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Old 04-11-2008, 02:09 PM
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Almost caught on fire!

Well, wednesday i hooked up my EBPV brake to the throttle. I had the main dash panel off along with the radio. I drove it yesterday and the radio didn't work, i thought that maybe i didn't plug the wires all the way in. Turned out to be the fuse in the panel. I changed the fuse with the correct (5amp), then drove to town. When i started my truck to come back home, smoke started rolling from the dashboard. I took the panel off and one of the wires had the insulation melted off of it. I have no idea what could have caused that, the wires i was messing with wednesday have nothing to do with the wire that melted. It was a black/pink wire. Im friends with a guy at the local dealer, he let me borrow a book that has the entire wiring system of these trucks. The wire goes to the radio, and to the headlight switch. Im guessing its the illumination, but i haven't looked into it that much yet.

DO NOT USE HARBOR FREIGHT FUSES!!!!!!!!! that is what i replaced it with, and the wire melted and the fuse was still intact.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:34 PM
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DO NOT USE HARBOR FREIGHT FUSES!!!!!!!!! that is what i replaced it with, and the wire melted and the fuse was still intact.

cant tell you how many times ive heard that one, but i have no idea what happened i melted a set of wires to the neon lights i have in the cab but i dont know what caused thaat one either, good thing it didnt go too bad!
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wow yes i WILL remember that one.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:38 PM
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My azz has better product than harbor freight.
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Yep, there was a pretty massive recall on those cheap fuses.... Glad it didn't get out of control!
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:42 PM
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Yep, there was a pretty massive recall on those cheap fuses.... Glad it didn't get out of control!
Yeah, i found out about the recall when i was looking on their website to find a number to call and ream someones a$$ out. Unfortunately i found out about it AFTER i melted the damn wire.
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Old 04-11-2008, 02:51 PM
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I checked the price of a new wiring harness. Its almost $500. I will be talking to someone high in harbor freight's management. I'll keep you guys posted on how that turns out.
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I'm very surprised that those weren't pulled from the shelves. Good luck, bud. Keep us posted.
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:05 PM
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I think they probably were, but i bought them a few month ago.

Heres an update on my situation. I called them this morning, they asked me a bunch of info, when it happened, where it happened, who was with me, and a bunch of personal info, name, address, phone number, etc. They said they will make a report with all the info and forward it to the legal dept. and they will get back with me within a week. The right thing for them to do would be to pay for the repair, and it kinda looks like they are gonna. We'll see. I'll keep y'all informed.
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:25 PM
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Hmmm, sounds like a TW chip to me
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