I have an interlock installed in my 2002 Jeep Liberty Sport. I’ve been having electrical problems in it ever since it was installed. Prior to it being installed the jeep wasn’t mine, it was my grandfathers, and he says it really wasn’t driven for a while consistantly but it didn’t have any electrical problems before the interlock was put in. I’m not sure if this is accurate or not because I’d never driven it prior to the installation. Either way, now I believe I have a short in the electrical somewhere in the system. I’m not sure how to proceed, other then to check the fuses. The battery IS currently dead, but it wasn’t. I was able to start the car and get it down the road, hoping the alternator would charge the battery (the lights were out, none came back on) After a little bit of driving down the road I drove back into my driveway because I was scared to drive without headlights, and shut the car off. It hasn’t started back up and now none of the lights or anything are working at all. We’ve tried jump starting the car, thinking maybe the battery was dead or the alternator went out, but the cables just started smoking and getting really hot. I really need to know how to proceed to find this short, will I have to look at all the wires in the car? Or is it possible to just use the fuse box? My knowledge of electric in a car is very limited, though I do know the basic mechanics. I’m thinking I should take a meter out there and just run down the fuses, any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated