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Old May 12th, 2018, 13:40   #1
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My son's 2000 Jetta (5 speed) had been parked and locked for a couple of hours on Thursday evening when it started and drove down the driveway about 10 feet then shut off. A few seconds later it did the same thing again - we assume the immobiliser was shutting it off but it would restart almost immediately.

By the time he got the key and a wrench to disconnect the battery the car was across the street up against a hydro pole and smoke was coming from under the hood. There were flames by the time he got the battery disconnected. Luckily a neighbor had an extinguisher handy.

It looks like the fire must have started under the dash in or near the relay panel. Although the damage is confined to that area, the wiring harnesses are destroyed so I don't think the car is repairable

So unfortunately we are in the market for a good ALH, preferably already modded, any leads?

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Old May 14th, 2018, 05:26   #2
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Poltergeist?
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Old May 14th, 2018, 08:49   #3
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My guess is water leak that got into the harness with the starter lead.

Freightliner had an issue with a firewall junction box where the same thing would happen on heavy tractors - very rare, but same symptom - truck would crank all on its own with no warning - if the unit was left in gear, it would start moving.

left long enough, current would eventually melt the insulation around the heavy gauge starter wire and lead to a fire.
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Old May 15th, 2018, 06:50   #4
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Holy crap I have never heard of that
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Old May 25th, 2018, 03:45   #5
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On my cars I store....(only 1now). I have a battery quick disconnect on them. Prevents battery drain during storage, and once I had a starter solenoid stick, welded one screwdriver to the post when I disconnected it. Pretty good spark show!
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Old May 25th, 2018, 05:59   #6
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This is why I feel it's best to leave the transmission in neutral when parked.
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Holy cow! I always wondered what happened to my old car.

Hope all is well with everyone.
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Old April 8th, 2020, 07:29   #8
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Did it have any aftermarket electronic parts installed inside the car?
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Old April 9th, 2020, 15:43   #9
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Holy cow! I always wondered what happened to my old car.
Hope all is well with everyone.
We took it to the cottage after the fire, and it still serves us well as a source of spare parts for the other four ALH daily drivers in the family.
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Did it have any aftermarket electronic parts installed inside the car?
It had a pretty serious sound system, but that was powered through a heavy cable directly connected to the battery and fused under the hood. As far as I know there were no electrical modifications under the dash where the fire started.
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