Smoke came out of my steering wheel now my car wont turn on


Asked by Jul 15, 2016 at 08:29 PM about the 1998 Honda Accord LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So I was driving my car today and suddenly I
started seeing smoke come out of my
steering wheel column more like right next
to my turn signals well I turned my car off
cause it freaked me out and parked it till it
cooled down after I tried turning it back on it
starts but turns back off right away I've
checked the wiring and nothing seems to be
burned someone please help me I can't
afford to be car less at the moment I also
recently got it inspected and everything was
fine so I don't understand what it could be

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Steering wheel or column? There nothing in there that could smoke except electrical components, and you most certainly must have fried something, probably the ignition switch. (smoke could have originated in the column and just crept out of the steering wheel too). This could be a real fire hazard, so you will have to get it looked at. Either the steering wheel or the column or both will have to be opened up and probed for whatever singed.

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I meant the steering wheel sorry about that and well the ignition switch is a few months old which I don't understand but you're probably right it might me the switch because there's no burned signs or wires melted when I opened it up and when I put my key in and turn it it doesn't stay still like I had to hold on to it to put my windows up cause I parked it a street away from home when the incident happend


Also when I turn the key before trying to start it its completely quiet not even my fans are turning on

Tom Demyan

Could be the switch itself burnt and it is internal to the switch, that's why you don't see it. You have to probe the wiring to see if you have continuity.

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