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Brake light switch/ cruise control dissengage switch : burnt wires ; 1992 Ford Taurus

\015 I recently had a transmission overhauled at a shop . The same day I got my car back , within 15 minutes , I saw small plumes of smoke coming out at the column . I got the car home , disconnected the battery , for risk of an electrical fire . The next day , I drove the car back to the shop , now with smoke , that was worse than the day before . The shop tech found 2 wires connected to the brake pedal that were burnt with at least 6 inches of insulation burnt off to the point of bare wires . Can anyone suggest the cause for this and a remedy ? .\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 10-12-2018

Answers :

The only thing that could have caused those wires to burn is if somebody put the wrong fuse in the #1 slot. That fuse is SUPPOSED to be in that position is a 15 Amp fuse. I have seen people do dumb things like puting a bigger fuse in when the fuse that is supposed to be in there keeps blowing.

That fuse feeds your multifunction switch and your stop lamp switch. If you have any aftermarket equipment that is tied into your lighting circuits, this may be the reason someone may have been puting a bigger fuse in. I have seen similar things when aftermarket equipment overloads the original fuse and rather than rewire the aftermarket accessories to a different circuit or a circuit of their own, the people simply put a bigger fuse in. This is just a burned wiring harness waiting for a place to happen.

I am not saying that this is what has happened to your car, but it almost HAS TO be something similar. Otherwise, the fuse would have blown and cut the power LONG before the wires had a chance to burn. (That is what fuses are for).
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