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I have a 1992 Toyota MR2, one evening I cam out to go get a movie, went to start the car and all that happened was the starter started clicking rapidly. I turned the ignition switch off and the starter kept clicking away. While it was clicking I noticed the spedo smoking so I rushed to disconnect the battery. When I finally disconnected the battery I looked up and saw smoke rolling out from the engine compartment. The car did not start on fire luckily. When the car cooled I started T-shooting and found that the smoke from the mid engine compartment came from the E-brake cable burning up. I have replaced the starter, the E-brake cable the gauge cluster, and the ignition switch. Checked every solenoid and switch involved with the starter circuit. Everything checks out fine. There was an after market security system installed, I have since then removed it. I have not reinstalled the new gauge cluster in fear that this might happen again. All the electrical works, lights, stereo, antenna, etc, etc, etc but when I turn the ignition switch to start with the clutch pedal fully depressed the same problem occurs.

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This sound like a more common issue than we in the mr2 community would like to see. The cars are old and the ground wires tend to wear out. But normally the gas pedal cable becomes the place were it grounds out and start a fire. get a cheap ground wire kit for the engine compartment as well as put a few on the battery. Also check existing ground wires. Hope this helps!

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