Car Forums  

Go Back   Car Forums > Technical Discussions > Repairs & Maintenance
FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-19-2006, 03:05 AM   #1
Seth Stone
CF Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2
smoke coming from steering column

Hello all,

I have a 2000 Pontiac Grand-Am and every so often see a small waft of smoke (or possibly powder) being exhaled from somewhere behind the steering wheel. I suspect it is smoke since it travels straight up like a candle that was just blown out. This happens infrequently and only once (if at all) during any trip. Does anyone have any thoughts about what's happening? Could this be electrical or perhaps part of the airbag system?

Let me know what you think, Thanks!
Seth
Seth Stone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2006, 06:19 AM   #2
newyorker
MXman
 
newyorker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Philly
Posts: 5,291
Could be your power steering wire harness
__________________
04 Mazdaspeed Miata #2373/4000: IHI, BBS, Harddog, Flyin'Miata.

newyorker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2006, 09:05 PM   #3
dodger65
I know more than Wally...
 
dodger65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: U.S. - Midwest
Posts: 2,117
Quote:
Originally Posted by newyorker
Could be your power steering wire harness

...or leaking hydraulic fluid from your ignition switch...
__________________
"Everyone is someone else's weirdo"

dodger65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2006, 09:37 PM   #4
newyorker
MXman
 
newyorker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Philly
Posts: 5,291
Quote:
Originally Posted by dodger65
...or leaking hydraulic fluid from your ignition switch...
or the wiring harness lol....in closing it can be both
__________________
04 Mazdaspeed Miata #2373/4000: IHI, BBS, Harddog, Flyin'Miata.

newyorker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2006, 11:38 PM   #5
pnettle89
CF Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 16
Lightbulb ignition switch

I know on chevy cavaliers (and i believe on other smaller gm cars) there have been recalls on their ignition switches heating up and causing a potential fire hazard. check with your local pontiac dealer and see if there is the same recall. you can merely call them and have it "Vissed". Tell them to see if they could "Vis" your car and they will be able to tell you what/if any recalls are currently on your car. This was the first thing that came to mind.
pnettle89 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2006, 09:56 PM   #6
VG30DE
CF Enthusiast
 
VG30DE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 233
Quote:
Originally Posted by pnettle89
I know on chevy cavaliers (and i believe on other smaller gm cars) there have been recalls on their ignition switches heating up and causing a potential fire hazard. check with your local pontiac dealer and see if there is the same recall. you can merely call them and have it "Vissed". Tell them to see if they could "Vis" your car and they will be able to tell you what/if any recalls are currently on your car. This was the first thing that came to mind.

ditto for Grand Am (mine was 95)
__________________
Wide Open and Sideways...
VG30DE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2006, 02:43 AM   #7
GonnaDie4TheGov
CF's Only Jersey Boy
 
GonnaDie4TheGov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Mays Landing, NJ
Posts: 619
Or it could be the crack hidden in there is being blown out alittle bit

Make sure the po po bitches don't see it
__________________

2001 Honda K-1 Accord Attack
GonnaDie4TheGov is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2006, 04:16 PM   #8
Seth Stone
CF Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2
Thanks for everyone's help. I spoke with my GM dealer and they said that others have had this complaint, but the service people have not been able to find anything in pretty much every case - no signs of anything burned or shorted out. The service manager went on to say that Pontiac Technical Support said that it could be caused by excess grease on the turn signal unit. Since this has been happening for more than a year, I'm going to assume it's something minor like that. There were also no recalls available for my VIN.

Thanks!
Seth Stone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-09-2006, 08:07 PM   #9
glagon1979
daddy x3
 
glagon1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: back in Williamson, NY
Posts: 1,101
Quote:
Originally Posted by newyorker
Could be your power steering wire harness

wtf?? there is no such thing as a power steering wire harness
__________________
this forum is to dead to share a cool sig with everybody....
glagon1979 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2006, 01:08 AM   #10
dodger65
I know more than Wally...
 
dodger65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: U.S. - Midwest
Posts: 2,117
Quote:
Originally Posted by glagon1979
wtf?? there is no such thing as a power steering wire harness

....that's what i was saying...

Quote:
Originally Posted by dodger65
...or leaking hydraulic fluid from your ignition switch...
__________________
"Everyone is someone else's weirdo"

dodger65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Forum Jump



All times are GMT +1. The time now is 02:11 PM.

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.5.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2002 - 2011 Car Forums. All rights reserved.