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post #1 of 14 Old 04-22-2014, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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alternator fire

so I was going to get the truck washed, but 2 blocks down the road smoke out of the engine bay.

pulled over popped the hood and the alternator is on fire. extinguished it self out but the burnt electrical smell.....sheesh..

anyways, could I potentially drive the truck to the dealer, or will it catch on fire again????
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Unplug it and disconnect the main wire off the back, be sure and tape it up real good. Your alt has a internal short to ground, it will catch again! Even by just letting it set there if you still have the batts connected...


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Unplug it and disconnect the main wire off the back, be sure and tape it up real good. Your alt has a internal short to ground, it will catch again! Even by just letting it set there if you still have the batts connected...


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So unplug, wrap it real good, then I can drive it to dealer?
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Yes once you have the all the wires disconnected and taped up.


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Your lucky you caught it, that's normally not the case....


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So it may have 2 alternators. I know I saw flames on the one from the passenger side top, right under inter cooler pipe. If I had a second unit, where would it be?
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what is normally the case?????? could the whole car catch on fire because of this?????
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Yes! Truck out of warrantee.
If it's still covered let them come & get it.
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what is normally the case?????? could the whole car catch on fire because of this?????

Yes the that would cause the whole truck to go up in flames. All it takes is one piece of plastic to catch fire and it's over but the crying....


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if u got good insurance let it burn and start over.
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