like the title says....
As I was returning from Don'* yesterday evening, I had the A/C on in the truck of course. After about 1/2 hour, I noticed a faint smell of wood smoke and dismissed it as maybe a local brush fire or contractor'* fire. These are fairly common around here. The smell linger for about 10 miles, which I thought was odd, but not enough so that it triggered any response.
Then, as I was about 1 mile from my house, as I was turning left at a red light, Smoke began pouring out of the dash vents and filled the cab with thick white wood smoke in seconds. "OH SHIFT!!"
I quickly pulled off the road, slammed all the A/C and blower switches to off, shut the truck off, rolled down the windows, popped the hood, and ran around front to make sure there wasn't an underhood fire. I was pretty sure there wasn't, but had to make sure. Pheeew! No fire under hood.
Ran back into the cab to see if the smoke had subsided any after I cut off it'* air supply. It had..thank freakin' goodness! I ran my hand all around the ductwork and blower unit to make sure I didn't feel any hotspots, but as I suspected, there hadn't been enough time for flames and the lack of air stopped the smoldering.
It is leaves in the blower box!!!!
This is a common problem with the Rangers. I've read about it, including one guy on the Ranger site that had some pretty bad damage since he didn't know/think to turn the blower and A/C off immediately. Since I had company due at my house in ten minutes after getting home and still had to shower, I have not done anything about it yet.
When I pull that blower motor, I am going to find a way to close/screen that system to keep the leaves out. That was just a tad too much excitement for a relaxing trip home, IMO.
Mike: 1997 SE w/ 183K, aka White Horse
, Gutted Airbox w/K&N, drilled 180* t-stat, tint all around, clear corners w/SilverStars, "PONTIAC" light up tail, PEMs, NGK TR55s