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Smell of Burning Plastic

When I drive in the morning, after I've been sitting in traffic for a while, I smell burning plastic, and sometime see a slight plume of white smoke coming in from the steering column. This doesn't happen all of the time but it is a concern. What could be causing it?

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    150+k, has always been reliable and run well. A couple of small fixes- new muffler & power steering flush. Does tend to go through a lot of oil. Recent problem- having difficulty starting, very rough idle at low speeds, and burning excessive white smoke. Can definitely smell something, burning/friction?

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You could have a short in the wire harness that runs up your steering column. i would check under the dash for worn,frayed or burnt wires immediately. you have a great potential for an electrical fire. good luck. please rate this solution

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