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Old February 12th, 2015, 01:04 AM
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Small electrical fire in my 90

Last Saturday I had a small electrical fire and a melted corner of my fuze box. It left me stranded because there was no power going to my fuel pump. So now a friend and I are chasing the problem.
Since my dash is all apart I decided to take out my air con unit since I never use it. And I also want to relocate my ecu. I really want to move my ecu to my tuffy box.
Is there an ECU relocation kit that I can or have someone make? And does anyone know where I can find a Diagnostic module (the code reader box). Mine looks like it is falling apart!
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Old February 12th, 2015, 01:10 AM
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Old February 12th, 2015, 01:11 AM
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ID:	113586 Some of the wires are burnt some were just starting to melt.
And a ground wire was melted back to one of the relays about 7 inch long bare ground wire.
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Old February 12th, 2015, 06:41 AM
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Hm, looks expensive. The wire that shorted will be burned all the way, not just where you can see. That means that you will have to run a whole new wire to replace it.
You'll also need a new fuse box, and new relay holder and relay where the one failed. There is a special tool that pops the connectors out of the fuse box and relay holder. It is available from Autosparks.co.uk, or from britishwiring.com.
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Old February 12th, 2015, 07:57 AM
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You can find that fusebox replacement on Ebay UK or Rovers North.
They do not make an extension for the harness for you. At least non that I could find anyplace when I looked. I did extend a GEMS harness to get the computer under the Pass. seat on a 110 I am building. You will need to get a another harness to get the correct gauge wires and colors if you do extend it. You will also have to be pretty knowledgeable with electronics however as you need to be careful with the data lines resistance.
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Old February 12th, 2015, 01:31 PM
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You are so lucky. That could have turned out a lot worse.
Rule numero Uno. Always carry a fire extinguisher on board. Never carried one until I got a Rover.
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Old February 12th, 2015, 08:56 PM
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I found the fusebox but not sure on the special tool.
http://www.autosparks.co.uk/product_...oducts_id=1272

What is the tool called? Is it the terminal extraction tool?
http://www.autosparks.co.uk/product_...oducts_id=5252
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Old February 12th, 2015, 11:15 PM
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What caused the fire?
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Old February 13th, 2015, 12:23 AM
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George at RDS has the fuse rebuild in stock. Personally, I'd toss him the business.
http://www.rdsparts.com

Just go to Defender, Electrical. You'll see it.
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Old February 14th, 2015, 02:42 AM
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What caused the fire?
Looks like it was from a bad ground that rubbed against the bulkhead.

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George at RDS has the fuse rebuild in stock. Personally, I'd toss him the business.
http://www.rdsparts.com

Just go to Defender, Electrical. You'll see it.
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I called him first. But I didn't think of mentioning the fuse rebuild.
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