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    Aug 2003
    Atlanta, GA

    power inverter ruined ABS?

    My ABS light just went off. Here's what happened: I plugged in a power inverter in my cigarette lighter to test some GPS software and it works fine until I see smoke coming out of the exterior front passenger vent, near the windshield wiper. I turn everything off and it smells like urine! Then I turn everything back on again and I'm fine for a few minutes, then my power inverter shuts itself off, my audio system goes out, and the ABS light comes on. I pull over and turn everything off.

    Then I try running the sound system off just batteries and it works fine, but when I turn to accessory, I get loud feedback from my subs and nothing works. When I turn on the engine, the system works, but only after getting feedback from the subs. My circuit breaker didn't open and none of my audio fuses were blown. What do you think the problem could be?

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    Raw Wave Rob Withey's Avatar
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    Apr 2000
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    Complete speculation, but perhaps you drew too much current through the cigarette lighter wiring and damaged a wiring loom somewhere?

    It's usually best to wire inverters to the battery directly since they can draw quite a lot of current.

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    Newbie Zensay's Avatar
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    I Think you have some wires that are meltet together, chek the cabels/ wires near that air went.
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    Newbie skiingsean's Avatar
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    Dido.. The Urine smell you smelled was most likely the wires insulation being fried, and you're right it does smell like urine. So in my opinion you should be ok with nothing more than a set of fried wires. You probably fried the 12v lead that powered the cig lighter and melted a few more near by causing the ABS light to come on and maybe a few more things you haven't noticed yet.

    Good luck.

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    Maximum Bitrate SjLucky's Avatar
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    Quit ****in In your Engine Bay!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by menudude View Post
    thank you all for your help minus the useless post by sjlucky...

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    FLAC Skraggy_uk's Avatar
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    May 2002
    Warrington UK
    Could be worse.
    Blonde pulls here VW Golf Vert into the service staion.
    Asks the mechanic what the problem is.

    He pulls the car to pieces, then after about 20 mins, your he spots the problems.
    turning to the blonde, he says " Problem is, you got a 'crap in the airbox problem'".

    Blond looks puzzled for a moment, then replies, "OK, makes sense. "How often do I need to do that?"
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