So today a few of my young teenage neighbor kids asked me if I'd fire up my F-350 and go pick-up their three wheeler project at their buddies house just outside of town. They had done some fab work on it in my shop a few weeks ago but off-roading had taken it's toll breaking the rear axle and various other components.
I agreed… we hopped in the truck and I turned the key… nothin! Dead as a door nail. So I hooked up the battery charger and told them I'd be out after supper to start it… I told them to have some patience.
45 minutes later we tried it… nope. Corroded battery terminals and not enough of a charge. So I took the cables ends apart and cleaned them… Then I pulled my Buick next to the truck and hooked up jumper cables to the truck. I told my usual 16 year old helper (a member of the three wheeler crowd) to get in my truck and start it.
I after a few slow cranks I told him to stop cranking the starter 'cuz i knew it wouldn't fire. But he kept on for a few seconds then one of the other kids yelled "FIRE!!!"… yep... flames coming from the starter.
We grabbed the garden hose and put it out in 30 seconds or so. Tomorrow I'll have to crawl under the truck and see what is damaged.
I think it's an overheated battery cable perhaps from a corroded contact on the starter. This truck sat for ten years although it has never given me any starting problems since we resurrected it from the dead a month ago.
When it was cranking slow I knew we had a problem… I just wish my helper would have paid attention to my instructions to quit cranking the engine…
I once had my (previous) AC compressor burn up and it hit about 600 deg in the driveway. Burned up a wheel bearing, and got some nice thick white smoke from a starter solenoid. Of course, I've had nights lit this myself, so...
I had a similar experience last week. Brought my truck into the city and brand new Walmart battery went stone cold dead. Got a guy to give me a jump, as I'm cranking it my neighbor yells FIRE!!! cause he saw flames shooting from the + terminal. Have a new battery and alternator and hoping to avoid further excitement
That picture must have been taken before the season started? lol I have heard of the wissota sanctioning body,but I am to far south to have ever been to any of those tracks. Mostly UMP A mods/late models around here,and IMCA when I drive an hour or two up into Iowa. When I'm not working Friday/Saturday nights,i put between 300-500 miles on my focus chasing dirt racing!