Van Nuys to San Luis Obispo. Everything was great until I had to turn on the headlights because I hit a some rain.

Lights were on for about half a minute when I noticed a small puff of smoke come from behind the gauge cluster, just above the speedo. This happened two more times within about 5 seconds before I realized it was probably an electrical short and then I shut off the lights. Once lights were off... no problems. Then tried to pick up my speed so I could get to my destination before dark.

So my question is what do you guys think is going on??? Bad wires/wiring??? I could really use your help. I'm gonna go to 2002 Haus to get the oil changed and see if they can help out there. It's supposed to be raining all day tomorrow and Sunday in CA so I'd love to get this sorted.

Thanks for the help. I'll post pictures of my new/first 02 once I'm back home.


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Sounds like your light switch is overloading. This could be a result of too much load or a short in the harness.

Have you installed high power headlights recently?

If you think it is a short you will have to find it. Test it indoors in the dry so you can tell if it is a water issue. Test it with just the running lights to see if that makes a difference. Your shop might have an inductive sniffer that can find a short in the wiring.

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