Short circuit and smoke under instrument cluster
Yesterday at night a smoke smell began suddenly. I turned on internal lights and saw smoke from the driver side under instrument cluster. Turn off the car and all electrical things and ran to unplug battery.
With my hand lantern inspected as mucha as my 140kg let me to do but can't find any thing bad. I check fuses and found one of then litterally melt in its position. This moment I do not remember the number but it was a 20amp fuse. I use a tool to extract it and replace for a new one from the toolbox but turn hot inmediatly. I retired it, reconnect the batt and drove home. I lost my speedometer but temp and gas indicators work.
I hope in few days unmount all the cluster and examine on detail cables and modules.
I will take time to clean all and inspect all. unmount it is a nightmare. Our weather and the sun of the last 23 years make it tasty and easy to broken.
Is there anything you consideer I must check using this oportunity?
My list include:
Vacuum hose of A/C system
Of course to find the fail cause
clean a/c ducts
check cable harness
find and eliminate some loose things that sound when the sound system is off
change the sound system (new speaker amplifier has input by blue tooth)
Adjust loosing screws using loctite to prevent it loose again...
Any suggestion will be apprecciate