Smoke Coming Out Of The Steering Column


definitely annoying
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
125,100 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. pound on the column hoping to separate the short in wiring (1 reports)
1993 Pontiac Grand Prix electrical problems

electrical problem

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1993 Pontiac Grand Prix Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 032009

Grand Prix LE 3.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,135 miles


I've seen a white smoke coming out of the left side of the steering column several times(5-6). It can happen any time, does not have to be hot or cold. It was pissing me off because I thought I would have a fire inside of my dashboard. It is not funny because I know a person who's car burned down on the side of the road because of the short in the radio. I have an extinguisher in my trunk now, but hopefully it will not come to that.

It also coincides with my turn signal switch malfunctioning on one or the other side. When I am turning my signal on, the lever does not stay in the on position and I have to hold it with my finger to show people that I am turning or merging. Also, the top side of my plastic column is melted.

- pontiacman, Madison, IN, US

problem #1

Aug 152007

(reported on)

Grand Prix SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Every now and again a thin plume of smoke would rise from the steering column and an electrical burning smell would come with it. Never did find out why.

- Lisa T., Kalamazoo, MI, US

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