Electrical smoke coming from under dash drivers side by steering column on Acura RL

Average mileage: 167,544 (117,000–210,000)
3 model years affected: 1997, 2001, 2003
12 people reported this problem
10 people shared problem details
I smelled and saw smoke coming from underneath the stearing column and the gauge needle lights don't work anymore. All the inside fuses are good and going to check under the hood now. Car runs fine the only thing that I can see wrong is the normaly lighted neddle for rpm, mph, fuel are not lit.
1997 Acura RL210,000
I was driving on the freeway when I heard a little noise "like a POP" and all of a sudden my gauge lights weren't working and it smelled like something electrical was burning. The next day some of the gauge lights came back on and all the gauges worked besides the fuel and temperature one.
1997 Acura RL210,000
Smoke and burning smell between my instrument panel and steering column, no solution yet
1997 Acura RL122,900
I started my car, put it in drive, turned my headlights on, about 30 seconds later, white smoke came from just above the steering column.. I promptly pulled over and turned the car off, checked under the hood, no smoke, started the car back up. I found that my speedometer and odometer/trip computer had both quit functioning. Grr.. I can't really complain, it's been the only issue I've had with this car.
1997 Acura RL117,000
smoke coming out of vents when i was driving then sound from my stereo went off( highs only) then the AC unit shut off
perceived a kind of "pop" and smelled/saw smoke from around instrument cluster and guage needle lights, speedometer no longer work
1997 Acura RL210,000
Smelled electrical burning, followed by white smoke coming out between steering column and instrument cluster. Shut off car and turned it back on. None of the gauges work, no odometer. The battery, engine check lights work, but I can't tell how much fuel or how fast I'm going. The instrument cluster cost around $300 but I'm not sure if it's the cluster or electrical wiring is at fault. If I replace cluster it might happen again. And odometer seems tied to the whole unit, I might not match the real miles
1997 Acura RL168,000
Smoke Came from behind the dash, started with a blown fuse for my dash... The next day the whole car died.
1997 Acura RL160,000
We had the smell of electrical fire from the air vent on the drivers side. Afterwards the speedometer stopped working. Still trying to figure it out.
My instrument cluster light AN needles not moving I don't know how much miles I'm going
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