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Q: Small engine fire before dying

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Not sure if I have a short or something is overcharged as I had a small fire in my engine last night. The battery light turned on and then the car started to slowly die.

Hi there. This sounds like you had an electrical fire that possibly could’ve burned some essential wires for proper engine performance. Have a mechanic (as this is dangerous) diagnose this issue further with a sequence of diagnostic procedures.

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