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Car Wiring Fire

This one got me today...

Because of their three-prong spadeconnector design, in which current from the alternator is actually shared by two of the spades, 2Gs are prone to experiencing excessive resistance in the electrical path because of the overload. That creates big-time heat and can cause the factory wire harness to melt or catch fire. Ford Motor Company acknowledged this problem in 1996 and issued Technical Service Bulletin No. 96214, which instructed dealership technicians and do-it-yourselfers to install an upgraded wiring-connector kit (PN E5AZ-14305-AA) to eliminate the possibility of an electrical burndown.

Just a heads up.

When you least expect it.... Bam.

I disconnected the battery, taped up the melted wire ends... re-connected the battery... drove it home on the battery.

Could have been worse... there was glowing fire & smoke when I popped the hood.


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Just one of the reasons a 3G swap is so popular.

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Just one of the reasons a 3G swap is so popular.
I agree... I wanted to do that as well.... but this car is my daily driver... I had to go the local autoparts route in a hurry. Ordered a new Delco Remy (#92212) alt and a BorgWarner pigtail (PT780) from Advance Auto. Tonights project. The alt mechanicals are fine. But the integral alternator socket and the internal connections to the diode(s) is completely melted... not salvageable.

Ginger: 1990 White/Burgungy 5.0 LX AOD Coupe
Connie: 1990 Green/White 5.0 LX Limited Edition AOD Konvertible
Gracie: 1989 Silver/Gray 5.0 LX 5 spd Konvertible
Roxie: 1989 Maroon/Burgundy 5.0 GT AOD Konvertible

I like the letter K more then the letter C.
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