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Smoke coming out of back of steering wheel no

White smoke coming out of back of steering wheel no power key will turn but no start or noise. Help me I am a single mom in Yellowknife NWT (barren, no rebuilt parts stores). I am tryin to be as mechanically handy as possible:) I appreciate the help. Think it might be the ignition switch?

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Yeah; you've got a serious problem. White smoke would also mean the wire insulation has burned off as well. You should also check for a blown fuse...don't replace the fuse - the fuse would just tell you what circuit you're dealing with...most likely the ignition circuit. And, if the wires are not thoroughly checked; the situation could lead to an electrical fire.

If you want to attempt the repairs yourself...I would invest in a Haines/Chiltons repair manual.

Please be careful,


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I would guess that the most likely suspect is the ignition switch,,,not the lock, but the electrical switch. Most can be bought for less than $40, and not too hard to change. if you can get one.
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