So my car almost went on fire due to my dashcam

Discussion in 'Dash Cameras & Car Recording Devices' started by Andrew21, Nov 14, 2017.

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  1. Andrew21

    Andrew21 "All Blade, All The Time" Administrator Advanced User Premium Member

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    1. 2. 3. Yup, you heard it right. I had an Itronnics ITB-100 camera and took out the camera because the dealer had to do a recall on something. Anyway, I didn't have time to put the camera back in the right way so I was doing it on the while driving. When I mounted the dashcam, I saw the plastic insert in the power connector that was sticking out of the camera. I didn't think much about it so I tried to push it back in to the camera or take it out. It was 'stuck' and didn't want to move. So stupid me, tried to push the power connector into the plastic. Well, after a certain time, I felt a horrible shock to my finger and hand. Took a look at it and saw the wire dangling, I saw a tiny spark.....and the sparks just kept going like morse code. I then tried to hold the power connector again but it was heating up...really HOT! I pulled the wire and the wire started to melt as I was pulling it from the headliner. I got it pulled from the A pillar and the wire just kept melting. I finally yanked on the cable which finally shorted out the connection. The Redline went dead (thank god) with no power. I was able to finally pull over to make sure the wire was completely dead. Took off the side panel in the dash to disconnect the power cable from the fuse box even though the fuse blew. The wire also started to crumble up in the channel where the wire was run.

    You can see from the pics what I'm talking about.

    anyway, where can I pick up an Itronics ITB-100 hardwire? I've been looking and didn't see any but would the blackvue wire work here?
    www.thedashcamstore.com: BlackVue DR400/500/550/600/650/750S Direct-Wire Power Harness
     
  2. thebravo

    thebravo HeliFTE Intermediate User

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    Ouch that sucks! Good thing the fuse finally blew out before it did start a fire. If possible on the new wire I would install a small inline fuse thats just big enough for the dash camera as a secondary to the much larger fuse it's tapped off of that way if something goes wrong the inline fuse will quickly blow out and prevent this from happening again.
     
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  3. Andrew21

    Andrew21 "All Blade, All The Time" Administrator Advanced User Premium Member

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    yeah i just went back to the car to totally disconnect the wiring. The wire melted all the way back to the add a fuse circuit.
     
  4. thebravo

    thebravo HeliFTE Intermediate User

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    The gauge of wire used in many of the dash-cam, RD (or other aftermarket gadgets) hardwire kits are very small and it may well be if the fuse it's tapped off of is large enough that the wire will melt or get red hot during a malfunction and the fuse wont blow out. You might not ever expect the dash cam to pull a ton amps of current through those little wires, but if there is a dead short it might and the wires will have a melt down. I was about to hardwire My dad's car with a dash cam, after seeing this I will be certain to add an inline fuse of the correct size!
     
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  5. Jhaggy

    Jhaggy On Your Left... Beginner User

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    Damn, glad it wasn't much worse. Time for an upgrade!
     
  6. patscogs

    patscogs -NNJCTG- Flying Intermediate User Premium Member

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    terrible to hear... but the fact you took care of all that while driving is impressive
     
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  7. Biohazardous

    Biohazardous Finding the loopholes Beginner User Premium Member

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    Holy crap! I'm glad it didn't jack up your headliner. Brb checking my wiring.
     
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  8. Vortex

    Vortex Making Videos Administrator Advanced User Premium Member

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    Wow that's crazy! I would have thought the fuse would have blown before the wiring started to do that...
     
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  9. Andrew21

    Andrew21 "All Blade, All The Time" Administrator Advanced User Premium Member

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    I have to check the fuse. I think the fuse was too big. I'll isolate it and make sure it on a smaller fuse.
     
  10. radarrob

    radarrob CIA of the industry (Radar/Lidar) Advanced User Premium Member

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    blackvue wire will work.
     
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    hellcatguy Living the dream Beginner User Premium Member

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  12. NPark

    NPark -NNJCTG- Rollin', windows down, music up Advanced User Premium Member

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    crazy Andrew! Glad you managed everything ok!
     
  13. Vehicle 1

    Vehicle 1 Premium Member Advanced User Premium Member

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    I've read about people inserting the power cable into the wrong hole... the video out port (I have the SP) and frying their cams... are u sure that was not the case? No expert here, just trying to trouble shoot what could have gone wrong... glad nothing bad happened.
    Funny story, once I was at RadioShack parking lot working on my car toys trying to install a capacitor... turns out I did it wrong and it exploded ( small firecracker sound), 3 minutes after, there was a cop asking questions about a "detonation " report... holy ****:eek:
     
  14. LI2624

    LI2624 PSL +5 Intermediate User

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    Glad you are ok and that fire was not worse. Never a good idea to install your camera, radar detector, phone, etc, while you are driving. So easy to get distracted and its easy to misalign a plug, wire, etc.
     
  15. chakeubeam

    chakeubeam To Be Determined... Advanced User Manufacturer/Vendor Premium Member

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    I want to see the footage!:downsowned:
     

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