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Old 01-04-2012, 04:25 PM
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Had a little fire...

Long story that I won't get into but a buddy was a little careless with a plasma cutter and caught the passenger side carpet on fire. Thankfully the fire was small and contained to the passenger side carpet and the passenger side HVAC plenum. The only damaged wires were to the power locks and window on the passenger side. The vacuum part attached to the back of the HVAC controls was also damaged. Not great but it definitely could have been much worse. So my questions:
1. How do you get the smell of burnt plastic out of a truck? I tossed the carpet, headliner, etc but want to keep the seat. I scrubbed this interior glass and plastic trims with Simple Green. I would assume there is a good product to clean seats which I believe is the main item holding the smell. Thoughts?
2. The transmission now can't decide what gear it wants to be in. It seems like the torque converter is also locking up and then disengaging. The overdrive light is also flashing now so it is throwing a code. I haven't had time to get the scan but I will update this post once I know the code. Any quick thoughts? This tranny shifts by electric, not vacuum correct? Hence the "E" in E40D? Is it possible that while pulling the dash the gear selector lever now has play in it which is tricking out the tranny?
Thanks in advance.
PS- Buy a fire extinguisher for all of your vehicles. There is no way I could have saved the truck without one. Definitely a life altering moment...
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remove the seats air them a few days with febreze, should help the smell, and yes it is electronic you are correct, check your under dash wiring possible melted a bit, sorry bout your luck, but good luck getting it all good
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:34 PM
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Lay some coffee and some baking soda in your truck for a while.
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