Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Smoke is coming from steering wheel column and there is a burning smell, loud noise from engine.

asked by on

My husband said he can smell something burning and saw smoke coming from the steering wheel consol. For the last few weeks on and off we hear this noise that makes the gas pedal vibrate and sounds almost as if a belt may not be working correctly, but it only does it when going under 40mph above that there is no noise.

My car has 230000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: This sounds like there are two different pr...

This sounds like there are two different problems, but the "something's burning" problem is critical. There is obviously an electrical short somewhere inside the steering column that has already done damage, and could lead to a sudden shutoff in traffic, a fire, or worse. You should have this problem examined before driving further. I would recommend having a YourMechanic certified mechanic perform an Electric Problems Inspection immediately to diagnose this issue, provide an accurate assessment of damage, and estimate the cost of repairs. A YourMechanic professional can also perform an Engine is Shaking, Pulsating or Vibrating Inspection after checking out your electrical problem.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I need help getting my blazer to idle.

If your engine was overfilled with oil then you will need to check for any oil in the intake air filter. After running the engine for a little bit, check to see if the oil is getting full again and...

Q: How do I remove the front head restraints?

The front head restraints are vital safety features that help protect your head and neck in the event of an accident. Because of this, they cannot be removed.

Q: I have a 98 Blazer (4x4); it will not start unless I smack/hit the gas tank. Already replaced fuel filter.

Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 1998 Chevrolet Blazer. It sounds like you may have a problem with the fuel pump. Sometimes when they wear out, they develop a dead spot. By hitting the tank, it jolts the...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...