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While I was riding my 1997 heritage softail it died and I lost all electrical power. I could smell what smelled like electrical wires melting and a small bit of smoke came up from in front of the fule tank. I cannot see any burt or melted wires. Any ideas?

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Check for the HT lead sitting on the head or cylinder and melting off. Check for any wires up under the fuel tank that have not been properly restrained and have fallen down onto the engine heads

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You did not say if you were overheated,also what liquid and what is meant by spark plug filled with liquid, if plug was removed from block! (antifreeze?) Check oil and if water in it you more then likely have a blown head gasket. Hot engine is what most likely caused burnt wire. They make sealers that are put in radiators to repair leaks if cost is a problem and you are comfortable using them, and if not, have head gasket replaced which can be quite costly. Mechanic can determine cause with a compression test. Other things you would be wise to consider if installing new head gasket would be changing water pump,timing belt and crankshaft seal as while as the other belts that need changing.Of course this would depend on whether you planned on keeping the vehicle and if it was worth it. You can talk with a mechanic about using a sealer if this is the problem. I know of no other liquid it could be other then antifreeze.Oil is unlikely. P.S You might want to find out where the oil leak is and correct it before you do more damage!

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I had the same problem in my 98 Dodge Dakota! Replaced the heater core, problem solved. No more funky coolant smell and erie fog coming through my vents. I bought the heater core at rockauto.com online. Have purchased many items now from them. All factory parts so far at half the price of even AutoZone, even with the shipping. Also, you usually have to wait only a couple of days depending on the part and they have EVERYTHING.

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antifreeze i think,heater matrix leak ,try putting a rad leak stopper in

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SOURCE: VW jetta has a wierd smell that smell like melted

Never thought about the smell but yes oil dripping on the exhaust does smell like that. Check and see if you have an oil leak somewhere likely its getting on the exhaust. (dosen't need to be a lot to smell)

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heater core most likely is the smell kinda sweet at all ?

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