Small electrical fire behind the dash please help - Ford Mustang Forum
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-27-2018 Thread Starter
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I’ve been trying to recover from a small electrical fire that unfortunately started behind the dash of my 2000 gt. The fire started after I installed the reverse glow gauge instert. I made the stupid mistake of using a low quality wire to lengthen the overlay wire that unfortunately burnt in half. After the fire I lost my low beams, gauge hvac lights, and my blinkers. The fire appeared to have been very minor and the only wire that smoked was the small connector wire. The weird thing is that the gauge and hvac lighting started working temporarily after taking the burnt wire out but then turned off again. I have checked all the fuses and was able to get my blinkers working again. I know with electrical issues there are a million things that could be wrong, but does anyone have any suggestions as to what could have gone wrong? Any help would be greatly appreciated as I’m apparently a huge newb. I’ll attach pictures below of the damaged.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-28-2018
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Double-check your connections and make sure that you don't have any more under-rated wire spliced into that or any other circuits. Maybe it was just the choice of wire, or maybe there was a short-to-ground somewhere that triggered it. At any rate, make sure that your fuses are all correct. NEVER use a higher amp-rating than what the circuit calls for.

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