electric smell, then no running car
Driving home from hospital with 87 yr old Mom fresh from operation her car died on the hottest day of the year. It was a bit of a night mare but all worked out and we road home in tow truck. She is one tough old lady who handled it all in stride but she wants her car back running and I need some help.
It'* a 98 Buick La Sabre Limited, 60k miles on it, 3.8 v6 sfi. While driving, the car died completely, all electric stopped. I had noticed before this a familiar smell but couldn't place it until it died, I then recognized it as an electric smell (ozone and melting insulation). I towed the car home and first checked all the fuses under the hood and under the dash and looked for a fusible links and found nothing wrong.
has electricity and works:
-power windows, locks, seats
-headlights, turn signals and parking lights, interior lights
-heater and ac controls, radio, wipers.
-the run position doesn't light the check engine or oil light (the ones in the upper dash that would normally light as you start the car).
-the starter position of the ignition doesn't engage the starter or any of its relays.
-the dash gauges are not powered, with no lights or movement in the gauges.
I have dismantled the steering wheel and replaced the ignition switch with a dealer bought one and it had no effect. I have dismantled most of the dash and have inspected much of the wiring system (fuse block included and behind the radio and glove box) and have found no burnt wires.
I'm not as young or healthy as I once was (fat too) and hanging upside down half off the front seat with flash light in the mouth and tester in my hands is hard to do. I've not completely removed the harness from under the dash yet and have not dismantled or inspected the wiring up through the steering column as I wanted some professional Buick advice before I went that far. I appreciate and thoughts on the problem. Thanks for your time and consideration.