Smoke out back end

Tiny
PPRINCE72
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  • 2011 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY
  • 3.6L
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 88,000 MILES
A friend while putting in gas in van noticed smoke coming from back of van. Then got kids out of van. Then smoke decreased, then opened rear hatch and had smoke in the rear of van. Rear backup camera stopped working so probably where smoke was coming from. I haven't looked at it yet but wanted to see if this is a fluke or a problem others have had. The vin# 2A4RR6DG5BR617761 and don't see any recalls and don't know if it's ever been in a accident. What are your thoughts?
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Friday, April 19th, 2019 AT 10:45 AM

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Tiny
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Hi PPrince72,

You are correct there are no recalls. I have not heard of this specific issue happening on this vehicle so there isn't anything that jumps out and I am very familiar with the vehicles.

If there was enough smoke to get the kids out and you found some inside the vehicle, it sounds like something shorted. However, until it is found and repaired, it could happen again. Usually the wire itself is not the issue, it is what is around the wire that is concerning. If the wire gets hot and it could cause something else to catch on fire.

It is a good thing that the smoke went away but I would not delay in getting to the source of it so we can be sure it won't happen again.

Unfortunately, the only way to find it is start dissembling the vehicle in the area it was coming from until you find the source.

Lastly, I would not park this vehicle inside your garage or next to your house until this is fixed. This is a complete over-precaution but it is better to be safe.

Let me know if you need more info and I will be happy to help.
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Friday, April 19th, 2019 AT 1:42 PM
Tiny
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Hi, the friend took the van in and they said one of the rear backup sensors blew up and she said she had problems with them a long time ago and had shut them off. They said it would cost $3500 to fix it and asked about the chances of it catching on fire and they said close to 0 chance so she paid the $140 diagnostic charges and drove it home. My question have you ever seen this problem before. Thanks for the help.
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Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 AT 7:00 PM
Tiny
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No. I have never heard of that. I guess that is in the area of where you saw the smoke but again I have never heard of it blowing up. My guess is, this terminology is not accurate. It probably just shorted out and the smoke was from the circuitry inside the sensor melting. They are probably right that it won’t happen again but I would have asked them to just unplug the sensors or disable them so there is no voltage going back there. The fact that she paid the diag charge they may be willing to just unplug them if she calls back and asks but that is up to you guys.
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Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 AT 7:49 PM

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