Can anyone tlel me what that electrical connector is for?
Other than mysteriously catching on fire today?
It's on the passenger side harness that runs along the top of the engine, the connector was pretty much right next to the carb when it was in tact. The wire in question was red with a white stripe. the other wire in the connector was orange, solid.
It has never been connected to anything since I've owned the jeep. I assume it may have been for some of my non-functioning gauges? Something like the oil pressure switch or something?
I turned on the jeep because the radio was left on, to see if it would start. started up fine. My temp gauge, which has never worked, went all the way to H. I thought that was strange...so went under the hood and disconnected the wire from the sending unit.
Temp gauge dropped. I went back and went to connect it again, and the truck started idling wrong, bogging down, struggling to run. I saw and smelled smoke. I looked and saw wires melting.
I instantly shut the truck down and grabbed a fire extinguisher, but nothing was on fire, just melting fast.
I pulled the wires out of the harness, it ran to this weird connector at the front of the truck that was connected to nothing...but covered with tape?
Anyway, I THINK it just shorted out by touching the block or something, maybe the temp sensor being connected had something to do with it. The wires for that and another random (disconnected) one had alot of breaks in the coating.
I just snipped the wires off and capped them with a crimp splice connector covered in electrical tape, so they should be insulated. I did this seeing as nothing connected to anything, they all just ended in random connectors.
Sound like maybe it just shorted out by touching the block or a break in the wire or something?
Fired right back up and was perfetly fine. all fuses are in tact.
I guess i still wanna know what the connector went to?