My car lost all power after a puff of smoke came from under steering column.it will not start and acts as if battery is dead.

Asked by May 10, 2013 at 03:34 AM about the 1998 Ford Escort 4 Dr SE Sedan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Sounds like an electrical short. You'll have to check your ignition switch and corresponding wiring and fuses.

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I agree with the ignition switch opinion. The only other thing I can think of is a poorly installed alarm system or other aftermarket accessory. I had to pull apart my dash and repair the harness for this reason in a '95 Escort I used to have. ($8 an hour alarm install by the dealership.)

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