[Healeys] Smoke and brakes
coudesluijs at chello.nl
Thu Jun 8 10:24:10 MDT 2017
Must be a short in the circuitry of the brake lights: wiring/brake light
switch? The noise could have been the sparking. May be a wire not
protected by a grommet through the bulkhead.
Op 8-6-2017 om 17:30 schreef Simon Lachlan:
> I have received 2 emails from my nephew.
> He has an early Phase 2 BJ8 ie with the single light setup front and
> rear and the 8-way flasher relay box. Car is LHDrive.
> The car’s wiring loom looks to be new and in excellent condition; it
> looks like it has been competently installed with all clips and
> grommets where one would hope to find them. The individual wires are
> emphatically not old & crumbly ie flakey insulation.
> The car starts and runs well. It feels strong and is well behaved ie
> it coped with appalling traffic on a very hot day when we drove it out
> to Chantilly. It started first time when the engine was hot. In fact,
> the engine didn’t get hot; I reckon it has a recored(?) radiator.
> Certainly it has the 6-blade fan offered, I think, by the factory
> (like a 6 blade version of the normal 4. Something we don’t usually
> see or need in the UK).
> First email:- “It was very hot today and something weird happened: a
> bit of smoke came out from just above my knees (just below the
> dashboard along the steering wheel pole). the smoke was white and
> little (about as much as a match would make when it goes off, but
> white). Then a funny noise went on for 5 seconds (like a motor, a bit
> like the starter motor we can hear at the end when the engine doesn't
> want to start (do you see what I mean?).
> Anyway after that incident everything went back to normal:
> -all the lights (turning indicators, panel lights, all the
> instruments...) seem to work.
> I have no idea what happened and I have not found anything not working!”
> A few days later, the second email:- “Everything electrically seems to
> work. Except that when I push on the brake pedal nothing lights up at
> the back. Shouldn't it?”
> This is the Paris car, my being back in the UK with the previous
> issues cured.
> I am presuming that the two issues are related….the smoke and the lack
> of brake lights.
> I am discounting the heat reference.
> I am puzzled by there being no brakes related wiring under the dash
> yet that’s where the smoke came from.
> The “funny noise” has me stumped.
> The only place where braking circuitry and lighting circuitry meets is
> in the 8-way flasher box. (Barring bare wires shorting out).
> I am going over to Paris in about a month’s time in order to help get
> the car down to Roscoff and thence by ferry over to Plymouth in the UK
> and up to my house. I will then have it for a few weeks and will do
> various things to it……seatbelts being item one.
> So, I (we) would like to make the longish journey _with_ brake lights
> and _without_ smoke.
> I have, I think, all the tools I need in Paris but I would welcome
> Has anyone had this happen to their car?
> What is the likely connection between the two seemingly
> irreconcilables. (Smoke under the dash yet brake lights only are
> Can anything to do with the brake light switch lead to smoke under the
> dash? I can’t see how, myself.
> I just want to be slightly prepared when I get there. I won’t have
> much time…..certainly not enough to get replacement parts over to
> Paris from the UK.
> Any thoughts?
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