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Q: Smoke from the steering column on 1997 Acura RL

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When I started my car the check engine light was blinking then went away. After going only about a block, it smelled like something was burning. Then smoke started coming from the base of the steering column. What does this mean and what can I do to fix it.
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Hopefully you have had this looked at already if not disconnect the battery and leave it disconnected and have the car towed to a repair shop. I am anxious to hear what the cause of the "smoke" was. I work on a lot of Acuras and have not seen this problem. Acura wiring is very reliable, only problems I see are aftermarket alarms and stereo related wiring.
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