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Old 11-19-2012, 12:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I got done cleaning my IAC and when togo for a test drive, great news it fixed the car stalling issue.

Then all of a sudden when I went to loop back to head home, I hit the brakes and the car died. WTF? I see smoke coming from under the hood, I hurried and popped the hood. What do I see a big flame of fire under my MAS, next to my BOV.

That damn positive battery wire is fired to crap, the hard line was glowing red.

I guess when I hit the brakes the battery slid and was arching on the metal hardline. It melted the insulation on the positive terminal. The underside of my hood is black.

I don't know much, as I had a 3.5 mile walk back home. I just got back, and fixing to tow it back with another car

If only the battery terminals were on the other side of the battery or I had a damn terminal cover on the post!


I'm hoping I can get away with replacing the positive terminal, checking the hose on my BOV and see how badly burnt my MAS sensor is. I'm sure the wires are melted together.

I sure did have fun trying to blow it out with my lungs and inhaling smoke. The fire kept starting back up.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Same exact thing happened to me. I was luckily arriving at home when it happened. Mine burst into flames though. HAD to use alot of water. Thank goodness all is ok though. Just replace damaged wires and hoses / lines.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Same exact thing happened to me. I was luckily arriving at home when it happened. Mine burst into flames though. HAD to use alot of water. Thank goodness all is ok though. Just replace damaged wires and hoses / lines.
Might just get away with a new MAS connector. I'll need a new BOV hose.

Might need a new MAF if too much current ran thru the connector and fried something. I'll need a new positive terminal.

Then I'll see how it runs. Off to the junkyard in the morning.

Thanks for the support. I'm glad it wasn't worse too.

Question if it comes down to it, a 93 3000gt SL Stock MAF Mass Air Sensor wouldn't work on a 92 3000gt vr4 would it?

I hope it's just fine and all I need it so solder a new connector to the MAF. I'm sure the 93 SL MAF connector will work on the vr4, but the whole meter box will not.

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Old 11-19-2012, 06:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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sounds like you need a good battery tie down setup while you're picking up parts.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The current is not going to effect your mad..... Basically you got a dead short just look for fire damage and replace whatever's butned and you should be good.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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That's messed up btw I'm going to get an enclosed battery holder now your my inspiration...
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Sucks to hear man Hopefully there wasn't too much damage. I always keep a fire extinguisher in my car. It gives me peace of mind.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:22 AM   #8 (permalink)
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that sucks

cut---strip---fluz ---solder---heatshrink and.........repeat



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I always keep a fire extinguisher in my car. It gives me peace of mind

haha...... so do I. and my wife thinks thats a problem
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:45 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Both of my parent's engines caught fire. Granted, they were pushing much more HP than my VR-4, but I learned my lesson. Lol.
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