Smoke from ignition

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#1

Anyone ever heard of smoke coming from ignition and steering wheel?


#2

Yes, I have heard of this, and I have seen cars burst into flames shortly thereafter as a result of this situation.

You have a short-circuited wire somewhere in the steering column. I would strongly suggest that you disconnect the battery immediately and have the car towed to a mechanic.


#3

Yes–I had it happen on a 1965 Rambler and saw it happen on a 1962 Chevrolet Corvair that belonged to a friend. In both cases it was the ignition switch. In these cars the ignition switch was on the dashboard. It is a a likely suspect in your case, but be certain it isn’t the turning signal switch or any other electrical circuits that go through the steering column.


#4

Thanks for the comments everyone. It is at the mechanic right now, just had never heard of such a thing.