My gf was driving our 07 Liberty today, about to park outside the house when the engine quit, and the interior filled with smoke. By the time I got out there the smoke source was no longer obvious but definitely an electrical smoke smell around the dash, and everything was dead (as if battery was d/c). I popped the hood and gave the terminals a nudge and the negative showered sparks everywhere. Decided it was an electrical short and would be dangerous to leave connected over night so, over about 5 minutes tried loosen negative terminal, battling the showers of sparks. It ended up with a sort of sustained arc, the terminal started glowing red and melting the battery housing around it and i started to panic and basically just bashed the terminal off with a wrench.
So… obviously the short isn’t routed through a fuse box. I was wondering given the symptoms above where I would start looking for a short, my guess is it has to be pretty heavy duty wiring given the abuse it took and still didn’t open. In case it sounds like something obvious to someone I thought I’d post here before I investigate further tomorrow morning.
Following fixing that short… What other problems am I likely to find? The window wipers were half way up the wind shield when I got out there and she’s (almost) sure she didn’t have them on, which has me a little worried!
Any help much appreciate anyway,