In Reply to: smoking ignition posted by Dave on March 09, 2000 at 08:29:39:
Chances are, it is grounded to the chassis somewhere. Definately stop smoking the switch/wire if you want any hope of gett'n away w/o replacing the ignition switch and associated wiring.
Fix is to replace the burnt/burning wire with a wire of appropriate guage. So, you need to identify the wire and trace its path between the switch and the starter solenoid. Patch back in somewhere after the break you are expecting to find.
This said, your starter could also be jamm'd. In which case you will need to replace the starter along with now crispy wire. But, since you indicated there was no power at the starter - it is most likely just a bad wire. You will have to inspect all the wires blundled near the burnt wire though - there is a good chance that it has also burnt through neighboring wire's insulation.
: Today, I went to re-start the 2002 after driving it
: for a half hour. No power to the starter and the
: ignition key start smoking and the cover on one of the
: wires to the ignition switch melted off.
: Anyone have any ideas what this might be?
: David Wilson
: 1972 BMW 2002 Tii (I thought it was running well...)