Cars Behaving Badly
June 21, 2012 5:31 AM Subscribe
What's wrong with my car? I have a 1996 Ford Explorer and I think I may have killed it last night. After a long hot drive back from the beach in traffic with a little kayak on the roof (relevant in case I overheated something maybe), I stopped to drop off friends at their apt., and when I went to restart it it made a funny choppy noise. I tried to turn it off but it wouldn't turn off completely, even after fully removing the key from the ignition. Smokey details inside...
posted by newpotato to Home & Garden (16 answers total)
I revved the engine a few times and something "took" and it sounded normal so I drove it back to my neighborhood and parked. After parking and turning off, I tried to restart it, and the ignition just clicked, and smoke started pouring out from under the hood. It smelled electrical/mechanical in nature.
Hoping it was just the heat, I just went to try and start it again this morning, and the same thing...ignition just clicking and immediate smoke coming from under the hood.
I love this car. I've had it for a long time and it's my dog transporting, home depot carting, beach going, country mountain road climbing, maneuvering through a blizzard driving buddy.
Any idea what this could be and what I should expect from the mechanic?
I had the starter replaced a few weeks ago and no other issues since then.