<VV> Electrical Problem

FrankDuVal corvairduval at cox.net
Mon Apr 1 00:04:25 EDT 2019

The 4" heater hose (duct) shorting to the positive terminal of the 
solenoid is a direct short from battery hot (connected to the post on 
the solenoid by a 6awg wire) to ground. No need for the ignition switch 
to be on. Hose smokes from the steel wire glowing red until it starts 
the fire.  No "electrical smell", just fabric/grease burning.

This is why the early models had the foam collar on the hose, and late 
models had the hose bracket, to keep the hose away from the starter 

Frank DuVal

On 3/31/2019 11:46 PM, roboman91324--- via VirtualVairs wrote:
>   While you are back there, I heard that a failure mode can be the heat duct from the engine to the passenger compartment coming loose.  I have heard of it shorting to the heavy gauge power wire from the battery to the starter.  It isn't unreasonable that the duct could short to the solenoid wire and cause exactly the problem you describe,
> Good luck and keep us posted.
> Doc~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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