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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-02-09, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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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 Ford recalls about this. Anyone else? The van has 84000 miles on it, and there was no external indication of brake fluid leaking.

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Re: 2001 E-350 Fire (almost)

Geeze. I've had small one-off fires before myself and they're not fun nor easy to properly pinpoint. I'd let NHTSA know about the incident. The E350 is a popular model with millions on the road. I had a brake problem in my E250 a while ago, started it up, and the pedal went straight to the floor! Then the airbag light illuminated on the dash and blah blah blah blah; it equaled another day at the shop.

Only other thing I can think of is if brake fluid isn't leaking, perhaps water someone got into that area of the engine (drove through puddle?). Hmm.

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