Report: Electrical smoke coming from under dash drivers side by steering column
Acura RL Problem
Model Year Affected: 1997
Average Mileage: 151,980 mi (117,000 mi - 210,000 mi)
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.
Visitor, 1997 Acura RL, 117,000 mi
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
Visitor, 1997 Acura RL, 122,900 mi
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.
Visitor, 1997 Acura RL, 210,000 mi
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.