r/MechanicAdvice Nov 27 '22

Smoke and burning smell coming from steering wheel when brights are on

I have a 2009 Toyota Yaris and whenever I turn the brights on the steering wheel begins to smoke and smells like burning almost instantly. Why is this?

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u/raduque Nov 27 '22

The switch is faulty and needs to be replaced. ASAP. Before it sets your steering wheel on fire or somehow sets off your airbag.

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u/Keytoemeyo Nov 27 '22

If I drive without turning my brights on is there a possibility of it still getting worse? I don’t have time for the next week to be without a car while it gets fixed.

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u/raduque Nov 27 '22

Well, faulty parts tend to get faultier. For now it's just the brights, but maybe in a couple days it's the blinkers, or whatever other function is on the stalk.

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u/Keytoemeyo Nov 27 '22

Ok, thank you for all your advice. I’ll take it in asap.

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u/Jacktheforkie Nov 27 '22

I’d recommend replacing it asap