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My wife noticed today that smoke was coming from the passenger mirror. She called a neighbor to disconnect the battery. I got home and took it apart and found that the light in the bottom housing had melted. Was wondering if she had not have gone outside at that time would the car have burned down? and why would it melt the housing and not blow a fuse?

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Melting the housing is not a short, it is a heat issue, so the fuse wouldn't have blown, could it have started a fire, maybe, I would call Ford's customer service number for Detroit and talk to them about your concerns over this problem, one d.... thing is for sure it should not have done what it did, period!

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  • stoetzel Apr 09, 2011

    I have a similar story, Yesterday I came out of a store to find my car billowing smoke from the passenger side mirror, while the car was not running. Being a journeyman electrician, as well as a tightwad, i figured instead of taking it in, i would take a look at it myself. i took the mirror apart and it turns out that the lamp inside the mirror had gotten so hot that it melted the wiring and caused a short. i disconnected the light right at the mirror, (conveniently enough, on the 2005 five hundred there is a disconnectable wiring harness inside the mirror), and all that had to be done after that was to replace the F2 "delayed accessory" fuse in the passenger compartment fuse panel. one dollar for a fuse and 20 minutes of work instead of taking it to a shop :)

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