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Old 01 Oct 2015, 10:27 am
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Default Battery live short caused small fire

Hi There,
I have a 2002 CRD limited which has been pretty much spot on apart from a indicator fault which happened to be in the wiring harness near the steering column and not the indicator unit itself. Anyway back to the problem in hand. Yesterday started the PT up no problem and was about to reverse off the drive when I noticed a bit of smoke coming from under the bonnet. I turned the engine off and pooped the bonnet and noticed wiring near the bulkhead passenger side was on fire. It was the main live feed wiring from the battery that was on fire, and when I blew on it it went out thankfully. As some people will know on the diesel early models the battery is under the passenger side seat. It was easy to disconnect here as it is just a 10mm spanner job. Now in this wiring harness there are two heavy duty cables(one a main link from the battery engine bay live battery terminal) and three other small direct live feeds. From looking how one of them has "blobbed" at the end before snapping I think this must be the one that shorted and caused the fire. I wonder if anybody has come across this problem before. Also if anybody has had this problem do they Know what caused it, if it is a common problem, and where the faulty live comes from. I'm just after some advice into if it can be fixed on the driveway or if it will have to go into a Auto mechanic. Thanks for any replies in advance and i hope the photo helps. Cheers Karl.
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Old 01 Oct 2015, 11:27 am
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Default Re: Battery live short caused small fire

Your questions are better asked of the European community as they don't sell the diesel PT in the United states or anywhere else in North America. I moved your post over so those with the diesel engine might see it and help you out.

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