1996 Ford Explorer electrical smell and smoke when starting

Tiny
KATHY POST
  • MEMBER
  • 1996 FORD EXPLORER
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 99,000 MILES
I had a new battery installed, which messed up my alarm system. The car is now able to start, but there is a grinding metal sound and an electrical burning smell. Local mechanics are not comfortable dealing with the electrical problems so here I am to ask anyone here.

Thanks in advance!
Do you
have the same problem?
Yes
No
Thursday, January 15th, 2009 AT 6:06 AM

6 Replies

Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
  • EXPERT
Hi:
It sounds like the starter is sticking and hitting the flywheel after starting.

Is the alarm system factor or aftermarket?
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 1:20 PM
Tiny
KATHY POST
  • MEMBER
The car alarm is factory installed, I believe, because the key chain alarm remote has the FORD logo on it. We purchased the car used in '97.
I had to move the car from the driveway, the engine started and I was able to reverse and then drive forward to park it. During this drive the car was smoking and smelling of electrical cords burning. I turned the engine off after and have not been able to get the engine started again.

My battery is now dead and I am unable to try and start at this time.

I would really like to keep this car.

Any suggestions?
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 1:54 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
  • EXPERT
Where was the smoke coming from?
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 2:00 PM
Tiny
KATHY POST
  • MEMBER
I saw smoke coming from the front end of the car. I had to move it quickly because of another car and so I was focused more on where I was going to park it rather then anything else. I noticed the burning smell shortly after starting it up and noticed the smoke after parking it.

My next step is to purchase a battery charger this weekend.

I wish I could offer more info.

Thanks for your any advice.
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 2:17 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
  • EXPERT
Hi:
Without knowing where it came from, it would be nothing more than a guess. Look carefully at as much of the wiring as you can. Look for anything that looks melted pay attention to. When you recharge the battery, pay attention if it starts to happen again. If it does, immediately disconnect the battery. Keep a fire extinguisher near. I don't know what to expect.

Be careful and let me know what happens.

Joe
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 10:24 PM
Tiny
KATHY POST
  • MEMBER
Thanks Joe!
I will hopefully get the battery charger tomorrow, along with an extinguisher and see what happens. I'll let you know.
I really appreciate your help.

Thanks,
Kathy
Was this
answer
helpful?
Yes
No
Saturday, January 17th, 2009 AT 6:33 PM

Please login or register to post a reply.

Recommended Guides