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Old 08-02-2009, 18:19   #1 (permalink)
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2001 E-350 Fire (almost)

So I was sitting working in my shop, and heard a loud "POP" just outside where I park my van (2 ft. from my shop). Went out and smoke was POURING out of the driver side engine compartment. I opened the hood and the smell was electrical, so I disconnected the battery. After the smoke cleared, I hooked the battery back up so I could see where the smoke was coming from, and I heard arcing and could see that it was coming from the ABS control module (disconnected the battery again). Looked on the ground and a black piece of plastic was there, charred. I pulled the brake distribution box with the control module attached, out of the van, and removed the module. Looks like the gasket between the dist. box & module leaked and shorted out the module, then literally blew the top (side actually) off of the module (obviously the "popping" noise). Surprised that no fuses tripped. Had I not heard the pop, I don't even want to know the consequences, like burning down my shop, which is attached to my home. I looked and there are no <NOBR id=itxt_nobr_0_0 style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal; FONT-SIZE: 100%">Ford<?xml:namespace prefix = v ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" /><v:shapetype id=_x0000_t75 coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke><v:formulas><v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></v:f></v:formulas><v:path o:extrusionok="f" gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect"></v:path><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:lock v:ext="edit" aspectratio="t"></o:lock></v:shapetype><v:shape id=_x0000_i1025 style="WIDTH: 7.5pt; HEIGHT: 7.5pt" alt="" type="#_x0000_t75" o:button="t" href="http://www.fordforums.com/##" target="_blank"><v:imagedata src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\George\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtml1\01\clip_image001.gif" o:href="http://images.intellitxt.com/ast/adTypes/2.gif"></v:imagedata></v:shape></NOBR>recalls about this. Anyone else? The van has 84000 miles on it, and there was no external indication of brake fluid leaking.

Attached photo, courtesy of the top blowing off, we're able to see what a fried module looks like.

Anyone hear of this?


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